As a '90s child through and through, I love the resurgence of all things iridescent, vibrant and colorful. Lisa Frank folders? I was stocked every fall. Shimmery lip balms? Had 'em in bubblegum and grape. So I was pumped when beauty bloggers and style icons started embracing unicorns.
But now that the rainbow vibe is coming out as a frosty beverage — the new Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino — I'm not sure how to feel about it.
If you've yet to see the limited release blowing up your social media feeds, here's the gist, according to the company's website: "a sweet dusting of pink powder, blended into a crème Frappuccino with mango syrup and layered with a pleasantly sour blue drizzle. It is finished with vanilla whipped cream and a sprinkle of sweet pink and sour blue powder topping."
The elements, when swirled together, are sweet, fruity, tangy and tart.
While the drink is sure to cause a stir among Starbucks and unicorn aficionados alike, the hype got me thinking: At the rate of all these newly released and limited-time menu options, just how much would someone have to spend to keep up with the latest Starbucks concoctions?
Within the past month, the Seattle-based chain made eight new-menu announcements, from the no-longer-secret Medicine Ball to gluten-free breakfast sandwiches and, of course, the photogenic Pink Drink.
At an average of $4 a pop, even the most devoted among us could drop up to $384 in a year on the Starbucks fads (and that doesn't even begin to account for when holiday cups are out by September ... ).
So however you feel about these announcements, trying out every new Starbucks creation cost a bigger chunk of change than you'd think. While we won't judge you on how you budget your money, we might judge you for all those #unicornfrappuccino snaps.
But if you're into it, move fast — the drinks are available while supplies last through Sunday, April 23.
As for me, I'll wait until the best time of year (Frappy Hour!) to indulge in a sweet afternoon pick-me-up.