Starbucks Unicorn Frappucino: How Magical Was It?

Ever wonder how unicorn taste like? Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino might give you the closest experience.

Last April 19, Starbucks offered its limited edition “Unicorn Frappuccino” which was only available until April 23 at limited stores across US, Canada, and Mexico. The new item earned a buzz online even before it was officially announced. At a press release, Starbucks described the colorful blended drink “a first taste that is sweet and fruity. But give it a stir and its color changes to pink, and the flavor evolves to tangy and tart.”


The unicorn frappuccino is a mix of mango syrup and blue drizzle, topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with pink and blue “fairy powders”. The magical drink became a social media hit and everybody wanted a fill of it, mostly for their Instagram feeds and to satisfy their curiosity.

People loved the pretty drink and had posted it all over different social media platforms.

“As a white girl, it is my sworn duty to take an aesthetic photo of my @starbucks #unicornfrappuccino”

“Could not resist the allure of the #unicornfrappuccino because who can say no to edible glitter, amiright?”


But how does it taste like? Others loved it and others want to gag and regretted they bought the drink. It all mixed reaction but most of them are swooned by how great it looks and in the end it’s pretty okay.

“For anyone curious, the unicorn frappuccino from @Starbucks is freakin magical and delicious”

“It tastes as beautiful as it looks”

“The unicorn frappuccino looks pretty but tastes like crap. Don’t do it”

“It’s a little gross, but still! It sparkles”

“It tastes like soggy fruity pebbles”

“It’s too sweet for me but I am obsessed with the colors!”


American comedian and television host Stephen Colbert expressed his honest opinion of the drink on his Friday Late Night Show. “I have no idea how many unicorns they’re grinding up for these things, but I’m guessing PETA is furious,” he started before taking a sip and describing the color as “tumor”.

“Oh. I wish I was dead,” taking a gulp of the colorful drink. “It tastes like I French-kissed Tinkerbell.

“That’s not weird,” he added hastily realizing what he said was a bit weird. “She’s an adult, she’s just very small.”

“Take this away before I say something else incriminating,” he said handing the drink to one staff.

But amidst the hype for the unicorn frappuccino, others are alarmed by the extra amount of sugar in it. Made with 410 calories of whole milk and whipped cream, flavored syrups, various sweet sauces, and food coloring for the powder. And the star of the drink? None other than sugar.


A grande unicorn frappucino contains one and a half times more than the maximum amount of sugar that is recommended for a person’s body per day. The American Heart Association limits the added sugar (any sugar added to food during processing or preparation) to 6 to 9 teaspoon or 24 to 36 grams per day. So if you drink a tall unicorn frappuccino which contains 39 grams of sugar, you’re consuming more added sugar in just one drink for a whole day. Isn’t it alarming?

But with the drink’s immense popularity, this fact is being buried or ignored. We just hope that Starbucks upcoming novelty drinks will promote health more than anything else.


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