Today in the good ole U.S of A., Starbucks rolled out a new promotion for a limited time, the Unicorn Frappuccino. Now, I’m not terribly familiar with Starbucks or with Unicorns for that matter but I had access to this unique beverage and took my chance with the rare drink.
As I walked into Starbucks this morning, it didn’t take long for me to see promotional materials for the Unicorn Frappuccino but what did take a while was the long walk out of the coffee shop with the most colourful drink I’ve ever seen. From what I could tell, each of the current customers had no idea what I had ordered. It was made clear by the stares and judgemental eyes as I strutted out of there. And I don’t blame them for looking, honestly, you can’t really look away from this thing. Mixing the colours of blue, pink, purple and topped off with glittery whipped cream, it is certainly and eye catcher.
If you thought for a second this was a joke review, think again, overly confident, internet explorer:
My first complaint came directly from the promise of a colour changing drink, something I’ve never experienced, outside of a bar, in my life. I was sold promises of a drink that would change to the colour pink upon a quick swirl, but, to my dismay, the pink colour was blended onto the top layer of the drink. When I swirled it, it just moved around the blue drizzle on the outside of the cup. Maybe next time, Starbuck geniuses.
Now, for such a complicated drink, you think it would take an unruly amount of time to be delivered to me. Wrong again, impatient, coffee consumer. The Unicorn Frappuccino was out in a flash, with pure counter placement precision and a lethargic shout, “Gage… Gage…” I was surprised, to say the least.
But let’s talk about what you here to read about, what the hell did this colour explosion of a flavoured, chilled beverage based on a mythical creature taste like? Well, let me tell you, lover of satire reviews, it is exactly what you would think. At first taste, based on your ability to place a straw, tastes much like cream, a milky taste. It was off-putting at first, but the drink hadn’t taken its form yet. The following sip was straight up mango, just as advertised, the Unicorn Frappuccino hits you with that tropical fruit taste, and it’s great. What makes it so great is the pairing of every pure sugary candy you’ve ever tasted. Think of a mango dipped in crushed up Nerds or Sweet Tarts. Once that pink powder fuses with the Frappucino part of the Unicorn Frappucino, it just works in ways you wouldn’t dream of.
But it doesn’t end there, once your tongue becomes accustomed to the sweet, mango taste, the Unicorn Frappucino changes the game. BOOM. Sour Blue Drizzle sneaks its way to your tastes buds to even out the sweet.
Now you’ve got this battle of sweet and sour mango going on in your mouth while your brain thinks, “Why am I drinking this so early in the morning? I can’t deal with sibling rivalry so early.” Imagine if you had gone to the Sour Patch Kid factory and told them to make you a mango ice cream flavoured Sour Patch Kid, but then blended that up into a drink. That’s what this tastes like.
All in all, I liked it more than I should.
Americans, you only have until April 23 to try one of these out. Take the ride on the rainbow-fused, Unicorn Frappuccino.