Starbucks Chinese New Year Beverage & Food – Valencia Frappuccino, Caramel Espresso Muffin and Eastern Sunrise

Starbucks Valencia Frappuccino is Starbucks Malaysia new drink for this Chinese New Year festive season along with Valencia Macchiato.

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This sweet and tangy beverage is a new addition to Starbucks’ core Frappuccino. The same goes for the Valencia Macchiato if you choose to have a hot version.
 The Valencia Frappuccino uses sweet Valencia orange syrup blended with coffee, steamed milk and foam. More Honey Valencia syrup drizzled over the whipped cream added to the citrus-y bouquet of the drink.

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Made out of Mandarin Orange and infused with Cream Cheese combined with Chocolate Cream Cheese Mousse, Eastern Sunrise (RM9.90) is Starbucks CNY festive cake. While Starbucks is not going to win any points for originality (‘Mandarin orange = CNY = duhhh),  Eastern Sunrise is not going to win any awards for taste either.

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In essence it’s an orange mousse chocolate cake. Yes, fancy name but a pretty uninspiring creation really.

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The new Espresso Caramel Muffin (RM5.90).got me excited for a bit. If there’s anything remotely decent to eat at Starbucks, it’s their muffins. My favourite is the Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin. The Starbucks Reduced Fat Mandarin Cranberry Muffin (introduced last year in May 2011) comes a close second.

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This Espresso Caramel Muffin was decent enoughthough I felt it could do with a stronger coffee essence.

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Hhhmm.. nothing really great to shout about for the festive offerings this time. None of the above warrants a re-order for me. Have any you tried the above festive drinks and cakes?

Read about my previous Starbucks experiences HERE -> 
NEW @ Starbucks: Kapitan Pie, Chicken Stack, Peanut Butter Cream Brulee and Chocolate Tuxedo

Starbucks’ Reduced Fat Mandarin Cranberry Muffin & Low Fat Apple & Carrot Muffin.

All pictures taken with:

Samsung NX11

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Alex Llamas

    Valencia Frappuccino! Sounds like somebody got inspired by Spain and its typical fruit from Valencia to create that delicous Frap!!! 😀
    yummmm!!! and also the cakes. they look good. SBUCKS is to me a must when in Asia because of their variety compared to EU.

    wish we had that fraps here now. but we are around 2ºC (cold weather this week)… ¬¬’

    A frap here like that could cost here around 6’5€ —> RM25.8 !!! I hate EU is that expensive! 🙁

    rgds,
    ur friend
    Alex

    1. rebeccasaw

      Valencia is Spanish??
      And I’m surprised..the Starbucks in EU actually has less variety? Most of the time when I’m overseas (Aussie, Thai, Sg etc) Starbucks chains there has mmore variety compared to us!
      Oh, winter in Spain now eh? Thank goodness I’m not there! 😛

  2. Nikel

    Wow.. 2ml must get one… Long time never drinks..

  3. Vernon

    Not really a fan of frap. Give me an Americano anytime. Also, having been spoiled by iLLy, Starbucks is somewhat….hmmm…lacking?

    1. rebeccasaw

      Hhah..Starbucks is mostly for convenience’s sake; when I need to be there for a meeting etc.
      I realized too that each time we were there you ordered mostly the fruit drinks, tea or sometimes the yea, the coffee..

  4. Isaac Tan

    interesting flavors there! I rarely go to starbucks, but if i do, will be sure to check these out 🙂

    1. rebeccasaw

      Hhaha.. when u have a job like ours, alws outside, then it’s alws Starbucks for meetings!

  5. Sean

    yikes, i read this too late! i just walked past starbucks klcc today, and i saw the banner for the Valencia Frappuccino but didn’t know what it was. sounds like an interesting coffee drink! can’t quite imagine the mingling of coffee & oranges in the same beverage 😀

    1. rebeccasaw

      HAHAH…it’s like urmm orange flavoured coffee 😛

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