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Fruitcake Frappuccino: The new Starbucks drink is here and it's ... interesting

There's no middle ground when it comes to one holiday treat — either you're Team Fruitcake or you're not. That unique mixture of dense cake, warm spices and colorful candied fruits is strictly a love it or leave it dessert.

Likewise, the news that Starbucks is celebrating the season with a limited-edition Fruitcake Frappuccino will either have frosty beverage lovers cheering or cringing.

But don't judge the drink by the cake — at least, not yet.

This frappe is actually a blend of hazelnut crème, dried fruits and cinnamon, all topped with whipped cream, caramel and a dusting of matcha. If you're still not sure if that's your cup of tea — or venti Frappuccino, in this case — we went ahead and tasted it for you. And just like fruitcake itself, the response is mixed.

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The Fruitcake Frappuccino is here!

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“It has a Christmas cookie taste — a little bit of a surprise with the first sip — but I’d still drink the whole cup.” —Senior editor Amy Eley

And as with all things fruitcake-related, we also have a strong counterpoint.

"This is foul. The grossest part is that chunks of fruit get stuck in your teeth as you sip. I will say, it is exactly what is advertised: It tastes like a pulverized fruitcake, but somehow even sweeter. But I can’t stop sipping it because I am so confused by it." —Food editor Emi Boscamp

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Even the cookies are getting in on the National Ugly Sweater Day celebration at Starbucks.

If you want to taste this wintry mix for yourself, you don't have long to give it a try. The Fruitcake Frappucccino is only available this Thursday through Sunday at select Starbucks stores.

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