Unicorn Swirled Happiness?

Did you get a chance to try the Unicorn Frappe?

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I had to break down and give the Unicorn Frappe a try. I know! It’s not even coffee! I don’t go to Starbucks just for coffee though. I love their non-coffee drinks a good bit. So when I read that this drink was more like a Mango Milkshake with some pizazz, I knew I would be one of those people lining up for a taste of the magical color swirls.

To start off, the colors were fantastic! The bright colors made me feel a little magical inside. I know the lengthy complaints of what they had to put in that cup to make those colors, I’ve been hearing them since the release. Unless you research and monitor everything you eat and drink, then it’s not going to be much different than what you are already consuming. Next was the taste. I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting when I received that first sip on my taste buds, but it blew my mind. To me, it tasted like those orange creamcicles that I would eat as a kid. You know the kind, they had to thin orange layer on the outside and were white on the inside.  It tasted EXACTLY like those. I gave the straw a swirl so I could see what the blue swirls were about. Apparently I didn’t do enough reading before purchasing. It was a sour blue raspberry powder. I gave it an A+ for shock value. There was a moment of regret, mostly because I really don’t like super sour stuff. After a happy squeal in my car, I swirled the straw around some more and took another drink. If you let the drink get a little melty, it starts turning from pink with blue swirls to smaller blue swirls with purple radiating away from the blue. It was pretty fun to watch.

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Needless to say, the drink was MAGICAL! I was super disappointed that they were SOLD OUT of every location in the Denver Metro area near me by the next day, so I only got the one. I’m really hoping that Starbucks will decide to bring them back, and hopefully give their poor overworked employees a raise the week they re-release it. Of course I posted pictures on Snapchat and showed everyone the magical happiness that I was gulping down. First question was if it was good, then what did it taste like. A few of my friends did point out how much sugar it had, but that didn’t bother me too much. If you get any of the sugar loaded drinks, it was comparable. See the picture below.
Unicorn vs Java

This is a side by side screen shot from http://www.starbucks.com showing nutritional information of 2 drinks. One is the Unicorn Frappuccino Blended Creme and the other is the Java Chip Frappuccino Blended Coffee. Both are non-customized size Grande. The drink on the left has 59 grams of sugar while the drink on the right has 66 grams of sugar. While I left the labels off the screenshot, there is one clue as to which nutritional fact page belongs to which drink. The Unicorn Frappe is a creme blend while the Java Chip Frappe is a coffee blend. If you look at the bottom of the picture, you will see that the drink on the left with 59 grams of sugar has 0 caffeine, while the drink on the right with 66 grams of sugar has 110 milligrams of caffeine.

The Unicorn Frappe actually has less sugar, carbohydrates, and calories than the Java Chip Frappe. Now, this isn’t much of a surprise because it is a well known fact that Starbucks loads it’s blended drinks with sugar, but it might be a surprise because the colorful drink actually has less sugar (not by much) than the coffee drink.

 

Did you get a chance to try the Unicorn Frappe? How would you rate it? If you didn’t get a chance, would you try it if they brought it back?

Coffee and Writing

The idea that coffee and writing goes hand in hand, but does it really?

I’ve been writing for years now, and drinking coffee. The idea that coffee and writing goes hand in hand, but does it really? What is it about the stereotypical writer sitting in a coffee shop with their notebook writing with a steaming aromatic cup of joe always within reach?

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Some people opt for tea instead of coffee, but that topic is for another day. There is no end to the possibilities when discussing tea. Back to the topic of the day. Coffee. Some enthusiasts believe that there is only one way to make a cup of coffee. A mug and hot coffee: no sugar, no cream, no additives at all. Other enthusiasts will try just about any combination once. With all the possibilities, it is hard to get into the world of life altering delicious coffee.

I must admit, there is something inspiring about sitting at a favorite spot with my preferred writing tools (paper and pen or my trusty laptop) sipping on a cup of coffee. There is an immediate dissipation of all stress in my life. Combine this with my TG Lurgen music mix on YouTube, and I don’t have a care in the world unless it involves writing.

When I walk into a coffee shop, I instantly get overwhelmed. I’m not a connoisseur of coffee. Honestly, I make my own coffee at home and just throw together a great combination of ingredients that I will never be able to exactly replicate again. I can stand in front of the menu and read the variations of lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, frappuccinos, and brews and not have a clue about most of it. I usually stick to macchiatos or frappuccinos depending on whether I want hot or cold.

I think it is time to go on a coffee adventure to discover all the great flavors of coffee.

What about you? Let me know if you are an expert or novice coffee drinker. What is your go to drink for writing?