The Unicorn Frappuccino: A High-Carb Nightmare

I’m sure you’re aware by now that the Unicorn Frappuccino from Starbucks has taken ‘Merica by a sugary storm.  Millions of girls on Instagram have been taking selfies with this magical drink for its limited 5 day release. Just in under one week, this frozen atrocity made Starbucks an extra million in sales. (What are we doing America!)

Even though I hate the concept of this drink, I think Starbucks had genius marketing techniques. When I walked into a franchise, the drink (if you can call it a drink) was advertised on a sign that said “only available if you believe”. I laughed, and then I actually wanted to try some because I loved unicorns when I was little. Also the picture of the drink has a shadow of a unicorn. Pure. Genius.


So, let’s talk about how bad this “drink” is for your body. For a medium, or grande in Starbucks language, this beverage will set you back 410 calories. Not too horrendous right? Well it also has 25% of your daily value of fat, and 50% of your daily allowance of saturated fat- the real killer. It also has 59 grams of sugar. According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day for men are 37.5 grams and for women, 25 grams. I am so glad I never tried this beverage of death. Since this is a low-carb blog, lets look at total carbohydrates….62 grams!!!!!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (16 fl oz)
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 140
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 21%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 59g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Caffeine 0mg**

This is how Starbucks describes the taste, “Here for a few days only: The flavor-changing, color-changing, totally not-made-up Unicorn Frappuccino. Magical flavors start off sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour. Swirl it to reveal a color-changing spectacle of purple and pink. It’s finished with whipped cream-sprinkled pink and blue fairy powders.”

Lets look at the ingredients… I highlighted all the sugar, and preservatives that your body DOES NOT need.


Ice, Milk, Crème Frappuccino Syrup [Water, Sugar, Salt, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid], Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Mono And Diglycerides, Carageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Mango Syrup [Sugar, Water, Mango Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavor, Passion Fruit Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Turmeric, Gum Arabic], Blue Drizzle [White Chocolate Mocha Sauce (Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Sorbate, Monoglycerides), Classic Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid), Sour Blue Powder (Citric Acid, Color [Spirulina, Water, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid])], Pink Powder [Dextrose, Fruit And Vegetable Color (Apple, Cherry, Radish, Sweet Potato)], Sour Blue Powder [Citric Acid, Color (Spirulina, Water, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid)].

I saw two ingredients that were healthy- turmeric and spirulina. These were added probably just for color (sad face).

Who out there has tried one of these? I am actually curious as to what it tastes like, because it is so pretty. Anyways, if you are eating low-carb or just eating healthy, definitely stay away from this sugary beverage of death!




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