If you are looking for a good balance between sweetness and bitterness, Starbucks has the right Frappuccino for you. So, what is in a Starbuck Green Tea Frappuccino?
The Starbucks green tea Frappuccino blend contains whole milk, sweetened matcha green tea, and a whipped cream topping with ice. You are looking at a balanced taste of the bitter green tea and the sweet syrups without one covering the other. I especially love the matcha taste that is left in my mouth after I have downed my Grande Frappe. If you want to try it out and you are still unsure, we are here to unpack everything about this delicious Frappe. We will even teach you how to make it home, so keep reading.
What is in a Starbucks green tea Frappuccino (Ingredients?)
This Frappuccino is made with matcha green tea powder, ice, milk (hot or cold), sweeteners, and whipped cream. Matcha green tea powder is a specially grown green tea and was initially popular in East Asia. The popularity of the tea has spread to the rest of the world. The matcha tea is grown in the shade for about three to four weeks before it is harvested. During processing, the stems and the veins are removed. The final result is an earthy-tasting beverage with a slight endearing bitterness. You can opt to sweeten your Matcha powder with sugar.
The milk content in the Frappuccino can be hot or cold. Mostly, Starbucks uses whole milk, but one can customize it by using nonfat milk. The whipped cream is the icing on the cake. It makes this drink worthy and tasty. The sweeteners are optional especially if you would rather keep the drink moderately sweet. However, the sweet teeth will beg to disagree and they can have any amount of sweeteners as they so desire. This drink also has a dose of caffeine. The tall cup gives you 50mg, a Grande comes in at 75mg, and a venti is 95mg. These are moderate figures compared to what you would get from a coffee Frappuccino.
How do you make a Starbucks green tea Frappuccino at home (recipe)?
- 240ml whole milk
- 10 ice cubes
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp. sugar powder/ simple syrup
- 11/2 tbsp. Matcha green tea
- Whipped cream
- Xanthan gum
- Measure the milk by pouring it into a drinking cup to the first line. Pour this into your blender.
- Using the same cup, measure the ice by filling it at ¾ full. Ensure that you only use small ice cubes for easy blending.
- Making the syrups: Pour water, vanilla, and sugar into a saucepan and place on medium heat. Stir the mixture until you get a thick consistency. Set aside to cool. If you are using simple syrup, mix sugar and water in a saucepan and place on medium heat. Stir continuously until you get a thick mixture. Set aside to cool.
- The next step is to pour all the ingredients into the cup. Start by pouring the matcha green tea, cooled vanilla syrup, cooled simple syrup, and xanthan gum into the cup with ice.
- Empty the full cup into the blender and blend. This should take one to two minutes.
- Pour your green tea Frappuccino into your Grande cup. This is the same cup you used to measure your ingredients. Top it with a generous amount of whipped cream and enjoy.
How do I order a healthy green tea Frappuccino from Starbucks?
The normal green tea Frappuccino is high in calories and sugar. If you still insist on this drink but with a healthy twist, you only need to customize your order. You can order a honey green tea Frappuccino where you substitute sugar for honey.
This reduces the sugar content of the drink. You can also request the barista not to add classic syrup o rid it of more sugar. You can also reduce the milk content to 2% to reduce the calories. The calories can also be cut off by omitting the whipped cream altogether. Another hack is requesting nonfat milk. This will slash the fat content in this drink.
With these twists, you can still enjoy the benefits of matcha green tea without the spoilers. I have heard of people who even opt for non-dairy milk options. Starbucks has coconut, soy, almond, and oat milk. I don’t know how this works out in the end, but it’s healthy for sure.
Nutritional Information of a Starbucks green tea Frappuccino
This drink will surely bring a frown to any nutritionist’s face. The calories are high, the sugar is even higher, and let’s not even mention the fat content. However, this drink is not bad when consumed once in a while. The calories for a Grande cup total 420 and 150 of these calories come from fats. The fats total 16g, 10g being saturated fats and 0.5g of trans-fats. The Frappe has 62g of carbs, 61g of sugar, and 1g of dietary fiber. The cholesterol level is 50mg and sodium is 240mg. The proteins come in at 6g. Let’s look at this information in a nutshell.
|Calorie count (out of 2,000 calories daily intake)
Calories from fat
|Nutrient Content (per Grande serving)||% of Daily Value|
|Total Fat (16g)
Trans Fat (0.5g)
Saturated Fat (10g)
|Total carbohydrates (62g)
Dietary Fiber (1g)
What does a Starbucks green tea Frappuccino taste like?
This drink is very delicious, to begin with. It can be described as overly sweet by those who do not like sugar. However, the drink finds a perfect balance between bitter green tea and all the sweet syrups added to it. There is an endearing bitter matcha aftertaste which makes it even better. Some people find the matcha taste a little intense and would rather mask it with sweeteners and milk. The earthy and bitter matcha taste is only tasted in hints here and there. The overall taste is a cool drink suitable for any summer day.
The full name f this drink at Starbucks is the Tazo Green Tea Frappuccino Blended Crème. However, the baristas know what you want when you simply call it the green tea Frappuccino. This is a nice, not too healthy summer drink but it’s very delicious.
Does Starbucks still have green tea Frappuccino?
Yes, it has. There is no news of the discontinuation of this drink.
Is Starbucks green tea Frappuccino healthy?
Unfortunately, no. While green tea has many health benefits, the sugar and calories in the Frappuccino are not healthy.
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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