Cafe Sues Starbucks Over Unicorn Frappuccino

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By Cooking Panda

Uh oh.

Unless you’ve been away from the internet for the past few weeks (or are just exceptionally unobservant) you noticed a lot of people flipping out over the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino for the limited time it was offered — and I mean that in a good way. People were living for that frozen blended drink.

One cafe, however, was not as impressed with the beverage.

The End Cafe, located in Brooklyn, New York, is actually filing a $10 million trademark infringement lawsuit against Starbucks because it claims that the mega chain totally ripped off its idea.

The End has a Unicorn Latte on its menu — the pink and blue-hued drink has been available at the cafe since December 2016; the Starbucks Frappe, however, became available to the masses on April 19, 2017, almost six months after The End premiered its colorful concoction.

But that doesn’t seem to matter to Starbucks. As a rep for the chain told TMZ, as per People: “The suit is without merit, and its drink was inspired by many unicorn-themed foods and drinks trending on social media.”

The End doesn’t agree, however.

“The coordinated social media blitz orchestrated by Starbucks drowned out the fame that any coffee shop in Brooklyn could obtain,” says the lawsuit, according to People. “This widespread confusion was made worse by the derision and ridicule that Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino encountered upon launch.

“The size of and scope of Starbucks’ product launch was designed so that the Unicorn Frappuccino would eclipse the Unicorn Latte in the market, thereby harming [The End] and confusing their customers… In addition to having a highly similar name, Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino shares visual similarities to the Unicorn Latte in that both were brightly colored and featured the colors pink and blue prominently.”

The End’s Unicorn Latte is less of sugar-drink and actually boasts some mega healthy ingredients, like blue-green algae, maca root, cashews, dates and vanilla bean; Starbucks’ Frappe, of course, is chock full of delicious, artificial sugary goodness.

What do you think of the lawsuit?

Source: People / Photo Credit: Monica/Flickr

Tags: Lawsuit, Starbucks, the end, unicorn frappuccino, unicorn latte
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Starbucks’ Newest Frappuccino Is Dark And Dreamy (Photo)

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By Cooking Panda

Starbucks has lately made itself into the belle of the coffee chain ball, after its release of the infinitely Instagrammable Unicorn Frappuccino, which was then immediately followed by the Dragon Frappuccino.

Seriously, their frozen blended drinks were everywhere, and you could hardly log on to any social media page without being inundated by a flood of psychedelic-colored caffeinated drinks.

Now, however, the chain is going back to its roots, and introducing a simple but totally satisfying new blended drink for the summer: the Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino.

There are no gimmicks with this one, folks. The drink will be available in participating U.S. and Canada Starbucks stores as of May 2, and it aims to satisfy your sweet tooth and cool you off as the weather heats up.

“We started by thinking of the heydays of summer,” Jennica Robinson from Starbucks beverage development team said in the press release. “We were inspired by thoughts of dark starry nights, looking up at the sky with a cool summer breeze.”

The beverage features scoops of super dark and rich cocoa that is then blended with coffee, milk and ice and infused with cooling mint sugar crystals. It then gets a layered effect by being cut with a generous dollop of whipped cream, then another layer of the blended cocoa mixture. The entire beverage is finished off with more whipped cream and a dusting of dark cocoa.

Look how pretty this thing is!

Says beverage development manager Ryan Coombes in the press release: “Mint is instantly cooling. It contrasts with the dark cocoa and whipped cream for a balanced, refreshing beverage.

“People are gravitating toward vibrant colors,” adds Coombes. “Jet black is filling the void in unexpected places.”

What do you think of the dark and rich new drink? Do you favor it over the Unicorn Frappuccino, or are you still leaning in to the psychedelic and eye-catching beverages Starbucks has been pumping out of late?

Source: Starbucks / Photo Credit: Starbucks

Tags: dragon frappuccino, Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino, Starbucks, summer drink, unicorn frappuccino
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Here’s How To Make Your Own DIY Unicorn Frappuccino (Video)

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By Cooking Panda

Have you ever encountered a viral food trend that seemed to just speak to you (videos below)?

Obviously, the ever-changing food landscape online means that there will always be hits or misses when it comes to food trends filling up your newsfeed. Some people loved the whole “rainbow” phase that seemed to hit its peak in the spring and summer of 2016; others reviled it.

At the moment, food hybrids seem to be coming and going like the tide; the Burger King chicken fries seem to be doing well, while Taco Bell’s Naked Chalupa only had a limited time run on the fast food chain’s menu.

And while the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino was purposefully only offered for a scant few days, the mythical-sounding (and Lisa Frank-looking) blended frozen drink really seems to have struck a chord with both sugar fiends and the general public alike.

