Starbucks Calls Shifting-Color Drink a 'Unicorn Frappuccino'

Starbucks fans are already obsessed with the chain's latest - and perhaps strangest - creation: the Unicorn Frappuccino. Think again. From rainbow grilled cheese sandwiches to unicorn hot chocolate, this magical culinary club is getting another member: the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino. First it will be "sweet and fruity", but stirring the drink will change the flavor to "tangy and tart". Vanilla whipped cream and sweet pink and sour blue powder top it off.

The Unicorn Frapp starts out as purple with swirls of blue, and when you stir it, it changes to pink and the flavor transforms from sweet/fruity to tangy/tart. OMG! It appears no actual unicorns were harmed in the making of the libation.

Starbucks has released an official image, but when it comes to mass-produced Starbucks drinks, the reality often diverges from the ideal, Instagram-ready image.

So apparently it's a sweet and sour creamy mango-coffee drink...sounds, um, interesting. Sorry, UK and Australia, the myth-inspired beverage is only available at participating stores in the US, Canada and Mexico from April 19-23. Grown-up tasters assumed, based on the colors, that it was raspberry-flavored.

A grande standard-recipe version, made with whole milk and topped with whipped cream, has 410 calories, 140 of them from fat, and 59 grams of sugar.

  • Ernesto Newman