Starbucks Japan-Limited Frappuccino Daigaku-Imo Flavor

The other day when I went shopping at a Mujirushi Ryohin with my friend, we took a rest at the Starbucks in the market and had refreshments. Before ordering, I took a close look at the menu and found that there was a limited-time flavor of frappuccino.

Starbucks Japan Daigaku Imo Flavored Vanilla Bean Frappuccino  

From the name “Daigaku-Imo Frappuccino (大学芋フラペチーノ )”, I thought the frappuccino flavor is Starbucks Japan-limited, and besides it had an appealing look, so I ordered it after all.

What is Daigaku Imo?

Daigaku Imo Candied Sweet Potatoes

First of all, for the unfamiliar with Japanese food, “Daigaku Imo (literally University or College Potato)” are bite-size pieces of diced Satsuma-imo sweet potatoes that have been deep-fried in low-temperature oil and candied with sugar syrup.

The cooked sweet potatoes are tender, while the sugar syrup glaze is gooey, and parched black sesame seeds are typically added as a finishing touch. If you want to know the recipe in detail, just google it, and many results pop up.

Sweet Potato Frappuccino

Starbucks Japan Daigaku-Imo Frappuccino

So the Daigaku Imo Frappuccino available at Starbucks cafes in Japan only during the autumn season is a vanilla bean frappuccino dressed with yellow ocher sweet potato sauce, topped with parched black sesame seeds, and containing even small bits of Daigaku Imo potatoes in it.

The sweet potato sauce with a Daigaku Imo flavor was mellow and paired well with the base vanilla cream frappuccino, and the black sesame seeds and Daigaku Imo bits were nice accents giving the sherbet different textures.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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