Starbucks Is Giving Away Free Frappuccinos Today as Part of Its Weekly Happy Hour Promotion

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Free ice cream is easy to find on the first day of summer, but if you prefer to cool down with something caffeinated, head to Starbucks. As Thrillist reports, the coffee chain is celebrating summer solstice by offering buy-one-get-one espresso drinks and Frappuccinos for happy hour on Thursday, June 20.

Starbucks's Frappuccinos are blended frozen coffee drinks topped with whipped cream and flavored syrups. From 3 p.m. to closing time on Thursday at participating Starbucks, customers who order a Frappuccino size grande or larger will receive a second one of any flavor for free. The deal also applies to espresso-based drinks like lattes, cappuccinos, and Americanos.

To snag your free happy hour drink, download the free Starbucks app to your mobile phone. The BOGO deal will be waiting in your inbox when you open it—just show it to your cashier when ordering your drinks.

Starbucks offers over a dozen Frappuccino flavors, like caramel, chocolate cookie, and matcha green tea. If you live in certain parts of the world, you may have access to even more Frappuccino flavors like hojicha and dulce de leche. Here are some more unexpected Starbucks menu items from around the world.

[h/t Thrillist]

We’re Lovin’ the McSki, Sweden’s Ski-Thru McDonald’s

Per-Olof Forsberg, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Per-Olof Forsberg, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Gliding down the slopes for a few hours can leave you happily exhausted and so ravenous that you wish you could stuff a big, juicy burger in your mouth before you even get back to the lodge. At one Swedish ski resort, you can.

Lindvallen, a ski resort located approximately 200 miles northwest of Stockholm, is home to the McSki, a quaint, wood-paneled McDonald’s that you simply ski right up to. If all the surrounding snow leaves you with a hankering for a McFlurry, have at it; Delish reports that you can order anything from the regular McDonald’s menu. (Having said that, we can’t promise the McFlurry machine will actually be working.)

The ski-thru window is ideal for skiers and snowboarders who don’t want to break for a lengthy lunch, but there’s an option for people who would rather not scarf down a combo meal while standing up: According to the blog Messy Nessy, the indoor seating area can accommodate up to 140 people.

The McSki has been delighting (and nourishing) vacationers since it opened in 1996, and it’s definitely a must-visit for ski lovers and fast food aficionados alike. It’s not, however, the strangest McDonald’s restaurant in the world. New Zealand built one inside an airplane, and there’s also a giant Happy Meal-shaped McDonald’s in Dallas. Explore 10 other downright bizarre McDonald’s locations here.

[h/t Delish]

Ben & Jerry's Has a New 'Netflix and Chilll'd' Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's

If you like to graze on ice cream during Netflix binges, Ben & Jerry’s might have an ideal solution. The company has debuted a new flavor in conjunction with the streamer dubbed—what else—Netflix and Chilll’d.

What makes an ice cream flavor best suited for watching television is unclear. The ice cream giant is promoting a thematic similarity, with the pints featuring peanut butter, pretzel swirls, and fudge brownie chunks—the same something-for-everyone approach that’s made Netflix an entertainment powerhouse.

Netflix and Chilll’d will also be available in a vegan version made with almond milk. The pints are expected to debut shortly.

Last summer, Netflix partnered with Baskin-Robbins for a line of ice cream offerings based on Stranger Things, including an Upside-Down Sundae. Ben & Jerry’s, meanwhile, has been promoting pop culture tie-in flavors as far back as 1987, when they debuted Cherry Garcia ice cream after Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia. One such promotion courted controversy in 2011, when a flavor named Schweddy Balls after a salacious Saturday Night Live sketch starring Alec Baldwin prompted complaints. The brand still markets Americone Dream endorsed by late-night host Stephen Colbert.

[h/t Newsweek]

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