Much like the rest of the Millennial task force that took to the streets yesterday to find a Starbucks, wait in line, and order the limited edition, clearly Instagram-inspired Unicorn Frappuccino, we too joined in on the fun. In case you missed the buzz, Starbucks released a limited-run Unicorn Frapp that was touted as "color-changing, flavor-changing, potentially life-changing." With a description like that, how could we not give this cold drink a shot? Read on to see what the Unicorn Frapp really tasted like.
What it is: a color-changing, sweet-meets-sour frappuccino that's clearly more for photographing than drinking (in the best way possible, naturally)
What it tastes like: The description from Starbucks left us a little confused as to what the actual "flavor" was. According to the website, "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." Not really sure what pink and blue fairy powders taste like? But we were up to the challenge.
After waiting in a 10-minute line behind no less than half a dozen other eager Millennials, we got our hands on the magical mixture. First, thoughts: Take as many pictures as possible. On our way back to the office, we were stopped by at least three people, each saying, "Yeah, but does it taste good?" Well, Influensters here's what it tastes like: candy. Lots and lots of candy.
Although we struggled to put into words the exact flavors (Starbucks says there's mango in there, but we simply don't get it), we can tell you it tastes like someone put four of our favorite candies in a blender with ice and mixed it all together. And this isn't necessarily a bad thing. See the four candies we couldn't help but think of when sipping on the frozen bevy.
The first thing we thought of when describing this drink: Starbursts. Kind of sweet, kind of fruity, kind of ambiguous. If we had to pick which flavors the drink most reminded us of it would be pink and yellow. Take that as you will!
Next, we got a touch of burst of fruit flavor. (Perhaps this is the infamous mango flavor creeping in!) Similar to the somewhat-sourness of Skittles, the frapp had a pleasant blend of Skittles' flavors: Raspberry (blue), Mango Tangelo (orange), and Strawberry Starfruit (pink).
Next up, we got a burst of sour. Turns out pink and blue fairy powders are similar to that of SweeTarts. The bitter, tangy candy totally popped into our minds as we puckered up and sipped this drink.
Lastly, after each sip, we got a big gulp of sweetness lingering in our mouth. Much like after sucking on a Jolly Rancher until your tongue turns red, the Unicorn Frapp left our palate totally candy-coated.
The aftermath: We wouldn't say it changed flavors per say. It was pretty consistently sweet and sour throughout! And as for color-changing, the more we mixed it, the bluer it got, so props to that! And unlike some Unicorn haters, we enjoyed our magical frapp experience. But it's definitely not for anyone lacking a major sweet tooth. If you can't stomach tons of sugar, best stick to your typical Starbucks drink. And, even if you can handle the sugar rush, we suggest starting with the Tall size. Even our sugar-adoring selves found the uber sweet sip hard to finish!
Ultimately, we say go forth and live your best unicorn life, Influensters! The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino is available through April 23.
Would you try this drink? Have you tried it? What did it remind you of? Share with us below!