Skip To Content

    Here's What Starbucks' Colorful Fruity New Frappuccinos Actually Taste Like

    They're pretty. And sweet. And pretty sweet.

    by ,

    Hello, internet! We're Chris and Sam — two friends who *LOVE* food.


    So when we heard Starbucks just launched two new Frappuccino Crème beverages (Berry Prickly Pear and Mango Pineapple) we were very, VERY intrigued.


    Both drinks sound like they were tailor-made for the summer heat (but maybe also tailor-made for giving you a cavity, WHATEVER).


    The Berry Prickly Pear starts with a mango blended Frappuccino Créme base, and two layers of strawberry and prickly pear fruit purée that also feature "subtle notes of hibiscus, passionfruit and lime" according to Starbucks (we weren't aware we were going to a GD wine tasting).

    The Mango Pineapple ALSO starts with a mango blended Frappuccino Crème base, but features two layers of mango pineapple purée (which also features hints of lime).

    But would the drinks taste as good as they looked? There was only one way to find out...head to our nearest Starbucks and try them ourselves!


    Here's what Chris thought about the Mango Pineapple Frappuccino Crème:

    Chris Hudspeth / BuzzFeed

    Chris's Thoughts: I love mangoes, I love pineapples, and I love Starbucks, so there was no way I wasn't going to be very into this. While it does look like something Rocky Balboa would chug before a workout, it's a perfect summer drink. Normally any forms of milk/crème don't sound appealing on a sunny day, but this is a perfectly sweet and refreshing way to combat the heat while satisfying your taste buds.

    Chris's rating: 4/5

    And here's what Sam thought about the Mango Pineapple Frappuccino Crème:

    Sam Stryker / BuzzFeed

    Sam's Thoughts: I'm convinced that Starbucks has someone on their payroll whose explicit purpose is to concoct drinks that look pretty on Instagram. (How else would you explain the Unicorn Frappuccino? HOW?!) If that's true, they may want to leave this drink off their résumé: It kind of looks like a bunch of raw eggs in a Starbucks cup. That being said, this drink is pretty tasty: Mango-Pineapple really is THAT iconic duo (no need to wait). Yes, this drink is very sweet and I don't think I'd be able to finish it on my own...but I didn't get a cavity after drinking it, so I'd consider it a "win."

    Sam's Rating: 3.5/5

    Next, here's what Chris thought about the Berry Prickly Pear Frappuccino Crème:

    Chris Hudspeth / BuzzFeed

    Chris's Thoughts: Can we just take a second to admire how aesthetically pleasing this drink is? Unfortunately, it's so pretty that it sets unrealistically high expectations for the taste. I put the Prickly Pear on a pedestal, so I was slightly disappointed with it. It definitely doesn't taste bad at all — I was just expecting a drinkable version of those old Strawberry Creme Savers hard candies and instead it was more like washing down a piece of pie with some milk. It's a very solid, tasty beverage, but it's not a Strawberry Creme Savers Frappuccino, though I hope those become a thing someday.

    Chris' Rating: 3.5/5

    And here's what Sam thought about the Berry Prickly Pear Frappuccino Crème:

    Sam Stryker / BuzzFeed

    Sam's Thoughts: So this is definitely the prettier drink of the two. Unfortunately it's 2017, so the fact that it's the drink that's more Instagrammable has to count for SOMETHING. The berry and crème flavors mean that this drink sort of tastes like liquid pie, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But when you're sweating your balls off because of global warming/the summer heat, I'd opt for the refreshing mango-pineapple drink rather than the one that sort of reminds me of Thanksgiving. I'm gonna say I want the Berry Prickly Pear in the streets, and the Mango Pineapple in the sheets ;)

    Sam's Rating: 3/5

    Final verdict: While the Berry Prickly Pear is the prettier drink, our taste buds were more into the Mango Pineapple.

    Sam Stryker / BuzzFeed

    Just be prepared for a sugar rush.