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Starbucks Has Released An Horchata Frappuccino And People Are Torn About It

For a while now, hardcore Starbucks fans have discussed a way to get an unofficial, horchata-flavored frappuccino. It’s done by ordering a frappuccino with a specific list of ingredients that result in a frap that sorta tastes like horchata. It seems Starbucks has caught on because they just released an official Horchata Frappuccino. Though some people are excited about the new, horchata-inspired drink, some are pretty disappointed by the flavor. Here’s how things are shaking out since the release of the Horchata Frappuccino.

At first, people weren’t sure if the drink was real.

Maybe they thought it was too good to be true, but it is very, very true.

Some people are over the moon about it.

Unlike the wildly popular Unicorn Frappuccino, the Horchata Frappuccino is going to be a permanent part of the Starbucks menu, according to CNBC.

And some Latinos can’t contain their excitement.

The ingredients for the frappuccino almond milk (for the non-dairy people), cinnamon dolce syrup, coffee and ice topped with whipped cream and caramel with cinnamon and sugar sprinkles.

It is even encouraging those who don’t like Starbucks to give it a try.

Seems like Starbucks is getting good at the gimmick beverages to encourage people to give up their money.

And, at first glance, it seems that everyone is just thrilled about it.

But, some people are not quite satisfied with the taste.

“Tastes more like a cinnamon roll.” Yeah. Horchatas and cinnamon rolls don’t really taste the same.

 They’ve even tried to warn horchata lovers about the lack of real horchata flavor.

But even some of those who are disappointed with the drink don’t hate it.

Latin@ problems… #horchata #nimodo

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Sometimes you just have to take things as they are and remember that not all copies will taste the same.

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A Starbucks Barista Labeled A Cop’s Order With The Word ‘Pig’, The Officer’s Daughter Says It’s Accurate

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A Starbucks Barista Labeled A Cop’s Order With The Word ‘Pig’, The Officer’s Daughter Says It’s Accurate

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Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara, in Oklahoma, claimed Starbucks gave one of his officers a drink with the word “PIG” written on the label. Now someone alleging to be his daughter is saying that O’Mara is, in fact, a pig. The woman on social media who goes by @MissOMara says her father was a proud racist when she was growing up and should never have become a police officer. 

The incident began when O’Mara shared that five of the drinks he and his officers received had “PIG” printed on the labels. The police chief believed the event to be symptomatic of a larger culture that has adopted anti-law enforcement attitudes. Well, it appears his own daughter believes the sentiment is well-earned if her father is representative of the police. 

O’Mara’s own daughter calls him a pig on Twitter.

“This is my father and I’d like to say that he is absolutely a pig and I’d like to thank the brave men and women from Starbucks for their service,” she shared on Twitter. 

Her dismay did not end there, she elaborated on just why she felt her father was the true personification of swine.

“For the record, my father has 0 business being a police officer. He was blatantly, proudly racist when I was a kid. Said things I would never repeat,” O’Mara’s daughter said in another tweet. “He treats women like dogs, including his own daughter. Oink oink.”

The woman also claimed that others in the department were not as offended by the comment on the Starbucks cups. 

“The deputy it actually happened to told my mom he didn’t really care and that it was a harmless joke, no big deal,” she said. “But my father is a camera whore who couldn’t resist the attention.”

O’Mara’s daughter’s tweets were retweeted almost 90,000 times. She later tweeted that O’Mara notified her mother and urged her to delete the tweets. She still has not deleted the tweets in question. 

Many people shared their support of O’Mara’s comments, while Starbucks sided with the police chief. 

“My dad was the same! He used to brag about how good he was at covering bullet holes in the walls and nobody ever did anything because who’s going to call the cops on a cop?” One user wrote in response. “Eventually, he pulled his gun on the wrong person and, thankfully, got fired.”

The Starbucks barista has since been fired and the employee who made the labels called and apologized to the officer. When O’Mara heard the news he asked Starbucks to reconsider, instead calling for “civility.” 

“This is absolutely unacceptable, and we are deeply sorry to the law enforcement officer who experienced this. We have also apologized directly to him and are working to connect with the police chief as well to express our remorse,” Starbucks spokesperson Jory Mendes told News on 6. “This language is offensive to all law enforcement and is not representative of the deep appreciation we have for police officers who work to keep our communities safe” 

The incident garnered national attention when O’Mara blasted the barista in a Facebook post. 

O’Mara’s polarizing Facebook rant, which has since been deleted, caused a national stir. 

“What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for a police officer who, instead of being home with family and enjoying a meal and a football game, is patrolling his little town,” the chief wrote on Facebook. O’Mara claimed to be doing a thankless job where people viewed him as being a villain for doing “what’s right.”

