Starbucks Frappuccinos For That Sugar Rush Life
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Starbucks Frappuccinos For That Sugar Rush Life

And that empty wallet life.

Everybody with a pulse knows what a Starbucks frappuccino is... mostly because they tend to make that pulse start racing with all of the freaking sugar you're drinking. They're yummy though.

It seems like Starbucks has been coming up with crazier and crazier concoctions for your consumption, with the recent limited unicorn frappuccino that took the internet by storm in April. Everybody was talking about it. Everybody.

The wildest part? It had, like, a million grams of sugar in it (the 16 oz. grande size had 59, to be exact). My pancreas hurts just thinking about it.

While the unicorn frapp may have been one of the most sugary drinks at Starbucks, two actually have it beat, and there's a whole array of other frapps that are probably just as bad (I'm honestly scared to check the contents).

Whether you're a frapphead or just plain curious, here's some wild frappuccinos that will definitely give even the biggest sweet tooth a sugar rush:

The Dragon Frappuccino

source: starbucks secret menu

Clearly nobody wanted to stop at the unicorn frappuccino, and some inspired baristas decided to come up with this bad boy (no, really, I'm kind of scared of it), and it's since been posted on the secret menu website. (Please note that the secret menu isn't real, and you have to order things off of it by recipe, not name!)

A modification of the green tea frapp, some clever berry swirl (made of white mocha and dried berries) and some other sugary stuff gets you this Insta-worthy drink. The board drawing above asks, "Can you tame the dragon frappuccino?"

No, no I cannot.

The Mermaid Frappuccino

source: starbucks secret menu

Another contender to go against its dragon counterpart, the mermaid frapp is a similarly colorful drink with some different ingredients. The Starbucks logo was originally a mermaid, so I mean, it works.

This one is even more intimidating than the dragon version, in my opinion. A modification of the vanilla bean frapp, you have to add dried berries and line the entire thing with green drizzle. If you were wondering, this is how you order the damn drizzle:

  • Eight pumps (eight!) of white mocha sauce
  • Three pumps of toasted coconut syrup
  • Three heaping (yes, the website says heaping) scoops of matcha

My stomach suddenly hurts. I commend the brave soul who risks their pancreas and overall well-being for this.

American Cherry Pie Frappuccino

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So this one was only available in Japan, hence the name, between April and May, but it blended real cherry compote into a vanilla frapp and then stuck a damn pie crust on top instead of using a lid. It looks... really good, so you'll have to decide whether the sugar crash afterwards will be worth the risk.

I haven't seen a secret menu dupe of this yet, but I'm sure one's coming.

Orange Honeycomb Crunch Frappuccino

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This guy was only available in Starbucks locations in Indonesia and Singapore. A blend of cream and orange sauce topped off with honeycomb candy and citrus drizzle, this supposedly tasted like a creamsicle. Yum! But also, wow, that sugar intake.

Like most of these frappuccinos, there's just cream and no caffeine, but oh my god, this one just feels so blatant about it. There was a mocha counterpart for the people who wanted to feel like they were at least getting something beneficial beyond a taste bud explosion, but I think the sugar content was high there, too.

Chocolate Crunch Frappuccino

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Japan struck again with this one, a coffee frapp with lots of chocolate sauce, cacao nibs, bits of biscotti and almonds, and some coffee-flavored whipped cream on top. Honestly, this one would be right up my alley if I didn't value my blood sugar levels.

I think I'm having heart palpitations just thinking about it.

Pokemon-Go Frappuccino

source: starbucks secret menu

So believe it or not, the unicorn frapp is not the frappuccino with the most sugar. In fact, it's in third place. The Pokemon-themed frapp that Starbucks offered around the holidays to get into the spirit of the mobile game had more.

It's a vanilla bean frappuccino with raspberry syrup, dried blackberries and some whipped cream. Well, friend, it has 69 grams of sugar in a grande.

Yup. You heard me. The funny sex number and also 10 grams more than the unicorn frappuccino. I'm in pain just looking at it.

Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino

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This startlingly normal frapp is available on any Starbucks menu, and has a big secret. Made with coffee, vanilla bean powder, milk, ice and whipped cream, it doesn't sound too bad in comparison to the others, right?

