Two essential ingredients in Grande's Cloud Macchiato contain animal by-products.
Last week, the singer announced her partnership as the latest Starbucks ambassador with a new beverage, the Cloud Macchiato. It is made with espresso and vanilla-flavored syrup, and topped with foam and a drizzle of caramel. Grande — who proclaimed in a 2013 interview with The Mirror that she was following a vegan diet because “I love animals more than I love most people” — encouraged fans to “#trythesoyversion” without seemingly realizing that milk was not the only animal by-product used to make it.
The “cloud powder” added to the foam in the drink contains egg white powder, giving it a fluffy texture. The caramel drizzle also contains milk products. Without both, the drink is essentially a regular Macchiato.
A Starbucks representative could not immediately be reached to confirm that the drink could not be made into a vegan version, but multiple baristas have posted on Twitter, as first pointed out by Buzzfeed, saying as much.
“IF I HAVE ONE MORE /VEGAN/ CUSTOMER COME TO STARBUCKS AND ASK FOR A CLOUD MACCHIATO MADE WITH SOY EXPECTING IT TO BE VEGAN IM GOING TO SCREAM,” wrote one employee.
“As a barista AT Starbucks, I think it’s really weird that Ariana Grande is the ambassador for the new drink,” added another. “You literally cannot make it vegan, the key ingredient in cloud powder is egg whites to make it more like meringue.”
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Many fans of the “Thank U, Next” artist have expressed their disappointment on social media, while others are defending Grande, saying she might not be vegan any longer.
A representative for Grande could not be reached for comment.