Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to Starbucks Japan with a new Frappuccino for fall

Dessert drinks capture the taste of the new season.

As the seasons in Japan change, so do the menus, with seasonal ingredients taking pride of place in restaurants as well as some of the country’s famous chains.

At Starbucks, the humble pumpkin and the sweet potato will take center stage this fall in the form of two limited-time drinks that capture the flavor of the season.

First is the return of Pumpkin Spice Latte, which, despite being a staple overseas for many years, only appeared in Japan last year after a 15-year absence. There will be a hot and a cold version of the drink, both containing ingredients such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove to help you invent the taste of freshly baked pumpkin pie.

Accompanying the Pumpkin Spice Latte this year is a Grilled Sweet Potato Frappuccino Brulee. Designed to make you feel like you’re eating a sweet potato brûlée, this drink contains a lightly caramel-flavored sweet potato syrup mixed with ice and milk.

It’s topped with a sweet potato brûlée sauce and brûlée chips to bring out the aromatic flavor of the star root vegetable with a fun textural contrast.

The Frappuccino will be on sale from September 21 to October 18, priced at ¥668 (US$4.69) for in-store customers and ¥680 for takeout. The Pumpkin Spice Latte will be on the menu from September 21 to October 31, in short to Venti sizes, priced from ¥501 to ¥640.

As always, both new versions will only be available while stocks last within their respective sales periods. If stock does run out, there’s a silver lining for customers because then they’re bringing out the elusive Phantom Frappuccino for a limited time.

Source: Starbucks via Entabe
Images: Starbucks

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