Starbucks’ Soy Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino is NOT Vegan

I’m not one for fancy over-priced drinks. But it’s still nice to know that if I want a treat, one is available. I hadn’t tried the Starbucks’ Soy Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino and will certainly not be drinking it after discovering its ingredients in this article.

listed under ingredients you will find cochineal extract. It sounds like a natural product, perhaps extracted from a tree or a root; but in fact, cochineal extract is a red dye made out of dried and crushed female cochineal insects. According to PETA it can take as many as 70,000 cochineal insects to produce 1 pound of red dye. Here’s a nifty visual of the cochineal from Wikipedia.

Don’t know about you but I’ll stick with a soy cappuccino thanks.

You can sign a petition asking Starbucks to stop using bugs in their strawberry flavored drinks here.

UPDATE: April 20th Starbucks have promised to reformulate their recipe. 

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4 Responses to Starbucks’ Soy Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino is NOT Vegan

  1. ruth watson says:

    That is really sad that people have to resort to putting insects in our food.
    I remember going home last year and having to CHECK a crouton box which said ‘suitable for vegetarians’
    It’s BREAD, why wouldn’t it be?!
    Just Sad

  2. alua says:


    Not that I would ever have drunk it anyway (don’t like these fancy concoctions, a cappuccino or latte will do for me), but I don’t even see why they would put this in! Well, obviously for the colour, but come on! So unnecessary.

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