The Most Controversial Drink of Springtime

By Maggie Callaghan

Edited by Gabby Nti

My Monday morning started out like any other. As I headed down to my internship at Cincy Magazine in downtown Cincinnati, I made my daily stop at Starbucks to get a venti iced coffee with two shots of espresso (needed, trust me). While waiting for my drink, I overheard the staff complaining about something. “It’s disgusting” one staff member said. The other replied with “Like seriously, who came up with this?”. I didn’t think much of it, only that whatever they were talking about must really be awful.

I had no clue what I was in for that day.

While on my hiatus at work from a no cellphone policy, I missed the entire world flip upside down…from the exact thing those staff workers were talking about. What caused the world to flip upside down you make ask?

The Unicorn Frappucino.

For the next couple days, all my social media was buzzing about a new magical, purple drink that was gaining more popularity than the famous “pumpkin spice latte”. Starbucks described this drink as “magical flavors [that] start off sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour. Swirl it to reveal a color-changing spectacle of purple and pink. It’s finished with whipped cream-sprinkled pink and blue fairy powders.” According to their website, a grande Unicorn Frappuccino has 410 calories and 230 milligrams of sodium. I doubt most people even looked at the nutritional facts, because otherwise a lot less people would have tried it.

Needless to say, the drink had taken over all of my social media feeds: snapchat, instagram, and even facebook. People were sharing pics of sipping on the drink and their opinions.

As seen in the picture, the purplish-pink blend features blue swirls and sprinkles to play off the magical creature: the Unicorn. Photo credits:

This might be the most controversial drink Starbucks has ever produced.

The debate got so heated and the drink was gaining so much attention, even celebrities like Anthony Bourdain got caught up in the debate. Bourdain is known for his knowledge of worldly cuisine and brutally honest critique of restaurants and chef, and he did not hold back this time.

Wow, that’s like four things I hate all in one sentence: Starbucks, unicorns, and the colors pink and purple,” says Bourdain in an interview with Town and Country. Also a Frappuccino! It’s the perfect nexus of awfulness. Just add pumpkin spice to that mix, and you can nuke the whole county.”

Many of my friends seemed to share the same opinion as Bourdain. My one friend Gaby Meissner, a freshman at Miami University discovered the limited-time drink on snapchat. She was very excited to try the next drink, but was quickly disappointed.

“It was just way too sugary,” says Meissner. “It was definitely worth the snapchat story, but I wouldn’t order it again.”

I never had the opportunity of trying this drink and quite frankly I don’t feel like I missed out on anything. I am just happy that the world has turned back to normal and I can go back to enjoying my venti iced coffee in peace.


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