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Double, double, toil and trouble: Students taste the Witch's Brew Frappuccino


Starbucks unveiled its Witch's Brew Frappuccino on Oct. 25 and has the drink in stores through Oct. 31.  Alex Hardgrave

Starbucks unveiled its Witch's Brew Frappuccino on Oct. 25 and has the drink in stores through Oct. 31. 

“Sip this sweet potion before it disappears, the Witch’s Brew Frappuccino drink is nothing to fear,” according to the Starbucks website.

Some people have been on a witch hunt against the drink while others are enchanted by its spell. 

Starbucks claims the cold, bright purple Frappuccino drink is made of toad’s breath, bat warts and lizard scales. 

If the description doesn’t scare you, the price might. It’s $4.95 for a tall, the smallest option. In comparison, a tall Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino is $3.25. 

The ingredients include orange-flavored, purple-colored powder for the drink's flavor and distinct color, chia seeds as the bat warts and a green sugar as lizard scales dusted on top of the whipped cream.  

“We wanted to create a flavor that you might enjoy at a Halloween party,” Jennica Robinson, Starbucks development team member, said in a Starbucks press release. 

This Halloween-themed drink marks the fourth year Starbucks has offered a specialty frappuccino. In 2014, they promoted a secret menu Franken Frappuccino. Starbucks offered the Frappula between 2015 and 2016, and last year, the company offered the Zombie Frappuccino. 

Shelby Roberts, a barista at the Indiana Memorial Union Starbucks, said the drink isn’t selling a lot. She said she was surprised and expected more people to order it. 

She said the Zombie Frappuccino sold similarly, and the Frappula was the most popular of the Halloween drinks. Because of its popularity, the Frappula is also be being offered at Starbucks through Halloween. 

Roberts said she likes the Witch's Brew Frappuccino, but it's a little too sweet. She prefers black coffee. 

“I like it,” Roberts said. “I don’t like the chia seeds because they give a weird texture. I think a lot of people feel the same way.” 

Freshman Emma Schreiber ordered the drink because of the photos she was seeing of it. 

She had only had a couple sips but said it was good, though she thought the chia seeds looked weird. 

She said she would rate it an eight out of 10.  

Senior Cathy Lu purchased the drink for a second time Tuesday. She and her friend tried the drink before, and she liked it enough that she got it again. She gave it a seven out of 10.

“I feel like it’s really good, so I just bought it,” she said.

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