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The ‘Zombie Frappuccino’ Will Be Starbucks’ Spooky New Halloween Drink

Starbucks picks its spots when introducing new drinks to the public, and Halloween seems to be one of its favorite times to do so.  Their 2015 Frappula Frappuccino was a bloody hit, and this year, it looks like they’re going the route of the undead, with a Zombie Frappuccino.

There have been rumors of the Zombie Frappuccino, and a Starbucks source confirmed to Foodbeast that it is scheduled for an Oct. 26 through Halloween Oct. 31 run.

Barring last minute adjustments, the Zombie Frap will consist of a Creme Frappuccino syrup base, Pink Mocha drizzle, green caramel apple powder, pink powder, and pink “brains” whipped cream (Stores will not have the ingredients available until the launch, so you can’t order one early). 

Some stores have already started promoting it with awesome chalkboard drawings:

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And of course, some baristas are already dreading the inevitable craze that will hit their stores.

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It will only be a week, and it sounds colorful and Instagram worthy, but only time will tell if it will be as wild as their Unicorn Frappuccino release.

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Arby’s New Liger Shake Perfectly Trolls The Unicorn Frappuccino

Photo courtesy of Arby’s.

Arby’s is taking a shot at Starbucks and their whimsical, mythical frappuccinos.

The fast food chain is launching a frozen beverage specifically meant to counter and troll Starbucks for coming up with kaleidoscopic creations like the Unicorn Frappuccino. Called the Liger Shake, Arby’s new beverage skewers Starbucks for promoting “imaginary” and “docile” creatures compared to their real and powerful lion-tiger crossbreed.

The wild shake is nowhere near as prismatic as the Unicorn Frap, but it does look fiercer than anything Starbucks has got on their menu. The Liger Shake consists of “stripes” of Ghiradelli chocolate that coat layers of chocolate and orange cream shake to give a tiger-like appearance worthy of your social media feeds.

If you’re interested in acquiring this shake and helping the unicorn food gimmick die off of Instagram, make sure to head to an Arby’s by the end of the month to help cram social media with this new colorful beverage.

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Starbucks Is Getting Sued Over The Unicorn Frappuccino, Here’s Why

Unicorn Frappuccinos hitting @starbucks tomorrow. Plan your commute accordingly.

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When Starbucks sold the Unicorn Frappuccino a couple of weeks ago, they may have made a critical legal misstep, and one cafe is vowing to make them pay for it.

Brooklyn cafe The End, who created the original Unicorn Latte a few months ago and has a trademark pending for the name, is suing the mega coffee chain for infringing on its trademark with the Unicorn Frappuccino.

The End claims in their lawsuit that Starbucks never approached them to see if they could use a “name deceptively similar to Unicorn Latte.” Neither the Unicorn Frappuccino or Unicorn Latte are made with coffee, but The End’s Unicorn Latte is a superfood health drink that only resembles Starbucks’ sugar-laden crap in terms of color. Apparently, some news articles also ran with the story that Starbucks’ drink was a Unicorn Latte, and the hashtag #unicornlatte was even associated with the beverage, causing even more confusion.

As a result, customers at The End even accused their OG beverage of being a knockoff and asked if they could get Unicorn Frappuccinos instead, which would definitely be an insult to a coffee shop claiming to have originated the Unicorn Latte.

Between all of these events transpiring while the Unicorn Frappuccino was in stores (and even when it was no longer available), the Brooklyn cafe feels that Starbucks infringed on its trademark and utilized “unfair competition” to push its product.

While Starbucks is no longer selling the mythical beverage, their press release did suggest that the Frappuccino may return at some point in the near future, and The End doesn’t want that to further damage their brand and cafe.

Thus, The End is looking for judges to permanently prevent Starbucks from using names like the “Unicorn Frappuccino” that are confusingly similar to the Unicorn Latte, and also want Starbucks to fork over “all gains, profits, and advantages” they obtained from selling the Unicorn Frap. On top of that, they’re asking for the coffee chain to put a statement on its website and in print media that corrects “the confusion as to the unlawful use of the mark and the origination of the UNICORN LATTE” for six months. 

