The era of the Unicorn Frappuccino is over, but the run of specialty drinks at Starbucks is not. In honor of Halloween, Starbucks has come out with a new “Zombie Frappuccino,” which looks exactly as you would think it would. A dark green base is mixed with pink whipped cream to create a semi-brown appearance once the colors seep to the bottom and intermix. Despite looking grotesque, I naturally ran to my nearest Starbucks to give this a try in the name of Halloween. It also does not hurt that Starbucks’ specialty drinks are available ‘while supplies last,’ making this seemingly gross concoction something I suddenly have to get my hands on before it is too late.
While the Unicorn Frappuccino looked pretty with its pink and blue swirls, it tasted questionable at best. Its sickly sweetness was nausea inducing after a few sips. Given the Zombie frap looks far from appealing, my expectations were incredibly low based off of its cute predecessor’s terrible taste. I made the mistake of getting a Grande Unicorn Frappuccino, and this time I was intelligent enough to go with the Tall for its Zombie-sibling.
One may ask, what is in a Zombie Frappuccino? Well, the frap is sprinkled with a Green Caramel Apple Powder and a plant-derived Pink Powder, and it is then finally laced with tentacles of thick Mocha Drizzle. The caramel, apple, and mocha combination actually sounded appealing to me despite my internal skepticism of all Starbucks’ specialty drinks.
With all of this being said, the first sip of the Zombie Frappuccino was terrible. It is sickly sweet, and you don’t know how it is remotely caramel or apple. Upon ordering, prepare for the absolute worst first impression. What I will say is that after taking the first sip, I reflected upon my first sip of the Unicorn Frappuccino, and remember how bad that was too. The Unicorn Frappuccino, while bad, was still drinkable after the terrible first impression.
As the whipped cream melts into the drink and your taste buds become acclimated to the sugary sweetness, you start to halfway enjoy it. The dark chocolate mocha drizzle then starts to fall into the rest of the drink, and the dark chocolate mocha’s presence starts to become a predominant aspect of the merging ingredients. The sips with faint hints of the dark chocolate mocha are good, but the sips with a large chocolate mocha presence happen at random and are not good. Should you read this review before your first Zombie Frappuccino, I encourage you not to mix in the mocha lining the side of the cup into the drink. It is better adding a small flavor boost than being a focal point of the drink, which happens when the heavy mocha is mixed in.
As I kept drinking, I realized fairly quickly that there was nothing keeping me wanting the drink other than the fact that it was right in front of me. I kept drinking on and off because I paid five dollars for it, but there is really no reason to keep drinking otherwise. In fact, once I got to the bottom of the Zombie Frappuccino, the ‘brains’ (pink whipped cream) were a majority of what was left. While I probably would have enjoyed the whipped cream part the most out of the drink, my taste buds at this point had been over sugared, and I was incredibly full.
All in all, the Zombie Frappuccino is decent compared to the sickly Unicorn Frappuccino, however
I will not be going back for seconds. Thanksgiving is upon us in a few short weeks, and I certainly hope another specialty drink will induce my mania to try another one of the ‘limited quantity’ Frappuccino’s. In the meantime, head out to get a Zombie Frappuccino while supplies last.