The Unicorn Frappuccino, a limited time addition by Starbucks, has gotten widely mixed reviews upon its release yesterday. One critic that went viral was pop superstar Katy Perry, who posted a video of herself drinking the beverage. She was initially excited to drink the Frappuccino, but upon taking a spit, she became disgusted and spit it out. She captioned the photo, “I couldn’t handle drinking my own blood,” followed by a unicorn emoji, perhaps making a joke that she herself is a unicorn.
Perry’s reaction to the drink, described by Starbucks mysteriously as “a sweet dusting of pink powder, blended into a créme Frappuccino with mango syrup and layered with a pleasantly sour blue drizzle,” is not the only negative reaction to the new drink. Extra Crispy writer Maxine Builder wrote a review calling it overwhelmingly sweet with hits of sour. “It wasn’t always pleasant, but it wasn’t actively bad,” was her mixed verdict. Mario Batali, celebrity chef, commented on the drink at a New York City Food Bank event: “What does that even mean The word ‘powder’ tells you a lot about that. I’ve been warned about powders all my life. Trying to stay off of them!”
Another reaction to the Unicorn Frappuccino going viral was a Twitter rant by a Starbucks barista. Braden Burson from Colorado urged his followers: “Please don’t get it! I have never been so stressed out in my entire life, it has been insane! I have unicorn crap all in my hair and on my nose. If you love us, as baristas, don’t order it! It’s so difficult to make!… For the love of God and everything that is good: Don’t. Get. The. Unicorn. Frappuccino.” Starbucks responded to the negative publicity with a statement saying the product had “exceeded everyone’s expectations” and that it would contact Burson “to talk about his experience and how to make it better.”