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Is Wendy's Frosty Cold Brew worth the hype?

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The new Frosty's Cold Brew from Wendy's.Photo byBrittany Anas

By Brittany Anas / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, CO) When I saw that Wendy’s added a Frosty Cold Brew to its menu in late July, I admittedly set my expectations a little too high.

What I was dreaming about: A creamy caffeinated treat like an affogato (vanilla ice cream and espresso), but in a drive-thru format with coffee swirled into a Frosty.

What I tasted from my Denver-area Wendy’s: A really, really sweet iced coffee. (For reference, my summer Starbucks order is an iced latte with just a single pump of vanilla—nothing too cloying).

But perhaps the biggest letdown was that there wasn’t any actual Frosty in the drink that borrowed the frozen dairy dessert’s name. When I re-read the description, I realized that the drink is concocted with a creamer made with the Frosty and served over ice.

The coffee drink also comes with your choice of vanilla, chocolate or caramel syrup, which is what really pushes it into sweet drink overdrive.

Wendy’s says that the Frosty is one of its five original menu items and the Frosty Cold Brew is a way to make the iconic treat a part of your morning routine or have it as an afternoon pick-me-up.

The restaurant also has regular hot coffee as well as cold brew, which steeps for more than 12 hours in cold water before filtering out the grounds.

The Frosty Cold Brew costs $1.99 for a small and $3.49 for a large, though prices can vary by location.

My advice: Just get a regular Frosty. If it’s been a while since you’ve had one, it now comes in strawberry and chocolate. Wendy’s cut the vanilla Frosty from its menu.

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Brittany is a journalist in the Denver metro area with more than two decades of writing and editing experience. She covers travel, restaurants and other lifestyle topics.

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