My Starbucks Crystal Ball Frappuccino Adventure, A Review

As with most Starbucks limited-time drinks, I’m here again to let you know what’s up with the Crystal Ball Frappuccino.

I actually had no idea there was even a new drink coming out until this morning when my coworker asked if I was going to try it. This kind of negligance won’t happen again…promise.

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So, naturally the pooch and I took a trip to Starbucks on lunch for a little frozen frappe snack, and here’s what we learned.

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Overall impression

Good. But I could also still be biased by the Unicorn Frappuccino debacle that happened last year. But I stand by today’s impression, the Crystal Ball Frappuccino was good. That’s it though. It wasn’t amazing, but that has a lot to do with the flavor and what is (or isn’t) in it.

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It’s a strictly peach drink. No fancy mix of flavors that no one has ever heard of; nice and easy. It was definitely on the sweeter side, so beware if that’s not your thing. The peach flavor was very refereshing, though. I’m not typically a fan of a stand-alone peach flavor but this was good. It’s likely more of a bold fruity flavor because – and here’s where I take issue –

there isn’t actually any coffee in the drink.

You read that right – no caffeine if ordered as-is. I opted to order mine with a single shot of espresso because I didn’t leave the southside my couch for this.

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The drink is also supposed to have green all drizzled throughout it for a mystical/mysterious appearance but my syrup was all at the bottom. Mysertious indeed, but definitely not mystical.

The Special Sprinkles

Buckle up, these are no regular sprinkles. They are fortune telling sprinkles. Not even your barista can predict what’s coming for you (unless of course, they simply keep track of where they put one of three opaque shakers).

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Blue Sprinkles mean adventure is your destiny.
Green Sprinkles mean you should get ready for some good luck to come your way.
Purple Sprinkles mean you can expect magic, wonder and enchantment in your future.

As you can tell, I had blue sprinkles. My adventure must have been the mosquito that landed in my drink while I was taking a picture of it and then didn’t notice until it was almost all gone and I was home. Cool. Another adventure was trying to get a decent picture of the drink because the barista put the label half over the Starbucks logo. Really, guys? Pretty sure this is how baristas get their shots in at the people ordering these Instagram-targeted drinks.

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Maybe if I had gotten the green sprinkles I wouldn’t have ended up with a label covered, mosquito-ridden beige frappuccino?


It’s a frappuccino, so you already know it’s not good for you, but in the name of journalism, here’s the nutrition anyway:

The Crystal Ball Frappuccino — when made with whole milk and whipped cream, which is the standard recipe — is 270 calories and contains 11 grams of fat and 37 grams of sugar. #woof

Is it worth trying?

If you’re still super curious and/or like sweet and fruity drinks, yes. It’ll be around through March 26th for you to get your hands on. If you don’t care that much about peach-flavored blended cream – topped with more whipped cream – then you can probably pass this one up. Unless you’re trying to get your fortune read for under $5, then there’s really no better deal.




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