Should the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino Be a Banned Substance?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, you’ve probably seen the flood of posts, tweets, and photos of the new Unicorn Frappuccino from Starbucks. For a limited time only, you can get the multi-coloured, sprinkle-covered cup of fun from all locations until they run out.

Everyone is going crazy for this drink, especially equestrians as we are basically predisposed to be excited about anything even remotely horse-related, AKA unicorns. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are overflowing with pictures of the pink, purple and blue swirls of magic. Even beloved equestrian celebrity Kaley Cuoco snapped a picture of her unicorn frap, which garnered over 123,000 likes.

As wonderful and magical as this new Unicorn Frappuccino looks, is it good for you?

I think everyone can assume just by looking at it that no, it is not healthy. But most people aren’t ordering a frap from Starbucks because it’s healthy, they’re ordering it because it tastes good and looks even better. Nutritionally, the facts are a little scary. A 12oz Unicorn Frap has 280 calories, 7g of saturated fats (35% of your daily value!) and 39g of sugar. A 16oz has 410 calories, 10g of saturated fat (50% DV), 62g of carbohydrates and 59g of sugar. The largest size available at 24oz has 500 calories, 11g of saturated fat (55% DV), 79g of carbohydrates (26% DV) and a whopping 76g of sugar!

In other words, this drink is a treat. But, more importantly, is it worth it? We asked Heels Down Magazine Style Team members to find out:

“Too much sugar for me! And expensive.”Katherine

“I love how it went from sweet to tart! Reminds me of a mango smoothie but looks like cotton candy! May I add it’s my new favorite drink from them!”Jordan

“[It tastes] like sour birthday cake!”Elena

“Someone told me it tasted like cough syrup that they had when they were a kid.”Seija

“I always imagined unicorns would taste like cotton candy, not mango.” –Courtney

So there you have it, mixed reviews. If your curiosity cannot be contained, you better head over to Starbucks to form your own opinion before it’s gone for good. If nothing else, at least you’ll get a good Instagram photo from it.

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