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Starbucks Intros A Blacked Out ‘Phantom Frappuccino’ For Halloween Season

Starbucks has no problem dishing out colorful Frappuccinos, but this time they’re foregoing the color palette for something a bit darker.

Their latest drink creation is called the ‘Phantom Frappuccino’ and is covered in activated charcoal powder to give it its spooky black look.

Fans say it has a fruity flavor, which is probably not what you’re expecting from such a dark drink, but its ingredients include mango flavoring, coconut milk, and a dark green drizzle made of spirulina extract, lime, and lemon juice.


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Most of the promotion for the drink has been spotted around European Starbucks’, but there is at least one Boston location that promoted it, so there’s a chance it’s coming stateside, as well. It’s hard to tell as Starbucks likes to keep these type of launches secret until the morning of, which in some locations has already happened, but other locations are rumored to debut it this weekend.



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Reaching out to multiple U.S.-based Starbucks sources, it seems they have not received any ingredient shipments for a Phantom Frappuccino, but we can still hold hope that it shows up at some U.S. locations, while looking at the U.K. with jealous eyes.

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Starbucks’ New “Ombre Pink Drink” Is Already Making Baristas Cringe

A refreshing way to kick off your summer 😎💕 The #OmbrePinkDrink coming May 29! #tobeapartner #toolegitarea31

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Starbucks has a new drink coming to its official menu, and some baristas have already started complaining about it.

The new beverage is a spin off of Starbucks’ wildly popular Pink Drink, which just made it on the official menu a couple of months ago. This new version, called the “Ombre Pink Drink,” starts off with a coconut milk and Cool Lime Refresher base and is topped off with Passion Tea. Some baristas on Instagram that have been selling it a little ahead of schedule are also garnishing their drinks with slices of lime.

While this sounds like something that would be on the unofficial Starbucks “secret menu,” we do have confirmation from the Starbucks subreddit that the Ombre Pink Drink is an official beverage launching next week.

That of course, hasn’t stopped some baristas from griping about the new drink. Several apparently aren’t down with the flavor of it, although some baristas on Instagram have reportedly loved the new beverage.

One barista was also just done with Starbucks bringing in more Instagram-worthy beverages.

Regardless of how the baristas feel, you’ll be able to get your own opinion on this drink starting next week. Since some baristas have started making it already, however, there’s a chance you can get one now if you ask.

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The Infamous ‘Pink Drink’ Is Now OFFICIALLY On Starbucks’ Menu

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The Starbucks Pink Drink is arguably one of the most well-known secret menu drinks out there. This combination of Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk and fresh strawberries has been touted as a must-try for hardcore Starbucks fans.

Last year, the Pink Drink went absolutely viral, with many people loving it for its light pink hue and flavor, which was often compared to the popular Asian beverage Calpico.

The Pink Drink has only been a part of the Starbucks “secret menu,” which means you would have to order the specific ingredients and direct baristas how to make it. Not anymore.

Starbucks announced that this legendary secret beverage will now become a regular on the year-round menu. Customers are now able to order in the restaurant and can also select the item on Starbucks’ Mobile Order and Pay system.

“We’re thrilled that the beloved Pink Drink is joining the Starbucks menu, just in time for the warmer spring months,” said Vivienne Long, Starbucks vice president of U.S. Retail Beverages. “This delicious and refreshing drink is a celebration of our customers’ and baristas’ creativity and is just one of the 170,000 ways we craft beverages to meet each person’s unique taste preferences.”

Starbucks baristas around the country should be prepared for a new onslaught of orders for this not-so-secret beverage.

At least this time, they’ll be well trained on exactly how to make it.

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#MatchaPinkDrink Secret Starbucks Menu Item Is Pissing Baristas Off

One-part troll, one-part visual food savant, my man Jed of popular Instagram food porn account Daily Food Feed is causing an uproar in the barista community over what he’s tagged as a “secret menu item” at Starbucks: The Matcha Pink Drink.

