If you’ve recently invested in a fancy coffee maker and have become convinced that Starbucks is no longer the Regina George of java, you may be wrong. Sbux recently released its new drink for the summer — the Ombré Pink Drink — and it’s “as delicious as it is gorgeous.” But we all know how bad-for-your-belly Sbux’s last Instagram-worthy concoction proved to be (ahem, Unicorn Frappuccino). So how does this new social media beverage compare?
Both are beverages on the sweet side: The Unicorn Frappuccino is made with ice, milk, crème frappuccino syrup, mango syrup, a sweet “blue drizzle,” and topped with whipped cream. With all that sweetened syrup, it definitely tastes like a sugar bomb. The Ombré Pink Drink, on the other hand, is made by mixing a cool lime refresher, Sumatra coconut milk, and passion tango tea. The coconut milk gives it that coveted ombré look, and the lack of sweetened syrup means it’s easier on the taste buds.
Unlike the colorful frapp, which clocks in at a whopping 410 calories and 59 g of sugar in a Grande size, the Ombré Pink Drink contains only 100 calories and 18 g of sugar for the same size cup. In fact, one BuzzFeed reviewer admitted, “I could take a few sips without feeling like my teeth were going to rot off.” Ha! To put the Lisa Frank-like frappuccino’s sugar and calorie count into perspective, it would take a 150-pound person about an hour and 40 minutes to walk off at a pace of 3 MPH. On the other hand, if the same person imbibed the rosy competitor, it would take them just about 25 minutes of walking to burn off.
Our verdict? We like the Ombré Pink Drink because it has less sugar than many other Starbucks menu options and it’s made with fat-frying coconut milk. Oh, and also because it totally reminds us of a summer sunset (cue next photo opp)! So go ahead and give this brew a shot for the ‘gram, but all the added sugars should warn you not to sip this on the regular.
Main image courtesy of Twitter user Melody Azani, @alostnightowl.