In a statement to USA Today, Starbucks harshly countered the lawsuit, claiming it to be “without merit.”

“The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino blended beverage was inspired by the fun, spirited and colorful unicorn-themed food and drinks that have been trending in social media. The beverage was offered for a limited time in April and is no longer available in our stores.”

We’ll see if you’re right here, Starbucks. If you’re wrong, you could be out potentially millions.

 

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Why Starbuck’s Baristas Suddenly Hate Us [The Katchup Podcast]

So we may have pissed off some baristas at Starbucks, but maybe we can have a Heineken with them and work out our differences.

Starbucks pulled off a massive success this past week with its Unicorn Frappuccino. Even if it wasn’t the tastiest drink around, the Frap went so viral and was so talked about that it helped bump Starbucks’ stock up at least six percent in just the last two weeks alone. It also triggered a ton of social media buzz and follow-up drinks, like the Unicorn Lemonade that our very own Isai Rocha uncovered (while giving it its name). Baristas now hate unicorns, and hate us for pushing both the Frap and off-menu lemonade, so much so, they created a new Subreddit, trying to keep us out.

 

Meanwhile, Heineken launched one of the most powerful commercials of 2017, showcasing an social experiment that pit people of opposite political views, and got them talking with each other, despite their differences. Its point was that we can always find a way to talk with each other over a cold beer.

Foodbeast Editor-In-Chief Elie Ayrouth and myself dived deep into both of these subjects on this week’s rendition of Foodbeast’s podcast, The Katchup. We discussed what the Unicorn Frappuccino’s wild success meant for the future of Starbucks, how our own Isai’s Unicorn Lemonade discovery led to baristas hating our guts (and the creation of a secret new Subreddit), and we also dove into the messages of Heineken’s commercial and why it was a much better campaign than Pepsi’s busted Kendall Jenner ad.

If you’re looking for some positive discussions in a world of seemingly increasing negativity, this podcast might be the thing that lifts your spirits. Hopefully.

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Anthony Bourdain Completely RIPS The Unicorn Frappuccino

Anthony Bourdain has traveled the world and eaten a plethora of unique foods from parts unknown, yet the man would not be caught dead drinking something as basic as Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino.

While being interviewed by Town & Country, Bourdain said he despised everything about the limited drink that took over social media, and he even took a shot at all Frappuccinos in general.

“Wow, that’s like four things I hate all in one sentence: Starbucks, unicorns, and the colors pink and purple,” he told the Town & Country. “Also a Frappuccino! It’s the perfect nexus of awfulness. Just add pumpkin spice to that mix, and you can nuke the whole country.”

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Even with all that vitriol running through Bourdain’s veins, the Unicorn Frap came and went, so no one has to hear about it again. But rest assured more trendy Starbucks drinks will come around, and Bourdain’s blood will boil once again.

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Starbucks’ Competitors Are Hilariously Roasting The Unicorn Frappuccino

The new Unicorn Frappuccino from Starbucks has been taking over the Internet in big ways this past week, despite how unhealthy it may be and even if baristas are protesting against its creation. Oh, and they taste pretty crappy, too.

With the trendiness of this sugar bomb, other companies, many of whom are rivals to Starbucks, have been clapping back with savagery at the beverage over the internet. We’ve curated some of the funniest for you to fall over laughing at.

A&W

Yeah, we’re with you on that, A&W. Most of us at the office agree that Starbucks’ version, at least, tastes like sweet and sour sadness.

Burger King

I’d rather have the Froot Loops Shake than the Unicorn Frappuccino, because if I’m gonna drown in sugar, I want it to actually be enjoyable.

Peet’s Coffee

Peet’s went straight for the jugular on this one.

Eataly Chicago

No caption necessary. #IcedCappuccino

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I don’t believe in unicorns, especially after Starbucks’ new drink, that’s for sure. If that’s what unicorns taste like, I’ll pass.

The Coffee Bean

Starbucks is seriously catching some L’s and Coffee Bean is definitely down to grab a few W’s off of that.

