If you are a fan of Starbucks blended beverages, then you may have heard of the Starbucks Bubbletastic Frappuccino. Read on to find out how you can make yours at home.
I was visiting friends in London when this drink came out, and I was lucky enough to taste it after hunting for it for a couple of days. Starbucks had it for a week as a limited edition, and stores were running out way before noon in the area I was residing as word about it spread quickly among fans. I decided I wanted a taste of it back home, so I researched how it was made and came across some exciting recipes. In this post, I’ll share the one my family voted the best, but first, some fun facts about this Frappuccino.
Brief History Of The Drink.
Starbucks launched this spring blended beverage in April 2021 as a limited edition and had it on offer for about one week, from April 10 to April 17, 2021. The drink did not hit our shores; it was offered only across what the company refers to as the EMEA region, that is, in their European, Middle Eastern, and African corporate stores. But did you know it was “bubbletastic” in the UK and Ireland and “bubblepop” elsewhere? I discovered that the “bubble” in the name refers to the drink’s blue bubblegum-flavored base, while the “pop” is about its fizzy, sweet topping.
Is Starbucks’ bubbletastic Frappuccino still available at Starbucks?
No, the Bubbletastic Frappuccino is not available at Starbucks. The company intended it as a limited edition, so you will not get it on the regular menu. I also discovered that some ingredients are unavailable at Starbucks, so there is no way of customizing your regular drink to come up with a secret menu for Starbucks’ Bubbletastic Frappuccino. It seems we’ll all have to wait until Starbucks decides to bring it back or copycat and make our version, and to do this, we need to establish what was in the original drink.
Starbucks Bubbletastic Frappuccino (ingredients, taste, variations, sizes, caffeine, calories)
What’s in a Starbucks Bubbletastic Frappuccino? (ingredients)
According to their website, Starbucks says the beverage is made of an icy blue bubble gum flavor base with whipped cream topping and a pink popping candy finish.
To make this Frappuccino as Starbucks does, I did the following:
- Crème base: For this, I used xanthan gum powder, water, and sugar. All these items are easy to come by, as xanthan gum and vanilla extract are available in the bakery section of leading physical and online stores. Begin by making a simple syrup by dissolving 3 parts sugar in 2 parts water over low heat, then letting it cool before blending in a teaspoon of vanilla extract and xanthan gum for every half cup of water. Making the crème ahead of time is helpful because you’ll need to use it excellently.
- Whole milk: I used whole milk as Starbucks does, as I realized this results in a thicker consistency, perfect for a frappuccino.
- Spirulina: I discovered this is the ingredient that makes the base blue. Fortunately, blue Spirulina is widely available in stores such as Amazon. Blend it in the crème and milk mixture before topping it with whipped cream.
- Whipped cream: Starbucks makes its whipped cream in-house from heavy cream. For this replica, I find store-bought whipped cream just as good.
- Pink popping candy: This candy is made of milk, cocoa butter, and pink coloring. Head off to Amazon or Walmart if you can’t get it in your local store, where several brands offer the sweet treat.
Starbucks Bubbletastic Frappuccino: Sizes, Nutrition, Caffeine, and Calories
What Sizes Are Available?
Just like any other crème frappuccino, if Starbucks decides to bring this Frappuccino to America, you should expect to get it in one of three cup sizes: a tall 12-fluid-ounce cup, the 16-fluid-ounce grande cup, or the 24-fluid-ounce venti cup. I recommend always getting the smallest size and deciding if you like the taste enough to order a bigger one.
For the nutritional facts about this beverage, I decided to use the 2,000-calorie daily intake diet plan and the 16-ounce grande cup as the basis. As expected of a Frappuccino, this one has about 390 calories in a cup, 150 of which are from Fat. I found the drink to be rather sweet; sure enough, it had over 140 percent of the recommended daily consumption in just one cup. These two factors push it into the treat category, as it would not be healthy to have it daily. It is also not filling, so you will need to take in more food.
Although the Frappuccino has some minerals from the milk, including calcium, the amounts are too small to warrant any consideration. The amounts may also vary depending on the milk you use to make it.
