Jul 18, 2023 - Food and Drink

Pink drink inspired by the Barbie movie

This Barbie-themed drink has Pop Rocks! Photo: Deirdra Funcheon/Axios

👋 Deirdra here. I grew up a major tomboy who barfed at the color pink and never wanted a Barbie.

What's happening: I had been meaning to check out the drive-thru Blackbird Coffee & Energy on Biscayne Boulevard that opened a few months ago.

  • I decided to finally stop by after seeing their Instagram post advertising a "Barbie Drink."

The takeaway: The slushie made with strawberry popping pearls, pink whipped cream and Pop Rocks (!) had an interesting, Starburst-like tang, which a staffer told me was from an energy drink.

  • I found it way too sweet and regretted wasting a single-use plastic cup, especially because the Pop Rocks had lost their pop due to the wet whipped cream.

Yes, but: I love supporting independent shops and was impressed with the creativity.

  • Blackbird also sells a "Best Drink Ever." The barista wouldn't tell me its ingredients, but the drink tasted like a coffee with mocha and perhaps caramel — again, very sweet.

Of note: Cold Stone Creamery sells official Barbie treats, including a shake that has inspired this trend on TikTok.

What's next: I saw the Barbie trailer, loved its feminist theme and was surprised that director Greta Gerwig seems to have made the movie campy and fun.

  • I hate to admit it, but the marketing worked: I may actually watch this thing.
  • But you will still never catch me dead or alive in Barbiecore.

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