Starbucks' Zombie Frappuccino 'grows on you'

The Detroit News
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A pair of 'Zombie Frappuccino' are cornered downtown.

Nothing says fall like the sweet, sweet taste of ... brains? 

Starbucks is following up the Unicorn Frappuccino with a different variation on a fictitious creature. Like its predecessor, the Zombie Frappuccino will also be available for a limited time, now through Halloween in the U.S. and Canada only. 

The green base is flavored with apple and caramel with a red mocha drizzle and topped with "brains" made from pink whipped cream.

“We thought about what you’d serve at a Halloween party, and we settled on dipped caramel apples,” said Jennica Robinson of the Starbucks beverage development team in a release. “It has a tart green apple flavor balanced with a smooth, sweet caramel.”

This isn't their first special Halloween-themed beverage -- Starbucks offered a Franken Frappuccino in 2014, and a Dracula-themed Frappula Frappuccino in 2015 and 2016. But none made as big a splash as April's Unicorn Frappuccino

A Campus Martius Starbucks manager said they sold 40 Zombie Frappuccinos by 3 p.m. Thursday, but customers were "in between about the taste."

We asked Detroit News staff members to try the drink that will make "you lose your mind."

Some said it tasted like a melted caramel apple sucker and Lucky Charms grounded up with Whoppers. Overall, it was sweet and fruity with a touch of coffee flavor.

"Not something I would buy or drink more than one sip of ... but it grows on you," reporter Stephanie Steinberg said.

"It looks awful. Looks like my kids made it and I don't trust them," said local editor Kevin Hardy.

The Zombie Frappuccino will be available October 26-31, or while supplies last. 

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