Storied purveyor of coveted (and detested) millennial beverages, Starbucks unleashed yet another polarizing treat on its customer base. The Unicorn Frappuccino hit Starbucks locations across the nation this week to mixed reviews. But a video that surfaced Wednesday by a visibly flustered Starbucks employee may just settle the debate once and for all.
For context, the limited-run (April 19-23) beverage comprises 410 calories, 16 grams of fat, and 45 milligrams of cholesterol. Its “magical flavors start off sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour,” and it does not contain coffee. The Washington Post wrote Thursday that it tastes like “sour birthday cake and shame.” As of Thursday afternoon, the Instagram hashtag #UnicornFrappuccino had nearly 90,000 posts. It's incredibly on-brand for Starbucks, but it’s also a pain to make — at least if the baristas themselves are any indication.
Braden Burson, a Starbucks barista based in Colorado, posted a video to Facebook Wednesday that quickly went viral. In his impassioned rant, Burson implores his viewers to avoid ordering the drink at all costs.
“Please don’t get it! I have never made so many frappuccinos in my entire life,” yells Burson into the camera. “My hands are completely sticky. I have unicorn crap all in my hair and on my nose. I have never been so stressed out in my entire life. It has been insane!”
Elsewhere on the internet, other Starbucks baristas seemingly agreed. One Twitter user wrote that every time she’s asked to make the concoction, “a part of me dies.” Another wrote, “I'm so glad my store sold out of the ingredients to make the unicorn frappuccino. I won't have to live through that hell this weekend.”
As a barista, just know that every time you ask me to make this, a part of me dies #unicornfrappuccino
— Tina Dee (@fairlyfamous) April 19, 2017
I'm so glad my store sold out of the ingredients to make the unicorn frappuccino. I won't have to live through that hell this weekend.
— chismosa (@dominiquealxs) April 20, 2017
With only three days left for patrons to snag the beverage, let’s hope baristas nationwide walk away from this travesty unscathed.