I Tried Starbucks's New Tie-Dye Frappuccino And Here's What I Thought

If your Instagram feed has been a little lackluster lately, get ready, ’cause Starbucks just launched a new Tie-Dye Frappuccino that’s bound to brighten things up.

The limited-edition summer drink, which has a tropical fruit flavor, is made with a crème base and a color-dusted vanilla whipped cream topping. According to Starbucks, the drink gets its colors from turmeric, red beet, and spirulina.


According to the chain, the drink is being offered “while supplies last,” so it’s not clear how much time you’ll have to snag one before they’re gone.

The new Tie-Dye Frap is somewhat similar to 2017’s Unicorn Frappuccino, which I personally thought was overwhelmingly sweet with mango syrup. But being a fan, I went to my usual Starbucks location this morning to try it for myself.

Here’s what the drink looks like when you first get it:

The drink is supposed to have yellow, red, and blue tie-dye swirls, but mine had more of a green-blue ombre look.

And in case you wanted a closer look at the color-coated whipped cream:

Pretty groovy, if I do say so myself.

After the first sip, I gotta say, I was preeeetty impressed.

I think that sometimes with blended drinks, there’s a “hangover” that you get from a combination of the iciness and the sugar. However, this Frap has a fruity flavor that ISN’T overly sweet (win!). While the exact fruit flavor is a little hard to pinpoint at first, I thought it had a very light banana taste. As for the hangover…there was none! I actually found myself sipping more and more and really enjoying it. And with the summer heat and all, this is actually great for when you want something that’s ~refreshing~.

I was also curious to see if the colored dust on the whipped cream would alter the taste in any way, but (spoiler alert) it doesn’t. It just tastes like normal vanilla whipped cream.

A Grande version of the drink, btw, came in at $6.26.

At my local Starbucks, a Tall costs $5.72, and a Venti costs $6.48.

In conclusion, this drink’s flavor was pretty legit, but it didn’t totally deliver on the tie-dye swirls I was hoping to see.

If you like fruity drinks or want something unique that’s also refreshing, you might like the Tie-Dye Frappuccino.

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