The Zombie Frappuccino At Starbucks Is A Spooky Halloween Treat

Starbucks has never shied away from ultra-seasonal drinks, and now, for a very limited time, the coffee chain is offering a Zombie Frappuccino in honor of Halloween—complete with whipped cream “brains.” Here’s what it looks like.

The sweet drink will only be in stores for a week, according to Starbucks, from Thursday until Halloween. The drink is also only available at stores in North America. In other words, this is a once in a lifetime Instagram opportunity.

What does it taste like? Well, it’s more dessert than breakfast: the green part of the drink is a caramel apple slush, while the red “blood” is a mocha drizzle and the pink brain topping is just whipped cream. 

This isn’t the first time Starbucks has unveiled a sweet treat for spooky season—2014 brought the Franken Frappuccino, and 2015 had the wonderfully named Frappula. A zombie theme was an obvious next step, said Jennica Robinson, of the Starbucks beverage development team, to Bustle. “When brainstorming a new Frappuccino flavor for this Halloween, we started by thinking about a Halloween party and monster mash,” she said.

“We thought about what you’d serve at a Halloween party, and we settled on dipped caramel apples,” Robinson added. “It has a tart green apple favor balanced with a smooth, sweet caramel.” 

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Suspect In Starbucks Armed Robbery May Sue Man Who Stopped Him

Crime doesn’t pay. That’s especially true if you get caught, but one failed criminal seemingly has a new plan. He’s suing the man who stopped him. 

Ryan Flores, 30, allegedly tried to rob a Starbucks in Fresno, California back in July but was stopped by Cregg Jerri, 58, who first tried to stop him by throwing a chair at Flores. According to investigators, Flores then stabbed Jerri in the neck. Jerri was about to get the knife away from Flores and stabbed Flores multiple times. 

The entire encounter was caught on security cameras. 

The Flores family says that their son plans on suing Jerri for excessive force. Ryan’s mother, Pamela Chimienti, doesn’t stand by her son committing armed robbery but she feels as if Jerri went too far saying, “The guy, in my opinion, went from a Good Samaritan to a vigilante. Stabbing somebody that many times, it doesn’t take that many stab wounds to get somebody to succumb to you.”

Flores had 17 stab wounds, according to his mother. 

Legal analyst, Charles Magill, doesn’t believe this lawsuit is going anywhere saying, “Good luck finding an attorney that wants to represent a young robber who’s going to be convicted of robbery. That’s not going to sell very well to the jury.”

Flores is currently being held on a $ 155,000 bail. He is expected back in court later this month. 

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This 'Harry Potter' Themed Starbucks Is A Dream Come True

San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and everyone wants in on the action. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a local Starbucks in Hilton Bayfront has made their eatery Harry Potter themed in honor of the weekend’s special devotion to all things magical. They even changed their doorway to look like the entrance to Platform 9 3/4, but this ride takes you to caffeine town instead of Hogwarts.

The place has paid remarkable attention to detail, with lots of special signs that all true Harry Potter fans will likely lose their minds over, much like reporter Sydney Bucksbaum who has been going wild on Twitter:

Though she’s hardly the only one: Lots of journalists who need a hot cup of java to get through the long lines are stopping by.

But Bucksbaum’s enthusiasm may be the funniest:

Though there is one place she still can’t go:

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Spider-Man Surprises Unsuspecting Starbucks Customers In Viral Prank Video

Meeting Spider-Man would be extremely exciting, but you probably wouldn’t expect him to just be at your local Starbucks, picking up some coffee on his way to a meeting with The Avengers. He’s supposed to catch you as you fly through the air after an attack from the Green Goblin. Then you’re already screaming, unlike all these people who were calmly waiting for a caffeinated beverage before their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man dropped out of the ceiling.

That’s when they started screaming:

The prank was set up to promote Spider-Man: Homecoming, but that’s not Tom Holland in the suit. Though Holland is admirably lithe and able, he is not a professional stunt-man, unlike Chris Silcox, who is usually the body inside the suit. His account isn’t verified, but some guy named Chris Silcox on Instagram sure loves dressing up as Spidey and running around town, so I’m fairly certain this is him:

Mashableinterviewed Silcox and the ad group that came up with the idea—they had to find a Starbucks with high ceilings so they could build a false one for Silcox to crouch in, then tie him up in a harness to await his targets. It’s actually kind of nerve-wracking to watch. While some people are thrilled to meet a Marvel super hero, enough people screamed that I was a little afraid Spider-Man would get a cup of hot coffee in the face.

Silcox said the best part was, of course, the kids:

“When a very bright upside-down superhero appears out of no where, what do you do? Little kids seemed to take to Spider-Man best, which was funny! [They thought,] ‘Of course Spidey’s here … Why wouldn’t he be here to grab a Cap’n Crunch Frappuccino?! It’s hot out!’ Plus, if a mocha latte was thrown at me, the amazing baristas working with us — who were actually working and gave every single person we surprised a drink and a smile — would have helped me clean my Tony Stark suit in a jiffy.”

This whole thing definitely made me excited for Spider-Man the film, and also for an absolutely enormous cup of coffee. I mean, who knows who I’ll meet?

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The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino Is Finally Here And It's Dividing The Nation

Starbucks released their special edition Unicorn Frappuccino on April 19, and it was the perfect Internet sensation. Bright colors, great for Instagram pics, associated with one of Tumblr’s favorite mythical beasties. Of course everyone would want one! And the flavors described on the menu didn’t sound…that bad. Unfortunately, the votes are in and the Unicorn Frappuccino tastes like it came out of the unicorn’s backend.

