In an attempt to hop on the tie-dye trend that’s sweeping social media, Starbucks has launched a limited-time Tie-Dye Frappuccino. And though it looks super pretty, most people are reporting that this is its only redeeming quality. Yikes.
The drink, which is available until July 15 or while supplies last, is a mishmash of colors and flavors intended to mimic the popular pattern. The main ingredients are tropical Crème Frappuccino syrup, plus yellow, red, and blue powder (according to People, these come from turmeric, red beets, and spirulina, and nothing artificial). If you choose, it also comes topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Needless to say, it’s basically a sugar bomb.
In fact, according to the company, this sweet drink contains 39 grams of sugar (more than the recommended daily intake) and comes in at 280 calories if you order a Tall. It’s also worth noting that the Tie-Dye Frappuccino contains no caffeine, similar to the Unicorn, Mermaid, and Zombie Frappuccinos that came before it.
Lots of people are reporting that though it would seem there’s a variety of flavors in the frappe, it tastes mostly like banana. “Tried the #TieDyeFrappuccino today and it’s disgusting!” one Twitter user shared. “One sip and tossed it. Tastes like watered down banana popsicle.”
What’s worse, the “tie-dye” look isn’t exactly what people expected. “My kids were disappointed it wasn’t ‘tie-dye,'” one woman wrote on Twitter, along with a photo of her daughter drinking what looks like an all-yellow drink.
The Tie-Dye Frappuccino is the first launch in a series of limited-time summertime drinks from Starbucks, so hopefully the other releases will be a bit more impressive. But if this sounds like something you’d be into, go ahead and treat yourself — just be sure to get a good photo for the ‘gram first, because that seems to be the point.