Philz Coffee

I mean, the Unicorn Frappuccino is literally meant to be Instagrammed. I haven’t met anyone actually down with the taste of the Frappuccino, so I’m with ya here, Philz.

The End Brooklyn

You know you messed up when one of the original Unicorn drink makers is calling you out, Starbucks.

I couldn’t think of a better company to “End” the insult party with.

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There Is A Unicorn Lemonade Starbucks Baristas Don’t Want You To Know About

Getting creative with the new blue and pink powders at #Starbucks #tobeapartner #unicornlemonade

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Starbucks baristas already despise the new Unicorn Frappuccino, so adding any variation of it only makes things worse.

A well-intentioned barista used the colorful ingredients from the Unicorn Frap, to make a couple of two-toned lemonade drinks that actually look pretty cool.

Hoping to get some love from fellow baristas on Reddit, the photo was posted, but was immediately met with cries of “DO NOT LET THIS HIT SOCIAL MEDIA.”

If the ingredients are available, Starbucks baristas can usually make anything your crazy little heart desires, within reason, so if these drinks were to get publicized, there’s a good chance customers will ask for it. We saw it with the Pink Drink, The Purple Drink, and the Orange Drink. If something looks cool and Instagrammable, it will be ordered by the masses.

The drink to the left was described as having the Unicorn Frap’s blue powder on the bottom layer, and the top with the pink. The one on the right is lemonade with the blue powder on the bottom and passion tea on top. The posting barista then instructed that, “If you put extra ice in the cup you’re able to layer it :)”

Now everyone hates the user.

Baristas on the thread replied with, “If this gets out, we’re fucked… again,” and “No no no, stop, don’t give Instagram ideas, you bastard.”

The Unicorn Frappuccino is only available through the weekend, then the ingredients disappear, so even if these drinks actually did catch on, it would all end in a matter of days. Have a nice weekend, Starbucks.

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Here Are Some Items That The Unicorn Frappuccino Has More Sugar Than

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Okay, so the Unicorn Frappuccino from Starbucks has been going viral recently now. That’s no shocker.

Despite the fervor, what’s really appalling is how much sugar is laden into one of these drinks. A single Venti-sized version of this vibrant beverage contains a whopping 76 grams of sugar. If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. To put into perspective, it’s around 20 grams of sugar more than an In-N-Out milkshake.

Starbucks’s new Instagrammable beverage easily trounces a ton of other big-name sweets in terms of how much sugar is dumped into it. Here’s just a few examples of foods that have less sugar than a Starbucks Venti Unicorn Frappuccino.

7 Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Donuts

Each doughnut at Krispy Kreme may seem decadent, but at 190 calories and 10 grams of sugar, it’s a steal compared to the extra sweetness the Unicorn Frap unloads on you.

A 20 Fl Oz Bottle of Coke

Coke is notorious for cramming lots of sugar into their drinks. A single 16 oz bottle has a staggering 65 grams of sugar. That’s a lot, but it’s still not as many as Starbuck’s new drink.

A Box Of Ben & Jerry’s Americone Dream Pint Slices

Photo courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s.

These newer Klondike bar-like products from Ben + Jerry’s dial in at 25 grams of sugar per Pint Slice. Eating three of these, which takes some effort, is still not enough to out-sugar the Unicorn Frappuccino. You can buy these pint slices in packs of three, so a single pack of these still doesn’t have enough sugar to top the Unicorn Frap here.

Three Packs Of Reese’s Pieces

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At 21 grams of sugar per box, these popular candies are loaded with sugar, but still not as much so as this unicorn beverage.

A Dozen Jolly Ranchers

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A single piece of Jolly Ranchers candy has 6 grams of sugar, so even a dozen of these don’t hold a candle to the Unicorn Frappuccino. That definitely does not make me jolly.

40 Pieces of Candy Corn

A serving of 19 pieces of this popular Halloween treat has 32 grams of sugar, meaning you would need at LEAST 40 to even get close to the amount of sugar in this new Starbucks sugar bomb.

Thank God that Starbucks will only have the Unicorn Frappuccino around until the 23rd, because the amount of sugar in this drink is too damn high.

And it doesn’t even taste good.