Starbucks Just Added This New Major Drink to the Menu
From the return of the McDonald's Shamrock Shake to the launch of Dunkin's Shamrock Macchiato, fast-food chains are gearing up for spring with new seasonal menu items. And Starbucks has jumped on the bandwagon.
Thanks to the exploding popularity of cold coffee drinks, along with the success of Starbucks' iced shaken espressos, America's biggest coffee chain has added a new chilled shaken beverage to its lineup—the Iced Toasted Vanilla Oat Milk Shaken Espresso.
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Joining the chain's Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso and Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso, the new coffee drink is a permanent menu addition, brewed with blonde espresso and notes of caramelized vanilla. It's then shaken and topped with oat milk—a dairy alternative made available last March through a partnership with Oatly.
Along with oat milk, the coffee giant currently offers four additional dairy-free milk alternatives: almond, coconut, soy, and Starbucks Original Nut Blend, which is made with a blend of light rice, hazelnuts, and cashews.
During an earnings call last March, Starbucks' CEO Kevin Johnson highlighted the success of the Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso, saying it far exceeded the chain's expectations and demonstrated the customers' positive response to oat milk.
The debut of the new iced shaken espresso comes alongside the return and launch of several other items, like the new BAYA energy drinks, which can be found at select grocery stores, and spring-inspired ground coffee blends sold in two flavors: Honey & Madagascar Vanilla and Spring Day Blend.
Additionally, starting March 7, Starbucks Rewards members can earn more than 2 million prizes, ranging from gift cards to one year of free coffee, by playing a new digital game called "Prize and Delight."