Starbucks calls shifting-color drink a "Unicorn Frappuccino"


The oddball Starbucks drink came about as way to ride the unicorn food craze, a social media-fueled fad that involves decorating everything from toast to cupcakes in bright colors. From what I could tell, each of the current customers had no idea what I had ordered. It makes me want to curl up in a ball and hibernate until Tom Brady retires from the National Football League at age 53.

Unlike unicorns, this is real. When I swirled it, it just moved around the blue drizzle on the outside of the cup.

It's not the first time Starbucks has jumped on a craze. With the tangy transformation, the drink tastes like an Orange Julius or Creamsicle, with touches of a candy like Sour Patch Kids or Sour Skittles. The coffee giant is also dealing with competition from smaller stores that appeal to younger consumers.

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A tall (12-ounce) Unicorn Frappuccino costs $4.25 to $4.95, depending on the market and any customizations. "Gage..." I was surprised, to say the least.

The Unicorn Frappuccino is a beverage created entirely because it's weird and pretty to look at. 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. It was off-putting at first, but the drink hadn't taken its form yet. However, I couldn't get a venti unicorn frappucino. The more it's stirred, the more the Unicorn Frappuccino will apparently morph into tart, pink beverage. This mixes together Chai Crème Frappuccino with soy milk, cinnamon dolce syrup (1.5 pumps tall, 2 pumps grande, 2.5 pumps venti) and is topped with cinnamon dolce sprinkles. Then it's layered with a sour blue powder topping. It's only available until April 23, and once it goes away, we'll all wonder: Was it just a myth? "I can't deal with sibling rivalry so early". It turned whipped cream - easily the best part of any coffee drink - into the foamy equivalent of Greek yogurt. That's what this tastes like.

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