Starbucks barista has social media meltdown over Unicorn Frappuccino

Danny Woods
April 21, 2017

But what are Starbuck's newest and most magical, limited-edition drinks actually made from?

"Swirl it to reveal a colour-changing spectacle of purple and pink". Braden Burson, a barista from Colorado, had a meltdown as he described the pains it took to make the sugary drink. A simple stirring of the drink will transform it right in front of your eyes from purple and blue with a sweet and fruity flavor to a pink drink that tastes tangy and tart.

Tribune staffers curious about Starbucks' colorful Unicorn Frappuccino headed over to the South Higuera Street location in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday to find out what all those Instagram photos were about. "I have unicorn crap all in my hair, on my nose", he yelled.

The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino is available from April 19-23. It was as if Starbucks blended together all of the candy Valentines I received in second grade (back in a civilized society when the whole class gave them out, and you were never left hungry and lonely on V-Day). He posted a video (now-deleted) on Twitter after his shift complaining that it was hard to keep up with orders for the drink and he's "never been so stressed out" in his life.

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The Unicorn Frappuccino is made by blending pink powder into a mango-flavored Frappuccino, which is then layered with whipped cream and pink powder on top.

But I did think it would be amusing to take a taste test with my colleagues and get their take on the Unicorn.

Starbucks says it's reaching out to Burson. The original video has now been deleted, but Burson appeared to re-post the video on Thursday. Burson added that his intentions were not to "downgrade" the Unicorn Frappuccino. That is more than twice the amount of sugar that adult men and women are recommended to eat in an entire day. But one Starbucks employee isn't happy about it. You can snap a picture of the drink for social media, share in a taste-test and be able to take part in this current conversation. Tell us what you thought in the comments!

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