Starbucks’ New Mini Frappuccino Proves That Big Flavor Comes in Small Packages

05/11/2015 at 06:00 AM ET

Starbucks Mini Frappuccino

It’s a proven fact that mini foods are far superior to regular-sized eats — most likely just because of the “cute” factor.

And Starbucks’ latest menu item is no exception: Introducing the mini Frappuccino. The pint-sized cup — actually it’s smaller than that; 10 oz., to be precise — will only be available May 11 through June 6.

“Our customers have asked for more choices when it comes to the size of Frappuccino,” a Starbucks spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

Nutritionally speaking, a regular mini Coffee Frappuccino (made with whole milk) clocks in at 120 calories with 24 grams of sugar, while a grande (16 oz.) has 240 calories and 50 grams of sugar. A mini Coffee Light Frappuccino (“light” means it’s made with nonfat milk and reduced-sugar syrup) is 60 calories with 13 grams of sugar, while a grande (16 oz.) is 110 calories with 23 grams of sugar.

This is just one of the several new Frap developments that the coffee chain is rolling out for summer: Starbucks introduced a limited-edition S’mores flavor, brought back the Caramel Ribbon Crunch blend and also debuted edible cookie straws. And in non-Frap news, just last month Starbucks unveiled its much-anticipated cold-brew coffee, (which we personally find to be darn delicious).

Starbucks debuted the Frappuccino in 1995 with just coffee and mocha flavors. Now, the company boasts a history of fancy Fraps including a pink Birthday Cake Frappuccino, a blue Seattle Seahawks flavor for the 2015 Super Bowl and a bright green Franken Frappuccino for Halloween.

Which will you try in this new itty-bitty cup?

—Morgan Gibson, @morgangibson

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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