Starbucks worker shares PSA about caffeine content of pink drinks

In a video with over 2.8 million views, a TikToker revealed a surprising fact about the Starbucks menu treasure: the pink drink.

Barista Emily Thompson (@emilythommpson) revealed these drinks contain more caffeine than people realize, and moms should be aware.

“On No Pink drinks aren’t just fruit juices, they contain caffeine,” Thompson said. “You give your toddler 45mg of caffeine at 8pm.”

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According to the Starbucks menu, a pink drink in the smallest size (Tall) has 45 milligrams of caffeine. A Medium (Grande) also has 45 milligrams, a Large (Venti) has 70 milligrams and an Extra Large (Trenta) has 90 milligrams.

Thompson wrote in the caption that the pink drink produces “caffeine-addicted kids.”

In the comments, users shared their experiences with the drink.

“The parents’ facial expressions when I told them the Trenta Pink drink they bought at 8 p.m. was just a mild energy drink,” wrote one user.

“This woman once told me that her less than a year old baby would just sob without her pink drink… I was like a baby that’s caffeine withdrawn,” a second shared.

“I’m surprised mom-tok hasn’t come up with a list of Starbucks drinks that are age appropriate for preteen ages,” commented another.

This isn’t the first time a TikToker has gone viral to spread awareness about the surprising caffeine content in a popular fruit drink. After a viral PSA, Panera’s Charged Lemonades took over the internet and received wildly mixed reviews from social media users. Some said the caffeine content was meant to be illegal, while others claimed it made them jittery, relaxed, or sleepy.

The Daily Dot contacted Thompson via Instagram direct message and Starbucks via email.


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*Initial publication: January 10, 2023 5:05 pm CST

Lauren Castro

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