What is the the #MatchaPinkDrink you ask? It’s a drink that is 3 parts Pink Drink (Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk) on top of 1 part matcha coconut milk on the rocks. If you (or your barista) get it just right, it should look like this:

A few days later, Jed posted another photo… apparently a fair amount of people had seen his post.

Of course, Jed made the drink up, so other subsequent drink orders from his followers likely pissed off baristas and ended up looking like swampy diarrhea:

And my absolute favorite order frenzy:

#starbucks #spectationvsreality #matchapinkdrink 👉👈 still delicious 👌

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But then, over the next few days, a few more people got the order right. Presumably, they are Jed’s friends around Orange County and Los Angeles. Here’s a quick roundup:

But upon closer examination, there grew to be a ton of hate brewing in the comment section of @DailyFoodFeed’s most recent recipe posting of the #MatchaPinkDrink:

Baristas went in on Jed, “suck my ass homie”


Other comments apparently kept pouring in, fueled by a movement brewing on a “@barista_life” Instagram account calling on Jed to “stop with the nonsense:”


I had to text Jed at this point and learn more about the origin of this #MatchaPinkDrink. I also wanted to make sure how he’s holding up — being told to “suck my ass homie” can’t be easy to endure. The Internet can be a rough place:


And there you have it. The origins of the #MatchaPinkDrink. Not too far off from the bastard origins of the #PinkDrink and the #OrangeDrink.

The discussion of whether baristas or Starbucks in general should embrace or reject these fan-made drink concoctions is still up for debate. Let us know what you think in the comments below, Tweet us at @Foodbeast or suggest it as a topic for our new weekly The Katchup Podcast.


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How Starbucks Baristas Really Feel About Your ‘Secret Menu’ Orders


If you’re a fan of Starbucks’ Pink Drink, Butterbeer Frappuccino, or the Thin Mint Frappuccino, you’re technically ordering things that don’t exist, but baristas are skilled enough to make them all happen.

I’m talking about items on the “Secret Menu” of course, and while your local store might be cool with making an espresso-filled blended drink called a “Chola,” try ordering that at another store, and they’ll look at you with an Aubrey Plaza-like face of befuddlement.

Baristas took to Reddit and expressed how they felt about customers barging into their stores and ordering these imaginary drinks.

Their reactions may, or may not surprise you, but at least they’re being honest about our crazy requests.

Know the Ingredients

It’s not necessarily irritating if you know what the ingredients are. It’s really only frustrating when people come in and say something like “Let me have a Twix Frap!” and they expect us to know how to do it and say it is on the “secret” menu. But as long as you know what goes in it we’ll be happy to make it for you! We just want you to be happy with your drink. 🙂

Don’t Get Mad If the Barista Doesn’t Know What You’re Talking About

Only frustrating when people get mad when we don’t know what’s in it. Nobody actually minds, as long as you have the recipe. My main policy is if we don’t have a button for it in the special section, and you don’t have a recipe, I’m not getting my phone out to google whatever $8 frap you want. You obviously don’t want it enough.

Some Baristas Get Really Freaked Out


For fuck’s sake, some of us are hardly trained on the regular drinks. Seriously, beyond the latte(which I already knew how to make), nearly all of my barista skills have been developed on my own time.

Don’t Be A Dick When Ordering Something That’s Not On-Menu

The people that order them are what make the drinks themselves annoying. Recipe, fine. When people act like it’s a thing for us, fuck off.

Ah, The Infamous Pink Drink


Cust: “It’s on the secret menu, I know you guys have it”
Me: “Oh yeah, it’s a secret to us too”
Cust: …
Me: “but if you know the recipe I’d be happy to make it for you”
Cust: …
Me: ….
Cust: “Venti Caramel Frappuccino”
I don’t even mind the [Pink] drink so much, it’s just the principle of the matter

They Do Charge For All Those Extra Secret Ingredients

I will make anything you want, I don’t care, as long as you bring in the recipe and don’t get angry about any extra fees.

Have Some Mercy On Them During Rush Hours

I wouldn’t mind if it didn’t seem like secret menu stuff was only ordered during busy times.

