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I Tried Starbucks' New Colorful Crystal Ball Frapp And It Ain't No Unicorn


It's now officially Spring (unless you live on the East Coast in which case there's snow EVERYWHERE), so naturally Starbucks has a new Frappuccino to go with the season.


From today until March 26 —in the U.S., Canada and Mexico— Starbucks is offering a Crystal Ball Frappuccino, that will allegedly tell your fortune. 🔮

The colorful Frapp is caffeine-free and made with a creme base that's infused with peach flavor. Then a turquoise sparkle (the syrup) is added that creates the "marble" effect. It's all topped off with some crunchy colorful sprinkles.


Starbucks says that the sprinkles change color and that's when, "the real magic happens when the peach-flavored whipped cream is sprinkled with one of three colored candy gems, which tell your fortune."

Here's what they told us the colors mean:

* Blue candy gems mean you’re destined for adventure

* Green foretells luck

* And purple means magic, wonder, and enchantment are headed your way

Browsing through Instagram, most of the Crystal Ball Frapps looked exactly like the pictures Starbucks was using...

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So I arrived to Starbucks bright and early and ordered my Crystal Ball Frappuccino. I was super excited because I thought it would be super colorful and the peach-vanilla flavors sounded intriguing.

But when I got mine...I was disappointed.

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I asked the Barista before she made my Frapp if it was possible for it to look exactly like it did in the picture. She informed me that I was the first Crystal Ball Frapp of the day. I asked if there was someone who was better trained because she didn't seem that confident, but she proceeded to follow the instructions on a Starbucks handout that I assume all the employees were given. I watched as she made it and got super disappointed as the turquoise syrup gathered at the bottom of the cup.

So even though mine didn't look like the pictures, I thought that it tasted pretty good.

And so you don't just have to take my word for it, I asked my colleague Michelle what she thought of it:

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Michelle: I'm TORN about this. It tastes exactly like a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino. Which, because I'm a basic bee, I truthfully dig. But I'm a millennial who eats rainbow bagels for breakfast and sushi burritos for lunch, and was expecting something more. I mean, the blue crystals did add a nice lil crunch but TBCH I could have dumped half a packet of raw brown sugar and called it a day. I hate to say this, but can we get the unicorn frap back? Step it up, Starbucks!!

TL;DR: This ain't no Unicorn but if you like a candy crunch and peach flavor, then you're ~destined~ to love this one too. But here's my reality versus expectations...🤔

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