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Triple Nama Chocolate Frappuccino, Double Nama Chocolate Mocha are available at Starbucks locations in Japan through Valentine’s Day. 

Triple Nama Chocolate Frappuccino, Double Nama Chocolate Mocha are available at Starbucks locations in Japan through Valentine’s Day.  (Starbucks Japan)

The clock is running on a trio of super sweet and chocolaty Valentine’s Day drinks from Starbucks shops in Japan.

The ubiquitous coffee chain is known for its themed beverages celebrating the holidays. These seasonal specialties are different from those served in other countries.

The 12-ounce Valentine’s drinks – Triple Nama Chocolate Frappuccino, Double Nama Chocolate Mocha and Baked and Creamy Nama White Chocolate Frappuccino – will be available in Japan only through Monday.

“Nama” in Japanese means raw, which refers to the pureness and freshness of the chocolate.

The Triple Nama Chocolate Frappuccino (680 yen, or about $5.90) seems to be the most popular. The cold, romantic refreshment was sold out this week at a Starbucks near Yokota Air Base, Japan.

This is the most chocolaty option of the three. It has a chocolate base and is topped with nama chocolate whipped cream and drizzled with nama chocolate sauce.

I tried the 550-yen Double Nama Chocolate Mocha. This hot drink warms the heart and body from the chilly weather outside. It features an espresso steamed milk base topped with nama chocolate whipped cream, chocolate flakes and chocolate sauce.

The Double Nama Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks Japan features an espresso steamed milk base topped with nama chocolate whipped cream, chocolate flakes and chocolate sauce. 

The Double Nama Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks Japan features an espresso steamed milk base topped with nama chocolate whipped cream, chocolate flakes and chocolate sauce.  (Kelly Agee/Stars and Stripes)

This drink was pure heaven, but beware. Unless you identify as a chocoholic, this extremely sweet option, which tastes like liquid chocolate, may not be for you.

White chocolate fans should love the Baked and Creamy Nama White Chocolate Frappuccino for 680 yen. This cold drink includes white nama chocolate and baked white chocolate mixed with a white chocolate sauce that contains coffee.

Baked and Creamy Nama White Chocolate Frappuccino are available at Starbucks locations in Japan through Valentine’s Day. 

Baked and Creamy Nama White Chocolate Frappuccino are available at Starbucks locations in Japan through Valentine’s Day.  (Starbucks Japan)

The lovelorn may skip the drinks altogether but still enjoy the delicious nama whip cream. It may be added to any beverage for an extra 55 yen.

Starbucks Japan is known for its themed beverages celebrating the holidays. These seasonal specialties are different from those served in other countries.

Starbucks Japan is known for its themed beverages celebrating the holidays. These seasonal specialties are different from those served in other countries. (Kelly Agee/Stars and Stripes)

STARBUCKS JAPAN

Locations: Available about Starbucks location throughout Japan.

Hours: Most shops are open daily, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Information: www.starbucks.co.jp/cafe/nama_chocolate

agee.kelly@stripes.com Twitter: @KellyA_Stripes

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Kelly Agee is a reporter and photographer at Yokota Air Base, Japan, who has served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years. She is a Syracuse Military Photojournalism Program alumna and is working toward her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Her previous Navy assignments have taken her to Greece, Okinawa, and aboard the USS Nimitz.
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