Unicorn Frappuccino

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The Unicorn Frappuccino was a drink created by Starbucks, introduced in April 2017.[1][2][3] It is made with ice, milk, pink powder, sour blue powder, crème Frappuccino syrup, mango syrup, and blue drizzle. In the 24-oz. size, it contains 500 calories, 18 grams of fat, 76 grams of sugar, and 55 milligrams of cholesterol.[4] The drink was available only for a limited time, ending on April 23, 2017.

The Unicorn Frappuccino was criticized by the Stratford Health Department for having too much sugar. This was due to the fact that the American Heart Association recommends that women consume 0.88 ounces (25 g) of sugar every day, and that men consume 1.3 ounces (36 g) of sugar every day.[5]

Some saw the "vibrantly hued, flavor-shifting, color-changing" drink as part of a larger, social media-fueled embrace of the unicorn in 2017.[6][7][8]

Dragon Frappuccino[edit]

Most stores sold out of the Unicorn Frappuccino before April 23, 2017,[9][3][10] leading to the creation of the unofficial Dragon Frappuccino.[11]

The Dragon Frappuccino was colored green and purple or pink.[12][13] The recipe can vary, but it is generally regarded as being a Green Tea Frappuccino with vanilla bean powder,[14][15][16] which forms the green color, and berry cup swirl,[14][15][16] which forms the purple or pink color. Occasionally, the vanilla bean powder is excluded.[12] The drink additionally can have mango sprinkles on top.[17] Although this drink is supposed to be a replacement for the limited Unicorn Frappuccino, the berry cup swirl is hard to find,[18] as it is an ingredient left over from the Unicorn Frappuccino.[19] It was also praised for its inclusion of caffeine.[12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Roy, Jessica (April 19, 2017). "Taste test: Starbucks is now serving a Unicorn Frappuccino". Los Angeles Times. Tronc. ISSN 0458-3035. OCLC 3638237. Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
  2. ^ Bowerman, Mary (April 18, 2017). "People are freaking out over Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino". USA Today. Gannett Company. ISSN 0734-7456. Retrieved April 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Judkis, Maura (April 19, 2017). "Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino tastes like sour birthday cake and shame". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. OCLC 2269358. Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ Unicorn Frappuccino® Blended Crème, Starbucks, 2017, retrieved 25 April 2017 
  5. ^ Cuda, Amanda (April 23, 2017). "Stratford Health Department says 'No' to 'Unicorn'". Connecticut Post. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  6. ^ Kline, Daniel (7 June 2017), Is 1 of These Drinks Starbucks' Next Unicorn Frappuccino?, The Motley Fool, retrieved 24 June 2017 
  7. ^ Eaton, Hillary (2 June 2017), You Can Now Turn All Your Food into Unicorn Food, Food & Wine, retrieved 2 June 2017 
  8. ^ How social media influences food trends, Al Jazeera, 28 May 2017, retrieved 2 June 2017 
  9. ^ Bowerman, Mary (April 20, 2017). "Starbucks barista loses it over unicorn frappuccino mania". USA Today. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  10. ^ Taylor, Kate (April 18, 2017). "Photos of Starbucks' new color-changing 'Unicorn' Frappuccino are taking over Instagram — here's what you need to know". Business Insider. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  11. ^ Pennell, Julie (April 25, 2017). "And the saga continues: Now Starbucks has a Dragon Frappuccino". Today. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c Swertlow, Meg (April 25, 2017). "Starbucks Is Having Another Moment With the Unofficial Dragon Frappuccino". E! Online. 
  13. ^ Weiner, Zoë (April 24, 2017). ""Dragon Frappuccinos" Were Secretly a Thing at Starbucks This Weekend". Teen Vogue. 
  14. ^ a b Grant, Megan. "The "Dragon Frappuccino" At Starbucks Is The Unicorn Frappuccino's Unofficial Successor & It's Just As Magically Delicious". 
  15. ^ a b Parker, Brinton. "The Starbucks Dragon Frappuccino Is Here to Kick Some Unicorn Ass". 
  16. ^ a b "Starbucks Unleashed A Dragon Frappuccino Over The Weekend, Too". 
  17. ^ Statz, Augusta (April 25, 2017). "Move over, Unicorn Frappuccino: Starbucks' Dragon Frappuccino is here". KNXV-TV. 
  18. ^ Clarridge, Christine. "Starbucks' Dragon Frappuccino is new 'secret' drink craze". The Seattle Times. 
  19. ^ Lederman, Drew (May 1, 2017). "Starbucks Unicorn Frappucino vs Dragon Frappucino". Washington Square News.