The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino is a limited time treat on the Starbucks menu. It’s currently only making a run from April 19th to April 23rd in both Canada and the US. If you’re on social media, you probably have seen everyone talking about or posting about the drink. The hype machine has been intense, to say the least. So, we thought – why not review it? I mean, it’s definitely not in line with what we focus on, but when something is so widely talked about – it’s fair game. Keeping with our style, we’ll break it down into whether you should go out and buy the Unicorn Frappuccino.
Unicorn Frappuccino Design
The purple and blue frapp is interesting to look at. It’s also a little bit ridiculous to have in your hand. I mean, I’m comfortable in my skin – but as a grown man, walking out of a Starbucks with this made me feel ridiculous. It didn’t help that I bought the Venti size for most Unicorn-ness. I will give them credit on creation though. They mix the main beverage as a standard frapp, but the cup gets some flavour gel along the sides. Topped with whipped cream, it then gets both a sweet and a sour topping sprinkled on top. For a drink called “Unicorn”, it delivers on the expected look.
Unicorn Frappuccino Taste
My first sip of the Unicorn Frappuccino was confusing. I didn’t taste mango, but it also wasn’t what I expected. I had heard the hype that it was very tart – that didn’t happen (at first). It tasted a lot like a creamsicle, with less flavour. As I got to the whipped cream topping, that’s where I hit the super sour part. Mixing it together, and it became a confusing mix of sweet and sour. Nothing stands out, except for the bright colour. I love caramel frapps, and occasionally enjoy their mocha frapps too… but this wasn’t on that level. This was a drink designed for children wanting a sugar rush and for Instagrammers wanting a great photo. Taste is not a priority.
Unicorn Frappuccino Nutrition
There’s not a lot to love about the nutritional content of Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino. In my case, I opted for the Venti sized option with 2% milk for a tiny bit of caloric reduction (it comes standard with whole milk). My drink was 480 calories and contains 76 grams of sugar… that’s like 7 Reeses Peanut Butter Cups or almost two bags of Skittles. NOW, that said, it is a treat – and it’s only here for 4 days… so I would say it’s still worth trying. Opt for the smallest size they will make. Unless you are a child, you won’t have the ability to drink any more of it than that.
The Unicorn Frappuccino is around in Canada and the US until the 23rd of April.