Meet the Unicorn Frappuccino That Everyone is Raving About

A photo of a pink and blue "Unicorn Frappuccino" from Starbucks.

Photo credit: Brian Chow at Flickr Creative Commons.

Starbucks’ new multi-colored drink is a dream come true for sugar enthusiasts and frozen drink lovers, offering an array of colors and flavors with every sip and giving drinkers one sweet-filled experience.

“Like its mythical namesake, the Unicorn Frappuccino blended crème comes with a bit of magic, starting as a purple beverage with swirls of blue and a first taste that is sweet and fruity,” a spokesperson for Starbucks said in a statement. “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.”

This limited edition drink is only being offered from April 19 through April 23, and it’s caffeine free, so coffee lovers won’t be offended by this sugar-filled creation. The Unicorn Frap consists of the crème Frappuccino mixed with mango syrup and dusted with a pink powder and sour blue drizzle. Then it’s topped with vanilla whipped cream and sweet pink and sour blue powder, making it paradise in a cup for all sweets lovers.

Starbucks says its inspiration for the drink came from the Internet, as social media is blowing up with pictures and recipes of Unicorn-themed foods and beverages. Not one to shy away from a trend, Starbucks decided to play along and offer loyal customers something fun and festive before people moved on to something else. Case in point: last year’s Pokemon Go Frappuccino.

Naturally, people have been going crazy and posting their excitement on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram. It’s safe to say that social media will be bombarded with photos of the drink this coming week, as the frap is expected to sell out.

It should also be noted–although I’m sure it’s no surprise–that the Unicorn Frappuccino is not friendly to those watching their diet. A tall Frap with whole milk comes in at 280 calories, with 11 grams of fat and 39 grams of sugar.

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Howard Schultz Steps Down as Starbucks CEO

A photo of the Starbucks logo.

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Today, Starbucks announced that Howard Schultz is stepping down from his position as CEO. But Schultz isn’t completely leaving the company. The 63-year-old is taking on the role of executive chairman beginning on April 3, 2017.

Kevin Johnson, Chief Operating Officer at Starbucks, will replace Schultz as the new CEO.

“As I focus on Starbucks’ next wave of retail innovation, I am delighted that Kevin Johnson—our current president, COO, a seven-year board member and my partner in running every facet of Starbucks business over the last two years—has agreed to assume the duties of Starbucks chief executive officer. This move ideally positions Starbucks to continue profitably growing our core business around the world into the future,” Schultz stated.

But for as optimistic as Schultz seemed, investors weren’t buying it. Stocks fell by more than 3% following the announcement. Some are speculating that Schultz stepped down so he could pursue his political interests instead.

In an interview with CNN, Schultz stated, “Given the state of things in the country, there is a need to help those left behind.”

It’s still unclear exactly what Schultz was getting at. However, there are clues that suggest that Schultz might be making a run for POTUS come 2020.

For one, he is an outspoken Democrat and long-time backer of President Barack Obama. He even publicly endorsed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. It’s more than possible that given the results of the election, Schultz will be gunning for the highest political office in the country.

If it were true, there are already hints as to what kind of campaign he would be running. In the past, Schultz has supported a higher minimum wage. He’s even offered his employees free college.

In the mean time, Schultz assured investors that he is confident in Johnson’s ability to take over as CEO. Schultz went as far as to say Johnson was “better prepared than I am” to be CEO.

S’Mores Frappuccino Coming to Starbucks

Starbucks has announced a new specialty drink that will hit stores on April 28th—the S’Mores Frappuccino. The delicious flavor reminiscent of campfires will arrive just in time for this year’s camping season.

If the flavor sounds familiar, it’s because it has been on sale in grocery stores for the past month. Starbucks says the drink will only be available for a limited time, so be sure to partake of it while you have the chance.

While we don’t know how many calories the new S’Mores Frappuccino will have, we do have comparisons to other specialty drinks. For example, a Venti Double Chocolate Chip Crème Frappuccino has 540 calories.

Starbucks is known for their specialty drinks as well as a wide variety of popular coffee drinks, including the iced caramel macchiato, iced caffé latte, and caramel macchiato.

Starbucks got its start in the historic Pike Place Market in Seattle in 1971 as a quaint single store. Since then, Starbucks has grown into a global phenomenon, with over 21,000 locations across the globe. Of those 21,000, over 12,000 locations are in the United States.

Starbucks is a widely successful business. In the last quarter of 2014, they recorded increased revenues of $4.2 billion, which was a 10% increase from the last quarter.

What do you think about Starbuck’s announcement of their new S’Mores Frappuccino? Does this announcement make you more likely to visit a Starbucks location in the future?

