It’s a trippy twist on the colorful unicorn Frappuccino.

By Tim Nelson
Updated: July 10, 2019

I can remember a time, seemingly many years ago, when the Starbucks Frappuccino was a work of art in and of itself. It combined the base elements of coffee and copious sugar with the trappings of a milkshake made for a decadent, ostentatious treat. These days, it feels like the Frappuccino is more of a blank canvas which Starbucks uses to create works of art. 

For the latest such example, look no further than the tie-dye Frappuccino, set to debut this week. While the “unicorn Frappuccino” might not have lent itself to an obvious visual, this particular creation is pretty much exactly what it says it is. Specifically, visual evidence suggests a trippy blend of primary colors that fuse together until you’re effectively drinking something that would fit right in at the parking lot outside a Dead & Company show. 

In short, it’s the kind of drink for which the silly word “Instagrammable” gets thrown around. It also apparently tastes like banana candy (think Laffy Taffy), but that’s not why you’d be ordering this thing anyway. 

 

Of course, assembling these sorts of visually complex drinks can be a real pain for Starbucks baristas. According to Business Insider, making a tie-dye Frappuccino is a convoluted, multi-step process that involves adding three different colored powders. Some anonymous baristas seemed less than thrilled about its introduction, with one already noting that it takes “forever” to make. 

Thankfully for them, the tie-dye Frappuccino will only be available for a very limited time. You can start ordering one on July 10th, and the promotion runs until July 14th or “while supplies last.” That means that this Bastille Day will mark the moment that Starbucks baristas gain their independence from the colorful drink that exists more for viralty’s sake than actual consumption. 

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