Introduction: Starbucks Copycat Unicorn Frappuccino

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I was super excited when I saw Starbucks come out with a Unicorn Frappuccino. Not only because it sounded fun, but it looked super tasty to me too. People loved to hate it and the baristas certainly hated making it, but I thought it actually tasted pretty good. I will admit that the drink itself (mango and vanilla) isn't spectacular, but there is just something about those flavors mixed with the tart white chocolate sauce that makes for a tasty drink.

If you never got an opportunity to try it out, here's your chance! Also, if you don't like artificial colors, just leave out the food colorings. You'll end up with a white frappuccino with tart white sauce that tastes the same (just won't look as awesome).

Step 1: Ingredients and Supplies

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This is pretty basic as far as making the frappuccino goes. From there, the added aspects aren't really that complicated either. It's simply a matter of getting what you need and preparing things ahead of time.

This recipe is a single serving and makes about the equivalent of a 16oz Grande from Starbucks.

Ingredients:

Toppings:

  • Whipped Topping
  • Blue Sour/Tart Sauce (see next step)
  • Tart Blue and Pink topping (see next step)
    • Optionally, use pink and blue sugar sprinkles instead

Utensils:

Step 2: Tart Sauce and Tart Sprinkles

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Tart Blue Sauce

Mix together 1/4teaspoon citric acid into 1/4c white chocolate sauce. Add blue food coloring to this. If you don't like too much tartness, try decreasing the amount of citric acid first. You can always add more but you can't take it away once it's mixed in.

It is also easy to go overboard with the blue food coloring. I think I did a 1/4c of the mixture with a drop of blue and mixed that with a 1/4c of the mixture not dyed at all. This lightened mine up a bit.

Tart Sprinkles

Put some Citric Acid (and sugar if you want) in a zip lock bag. Drip in some food coloring, close up the bag and mix it up the best you can. Add more coloring as you need it. The food coloring I used came out more salmon, but that's okay. Make it as bright as you want.

Step 3: Blend and Assemble

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Mix together all your frappuccino ingredients and blend until smooth. If you want the drink to be pink like Starbucks had it, you need to mix in some pink or red food coloring. It will probably take a few drops but just add until you get the color you want.

Once you have your mixture, you need to assemble it. To make it like they did, drizzle or squirt your tart sauce along the inside of the glass. (While this looks nice, I actually think it would taste better if you squirt this in while you were pouring in the frappe mix. I think the key to the taste is getting that tart sauce to mix in with the sweet drink.)

Now fill your glass with the frappe (mine got a little full and I had to take some out).

Like I said, I liked the tart sauce, so I added more on top before adding my whipped topping. This is optional.

Once you have the whipped topping, finish it all off with your tart sprinkles or regular sugar sprinkles.

Stick a straw in and enjoy! I suggest mixing that sauce for the best taste.

Step 4: Pretty

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Doesn't the pink and blue look good together! As the blue mixes in, the pink will look more purple, but when you mix red and blue you will, inevitably, get purple.

Comments

random_builder (author)2017-06-10

That looks better than the one from Starbucks! The changing pink and blue colors look nice on the side! How did you do that?

No magic color changing from me, just food coloring and a melting drink :)

I mean on the side of the 'ible.

Ah! Thank you :)

gravityisweak (author)2017-06-12

I heard a lot about these things but never did try one. I do love how you made the background of this page change colors as you scroll! Why did the baristas hate making them so much?

I was pretty excited when I learned how to change the background :D

I heard they didn't like making them because people would order a bunch of them at once and that the ingredients to make them would dye their hands. I also think there are people who don't like making the Frappuccinos in general so having a new one added to the menu must annoy them.

I was at a Starbucks once and the whole time the baristas were making mine and other peoples frappes, they complained loudly about how they hate making them. Never went back to that Starbucks.

Mr. Meoff (author)2017-06-12

I wondered why they disappeared so fast. I figured they didn't do so well. Tasted pretty gnarl, IMO.

http://www.today.com/food/starbucks-being-sued-over-unicorn-frappuccino-t111291

trumprocks (author)2017-06-11

looks fantastic

Thanks :)

chocolatecraftkits (author)2017-06-11

Starbucks uses natural color, much nicer to eat than artificial dye. The blue color comes from anthocyanins which naturally changes from teal to pink with pH. You can purchase cabbage blue powder or liquid color from ConfectionCrafts and add a drop of any acid, dissolved citric acid, lemon juice, vinegar, shrub.

That's cool, I hadn't heard of that :)

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