Before you click away (which you shouldn't) we promise, with a deeper dive into how they're made, they really do sound better than initially perceived.
The new drinks, which hit menus Tuesday and will only be available for a limited time, are made with slow-steeped Starbucks Cold Brew, alternative milk, and plant-based proteins for a delicious treat, and are packed with 10 or 12 grams of protein each.
A 16-ounce drink is $5.95. It's gritty, as one might expect from a drink with ground almonds in it, but overall it's rich in almond flavor and the closest all-vegan Frappuccino replacement Starbucks fans can get their hands on. You can get them in participating stores across the USA and on Mobile Order & Pay while supplies last (AKA, get them before they're gone).
Since the use of refined sugar can be a debated food topic, it is interesting that Starbucks is choosing a fruit based sweetener to add the sugariness to this cold drink.
The company is also offering ways for its customers to customize the new beverage blend.
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You heard them - get to tasting!
Starbucks baristas craft the beverage by blending Starbucks Cold Brew with Coconutmilk, plant-based protein, cacao powder, Banana Date Fruit Blend and ice.
The non-dairy beverages are a blend of Starbucks cold brew and plant-based proteins, Banana Date Fruit Blend, and ice, with the almond blended flavor also including almond butter and almond milk, and the cacao blend mixing coconut milk and cacao powder. Plus, this ingredient keeps the overall calorie count lower (around 270 calories for a grande size).
"Plant-based beverages, plant-based proteins are a choice that many consumers are gravitating towards", Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in June about Starbucks' foray into more protein.
And with that, we're off to break a sweat, then fuel up on protein cold brew...from Starbucks no less.