Proving that great taste comes in small packages, too, Starbucks just added a smaller-sized drink choice to its ever-expanding menu. On Monday, Starbucks rolled out its limited-time 10-ounce Mini Frappuccinos, and they couldn't be any cuter.
Starbucks previously only offered three size options: tall (12-ounces), grande (16-ounces) and venti (24-ounces)—better known as the fancier ways to say small, medium, and large. The new Mini Frappuccinos will help consumers to not feel so guilty when they decide to indulge in their favorite sugary blended beverage, especially during bathing suit season.
Although the calorie count for the Mini Frapp varies with the flavor, a tall Caramel Ribbon Crunch Creme Frappuccino with whole milk and whipped cream has 320 calories and 45 grams of sugar, whereas the venti has 560 calories with 84 grams of sugar.
While Frappuccinos are known for being high in sugar, at least a smaller size will prevent consumers from becoming larger-sized if they drink them on the regular. Plus this mini-me versions are perfectly sized to enjoy as a mid-afternoon summer day refreshment.
Not only is the Frappuccino Mini slightly less on the calories and sugar, it also comes at a cheaper price. The 10-ounce drink will about about 30-cents less than the 12-ounce size.
The Mini Frapps were tested in markets last year in select regions, which helped increase sales. The kiddie-sized Frapp cups will be offered in select stores in the U.S. and Canada.
If you thought the new Mini Frappuccinos are a great idea for the Seattle-based coffee chain, then you might be interested to find out the company is also selling Cookie Straws for a limited-time. The Starbucks Cookie Straws are made out of biscuit and chocolate ganache and is recommended with the new S'more Frappuccino.
And remember, if it sounds like too many sweet treats, just opt for a mini.
The Mini Frappuccinos are available in participating stores from May 11 through July 6.
We asked New Yorkers what other foods they would like to see mini-sized. Check out their thoughts below.