Frappy Hour at Starbucks

I thought I’d overheard incorrectly but no, I was right.

The barista at Starbucks today did, in fact, suggest to the woman in line behind me that she should ‘go for a Frappuccino because it’s Frappy Hour’.   

A play on happy hour, obviously, but it’s apparently a May Promo offering half off their signature milk-shake for one week from 3 – 5pm.

Having a milk shake because it’s half-price, huh?  Sure, go ahead!  Not too different than opting for the Jumbo, 16 cup vat of movie theatre popcorn with golden flavoring (have we ever figured out what golden flavoring is, anyway?) rathe than the mediocre 8-cup tub, how and why is the fact that an uber processed, sugar laden dairy beverage half-price a good reason to engage?

I don’t think your guts will know the diff and react any less adversely, I’m sorry to say.

Actually, I hesitate to even call it a milkshake…an old-fashioned, 1950’s mikshake would have had ice cream…and milk in it.  Not Paleo by a long shot, but at least we can recognize the items in the ingredients.

Compare that to the Frap, as well as the ‘skinny’ versions, respectively:

Frappuccino® Premix: Whole Milk, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Skim Milk Powder, Cream, Corn Syrup Solids, Natural Flavors, Salt, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Algin (Kelp Extract), Sodium Caseinate (Milk Protein). Concentrated Coffee and Water are added to make the Frappuccino® Base.

Frappuccino® Light Premix: Skim milk, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Oligofructose, Cream, Corn Syrup Solids, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Sodium Caseinate, Salt, Cocoa Powder (processed with Alkali), Disodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Sucralose (Citric Acid, Trisodium Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate), Acesulfame K. Concentrated Coffee and Water are added to make the Frappuccino® Light Base

Stick with coffee, black as midnight on a moonless night, in moderation and enjoy the nectar without need for any kind of milk, sugar or additives whatsoever!

Half-price is just not a good reason to partake.

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