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Review: We Tried Starbucks Witch’s Brew Frappuccino®

By Jodi Smith | Food Porn | October 29, 2018 |

By Jodi Smith | Food Porn | October 29, 2018 |


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It’s that time of year again where Starbucks creates a Halloween-themed beverage and I order one to try. Last year’s Zombie Frappuccino® was DOA for me, so I wasn’t expecting much from a concoction with chia seeds floating around in it. While out Pokemon-hunting from the comfort of my car (yes, I still do that and you can stfu) I decided I was in the best situation for tasting Starbucks Witch’s Brew Frappuccino® while it was raining sideways outside.

As with all of my other Starbucks seasonal drinks, I don’t look up the actual flavors until after I’ve consumed the beverage. I assumed the purple would have a blueberry taste paired with whatever the hell chia seeds and the substance surrounding them have as a flavor. As I took my first sip, I was very happy to find that my greatest fear — the chia seeds — were just fine and caused no instant dry-heaves from a strange texture.

WIN NUMBER 1.

The flavor of the actual drink itself was difficult to pin down. Starbucks has “Toad’s breath, swamp fog and goblin regret” listed on its site as ingredients, but I’ve had goblin regret before and I think my barista forgot to mix it in. Whatever had been added to the Frappe base was delicious, however, and I graciously allowed my husband a taste. He declared it to be a blueberry-flavored drink, but I disagreed. With no other flavor ideas to counter his, I just agreed with him so he would shut up about it.

WIN NUMBER 2.

I finished the drink in record time and moved on to the hot Caramel Macchiato I ordered at the same time. But the flavor of the Witch’s Brew lingered on my mind for the rest of the day. I would order it again, most definitely. And now I know that the flavor I could not quite place is supposed to be orange creme — which I can’t say I would have ever guessed without a Ouija Board or a scrying mirror. STILL A WIN.



Jodi Smith is the Associate Trade News Editor at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.



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