Starbucks Ad Featuring Lesbian Moms Bashed by Peter LaBarbera

Apparently just watching an ad featuring lesbian moms is enough to ruin someone’s day. Right Wing Watch first reported that the Americans for Truth about Homosexuality’s president, Peter LaBarbera, slammed Starbucks in a blog post. He said that his Mother’s Day was ruined after seeing the ad for the new Teavana Oprah Chai Latte. The ad briefly showed, as he called, “snuggling Starbucks lesbians” in what he described as “an alphabetic homoerotic embrace.”

LaBarbera writes:

As for the content of the ad, Oprah and Starbucks are dead wrong: Two lesbians “moms” are NOT better than one mom–especially one raising children with her husband and their father in a real marriage. And if higher numbers are better, wouldn’t three or four lesbian moms be best? We used to take it for granted that kids do better with a married mother and father, but now that’s a point of contention and marriage itself is being radically redefined. The reality is, this liberal social engineering is bad for kids: Kansas State professor Walter Schumm confirmed ”[Paul] Cameron’s (2006) hypothesis that gay and lesbian parents would be more likely to have gay, lesbian, bisexual or unsure (of sexual orientation) sons and daughters.”

He ends the post saying that same-sex relationships “deviant and immoral behavior condemned by God.”

This is not the first time Starbucks has been in the news for supporting same-sex marriage. In 2012, the National Organization for Marriage launched its “Dump Starbucks” campaign after Starbucks joined a list of major corporations that endorsed same-sex marriage legislation in Washington state. However, Starbucks still continues to stand by it’s beliefs.

“We will not tolerate an international company attempting to force its misguided values on citizens,” NOM President Brian Brown is quoted by The Miami Herald as saying at the time. “The majority of Americans and virtually every consumer in some countries in which Starbucks operates believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. They will not be pleased to learn that their money is being used to advance gay marriage in society.”

The same happened when an investor complained that the company’s support was eroding its bottom line.

“If you feel respectfully that you can get a higher return [than] the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country,” said Schultz, during the annual shareholders meeting on March 21, 2013. “You could sell your shares at Starbucks and buy shares in other companies.”

Do you think Starbucks is being bold by continuing to support such a controversial issue?

Starbucks Admits to Storing Passwords in Plaintext

Original Starbucks in Seattle

The original Starbucks in Seattle, Wa.
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The Starbucks mobile app is the most popular mobile payment app in the United States. Users can load money onto their Starbucks app, and every time they buy drinks or food they earn stars which gets them free coffee. On Thursday, Starbucks confirmed that they store passwords and other user information in plaintext.

This user information, which includes passwords, usernames, email address,  and location – was unencrypted. This makes it easy to access by anyone who plugs the handset into a PC, according to a report detailing the vulnerability.

The report stated that passwords are stored this way in order to make it easier for users to purchase. Users only need to enter their password and username once, and then can make purchases without putting in anymore information. However, I’m sure users would rather have a little more difficulty making purchases and know that their data is safe.

“We take these types of concerns seriously and have added several safeguards to protect the information you share with us,” Garner added. He also revealed Starbucks is working on an update to the app that will “add extra layers of protection.”

Information on users payment information is not available – however, thieves may be able to use the information to make purchases on other people’s Starbucks accounts.

What Your Cup of Coffee Says About You

Coffee is everywhere. You either hate it or you love it. 54% of Americans over 18 drink coffee fairly regularly. Starbucks are everywhere, there are 16,850 shops in 40 countries. The average Starbucks drinker visits the store about 6 times per month, and loyal customers (about 20%) go about 16 times per month.

This comic created by Doghouse Diaries helps coffee lovers to you understand what their coffee habits (supposedly) say about them. Whether you love lots of cream and sugar or black coffee, your coffee says something about you.

Coffee chart

What kind of coffee do you prefer to drink?

25 Businesses Who Openly Supported the Supreme Court’s Ruling for Marriage Equality

Starbucks

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With the Supreme Court’s decision to kill the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8, many top businesses have shown their support.

Starbucks:

“Equality is a core value of the company. Starbucks has offered domestic partner benefits to our partners for more than two decades. That said, we are very pleased with today’s ruling. Starbucks always puts our people first, and we will continue to advocate for equality inclusion.”

Apple:

“Apple strongly supports marriage equality and we consider it a civil rights issue. We applaud the Supreme Court for its decisions today.”

Facebook:

“Approximately 70% of people on Facebook in the U.S. are connected to a friend who has expressly identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual on their timeline. #PrideConnectsUs”

Ben & Jerry’s

“We are proud that today’s Supreme Court rulings are an historic step forward on the road to marriage equality.”

Instagram:

“Today, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a landmark decision invalidating the Defense of Marriage Act, a law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage. The historic occasion is being documented on Instagram by the thousands of people who turned out in front of the Supreme Court—some even camping through the night—to hear the decision, which was announced shortly after 10 a.m. ET.”

Goldman Sachs

“Today’s decisions help define who we are as a people, whether or not we are part of the group directly affected.” – Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein

For more companies who supported the Prop 8 and DOMA ruling, click here.

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