For January and February, Starbucks Japan is trying something new with its seasonal specials. It’s newest promotion, Custom-Mania allows you to choose from three options to tweak an already decadent chocolate caramel frappuccino or hot beverage.
Custom-Mania offers three options:
♥ More Coffee
♥ More Chocolate
The More Coffee option will throw in an additional shot of espresso for a bitter kick!
More Chocolate adds sprinkle of chocolate chips and dark chocolate cookie biscuit to your drink.
And finally, Romantic, our choice this time, will give you a shower of strawberry flavored pink meringue atop your whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
This was one of our favorite drinks so far. The slight bitterness of the chocolate syrup complemented the sweetness of the cookie pieces and the meringue. The texture was also perfect! It gave us a little something to crunch on. But– the frappuccino began melting almost immediately! And the chocolate syrup that was drizzled on top of the whipped cream started to leak a bit from under the domed lid. The price for this drink was typical of Starbucks beverages, on the expensive side at 590円 (plus tax). Though the promotion name is Custom-Mania, we weren’t quite sure it lived up to its name, as the customize options were rather predictable and limited. Even so, it was a nice afternoon treat.
For those who are interested, in addition to the specialty drinks, Starbucks has a series of Valentines Day tumblers on sale now, so you can carry around your coffee in heart-blooming style. With aluminium and plastic tumblers, ranging from 1,800 to 3,900 JPY, purchasing one of these will also give you instant access to a 20円 discount every time you make a purchase using your cup.