Starbucks: Unicorn Frappuccino

Anyone who knows me knows that I love gimmicky foods.  From 7-11’s Doritos loaded to Taco Bell’s Naked Chicken Chalupa.  The weirder the better.  I’m so there!  I’ve been even more fascinated with the foods they come out with in Japan.  Although the restaurants have originated from our country, why is it that they come out with more interesting products?

Lo and behold!  Starbucks America has come out with a worthy gimmick drink.  Japan worthy I would say.   I’ve had my fair share of limited Starbucks drinks.  Although I love getting them, I don’t like them most of the time.  It usually turns out way too sweet or weird tasting.  So my bar was pretty low to begin with.  That and I’ve been reading about people complaining that it’s either too sweet or too sour.  The first Starbucks I went to ran out of mango syrup.  Really?!  On the first day?!  I guess it’s not so surprising considering the unicorn craze nowadays.  So I stopped by another location on the way home from work.

I was enamored as soon as I saw my pretty drink.  A vibrant pink with blue swirls, topped with a cloud of whipped cream and “fairy powder”.  My pictures did not do it justice.  OK, so it’s aesthetically pleasing.  But anything that vibrant must taste disgusting right?

The first couple sips tasted like a mellow mango creamsicle.  Like I’m taking a unicorn ride back to my childhood, enjoying an ice cold creamsicle on a hot summers day, shading myself from the sun with my Lisa Frank folder.  Suddenly, the unicorn knocks me off  with a burst of sourness.  I’m saved by the fluffy whipped cream that is topped with Pixy Stix-like powder.  So this is the transformation they were talking about.  I nod my head in approval.

But take my review with a grain with salt.  I could be biased in taste because of the nostalgia.  Also, every barista makes it differently.  I would probably try it again at a different place just to see if it tastes the same.

Taken from the Starbucks website:

The flavor-changing, color-changing, totally not-made-up Unicorn Frappuccino. Magical flavors start off sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour. Swirl it to reveal a color-changing spectacle of purple and pink. It’s finished with whipped cream-sprinkled pink and blue fairy powders.


Ice, Milk, Crème Frappuccino Syrup [Water, Sugar, Salt, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid], Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Mono And Diglycerides, Carageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Mango Syrup [Sugar, Water, Mango Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavor, Passion Fruit Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Turmeric, Gum Arabic], Blue Drizzle [White Chocolate Mocha Sauce (Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Sorbate, Monoglycerides), Classic Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid), Sour Blue Powder (Citric Acid, Color [Spirulina, Water, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid])], Pink Powder [Dextrose, Fruit And Vegetable Color (Apple, Cherry, Radish, Sweet Potato)], Sour Blue Powder [Citric Acid, Color (Spirulina, Water, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid)].