The Secret of Starbucks’ New Unicorn Frappuccino

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It’s been a while that the internet was buzzing with the Star Bucks’ New Unicorn Frappuccino. You, like everyone else, might be curious about this new addition to the Star Buck’s family.

Well, it’s finally out there, and many people have tried it already. A few of them were generous to share their new Starbuck experience over the internet. Some of them were excited, and some coughed their bad experiences out in a much deliberate manner. So the big question in mind is what actually is that new Unicorn Frappucino or more precisely, what’s this Unicorn has to offer? Let’s find out 🙂


This seemingly colorful blend is as magical as it looks!

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As you sip, it changes color as well as flavors, so Star Bucks has tried to offer the magical Unicorn experience with their new product. According to Star Bucks, it is,”sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour.” You can swirl it “to reveal a color-changing spectacle of purple and pink.”

Curious about the magical formula?

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The essential ingredients of standard Unicorn Frappuccino include whole milk and whipped cream. A grande version would pack a massive 410 calories (which of course differs when you include instructions about lower-fat or non-dairy milk, or skip the whipped cream).

Now, the ingredients of this signature drink include a variety of flavored syrups and sauces (Starbucks’ Crème Frappuccino Syrup, vanilla syrup, mango syrup, classic syrup, and white chocolate mocha sauce), and the “magical dust” is just a mixture of sugar and fruit & vegetable colors.


What’s the most magical of all?

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The core ingredient of this magical drink is Sugar and that why it packs a lot of calories. The syrups and sauces used in the drink which give it the “magical” color and flavors mainly consist of sugar.


Let’s put the Sugar into context!

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A standard grande Unicorn Frappuccino has got 59 grams (or ~15 teaspoons~) of sugar. Yup, that’s right, now let us compare with some of our other favorite sweets in life.

• One 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has 39 grams of sugar.

• One Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar has 24 grams of sugar.

• One Twinkie has 16.5 grams of sugar.

• One serving of Ben & Jerry’s Brownie Batter Core ice cream has 27 grams of sugar.

• One serving of Frosted Flakes has 10 grams of sugar.

So, a grande Unicorn Frappuccino offers one and half times more sugar than is recommended for your body.

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Excessive amounts of sugar intake can cause obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. American Heart Association recommends a maximum of 24–36 grams (6–9 teaspoons) of daily sugar intake. So even consuming a single tall Unicorn Frappuccino (39 grams of sugar), you will be taking more sugar than is recommended for a whole day.

Everything said, if you have a crave for sweetness you might want to give it a try!

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Here is a compilation of first-sip reactions and ~tasting notes~ by Buzz Feed for a sneak peak!

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