Lately, I have been craving a change — and today that started with changing up my Starbucks order. I usually go for an unsweetened Iced Tea, but I have been wanting to try out a fun, different and sweeter drink. So, naturally, I turned to AI to give me recs that even a human couldn't come up with. I asked a ChatGPT to “give me recommendations for unconventional Starbucks drinks to try.” It spit out a plethora of interesting drink orders.

The three I found to be most interesting were:

1. Banana Split Frappuccino: ask for a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with banana syrup, chocolate chips, and a pump of strawberry syrup.

2. The “Baby Vomit Latte”: ask for a matcha latte with a shot of espresso and a pump of hazelnut syrup.

3. The Unicorn Blood Frappuccino: ask for a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with a pump of raspberry syrup, a pump of caramel syrup, and a pump of vanilla syrup, topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of unicorn-shaped sprinkles.

Getting so many unique recommendations was really fun, and it was interesting to learn about the many different drink orders I could try and had no clue about before today. To be fair, it also suggested some very approachable beverage options like the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Frappuccino or the S’mores Hot Chocolate.

I made my decision, and I ordered the Unicorn Blood Frappuccino. This one sounded like a good mix of sweet, tart, and a little frightening. I also love the classic Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, so I knew this one would be just as good or even better. 

I mobile ordered my drink, which made this experience even better as I didn’t have to face the barista head on while ordering this eccentric beverage. While grabbing my drink, there were no rainbow sprinkles in sight, so I asked the barista if they had any unicorn and/or rainbow sprinkles to top it off with. She looked at me funny and said “We haven’t had those since 2010.” Noted. ChatGPT, you may be a bit behind the times.

Trying the Starbucks drink ChatGPT recommended

I picked up my drink and honestly, it looked a lot different than I had expected. I expected the base color to be more pink or at least a little blood-like, since it had all of the added syrups in it, but to my surprise it was white as snow. It looked exactly like the classic Vanilla Bean Frap. I brought it with me to my car and was eager to try it. I took my first sip and it tasted exactly like the name — sweet, yummy, and full of unicorns and rainbows. It truly made me think of unicorns due to how disgustingly sweet it was. It tasted ever so slightly like a cotton candy drink. I didn’t taste much of the raspberry syrup, but I think there was just enough to give it a hint of that fruity taste. I would have loved a little bit more of a tartness to it, but it still was delicious. Although this drink is not something I will be drinking daily, who would have thought that a chat bot would give me my new favorite Starbucks order? 

Would I use ChatGPT again for ordering food?

I definitely will be using ChatGPT again in the future (I already asked it what I should make for lunch) when I want to make a decision, especially if I am having a hard time making one. Finding recipes through ChatGPT is going to be a tremendous help and fun, too! Often I am really indecisive, so this system is great to help me make a choice while also offering some unique options to choose from. At times I get bored of the food I am eating, so asking the AI what I should make for lunches and dinners will be really helpful and give me some good ideas.