This frapp actually has almost as much sugar in it as the Pokemon one, boasting 67 grams in a grande size. Deceptive, if you ask me.

I'm disgusted.

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Nine Starbucks Hacks Baristas Don't Want You to Know

Tips from a former Starbs barista.

As a former barista, I have seen it all. Here are some tips I want to give all tired, broke college students to help you live a better, more caffeinated life.

1. A venti Frappuccino split into two cups makes exactly two talls. So before you pay $8 for two talls, get the $5 venti and politely ask for it split.

2. If you get a Refresher beverage, get tea in it instead of water. It is actually cheaper to get the tea with no water, sub Refresher juice and no classic sweetener. This only works if you don't mind not having the inclusions (they don't do anything but clog your straw anyway).

3. Refills on any iced/hot coffee and tea are 50 cents. They're FREE with a Starbucks gold card.

4. Cold brew iced coffee has 200mg of caffeine in a grande. A single shot of espresso has 75mg. A regular iced coffee 165mg. This makes Starbucks Cold Brew the best choice if you are trying to get the maximum bang for your buck.

5. Venti espresso beverages likely do not have more caffeine. A grande hot white mocha and a venti hot white mocha both get two shots of espresso. A venti iced drink gets three, while a grande iced only gets two.

6. The best thing you don't know about is the Starbucks doubleshot on ice. What is it? The best thing ever. Make sure to order it like that, or the barista won't know what you are trying to say.

It's basically an extra strong but cheaper latte. In a tall drink, you get two shots. You get three in a grande and four in a venti. The shots are poured over ice in a shaker and topped with milk in your cup. You can get it with classic syrup, or switch it up with vanilla, hazelnut or white mocha.

7. Order your breakfast sandwich double toasted for crispier bacon/sausage.

8. If you order something, pay for it, and then the barista tells you they are actually out of it, you can get anything on the menu for free. Example: you wanted a bacon gouda breakfast sandwich, you paid, they just found out that they're out. Congrats, you can get a far more expensive Panini now for the same price.

9. Mobile order on the Starbucks App to beat the line. All you have to do is verify your name and pick up your drink at the hand off plane. Magical, right?

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Will the Starbucks Holiday Cup Ever Be Christmas-y Enough?

LOL, Starbucks man. Can't live with it, can't live without it.

Starbucks released their holiday cups this week, officially marking the beginning of holiday season. These cups feature a sketch of the diverse Starbucks community, but in green instead of red.

This color change has incited outrage amongst people who feel that the new design just isn't Christmas-y enough.

But Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, had a reason. "During a divisive time in our country, Starbucks wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other," he said.

But people still aren't digging it.

Sound familiar? Well, it should. Their holiday cup release was met with the exact same response last year.

If you need a quick refresher, last year was the first year Starbucks did not include reindeer or snowflakes or any traditional holiday images. And people got pissed. The simple, red cups, made customers feel like Starbucks was anti-Christmas.

And, just like last year, Starbucks customers have been quick to voice their outrage.

One of the reasons people might be so bent out of shape over this is that just a few days ago a picture of "the" holiday cup was leaked - and it was red.

I peeked.

So, imagine the Starbs fans' shock when they went in for their daily run only to find out *gasp* that their holiday cups were green.

But some people think that the green cups released weren't the only holiday cups because, in the past, Starbucks has referred to their holiday cups as the "Red Holiday Cups." So, people have drawn the conclusion that a red one will be coming soon enough.

In other news, this is just a coffee cup that you will throw out. If you just like, literally can't right now, remain calm. As they say, this too shall pass.

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Dutch Man May Inspire You To Eat Better (Video)

But you have to give up sugar and alcohol...

