The Unicorn Frappuccino hit the stage in 2017 and changed the world of iced coffee shop drinks forever. And just like that, it was gone. Now it’s the stuff of legend.
Today we’re making our own unicorn drink, but it won’t be easy. The problem with the unicorn frappuccino is its colors — artificial colorants are not trending right now; I mean, who wants to drink paint purposely, right? Well, we’re attempting our unicorn frappuccinos with all-natural flavors by using berries, it’s good enough for me, and I’m sure you’ll love it too! It’s as tasty as it is pretty.
Besides the pink and blue powders in the original version which we’ll be substituting with raspberries and blueberries, the authentic unicorn frappuccino called for mango syrup. You can get it if you want, but I found out that a splash of boxed mango juice is enough to infuse the drink with the tropical flavor. The juice also helps you blend the ingredients (see note below).
We’re also using vanilla ice cream to emulate the decadent, milky texture worthy of being called unicorn blood. Together with the fruit, you get a thick smoothie-like drink with a lovely layered blue and pink color.
You must work fast, because we’re blending the two colors separately, and time is not your friend. Combine the blue half and quickly rinse the blender to mix the pink part without allowing the first half to melt. Also, make sure your fruit is completely frozen and not thawed.
NOTE: If you see your berries and ice cream are not blending fluidly, add another splash of mango juice to get things going.
I’ll be honest here; you’ll get a colorful drink, but not as lively colored as the original unicorn frappuccino. On the bright side, this one is not only colored sugar; it’s all-natural fruit!
Have fun making this one, that’s what unicorn food is all about. You’ll find in the vanilla ice cream and berry combination a real treat that’ll put a smile on your face.
In a blender, add 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream, oz mango juice, and blueberries, blend until smooth and reserve.
Immediately rinse the blender and 1 scoop vanilla ice cream, 1 oz mango juice, and raspberries.
Pour the raspberry mixture and the blueberry mixture in a clear glass, alternating to create a layered drink.
Top with whipped cream and add sprinkles.