Updated: May 16, 2019
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We Went to Try the New Starbucks Pudding A La Mode Frappuccino!

Starbucks Japan is currently running a retro promotion with menu items that pay homage to old-school Japanese coffee houses. One of the limited-edition items on the menu is a 'Pudding A La Mode Frappuccino.' We headed to Shinjuku to try it out!

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Starbucks Japan's retro coffee house promotion

Through June 16th, Starbucks is running a retro promotion that imagines the classic Japanese coffee houses of the Showa era. Check out our write up about the promotion for more details:

We headed to Starbucks at Southern Terrace, Shinjuku to try the new frappuccino!

Starbucks Southern Terrace Shinjuku
Just outside of Shinjuku Station, the Starbucks at the Southern Terrace has a nice outdoor seating area surrounded by sky scrapers. Outside the door to the shop was this cool vintage-style sign:
Sweet retro sign!
Inside, a board displayed the special limited-edition items available during the promotion.
Special menu items
The Coffee Jelly Cake sitting under the glass was tempting, but I was on a mission to try the new Frappuccino.
Coffee Jelly Cake
The menu describes the Pudding A La Mode Frappuccino as 'New, despite being retro.' It is made to represent a classic Japanese coffee house dessert called the 'pudding a la mode' that features pudding covered in fruit, caramel, and whipped cream.

This'll be interesting...

Trying the Pudding A La Mode Frappuccino

The Frappe as it was served
Although it's not as pretty as I imagine a real pudding a la mode would be, I think that Starbucks did a good job at recreating the essential elements of the dessert while combining it with a Frappe.
'Pudding A La Mode Frappuccino' (¥620)
The pink mixed-fruit jelly hiding under the whipped cream is made from mangoes, apples, and strawberries, and has a nice balance of tart and sweetness.
The mixed fruit jelly
The Frappe itself is very sweet, and is laced with a bittersweet caramel sauce. The taste is actually pretty similar to the custard-like Japanese pudding that it is imitating!
It was too sweet for my taste, but if you normally enjoy the sweetness of Starbucks Frappuccinos, you'll probably like it. It's definitely fun to try!
Caramel swirls

The promotion will run for one month, until June 16th

The promotion is happening at Starbucks stores throughout Japan until June 16th. If you're in Japan during the next month, try out the Frappuccino for yourself!
As mentioned earlier, 20 Starbucks locations will feature the retro sign, including the Shinjuku location that we went to:
Thanks for reading!
I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.

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