We’re the first in line at Starbucks for pumpkin spice everything and all of the holiday specialities (if you haven’t treated yourself to the peppermint mocha, you haven’t really lived yet) but when the coffee spot released the Unicorn Frappuccino, the Justine editors had one thing to say: “What?”
Well, of course we had to give it a try. Wouldn’t you be curious to find out what liquid unicorn tastes like?
$5.41 later, we were in possession of the notorious Unicorn Frap. It’s as pretty in person as all the SnapChats of it that you have seen, and looks like cotton candy. Maybe that’s part of the reason it was so deceiving…we wanted it to taste like cotton candy. After the first sip, our brave guinea pig editor, who had volunteered as tribute, held it away from her like a bag of garbage, instead of a grande beverage. “Nope! Nope. No more!” She claimed that it tasted like super strong Sour Patch Kids mixed with Red Bull. So far, Unicorn wasn’t living up to its distant cousin, Mocha Chip.
A few more sips in, the flavors began to meld together, going from sour to sweet and back to sour again. It wasn’t terrible, but no one volunteered to finish it. The Unicorn Frap found its happy home in the trash.
Our verdict: Get it for the Instagram! It’s definitely worth it for the colorful and ultra-girly pic you’re sure to snap. But drink it? Pass.