The Merlion Frappuccino and other food trends that shouldn’t exist

Even though we Singaporeans love following the latest food trend, sometimes we just shake our heads in bemusement and wonder why certain fads exist. We get it when snaking queues formed outside Llao Llao, Krispy Kreme and Bake Cheese Tart. But these following ones we just don’t get. Will people just buy anything for the ‘Gram?

Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino


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Starbucks is known to regularly push out new drink combinations. This latest one however, called the Unicorn Frappuccino, has been such a pain even the baristas making them are complaining. Only made available in the US, Mexico and Canada from Apr 18-23, the drink, called the “frap from hell” by baristas there, has made one barista named Braden Burson go ballistic, saying on Twitter: “I have unicorn crap all in my hair and on my nose. I have never been so stressed out in my entire life.”

The pretty but sinful (packing 410 calories and 59 grams of sugar) drink has made Singaporeans envious too, with one YouTube user thejetsets (see below) seen challenging a Starbucks barista at Orchard Point to make our very own version of the Unicorn Frappuccino – the Merlion Frappuccino. Rather than rainbow hued, the Merlion edition is a pinkish, orange drink and tastes of creamy mango. We expect ridiculous queues if this drink was to be released in Singapore.

Durian-flavored pizza at Tino’s Pizza

Originally an April Fool’s Day joke made by Tino’s Pizza on social media, the durian pizza ($21.90) has now turned out to be a legit product people can actually buy (but why would you?). For those of us who love the fruit, we probably like them within acceptable boundaries like in ice-cream and confectionaries. It does use premium D24 and Mao Shan Wang durians if that is any consolation.

Transparent coffee

Yes, drinking clear coffee is now a reality because of London-based brothers from Slovakia, David and Adam Nagy. They have created Clear Coffee, basically a colorless version of normal black coffee. What’s inside you ask? Apparently, it’s made using high quality Arabica coffee beans and pure water with no preservatives, artificial flavors, stabilizers, sugar or sweeteners. Reviews so far are pretty good, though we are wary of how the coffee has been made transparent. And no, it’s not available for delivery to Singapore right now, but when it does, it will cost around $9 for two bottles.