The internet seems to have lost its ever loving mind over Starbucks’ newest creation. Yes, it’s here, the Unicorn Frappucino for a “limited time”, which is prompting people all over the world to race to their nearest overpriced coffee-house and try the natural food dye laden non-caffeinated beverage.
I mean I get it, it’s pink, and glittery, and makes for a great Snap or Insta post, but to me, it looks disgusting. And apparently, it tastes the same. Not that I’d ever fork over the five bucks to try it. But this guy did, and apparently, it doesn’t live up to the pretty presentation. It’s sour not berry-licious as it appears, and as Mike Fahey from Snactaku puts it,
It’s mango, colored with some sort of powder. The whipped cream up top is dusted with sparkly sprinkles of intensely sour sugar, and the blue stuff in the cup is actual unicorn semen.
He clarifies that it’s not actually unicorn semen, whew!
When I saw the drink popping up all over my social feeds, I immediately looked for the nutritional information, because I’m lame like that. I was happy to learn that no actual Red 40 or other food dyes are in this particular unicorn creation, Starbucks opting instead for fruit and vegetable coloring in the actual drink. The glittery goodness on top is just colored sugar, and mind you, not coffee or pick me up in this baby. Except for the sugar.
If you are trying to watch your waistline, 59 grams of sugar probably isn’t what you are looking for after binging on Easter candy. The equivalent of three Snickers bars. (Yum!)
I have to applaud the marketing genius’s at Starbucks though, for always coming up with magical and inventive drinks to lure customers back into its stores. A glittery pink libation is perfect for a social media frenzy and sure to get loads of attention, hits, posts, and mentions on TV, radio, and the net. Plus it has my five-year-old super excited to try a real life pink unicorn drink!
From the sound of the reviews though, this frap probably should have stayed buried in baristas imaginations.
If you’d like to try this shimmering, sugary, sour slushie, hurry! It’s only available through the weekend until April 23rd. Or you could donate that $5 to someone in need, which would make unicorns all over the globe truly happy.
Kathy Radigan says
I”m hoping that my daughter doesn’t see this because she is going to want this, just because it’s colored and sparkly!! She won’t care that it doesn’t taste good. She won’t even drink it, she will just want to look at it!! Lol! You are right, it’s brilliant marketing.
J. Ivy Boyter says
I thought it looked fun … and goes well with the current unicorn obsession. But, that’s as far as I took my interest. I know better than to do that stuff … also I’m boring and like to stick to tried and true goodness so I’m not disappointed over spending that $5 ????
I’m pretty sure this would be something my daughter would jump at but the sugar content alone makes me cringe. Although it is cute looking the promotional shots. i haven’t seen it around so I had to go cruising on instagram to see how it held up to social media.
Janine Huldie says
I admit I was curious at first as their marketing I agree for this was brilliant. But I have a few friends who have tried it and said similar to the guy above minus the unicorn semen (LOL). But I will add was told the sprinkles actually tasted like vinegar. Plus, I agree the calories aren’t worth it for me either. So, this will most likely be a pass for me, too.
You know my POV on this….why eat so much sugar. Plus, I don’t even crave the frosting infused, bright colored candy items anymore. Though today, I’ve already eaten four medjool dates with almond butter. Lots of calories, but very wholesome. xoxo