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Get Lucky with Starbucks' New Years Drink

Food & Drink Sweets New Year's

Called the Adzuki Kinako Warabimochi Fuku Frappuccino, the new drink contains adzuki (sweet red beans), kinako (toasted soybean flour), warabi mochi (a jelly-like confection made from bracken starch) and fuku (good fortune). Well-timed for the New Year holiday period, when people in Japan enjoy traditional food and partake in rituals and customs to invite fuku into their lives for the upcoming year, the new beverage is actually a first for Starbucks as it contains glutinous pieces of warabi mochi.

These warabi mochi pieces mimic the glutinous mochi rice cakes that are traditionally displayed and eaten during the New Year period. As mochi has been known to kill people during the holidays every year, Starbucks is sticking to the safer type of mochi for their new beverage, which is less dense and more jelly-like as it’s made from bracken starch instead of sticky rice.

SoraNews24 has the whole scoop. Click on the link below to learn all about this lucky new year offering, including the flavor profile and prices.

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