Unfortunately, the drink is no longer available in stores, so if you only just caught wind of the magical creation, you might be upset for having missed the small window of opportunity to purchase one of the frappes in store.

Worry not, though, friends, because different social media users have taken to their preferred platforms by storm, uploading a multitude of videos and tutorials on how to make your very own DIY Unicorn Frappuccino in the comfort of your own home.

What’s more, you can customize your frappe to fit any and all dietary preferences; after all, nobody was really exulting over the mind-blowing taste of the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino, right? It was really more about the stunning visual presentation.

Check out Meesh LA’s DIY interpretation of the frappe, which she deems to be even better than the original:

But if you’re hoping to really hit the nail on the head and mimic the OG flavor, Emmy Made In Japan has your back with her DIY video:

What do you think? Will you try to recreate the drink at home — if not for the taste, at least for the visual and psychedelic eye-candy on your Instagram?

Sources: Emmy Made In Japan/YouTube, Meesh LA/YouTube / Photo Credit: Emmy Made In Japan/YouTube

Tags: DIY, Starbucks, tutorial, unicorn frappuccino, YouTube
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The New Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino Is Total Magic (Photo)

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By Cooking Panda

It’s here, ya’ll. It’s really, truly, finally here!

If you’ve been keeping up with online foodie news at all (or just happen to know a tween or two), you’ve probably heard that “unicorn”-themed foods and drinks have stolen the “rainbow”-themed crown and are now all the rage — which is probably why the mega-popular coffee chain Starbucks decided to cash in on the trend and debut its very own Unicorn Frappuccino.

Take a look at this beauty:

The blended beverage is only a limited time offering, and can be purchased at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S., Canada and Mexico from April 19 through April 23 (and that’s just while supplies last, folks). So if you don’t scamper down to your local Starbucks as soon as the doors open, you might not get to taste the splendor that is this magical drink.

So what does it taste like?

According to the press release, the Unicorn Frapp features a mixture of sweet pink powder blended into a creme Frappuccino with mango syrup as the base, which is then layered with a sour blue drizzle. The entire concoction is finished with vanilla whipped cream (yum!) and a sprinkle of sweet pink and sour blue powder topping.

The whole thing sounds like a legitimate fairytale for the taste buds, and wouldn’t look so bad on an Instagram feed, either.

What’s more, the Frappuccino comes with a spectacular feature sure to delight consumers: It actually changes colors!

“Like its mythical namesake, the Unicorn Frappuccino blended creme comes with a bit of magic, starting as a purple beverage with swirls of blue and a first taste that is sweet and fruity. But give it a stir and its color changes to pink, and the flavor evolves to tangy and tart. The more swirl, the more the beverage’s color and flavors transform.”

Personally, I can’t wait to see this thing in action. What do you think about the new drink?

Source: Starbucks / Photo Credit: Starbucks

Tags: coffee, food trend, Starbucks, unicorn, unicorn frappuccino
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Is Starbucks Releasing Unicorn Frappuccinos Soon (Photo)?

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Are Unicorn-themed drinks and snacks the new Rainbow viral food trend?

The answer is … maybe! After a user on Reddit posted a photo of what they called a “Unicorn Frappuccino,” many on the internet are speculating that the food industry is about to really start pushing the whole unicorn thing, perhaps in a bid to appeal to a slightly younger, more malleable foodie crowd.

We’re talking tweens and the like.

One Reddit user speculates that the drink likely features a white mocha cream-based Frappuccino, with the addition of mango and a new, bright pink powder that Starbucks employees allegedly have received also in the mix. Next, all ingredients are blended, poured into a cup, topped with mango, then topped with whipped cream, and finally finished off with a sprinkle of “blue unicorn dust.”

By the way, I’m serious when I type that out. Another Redditor already took a photo (which has been removed, unfortunately) and that blue vial is actually labeled “Unicorn Dust” and purportedly tastes sour. 

If shipments are already coming in with all of this dust and all of this speculation, I’d say it’s highly likely that the new Unicorn Frappuccino is probably all slated to debut at participating Starbucks locations sometime before June 2017. If you ask me, 4/20 would probably be a good time for it to launch.

However, according to this Instagram account, the Frappuccinos really are all set to launch between April 19-April 23, and judging from this bird’s-eye view of the drinks, they are just as gorgeous and magical as they sound.

Forget tweens. This adult is definitely going to be first in line to get her hands on one of these blended drinks!

Source: Reddit (1) / Photo Credit: Reddit, Hiro Allen-Pope/Instagram

Tags: food trend, instagram, Starbucks, unicorn dust, unicorn frappuccino
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