Starbucks' Zombie Frappuccino 'grows on you'
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."
Staffers at The Detroit News review the limited edition Zombie frappuccino from Starbucks and the feelings were mixed. Sarah Rahal
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.