Starbuck’s Unicorn Frappuccino Has Enough Sugar for 6 Donuts
Facebook, Instagram, and Starbucks stores have mostly been trending one thing today…. Selfies with Unicorns. Starbucks came out with a Unicorn Frappuccino and even though there’s no coffee in it people have lost it over this high-sugar drink.
This drink packs more sugar than half a dozen glazed Krispy Kreme donuts. Unicorns have that power but do they have the power to save your health from this overdose. The Unicorn Frappuccino is bright pink and blue and topped with edible glitter released on April 19 to much fanfare and colorful instagram snaps.
It also contains “blended crème” with “mango syrup” and layered with a “blue sour drizzle,” according to Starbucks. It’s then topped with whipped cream and a dusting of pink and blue powder. The drink starts as a purple color with swirls of blue, and changes color and flavor with each stir going from sweet and fruity to tangy and tart, according to the release.
So, what exactly is in this Unicorn Overdose?
The vibrant blue is made from spirulina (a naturally-blue algae), and the pink is from a mixture of fruit sources including apple, cherry, radish, and sweet potato. Yup, These are actually natural. But that’s about where the good stuff ends. The drink itself is an elaborate concoction of ice, milk, crème frappuccino syrup, mango syrup, “blue drizzle,” and whipped cream. This means you’re getting dairy, sugar, sugar, and more sugar. The ingredient information also lists natural and artificial flavors in the various syrups which could also mean questionable things added to the ingredients not shown.
The grande size of this novelty drink (16 ounces) is made with whole milk and topped with whipped cream is 401 calories, 16 grams of fat (10 grams saturated), 5 grams of protein, 62 grams of carbs (0 grams of fiber), and a whopping 59 grams of sugar. For a venti (24 ounces), you’re looking at 500 calories, 18 grams of fat (11 grams saturated), 7 grams of protein, 79 grams of carbs (0 grams of fiber), and an alarming 76 grams of sugar. The tall size of 12 ounces brings you to 280 calories and 39 grams of sugar. The FDA recommends no more than 50 grams of added sugars a day for the average adult, meaning one grande or venti will put you way over the limit.
Tons of sugar and you don’t even get a coffee buzz because it’s caffeine-free.
The Unicorn Frappuccino is only available until April 23. If you are dying to share a photo of you drinking this sensation on social media then we suggest you drink it tall with no whipped cream added. It’s still too much sugar for one day.
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