So I gave into the hype… and tried the Unicorn Frappuccino. This wasn’t something I needed in any way, shape, or form. When I go to Starbucks, I’m usually going to get something caffeinated, which has the benefit of giving me energy. The Unicorn Frappuccino, however, offers no true benefit. There’s no caffeine in it; rather, it’s chock full of calories and sugar. It’s basically a Starbucks branded milkshake.
Why did I feel so compelled to try it, though? There’s something about Starbucks that gets in your head. They kept toting their Unicorn Frappuccino as the new “it” thing and it got under my skin. It was decided. I was going to have to try it.
While many were not a fan- including celebrities– I went in without any pre-judgements. Granted, the barista- whom I informed I’d be doing a review of it- told me not to name them, but that it tasted like “curdled milk.” Awesome way to start my experience with the latest beverage.
When I took my first sip… I didn’t hate it. I actually kind of enjoyed it. It was like a mango-esque Gogurty milkshake with a pixie stick aftertaste. It honestly wasn’t bad. I had heard rumblings of people claiming that there was a “sour patch kid” component to it, but I didn’t taste anything sour… until almost halfway through the drink.
Suddenly, I took a gulp of the most awkwardly sour thing I had tasted- quite possibly ever- and was kind of turned off. That didn’t stop me from finishing it, though, as I was determined to get through it to give a full review.
Once the sour taste hit, it didn’t go away, and it made the second half of the beverage far less pleasant than the first half.
While I likely wouldn’t order the Unicorn Frappuccino again, I wouldn’t say it was the worst thing I’ve ever had to drink, but I certainly wouldn’t say it was the best. There’s really no need for it, but Starbucks gets major props for being genius with their marketing campaign. Regardless of the quality of the drink, it’s had everyone talking about it, and I think that’s kind of the point.