Starbucks Worker Shares PSA About Pink Drink Caffeine Content


In a video that has over 2.8 million views, a TikToker revealed some surprising facts about Starbucks’ favorite pink drink.

Barista Emily Thompson (@emilythommpson) revealed that these drinks contain more caffeine than people think.

“Pink drinks are not just fruit juices, they have caffeine,” says Thompson. “I’m giving my toddler her 45 mg of caffeine at 8pm.”

@emilythommpson caffeine addicted children #tobeapartner #pinkdrink ♬Original sound – Mr.Linguini

According to the Starbucks menu, the smallest size (height) pink drink contains 45 milligrams of caffeine. Medium (Grande) is also 45 milligrams, Large (Venti) is 70 milligrams and Extra Large (Trenta) is 90 milligrams.

Thompson wrote in the caption that pink drinks are producing “caffeine dependent children.”

In the comments section, users shared their experiences with the drinks.

“The look on my parents’ faces when I told them the pink torenta drink I bought at 8pm was nothing more than a mild energy drink,” wrote one user.

“This woman once told me that babies under a year old only sob if they don’t drink pink drinks… I was like a caffeine withdrawal baby,” she said.

“I’m surprised Mamatok hasn’t put out a list of Starbucks drinks that are suitable for the adolescent age group,” commented another.

This isn’t the first time TikToker has gone viral to raise awareness about the surprising caffeine content in its popular fruity 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 should be illegal, while others claimed it made them irritable, relaxed, or sleepy.

The Daily Dot reached out to Thompson via direct message on Instagram and Starbucks via email.

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*First published: January 10, 2023 at 5:05 PM CST

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Lauren Castro is a reporter based in Austin, Texas.

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