4 Things to Know About Starbucks' Pink Drink

Jun 10 2016
You've probably heard of Starbucks' super-popular secret-menu Pink Drink. It's taken the Internet by storm, and now it’s even been added to the official menu! But what do you really know about it? We did some investigating, and here are four things you need to know..
1. It's not thick like a strawberry Frappuccino... It's lighter and super fruity! The drink is actually a spin on the Strawberry Acai Refreshers Beverage, which is lightly caffeinated with green coffee extract. But instead of water, the Pink Drink is made with coconut milk. It's like a drinkable pink Starburst!

2. It features freeze-dried fruit, something we love here at Hungryland. The Pink Drink is made with either freeze-dried strawberries or freeze-dried blackberries, both fantastic. Unlike traditional dried fruit (think raisins), freeze-dried fruit isn't shriveled and dense; it's light and airy! (It's also MUCH lower in calories than dried fruit.) On it's own, it's a crispy snack. In drinks, freeze-dried fruit softens and packs a major flavor punch!

3. A Grande Pink Drink contains less than 150 calories! According to the official stats, a 16-oz. Pink Drink has 140 calories, 2.5g fat (2.5g sat. fat), 60mg sodium, 27g carbs, 1g fiber, 24g sugars, and 1g protein (SmartPoints® value 8*). We did the math, and a Tall will run you around 105 calories, while a Venti has roughly 210 calories.

4. You can make a super-low-calorie version at home that we think tastes even better than the original... Here's how!

Hungry Girl's Low-Calorie Recipe Swap for Starbucks' Pink Drink

Print Hungry Girl's Think Pink Drink Print

Entire recipe: 50 calories, 2g total fat (2g sat. fat), 9mg sodium, 6.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 5g sugars, <0.5g protein

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Prep: 5 minutes


Half a packet of sugar-free strawberry powdered drink mix

1/2 cup (4 oz.) unsweetened coconut milk beverage

1 cup (about 8) ice cubes

1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries

Optional toppings: light whipped topping, cinnamon


Pour drink mix into a tall glass. (Just half of the packet.)

Add 1/2 cup (4 oz.) cold water, and stir to dissolve.

Add coconut milk, ice, and freeze-dried fruit. Stir until cold and well mixed.


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