I Tried Both of the New Starbucks Frappuccinos and There’s a Clear Winner

updated Apr 30, 2019
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If it seems like there’s always a new Frappucino on the menu at Starbucks, well, we don’t have a problem with that. Especially when the new drinks are actually repeat classics. Even better, these two fan-favorites, the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino and the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino, are now permanent fixtures on the menu.

But which one best balances coffee flavor and the Frappuccino’s signature sugary sweetness? I tried both to find out.

Credit: Elisabeth Sherman

First up, the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino: Coffee, milk, ice, and mocha sauce are layered on top of a swirl of whipped cream, then topped with more whipped cream, more mocha sauce, and cookie crumbles.

If there’s one word to describe this drink it’s “decadent.” I could still taste the coffee, but it was overwhelmingly sweet. It reminded me of a slice of chocolate cake in liquid form, or a heaping cup of chocolate-coffee ice cream. That’s not really my style when what I want is a coffee fix with a side of sweet, but if you’re a fan of dessert with a side of coffee, this might be for you.

Credit: Elisabeth Sherman

Now to the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino: Layers of caramel sauce are mixed with milk, coffee, and ice, then topped with whipped cream and a crunchy caramel topping.

Make no mistake, this is one sugary drink, but it’s also much lighter than the mocha version. The texture is creamy, and the caramel and coffee flavors are balanced nicely. I drank it almost compulsively because it tasted so yummy. One word of warning, though: The “ribbons” of caramel sink to the bottom of the cup, so give it a good mix before taking your first sip or you’ll get a mouth full of caramel syrup.

So what’s the verdict? For me, the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino is the clear winner. It’s a worthy entry to the Starbucks Frappuccino lineup. You’ll actually want to drink the whole thing, rather than stopping halfway through due to a sugar headache.

But I recommend trying both for yourself. After all, you deserve a treat.