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    We Tried Starbucks' Halloween Frapp, And It Tastes As Scary As It Looks

    Interpret that how you wish.

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    So, I opened my inbox this morning and discovered that Starbucks released a spooky drink today called the "Witch's Brew."

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    It's available starting today, October 25, at Starbucks stores in the U.S., Mexico, and select markets in the Caribbean while supplies last.

    The festive blended frapp is supposed to taste like an orange creamsicle, and, here's the kicker — it's made with a serving of chia seeds (aka "bat warts"). 😳

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    The drink achieves its orange flavor through a blend of orange-flavored purple powder (how?!) and vanilla syrup, is injected with a serving of chia seeds, and is topped with a dusting of green-colored sugar powder.

    It honestly didn't SOUND like the tastiest drink, but well, my co-worker Kevin and I were already in the Halloween mood so we thought we'd try it.


    At the store, the Frapps looked exactly like the promo images I had seen in my email, except for the fact that the Chia seeds were concentrated at the bottom of the cup. No big.

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    At our local Starbucks, the Frapp cost $5.25 for a tall, $5.75 for a grande, and $5.95 for a venti.

    Kevin liked that it wasn't TOO sweet, but was majorly turned off by the slimy chia seeds.

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    Kevin's review: Michelle didn’t tell me ahead of time what flavor the Frapp was gonna be, so I expected it to be something weird. When I took my first sip, I was pleasantly surprised by the orange creamsicle flavor. It didn't taste too sweet, which is a plus if you don’t like things to be overpowering. Something that was out of Starbucks' control with this drink is my intense dislike of chia seeds in drinks. They just feel slimy to me (sorry, not sorry). With the chia seeds I’d give this drink a 2/5 but without the chia seeds it's definitely a 4/5 for me.

    Personally — orange creme flavor aside (which I also didn't hate) — I was genuinely SPOOKED by the lil' chia seeds hanging out in my drink.

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    Michelle's review: I have this weird fear of holes (aka trypophobia) and the chia seeds in my drink REALLY freaked me out. I honestly had to delete these photos as soon as I posted 'em. Assuming that most of y'all don't have trypophobia though, the drink is pretty good. It tastes like a light, fruity smoothie you want to have at a Sunday afternoon picnic. Most of the other members of my Tasty team hated the Frapp, but when you make a slimy, orange-flavored drink, you're not really trynna make friends, are you? 😏 Given all the factors above, I'm gonna give this a 3/5.

    TL;DR: If you're into orange creamsicles, you'll love this drink. If you have trypophobia or hate chia seeds, I warned you!


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