According to Starbucks Stories & News, the merry strawberry beverage is available at Starbucks locations across Latin America and the Caribbean and can be ordered hot, iced, or blended into a frappuccino. Here’s the breakdown: White chocolate mocha, ice, espresso, and milk, are all blended and then topped with whipped cream and drizzles of strawberry sauce.
Japan has its variation of the merry strawberry beverage, enhancing it with strawberry sauce, strawberry bits atop the whipped cream, and a base composed of shortbread and blended sponge cake. The drink can be ordered hot or as a frappuccino and bears some resemblance in its taste to a classic strawberry shortcake (via Starbucks Stories Asia).
One thing to note about the merry strawberry cake frappuccino is how it ties to a Japanese Christmas cake. As Japan Centre explains, this features a sponge cake, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. You’ll also often see plastic ornaments on top, such as a mini sign that says “Merry Christmas,” per Savvy Tokyo. And as you might have already guessed, it’s commonly consumed during the holiday season in Japan, similar to how turkey is eaten on Thanksgiving in the United States.