If you see the Barista Holding Lighter Fluid… RUN!

Every time someone says they have a drink off of the secret menu, I cringe and imagine setting their hair on fire.


The Starbucks #OrangeDrink Was Just A Social Experiment

Within the last month, Starbucks’ “secret menu” has made headlines thanks in part to a line up of beautiful drinks found on the Rainbow Secret Menu. Now, the #OrangeDrink is blowing up — but that was all part of the plan.

The coffee chain’s rainbow beverage trend has become an Internet sensation without any official advertising from Starbucks. In fact, a closer look reveals that Starbucks’ secret menu could be a concept perpetuated by die-hard Starbucks fans and well-trained baristas.

That’s where the #OrangeDrink comes in. We wanted to prove social media was the primary force driving the secret drink phenomenon. In order to prove this theory, we tried an experiment, just to see how far social media could run with it. 

The #OrangeDrink, specifically, was a product of a Foodbeast experiment to prove that the color of the drink did not matter, but more so to show that social media was the only tool needed to create a new trend, instantly.

After Foodbeast broke news on the #PinkDrink craze June 1, it got more than 100,000 Instagram posts dedicated to it. Shortly after our Pink Drink coverage, the #RainbowDrink trend started gaining attention from notable publications like Time magazine, The Huffington Post and PopSugar.

Our friend and local Orange County food-influencer, Scott Nghiem (@ScottAfters), co-owner of Afters Ice Cream, posted the first images of Starbucks’ #PurpleDrink on his Instagram page last week, it generated 16.5K likes. Scott’s post of the #PinkDrink received 35K likes. Scott has 120K followers and on average he receives about 5K likes per post, Scott’s secret rainbow drink posts generated approximately 50K likes, respectively.


Last Thursday, as the Foodbeast news team casually discussed the hype behind the pink and purple drinks and how we were not blown away by the taste of either color, Marc leaned over the mezzanine on the second floor and yelled down to our bullpen, “Let’s go to Starbucks and make an orange drink.”

We looked up the #OrangeDrink hashtag and luckily enough there was nothing Starbucks related. Marc, Izzy, Reach and I walked into our Downtown Santa Ana Starbucks, where we are on a first name basis with store manager Eric Olson. We told Eric what we were working on and what we had in mind.


“We want an orange drink and we want it to taste delicious,” I said.

Being the gracious host that he is, Eric went above and beyond to deliver what we asked. He may have single-handedly created the best tasting secret drink yet. After Eric made a few variations, it seemed that mixology is really the secret behind the success of Starbuck’s so-called “secret menu.”

Eric explained that Starbucks doesn’t officially recognize a “secret menu” but credited the baristas for playing a pivotal role in responding to a customer’s palate when discovering new flavor concepts.

However, as baristas continue to create sensational flavor profiles — that are dominating social media with countless posts of approval — Starbucks is reaping all the benefits. Additionally, secret menu fanatics are busy tracking down the perfect opportunity to purchase “secret” drinks — in order to frantically post photos of these aesthetically pleasing beverages to social media — the coffee giant is cashing in.

With each Instagram, Facebook and Twitter post, the colorful drink trend grows. Further perpetuating the demand for off-menu items — all while generating an insane amount of free advertising for Starbucks. Not to mention the extra charges for ingredients like soy, or coconut milk.

So, could it be that timely coordination and Instagram traffic drove enough attention to create an instant trend without the help of the company behind the beverages?

The answer is yes.

We used the #OrangeDrink as a jumping off point to get another colorful Starbucks drink trending. As fate would have it, the #OrangeDrink instantly became known as the best tasting rainbow drink and social media quickly followed suit.


A few Foodbeast staffers and myself posted #OrangeDrink photos to our Instagram accounts and waited for social media to react. Over the weekend, Yahoo! News, Refinery 29, MashableThrillist, NBC Business and NBC New York all reported on the #OrangeDrink as the new summer drink to try.

