Pregnancy cravings are real y’all. Sometimes they are things from your childhood and other times they are just totally random. Like a bright pink, purple and blue frosty drink! When I was pregnant with G I used to tell RJ, every night for about four months, that what I really wanted was a giant turkey leg dipped into a pot of slightly melted M&M’s. I never go that. So after days alternating between being pulled both toward and slightly frightened by the images of Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino, I have finally had one.
I’m not a coffee drinker, like not at all, not a little, not ever. But, I love bright colors and I was completely attracted the marbled pinky-purple and blue swirls of the Unicorn Frappucinno. I was totally dazzled when I was first presented with my frosty cup, and the sour powder on top of the fluffy whipped cream seemed to sparkle. But what would it taste like? I had heard it was a delicious combination of sour and sweet. I had heard people say it tasted like birthday cake. What did it actually taste like?
It was really pretty gross.
At first sip of Unicorn Frappucinno I had a delicious taste of something that resembled yummy vanilla birthday cake. Next sip was a deliciously sour taste that felt like the best of all sour candies. Third sip yielded pleasantly citrusy mango notes. Then it all fell apart. I started getting sips that tasted like coconut (I loathe coconut), pungent citrus and something that was deeply funky. I kept trying to dig into the blue swirl for more sour goodness, but I couldn’t find it. So after about 8 small sips, I handed it over to RJ and started looking forward to the box of Lemonheads tucked in my Easter basket.
I’ve never had a frappuccino before and I have to say that I liked the creamy, sweet experience. But, I didn’t feel as much of the thrilling 1980’s experience I was expecting from consuming such a bright, glittery, pretty drink. (Although you can check out what other things from the 1980’s I think should get their own frappuccino too). The claim that drink changes color too is not quite true, as it melts it mostly stays mauve.
I would maybe try a different kind of frappuccino someday, but I didn’t like this flavor so definitely not a mango one! The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino is really pretty, but sadly it doesn’t live up to the hype.
Kari Liked: It’s so pretty! I loved the sour notes. But, seriously, the Unicorn Frappucinno is one of the prettiest drinks I’ve ever seen.
Kari Didn’t Like: Wherever and whatever that funky taste and the coconut flavor came from.
Right now Starbucks is selling a novelty nostalgia item that goes by the name of the Unicorn Frappuccino. While I expected to just outright hate this weird idea, the truth is more nuanced.
I actually enjoyed the flavors of this drink. The sweet and the sour of the coconut and the mango play well against each other and create a deeper flavor than I would have expected. There’s a trace of a mystery flavor that works well too, but I can’t identify beyond just a break from everything else. The sour powder is okay when mixed in with everything, but with the whipped cream, it is too much.
Just to be clear, the unicorn being referenced in this treat is a 1980’s, Lisa Frank, pastel colored, can hear the hair metal in the background unicorn, not a magical medieval unicorn. Which brings me to the problems with this beverage. The promised color changing magic is a bit of a joke, it really just changes colors as it melts. This also isn’t a Frappuccino in any sense of the word. There is no coffee flavor or possibility of caffeine.
But getting back to that definition of unicorn, my biggest problem is the lack of what actually defines a unicorn: the horn! I’m not picky, I’d take an edible straw, a tuille, or just a molded horn out of white chocolate that gets stuck on the top, but give me some kind of horn!
RJ Liked: The overall flavor
RJ Didn’t Like: The lack of horn!
Have you had the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino? Or do you think it’s unappealing? Tell us what you think of it in the comments.