Well, kind of. As an early investor in Starbucks, Kenny G strongly recommended the creation of a sweet, milkshake-type drink to founder Howard Schultz. The company admits that he played a large role in shaping what is now known as the Frappuccino.
The development of the sweet and icy blended beverage, however, can actually be traced to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where in 1992 a local coffee shop known as the Coffee Connection used a frozen yogurt machine to create a unique blend of coffee, sugar, milk, and ice. The name is a portmanteau of the words "cappuccino" and "frappe," the New England name for a milkshake with ice cream. The creation was a huge success and helped the Coffee Connection expand to 23 locations. In 1994, Starbucks bought the chain — along with the rights to the Frappuccino name — for a cool $23 million.
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