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Unicorn Drink at Starbucks

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Unicorn Drink at Starbucks

I'm more of a black coffee kind of person, but I have to admit Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino sparked my curiosity.

-It changes colour (as things tend to do when you mix them).
-It apparently tastes like sweet and sour candy.
-It has generated a crazy amount of "news" coverage.

Available in Canada starting April 19th. But only for 5 days (presumably because it doesn't taste that good).

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How much sugar in a venti?
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How much sugar in a venti?
A tall has 39g of sugar and 280 calories, so a venti would have 78g of sugar and 560 calories. Definitely won't be getting this.
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Without having to sit through 5 minutes of garbage, is there actually a spot where it changes color?
Or is it just due to mixing?
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LOL. It looks amazing. But it isn't a "shake" unless it is mixed. A desert inspired by Instagram.

On a side note, over the weekend I tried a German iced coffee (cold coffee and ice cream). Visually stunning, unfortunately it didn't really taste that great, the ingredients tasting far better when separate.

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Apr 18th, 2017 11:03 pm
A tall has 39g of sugar and 280 calories, so a venti would have 78g of sugar and 560 calories. Definitely won't be getting this.
I heard a woman comment today that it wasn't sweet enough. Lol!!

I'm sticking to my London Fog with sugar-free syrup. The Teavana Earl Grey is the best I've ever tasted. Lots of Bergamot, a hint of lemon drop and somehow it tastes like cardamom.
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I'm still amazed that Starbucks somehow managed to convince millions of people that a dairy free milkshake with 100g of sugar is a "coffee" and something to get daily.

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death_hawk wrote:
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Without having to sit through 5 minutes of garbage, is there actually a spot where it changes color?
Or is it just due to mixing?
Sat through 5 minutes of garbage for you. It's just due to mixing.
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Thanks. You deserve it.
So the "media" is going nuts over a drink that doesn't do anything but contain food coloring?
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Apr 19th, 2017 2:13 pm
Thanks. You deserve it.
So the "media" is going nuts over a drink that doesn't do anything but contain food coloring?
According to my thorough research it also changes flavours: "Magical flavors start off sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour."

Lots of ingredients but none of them contain coffee...

Ingredients
Ice, Milk, Crème Frappuccino Syrup [Water, Sugar, Salt, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid], Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Mono And Diglycerides, Carageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Mango Syrup [Sugar, Water, Mango Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavor, Passion Fruit Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Turmeric, Gum Arabic], Blue Drizzle [White Chocolate Mocha Sauce (Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Sorbate, Monoglycerides), Classic Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid), Sour Blue Powder (Citric Acid, Color [Spirulina, Water, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid])], Pink Powder [Dextrose, Fruit And Vegetable Color (Apple, Cherry, Radish, Sweet Potato)], Sour Blue Powder [Citric Acid, Color (Spirulina, Water, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid)].
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Apr 19th, 2017 1:10 pm
I'm still amazed that Starbucks somehow managed to convince millions of people that a dairy free milkshake with 100g of sugar is a "coffee" and something to get daily.
Pretty sure most Frap fans know that their "crème" or "cream" Frappuccinos don't contain coffee. They are great for teenagers or people who don't like caffeine after 3pm. And arguably no less healthy than a donut, slice of pie, pastry or even a large soft drink (or beer, wine or liquor).

Milkshakes are an American tradition that Starbucks can hardly take credit for. It is a drink that is quite adapted to a drinking age of 21, cheap milk, religions that ban alcohol and warm climates.

I don't know of anybody that gets a frappuccino daily, although they might be out there.

https://www.starbucks.ca/menu/beverage-list/frappuccino

If it is any consolation, Starbucks failed miserably in Australia.
https://munchies.vice.com/en_us/article ... c58c4f1b65

Although apparently they are trying again.
http://www.news.com.au/finance/business ... 822b1e31b4

Tim Hortons should try Australia and introduce inexpensive drip coffee to the working class folks in Melbourne (where winters are quite cool). Not sure what the Australian equivalent is to a Tims Ice cap.
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tried it. Reminds me of the candies I used to eat, It's almost disgustingly sweet or sour until you mix it well and then it seems ok.
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sn00ch wrote:
Apr 19th, 2017 2:51 pm
According to my thorough research it also changes flavours: "Magical flavors start off sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour."
Oh that's easy to do then.
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Apr 19th, 2017 3:35 pm
Pretty sure most Frap fans know that their "crème" or "cream" Frappuccinos don't contain coffee. They are great for teenagers or people who don't like caffeine after 3pm. And arguably no less healthy than a donut, slice of pie, pastry or even a large soft drink (or beer, wine or liquor).

Milkshakes are an American tradition that Starbucks can hardly take credit for. It is a drink that is quite adapted to a drinking age of 21, cheap milk, religions that ban alcohol and warm climates.
The difference is that Starbucks somehow convinced people that drinking them daily is a good idea.
Milkshakes used to be an occasional treat.
Also at a hugely inflated cost considering there's nothing expensive in them.
I don't know of anybody that gets a frappuccino daily, although they might be out there.
I know quite a few people that have a daily addiction.
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death_hawk wrote:
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I know quite a few people that have a daily addiction.
"Habit" if they are drinking the non-coffee versions. I thank them for paying the rent. :) Although there is arguably less labour involved in black coffee.
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Apr 19th, 2017 1:24 pm
Sat through 5 minutes of garbage for you. It's just due to mixing.
thanks for taking one for the team :)
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