“This cup of coffee for a ‘pig’ is just another little flag. It’s another tiny symptom and a nearly indiscernible shout from a contemptuous, roaring and riotous segment of a misanthropic society that vilifies those who stand for what’s right and glorifies the very people who would usher in the destruction of the social fabric. It’s another tiny pinprick into the heart of men and women who are asking themselves more often: ‘Why am I doing this?'” O’Mara wrote.

In the wake of the incident, Starbucks claims it will work with law enforcement to promote “understanding and respect” between the parties. Meanwhile, the police department says it will host a “Coffee with a Cop” event at Starbucks where community members can engage with officers in a safe space.

While it is unclear if O’Mara’s daughter’s claims are true, the story solidifies the ever-growing contentious relationship between law enforcement and civilians as revelations of police brutality, corruption, and abuse of power pervade the national conversation. 

We’ve Collected A List Of Different Horchata Flavored Foods For Everyone Who Likes Horchata

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We’ve Collected A List Of Different Horchata Flavored Foods For Everyone Who Likes Horchata

As summer comes to an official end and fall closes in on us, the mainstream media begins to push their pumpkin spice agenda on unsuspecting consumers. And for a while, America has fallen for it. But here at FIERCE by mitu, we sense a change in the food-trend air. Latinx people know the true queen of cinnamon-based flavors: horchata. 

For those of you who need a briefer, horchata is a milky drink popular in Latin America. It’s usually made from ground almonds, tiger nuts, or rice, and spiced with vanilla and cinnamon. Its flavor is so distinctive and popular, you could argue that horchata is Latin America’s version of pumpkin spice. 

The beautiful thing about horchata is that practically every Latin American and Caribbean culture has its own regional variation of the drink. Ask a Mexican, a Venezuelan or a Puerto Rican whose horchata is better, and they will promise you that theirs is. What’s more, just like pumpkin spice, the horchata industry is spreading to non-horchata foods. You can now find your favorite food infused with the distinctive horchata flavor. Read on to see some of your favorite treats in horchata form!

1. Donuts

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Why not enjoy horchata in one of the most pleasant pastry forms there is? You can never go wrong with a donutl.

2. Ice-cream

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Whoever thought of horchata-flavored ice cream was truly doing the world a great service that day. Has there ever been a flavor so perfectly suited for a cold, smooth, dairy treat?

3. Beer

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Stay with us, here. You may not automatically think of “beer” when you think of a rice and cinnamon-infused plant beverage, but there is a large community of beer-lovers who enjoy the odd horchata-flavored beer on occasion. There’s definitely a market for it.

4. Marshmallows

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This one may seem to come out of left field, but if there are pumpkin-spice marshmallows out there, then it simply follows that there should be horchata-flavored ones too.

5. Boba

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There’s arguably never been a culture mash-up that we’ve been more gung-ho for, than Japanese bubble tea mixed with  Latin American horchata flavoring. 

6. Energy Drinks

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Have you ever craved a horchata but just been too tired to go get one? No? Just us? Well, guess what? Now you can enjoy a delicious horchata beverage and stay energized. What will people think of next?

7. Tequila

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This idea is arguably one of the best on the list. A mix of two of Latin America’s favorite beverages! We’ve seen all we need to see at this point. Our lives are complete.

8. Coffee

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We truly feel that horchata Lattes could transform a generation in the same way that Pumpkin-Spice Lattes have. There were arguably never two flavors more destined to come together than coffee and horchata.

9. Chocolate

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This entry almost seems obvious. We love chocolate. We love horchata. What more is there to discuss?

10. Slushies

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We can’t necessarily see the appeal of horchata-flavored slushies, but who are we to judge? The people want what they want!

11. Shaved Ice

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Shaved ice, in our humble opinion, is an underrated delicacy. That’s what makes it the perfect treat to get a horchata-makeover. After all, horchata flavoring can only improve a food. There is no other outcome.

12. Cupcakes

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It was only a matter of time before horchata-stans took over the cupcake movement. It was an event written in the stars.

13. Macarons

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Just when you think the horchata-flavor variations can’t get any more bougie, someone goes and makes a horchata-fied version of France’s favorite treat. 

14. Popcorn

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We hope that these Kettle-Corn makers didn’t just sprinkle some cinnamon on popcorn and called it horchata. As we all know, horchata is made up of more complex flavoring than just a little bit of cinnamon. Some would even call it a way of life.

15. Cheesecake

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Cheesecake is a polarizing dessert (maybe because people don’t necessarily think of sweets when they think of cheese), but we believe it has the right kind of flavor profile to blend with horchata perfectly.

16. Cocktail

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Some people may not know this, but the famous liquer Rum-Chata is named in honor of horchata. It makes sensethey both have milky bases with notes of cinnamon and vanilla. Many cocktails are variations of the horchata flavor profile.

17. Cookies

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Surely Snickerdoodle thought they had a monopoly on cinnamon-containing cookies. We, however, are 100% sure that biting into a horchata-flavored cookie for the first time would make, even the most die-hard snickerdoodle fan, a horchata convert.