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Without diving into sales numbers and statistics, this trend is a reflection of something bigger. Baristas are trained to work with an open system, which allows them to create flavors that cater to any palate, simultaneously becoming artists in their own right. There’s no back of the house manual explaining how to create these new beverages.

It’s also important to note that these trends are happening so fast, baristas are having a hard time keeping up. Although, some may be a little annoyed with Starbucks fanatics constantly testing the waters of what can be created behind the counter. The possibilities are endless.

At the same time, baristas are being blindsided with strange drink orders, scrambling to figure out what’s supposed to be inside these “secret drinks” everyone is ordering — just because they saw it on social media.

After digging into the Reddit channel “r/Starbucks” and under a subreddit thread, “There’s an orange drink now???” we found Starbucks’ employees are sounding off on their disapproval of this exponentially growing trend.

User Breslayy obviously didn’t like the #PurpleDrink and said all the other drinks were “awful.”


User Agaue said it felt like customers were purposely trolling baristas. Good eye, kid.


As Starbucks’ reaps the rewards from social media exploiting their “secret menu” for free, the baristas are stuck with the grunt work, and receive little incentive for having to learn these “secret” drinks on the spot.

But, as Reddit user ToastyXD worded it — it’s become part of the job description for baristas to understand that Starbucks’ open mixology system makes all this possible.


However, some baristas just don’t care at all.

Where the #pinkdrink #orangedrink and #purpledrink belong. #starbucks #notsorry

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We have to thank Starbucks’ open and expansive mixology system, without it, none of this would have been possible. The only problem is, we might have simultaneously created the best drink of the summer as a joke. However, it’s not something we are trying to keep a secret.

Thank you, Internet!

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The ‘Orange Drink’ Is Starbucks’ Latest Colorful Creation On The Rainbow Secret Menu

We’ve noticed how quickly the Starbucks’ #PinkDrink and #PurpleDrink craze was blowing up on social media and we were curious how far we could stretch the colors in the colorful Rainbow Secret Menu. So, we visited a local Starbucks to see if we could find an unknown “secret menu” item to get our hands on.

We walked out of that Starbucks with a smile on our faces as store manager, Eric Olson, showed us one of his special creations, the #OrangeDrink, adding another color to the Starbucks secret menu color wheel.


Named not just after the flavor, but the surrounding area of Orange County in Southern California, as well, Olson broke down the recipe in order for baristas in all areas to recreate it on demand.

The Orange Drink consists of orange mango juice, two scoops of vanilla bean powder poured over ice and topped with coconut milk. It can be served shaken or fizzed.   

As far as taste, it’s arguably the best of the bunch, mimicking an Orange Bang, yet the carbonation brings out characteristics of the classic Orange Julius, a food-court favorite.


And Starbucks fans are already jumping in on the refreshing summer drink.

On those #orangedrink x #purpledrink vibes 🍊🍇

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Have you tried the #OrangeDrink from Starbucks?! 🍊 It’s orange mango juice with coconut milk and 2 scoops of vanilla bean!

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Whether shaken or fizzed the #OrangeDrink is the perfect citrus-flavored summertime refresher to go along with the wildly popular Pink Drink craze.

So, as Starbucks’ not-so-secret menu continues to expand, we can’t wait to see what other colors and flavors get mixed together in the warm months ahead.


This Is The Starbucks ‘Pink Drink’ Everyone’s Going Nuts Over


Starbucks’ secret menu grows bigger with every new item they introduce. With the recent addition of the chain’s Refreshers and coconut milk, some brilliant barista came up with the Pink Drink.

Made with Starbucks’ Strawberry Acai Refresher with just a bit of caffeine taken from Green Coffee Extract, the Pink Drink is mixed with coconut milk (instead of water) to get a creamy beverage boasting a light shade of pink and chunks of strawberry.

While some say it tastes like a lighter version of strawberry milk, others compare the taste to the popular yogurt-based Asian beverage Calpico.

The secret menu item recently hit a surge of popularity on various social media platforms. Starbucks baristas are already bracing themselves for the onslaught of customers requesting the #PinkDrink. At least ours was.

Works for us. Elie seems to like it.