The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino might not be able to be entering the Philippines this 2017 or any time soon. But should it even be here? Here’s what’s in the Unicorn frap, its price, and whatever you need to know about this sparkly creation
We don’t have the Unicorn Frappuccino because Starbucks just released them in the USA, Canada, and Mexico and only in participating stores. It is a limited edition drink available from April 19 to 23. Will it be coming to the Philippines? I don’t think so. But wait, should it?
The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino is the most fabulous drink I have encountered in quite a long time. It’s pink, blue, purple, and a sparkle galaxy – exactly my aesthetic. So the moment they released it I thought I had to get my hands on them. The problem is I live in the Philippines, where the Strawberry Acai Refresher and the amazing Pink Drink have yet to arrive.
What is it anyway?
According to Buzzfeed, The Unicorn drink is made by mixing mango syrup, crème frappuccino syrup, vanilla syrup, white chocolate syrup, and classic syrup in whole milk and whipped cream.
The drink changes color as you drink it, turning from a bright pink to a beautiful purple. The colors are made from a bunch of colored sugar and vegetable and fruit based food coloring.
It contains a whopping 410 calories. Its price averages around $4.60 (~P230).
What does it taste like?
People were quick to buy the drink because naturally they were all curious to see how this Instagram-worthy item really tastes like.
It’s sweet. Then sour. Then tart.
You must probably already know why it’s sweet. The sour comes from that blue drizzle you see in the middle. It apparently tastes like Sour Patch Kids, which I usually compare to our local candy, Bazooka.
Bustle says that the whipped cream is the sole savior of this ultra sweet drink.
Should it come to the Philippines?
I don’t think so. Sure, for marketing and Instagram likes all over everyone’s feed but not for the actual tasting experience.
I’ve been going to Starbucks regularly these past few days and they’ve just released a new limited edition Popcorn and Pretzel Frappuccino alongside the return of their S’Mores Frappuccino.
The Filipino taste really is ‘cold and sweet’ proven by our love for sorbetes and halo-halo. However, I really think the Unicorn Frappuccino would be a tad bit too sweet, at least for me. I even doubt that the artificial mango syrup would compare to our amazing homegrown mangoes.
Starbucks already has a ton of sweet drinks to choose from, and are customizable thanks to their wide array of syrups. A barista also told me that they will be able to customize your drink for you as long as you give them the list of ingredients and a guide.
What I’m looking forward to is maybe Starbucks drinks based on local Filipino childhood candies.
Honestly, if Starbucks were to release a new drink here in the Philippines, I would prefer it to be the Strawberry Açai Refresher. It’s a cold drink made with frozen strawberries, hints of passion fruit, and the açai berry taste. Yes, it’s made with Green Coffee extract which makes it caffeinated too. It’s sweet and energizing and is perfect for this scorching summer heat.
It is also the base of this Instagram-able Pink Drink.