Taste-testing the Unicorn Frappuccino

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Liana Thaggard,
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Friday, 28 April 2017, 2:38PM

Social media has gone crazy over Starbucks' latest offering - the magical Unicorn Frappuccino.

The ultra Instagrammable drink - with more than 150,000 images already carrying the hashtag #UnicornFrappuccino - isn't available in NZ, so we decided to whip up our own concoction.

What's inside it?

It's been described as tasting like "sour birthday cake and shame" though Starbucks says it tastes "magical".

Starbucks' official description is: "Magical flavours start off sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour. Swirl it to reveal a colour-changing spectacle of purple and pink. It's finished with whipped cream-sprinkled pink and blue fairy powders."

The drink contains ingredients such as mango syrup and the vague-sounding blue drizzle (white chocolate mocha sauce, classic syrup, sour blue powder), pink powder (apple, cherry, radish, sweet potato) and sour blue powder (spirulina). And of course it is blended with the usual ice, milk and a dollop of whipped cream to top it off.

What it should actually taste like is unclear. For our recipe we mixed ice, strawberry milk and vanilla ice cream with a couple of drops of food colouring. We made a pink, candy floss-flavoured goo and a blue, bubblegum goo to line our cups and topped off the concoction with whipped cream covered in crushed sour lollies, sherbet and pop rocks.

So what does it taste like?

A little bit of rainbows, a little bit of regret.

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Do we need this drink in New Zealand?

We're going to say no this time. Baristas are having meltdowns in the process and if you hadn't guessed, this thing is packed to the rim with sugar - a whopping 59g per 16 oz.

Besides, we've heard something even more magical is coming out next - we are preparing ourselves for the Dragon Frappuccino.