The Unicorn Frappuccino: Yay or Neigh?


Metro News

The Unicorn Frappuccino is the perfect drink for an aesthetically pleasing picture.

Mia Galex, Staff Writer

Our Rating: C

By now, you have probably heard of Starbucks’s limited edition drink, the Unicorn Frappuccino.  It has taken the coffee world by storm and received both criticism and praise for its unique taste.

There is no doubt that the drink, which debuted on Wednesday, gets its name from its ability to change flavors and colors when it is stirred.  It starts off pink and changes to blue as the flavor changes from sweet to tart.  The sweet flavor stems from the blended mango creme and the tart flavor kicks in when the creme blends with the sour powder topping.

“The Unicorn Frappe is a picture of sour candy and mango flavors, and it works quite well.  When mixed together, it tastes almost like a sour skittle, which on it’s own isn’t bad.  There are a few flaws, which include the bottom of the drink just tasting like sour candy, an unpleasant surprise.  Another flaw is that if it isn’t mixed together well, your first sip might be a mess of sour candy which will spoil the rest of the drink.  All in all, it is good when mixed but tastes bad if it’s not drunk correctly,” sophomore Alejandro Reboso said.

The first sip of the drink is so sweet it is overwhelming.  At the same time, that is to be expected from an already sugary drink to begin with blended with mango syrup, cream and sugar.  One thing became clear even before giving the drink a shot, if you usually stick to black coffee and are looking to explore other Starbucks options, the Unicorn Frap is not the place to start.  About a third of the way through the drink an unexpected sour flavor kicks in and makes the drink taste like orange juice mixed with Sour Skittles.

I tried the drink on the first day so I didn’t know that much about it but the sour flavor really ruined it for me.

— Junior Jennifer Soneira

The Unicorn Frappuccino was only on the market for five days because it was not a drink Starbucks intended for people to drink on a regular basis.  The drink tends to lean more to the aesthetics side of the scale rather than the appetizing side and in that case, Starbucks has succeeded.