I love to hate Starbucks. I also love to love Starbucks as I keep coming back for that skinny vanilla latte. But there is one item on the menu that I'm going to steer clear of from now on, and that's the Strawberry Frappuccino. I'm not one to disparage a delicious frap, no matter how many calories are packed into a venti (470, to be exact). But Starbucks is whipping up this decadent treat using an ingredient that will make you gag. In fact, I'm gagging right now just thinking about it. Excuse me ...
Ladies and gentlemen, your Strawberry Frappuccino has bugs in it.
Specifically, ground up cochineal bugs found in Mexico, South America, and now in your cold frosty beverage. That's what gives this frap that pink color, which one would think is not found in nature. But it's totally found in nature. IN COCHINEAL BUGS THAT YOU'RE DRINKING RIGHT NOW.
As someone who goes organic and hates eating and drinking chemicals, I get that this is the more natural way to go for Starbucks. After all, they're avoiding non-natural dyes by using bugs instead. So ... it's better? Not better for all of those dead cochineal bugs, that's for sure.
Personally, I'd much rather have a natural looking frap no matter what color the strawberries turn out to be after being mushed, rather than with bugs added in to make it look pretty. But I am perhaps not the target market for the Strawberry Frappuccino.
Are you? And are you okay with bugs in your drink?
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