Twitter is full of responses to this monstrosity’s flavor, but Katy Perry somewhat perfectly encapsulates the experience of taking your first sip with this Snapchat:

In addition to the Unicorn Frappuccino not being all that delicious, it is also apparently slowly killing our nation’s Starbuck baristas this week. 

The Associated Press reports that Colorado barista Braden Burson posted to social media about his first day of making these concoctions, and it sounds like a nightmare. He eventually deleted the post after it went viral, and Starbucks reached out to him (with a promise not to fire him from his job), but apparently he claimed he’d “never been so stressed out” in his life than during his attempts to fill Unicorn Frappuccino orders. 

He’s not the only barista claiming to have that experience:

So, it tastes bad and it’s bad for the people making it, but damn…it looks good.

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Trump Supporters Are Boycotting Starbucks For Hiring Refugees And Twitter Can't Stop Roasting Them

Following President Trump’s executive order banning immigrants and refugees from several Muslim-majority countries, outraged businesses have voiced their opposition to what they believe to be a discriminatory and damaging policy. Lyft, for example, pledged to donate $ 1 million to the ACLU over the next four years, and executives at Netflix, Apple, and Facebook have spoken out condemning the policy — citing adverse impacts on their companies’ talent pool. 

Starbucks is the most recent business to join the resistance to the immigration ban. On Sunday, CEO Howard Schultz announced that the coffee giant is committed to hiring 10,000 refugees at store locations worldwide

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“We are developing plans to hire 10,000 [refugees] over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business,” Schultz wrote in a statement released to Starbucks employees. “And we will start this effort here in the U.S. by making the initial focus of our hiring efforts on those individuals who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel.”

Many Trump supporters, furious about the company’s decision, took to Twitter to encourage Americans to boycott Starbucks. 

The anti-Starbucks messages ranged from outrage over the hiring of refugees over veterans to fear that refugees would actually poison the coffee. 

Starbucks supporters, however, are roasting the hell out of the boycotters — criticizing their logic and bigotry. 

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Starbucks Barista Reveals The Shameless 'Hack' A Guy Uses To Get A Free Drink Everyday

A good loophole will make you cringe a little bit. But only a little, because you have to kind of admire someone’s cunning to exploit the loophole, but simultaneously feel embarrassed for them stooping so low.

I’m talking about people who bring tupperware into all-you-can eat buffets, or walk into a frozen yogurt spot and ask for samples of every flavor without buying anything, or the dreaded department store shopper who abuses the retailer’s very forgiving refund policy by returning a 9-year-old gown.

This guy takes his cleverness to the next level: by getting a free Starbucks coffee for every day of the year.

Brad Halsey, a Starbucks barista told Kitchenette about the shameless customer’s scam that nabs him daily free beverages.

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There is a man who comes to my Starbucks every single day and orders the most horrible drink in an infuriating way. He purchased 365 Starbucks cards and registered every one of them online with a different birthday so that he gets a “free birthday drink” EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. Even though I know exactly how he “beat the system” there, he pretends that his app is just malfunctioning and it magically gives him the same free birthday drink every day.

That’s right, the dude bought hundreds of Starbucks gift cards and registered each of them with a different birthday so he could get a free “birthday” drink every single day.

Halsey says he doesn’t have a problem with the guy’s little scheme, it’s just that he’s apparently such a condescending, particular jerkwad about it.

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If he was a nice guy, I might not be so irritated. But he’s not a nice guy. Here is a sample of our exchange when he orders (when you imagine his voice, it should be pompous and creepy):

Me, scowling on the inside: “Hello.”

Him: “I need a Venti cup and a marker.”

Me: “Oooooohkaaaay. Here ya go.”

You thought that would be the end of their exchange? Halsey says that it gets worse.

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I reluctantly give him the cup and marker. He draws lines and arrows and writes all over the cup while telling me: “Two pumps of white mocha here, then add five pumps of vanilla. That should take us to this line here where you’re gonna add cold heavy cream up to this ridge here…it should be halfway between this line and this line. Make sure to add the heavy whipping cream before the espresso, it changes the taste if you do it out of order. Then add your four shots, three regular and one long shot. That long shot is important, since you guys reformulated your machines, it’s been Hell trying to get my drink right. That long shot helps balance it. Then stir it for me, Mister Brad. Now do me a favor and add ice to the top there and it’ll be easy as pie. I’m not picky so don’t worry about shaking it or anything like that.”

Me: “OK. Easy as pie.”

Him: “Now they ring it up for me like this: one quad espresso, add white mocha, sub vanilla, sub heavy cream.”

[He wants it rung up that way so he just has to pay $ 3.00 for a drink that really should be around $ 6.50 if it was rung up correctly as an Iced Quad Venti Vanilla White Mocha with heavy cream instead of milk.]

Me: “Gotcha.”

Not only does he get his free drink, but Halsey said the guy is more demanding than paying customers.

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Him: “Now I’m going to use my free birthday reward to pay. Did I tell you about my birthday reward app malfunction? The app is screwed up and it’s been giving me the same free birthday drink for twelve days now! I mean, I’m not going to complain or anything. Maybe I should check my mail at my old house and see if I’ve won free Starbucks for life! Ha ha ha!”

[he tastes his drink & frowns]

Him: “Mister Brad, why don’t you pour a decaf shot on top of this for me? It’ll be perfect then. It’s just a hair too sweet.”

[I pour one decaf shot on top of his drink]

Me, and my skin is crawling at this point: “Thanks! Have a great day. Oh yeah, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY.”

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