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How it’s made: the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino

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Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino is the season’s must-try beverage, like it or not.

With a whopping 59 grams of sugar per 16 ounce serving, the Unicorn Frap is an anomaly of a beverage. That being said, it’s undeniably pretty to look at.

So, how exactly is the Unicorn Frappuccino made? The process isn’t so simple. In fact, your $5 cup of colorful sugar represents a pretty impressive journey.

Take a look inside the step-by-step process below.

Step 1: Baristas track the last remaining unicorns to their beautiful cave in the Pacific Northwest

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Step 2: The unicorns are sedated and driven to the original Starbucks location in Seattle, Washington. They will wake in 24 hours, at which point "re-education" will begin.

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Step 3: A barista explains that a handful of unicorns must be harvested for the greater good. The process is described as noble and "the right thing to do." The room is silent until enough unicorns volunteer.

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Step 4: A small faction of unicorns, referring to themselves as "Révolte" rises in opposition to the harvest. Their cause is honorable but quickly squashed by the Starbucks paramilitary forces.

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Step 5: The harvest has begun. Unicorns are placed in a big blender with ice and mushed up. It’s gross. In 6-10 months, their kin will receive Starbucks store credit as retribution.

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Step 6: The harvested unicorns are placed in Grande cups and topped with whipped cream. The colorful powder on the whipped cream is just Splenda.

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Step 7: A peace agreement is reached between Starbucks and the unicorns, as the baristas redirect their focus on the Pumpkin Spice nymphs of the North East.

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