'Unicorn Frappuccino' for limited time at Starbucks

The mini shot-glass sized cups were drizzled with a sour blue syrup, and the cotton candy pink drink was topped with whipped cream and blue and pink sprinkles.

I agree with my fellow editors that the frap is aesthetically pleasing, but I'm not sure I could really drink it again. It is further layered with drizzling blue sour tinge give it a odd sour taste. One thing we do know for certain?

The pretty pink, blue and purple drink tastes the way I believe a unicorn would taste. The beverage, which doesn't contain coffee, is caffeine free. Food bloggers rushed to recreate and top the magical concoction. I guess there's some mango in there, although it's overshadowed by a mouth-puckering sour flavor and immediately forgotten in the aftermath of a long-lasting, tongue-coating Robitussin aftertaste. The whole-milk Frappuccino was slower to change colors, even with my aggressive stirring - not quite the speedy transformation I had hoped for.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of huge coffee drinks in the morning. Starbucks says its newest beverage not only changes colors with a stir of the straw, but flavors as well.

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And while Starbucks has said that the drink will only remain on the menu for a limited period, there is a slim chance that it could make a more permanent return in the future.

A tall (12-ounce) Unicorn Frappuccino costs $4.25 to $4.95, depending on the market and any customizations. On the other hand, it has 39 grams of sugar, which is basically the same as eating two Snickers bars (20 grams a pop).

Oh. and I'm not actually sparkling. If I'm going to stupidly consume that much sugar, I at least want it to taste like it. "The more swirling, the more the beverage magically transforms!" "The more you swirl, the more pink and tangy the beverage turns".

This Metro editor had a chance to try a Unicorn Frap one day early.

  • Stacy Houston