All said and done, the beverage is refreshing and tantalizing to the tastebuds. An occasional cup is unlikely to harm you, so go ahead and enjoy one if it ever makes a comeback, or better yet, make one at home.
Below is a table summarizing the Frappuccino’s nutritional facts:
|Calorie count (2,000 calories diet)||388|
|Nutrient Content (16 fl. oz cup)||% of Daily Value|
|Total Fat (8.8g)
Saturated Fat 10g)
Trans Fat (0.5g)
|Total carbohydrates (72g)
Dietary Fiber (0 g)
The Starbucks Bubbletastic Frappuccino has a crème base and toppings without caffeine, making it 100 percent free of caffeine. This means you can have it at any time of the day without worrying that it will keep you awake at night. If you have a low tolerance to caffeine, this is one Frappuccino you can safely take.
This Frappuccino was initially made from whole milk, a dairy product with about 3.5 percent fat content. This drink also has dairy-milk-based whipped cream, making it unsuitable for vegan people. Starbucks gets its dairy products from Borden Dairy and Dean Foods. I discovered that altering the milk type may affect the drink’s texture. I also notice that plant-based milk can alter the Frappuccino’s taste.
So, What Does Starbucks bubbletastic Frappuccino taste Like?
This beverage tastes precise as the name suggests; it reminded me of blue bubble gum, tantalizing with an edge of earthy taste. Depending on what you watched as a child, the blue color may remind you of “The Smurfs.”
Ways to Customize a Starbucks bubbletastic Frappuccino at Starbucks – Starbucks bubbletastic Frappuccino Variations
You can customize almost any Starbucks beverage in as many ways as there are combinations of ingredients, which means most beverages can have countless variations. The challenge is knowing which combinations are palatable and which are outright gross. For the Bubbletastic Frappuccino, I found that swapping whole milk for almond milk gave an okay drink, although a bit runny. You can also leave out the candy, which ruins the look but tastes just as great.
How To Make Starbucks Bubbletastic Frappuccino at Home – Starbucks Bubbletastic Frappuccino Copycat Recipe
Starbucks Bubbletastic Frappuccino Copycat Recipe
- 1 ½ cups whole milk
- 1 cup of ice cubes
- 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of blue spirulina powder
- Whipped cream
- Pink popping candy
- Blend everything except the whipped cream and pink candy until blended.
- Pour in a serving cup, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle the candy to finish. Serve.
- I find whole milk the best for this recipe, as it is thick and creamy.
- When selecting Spirulina, look for brands that offer it in blue and try getting one with no fishy smell, such as the Organic Blue Spirulina Powder by Micronutrients.
- You can use heavy cream and vanilla extract for flavor instead of vanilla ice cream. I prefer vanilla ice cream because I can use what I already have from my favorite brands.
- Although it tastes fresh, you can freeze the Frappuccino to use within a week. When ready to eat, take it out of the freezer and let it thaw at room temperature.
How do you order a Bubbletastic frappuccino at Starbucks?
It is impossible to order a Bubbletastic frappuccino at Starbucks since the company is no longer offering it and does not have Spirulina on any of its menu items that you can utilize to customize your own.
Is Starbucks Bubbletastic Frappuccino good?
Starbucks’ Bubbletastic Frappuccino tasted good, with a distinct, delicious, irresistible flavor.
How much is Starbucks Bubbletastic frappuccino
In the United Kingdom, the Starbucks Bubbletastic frappuccino started at GBP 3.30.
How long is the Bubbletastic Frappuccino available for?
The Starbucks Bubbletastic frappuccino was available for eight days, between and including April 10 and 17, 2021.
When does the Bubbletastic frappuccino end
Starbucks’ Bubbletastic Frappuccino ended on April 17, 2021.
Kai Jordan worked as a Certified Nutrition Specialist and now a food critic whose main objective is to provide consumers with as much information as they need to make the right choices concerning foods and drinks. Jordan is passionate about helping the public reach their health-related goals but also keen on reviewing foods and drinks offered by some of the famous restaurants the likes of Starbucks.
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