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Starbucks launches vegan black whipped cream phantom frappuccino for Halloween

Starbucks launches vegan black whipped cream phantom frappuccinos for Halloween
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Starbucks has announced the launch of a limited edition vegan frappuccino which will be available in UK stores throughout Halloween.

The Phantom Frappuccino is a black smoothie featuring green ‘lime slime’, coconut milk and mango essence. 

To give it an extra spooky edge, the drink is topped with black dairy-free coconut whipped cream.

Prices for the drink start at £2.70 for a small drink, and the frappuccino is expected to be available for six days starting on October 26. 

It was initially expected sooner, but according to Vegan Food UK the release was delayed. 

“Our contact in Starbucks has gone into her branch and has been told the launch is now delayed until 26th October. She apologises,” the page revealed.

“The good news is that Starbucks have seen the demand & excitement now and are apparently getting extra supplies in.”

Vegan market

Starbucks has been focusing more on the vegan market in recent years, and in August the company announced the return of its popular vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte. 

The cafe giant offers a fully vegan version using soya, oat or almond milk combined with a plant based version of the classic pumpkin pie flavored sauce.  

Vegans should also be sure to ensure they ditch the whipped cream for the vegan version, but the popular pumpkin pie spices – cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves – are of course fully vegan.

Plant milk charge

But Starbucks is not always popular with vegans due to its policy to charge extra for plant milk. Thousands have now written to the coffee giant demanding equal prices

A petition launched by PETA now has more than 42,000 supporters, who have written to Starbucks using the animal welfare group’s action alert

“Swapping cruelly obtained cow’s milk for soy, almond, or coconut milk is beneficial to the planet, animals, and humans’ own health,” PETA said in a statement.

“Why, then, does a massive chain like Starbucks force its compassionate customers to pay upwards of 80 cents for vegan milk?”

Is Starbucks justified in charging more for plant milk? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Published by Oli Gross

Oli’s career and personal ethical values both help shape his reporting of the diverse world of veganism. His background is in local newspaper and magazine journalism, and his work has included reporting court cases, celebrity interviews, business analysis, food and drink features and government legislation.



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