Eating healthy in college is hard. Beer's freaking great; unprocessed food is expensive; dorm kitchens are nasty. The struggle is real, but, unfortunately, poor diets are a massive problem for students
According to the CDC, obesity-related diseases like type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure are on the rise among college-aged Americans. The organization claims colleges need to act "sooner not later" to put extensive campus-wide wellness initiatives in place. If not, matters will almost certainly worsen. Campuses should probably get on that. Well, here's the catch: the CDC recommended action in 2007, but serious reform has yet to gain widespread traction. So, if you haven't already, you might want to take matters into your own hands.
While nobody expects you to cut all booze from your diet or drink your coffee black, this video might inspire you to eat a bit better. Sacha Harland, a 22-year-old Dutch man, went a month without processed foods or added sugars. Check out his results above.
Even on a less extreme version of Sacha's diet, you'll probably see a smattering of positive effects: decreased blood pressure and glucose levels, increased energy, sharper focus, deeper sleep, and better hydration. Who knows, if you hit the gym a little, too, then you could end up looking as cut as this other group of northern Europeans:

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Getcha (Skinny) Drank On

How can I get drunk without consuming 5,000 calories? Ugh, my life.

One of the hardest parts about adjusting to college is avoiding the dreaded Freshman 15. You can commit to working out and eating healthy, but who really wants to give up 3 a.m. drunk eats like bacon pizza or mac 'n' cheese? Also, chugging beers and chasing shitty vodka with sugary chasers isn't helping your diet whatsoever. You also don't really have the funds to spend a ton of money on Skinny Girl margaritas, so cheap drinks are kind of a must.

While it's hard to avoid calories when consuming alcohol, you can mix drinks with low-calorie juices or soda water, or even find a light beer you love. Our No. 1 tip? Don't waste money on the actual alcohol, but more so what you'll be drinking it with.
Read on for our fave "skinny drinks" that might just help you avoid packing on the pounds.
Beach Mixy
  • Malibu coconut rum
  • Sprite Zero
  • Light cranberry juice, poured over ice
Hard Iced Tea
  • Plain Absolut vodka
  • Diet Arizona iced tea
  • Wedge of lemon

Source: Addie Jonas
Skinny Tequila Sunrise
  • Jose Cuervo
  • Trop50 orange juice
Festive Fall Cocktail
  • Fireball whisky
  • Half a Bud Light

Source: Addie Jonas
Lemon sorbet
  • Smirnoff Sorbet light lemon vodka
  • Minute Maid light lemonade
  • Club soda
Sparkling Grapefruit
  • Andr? champagne (for the cheap college kid)
  • Light Ocean Spray Ruby Red Light 50 Grapefruit Juice
  • Splash of Sprite Zero
So there you have it, the six best "skinny drinks" that won't break your budget--or your diet.
Source: Addie Jonas
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7 Things Every Barista Can Relate To

You Need a Double Shot of CTFO.

Give kudos to your fellow Starbs baristas, because their job isn't easy when putting up with complicated drink orders and complicated people. The art of coffee is fun to play with, but when 20 people are waiting impatiently at the counter for their drink, the pressure is on.

They're watching your every move, waiting for you to mess up their drink just to have you make it again (and again). Every barista would agree that our customers need to take a chill pill.

They order something that's nearly impossible to remember. Such as, "venti iced caramel macchiato, light ice, nonfat milk, extra caramel, only two shots of espresso, and just a little bit of whipped cream." LOL, k.

They make you remake a drink if you accidentally put whipped cream on it. But they "didn't want whipped cream." So there's another drink down the drain.

They expect their drink to be made within three minutes of ordering it. Sometimes that's possible, but the drinks are made in order of the customers who order them. So just chill, your chai latte is four drinks away.

We appreciate the customers who order something simple. Like an Americano (literally just espresso and hot water). Thank you, kind sir.

They begin to make things up that they want in their drink. Like no, I can't just invent this drink for you because you think it "sounds good". You pick from what's on the menu.

They get their drink and claim you forgot to add something to it. So they give it back for you to fix, which you don't really do, and then they taste it again and it's "perfect". Makes a lot of sense, I know.

It's always your fault if the espresso machine isn't working. Look I get it, you need your daily three shots. But I can't just make this thing release espresso for you. Get a dark roast coffee and move on.

Multiple orders SSSSUUUUUCCK. Especially when they're all paid for with different credit cards. Sweet.

And it's true, they really do stare at you with daggers while you make their drink. And it's freaky as hell. Can't do my job while you're judging me!

It's still fun for us. Aside from the rush of customers all at once, making drinks is fun and we feel badass doing it.