Starbucks in Japan and South Korea Launch Sweet Potato Drinks
SOUTH KOREA and JAPAN - While a frenzied mob can be heard chanting, “PSL, PSL, PSL,” outside of stateside Starbucks locations all year long—Americans’ simultaneous love and hate for the popular drink knows no bounds—international Starbucks goers are proving once again that they’re getting the better end of the deal when it comes to limited edition, seasonal drinks.
This week, Starbucks in South Korea and Japan announced their latest menu additions featuring two varieties of a classic fall vegetable—and, no, it isn’t pumpkin anything!
Hypebae reports that South Korea is launching a new Violet Roasted Sweet Potato Latte, and it’s stunning. Available hot or cold, the lavendar-hued latte is a blend of purple sweet potato and milk, topped with whipped cream and a purple dust, and I need it all over my Instagram feed and as a part of my morning routine.
Starbucks Japan’s new drink, on the other hand, while perhaps not as aesthetically pleasing as South Korea’s, still sounds pretty appealing. According to Sora News 24, the Crispy Sweet Potato Frappuccino joined Starbucks’ international menu this month and features the traditional Japanese snack, imo kempi, which is fried sweet potato bits coated in a sugary glaze—something I will be needing to add to my Thanksgiving menu, immediately. The drink itself is a blend of sweet potato sauce and milk—and even comes in latte form.
My fellow Americans, I beg you: Forget the PSL! Let’s get the Violet Roasted Sweet Potato Latte and the Crispy Sweet Potato Frappuccino on our local Starbucks’ menus!
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