Starbucks flavors and sweetens their drinks like iced coffees and lattes using syrups and sauces. See which Starbucks flavors are the most popular and get tips on how to customize your drink!
- Starbucks makes their flavored drinks like Vanilla Latte using syrups, which flavor and sweeten a regular latte or iced coffee. The syrups are made with sugar, water, and flavoring.
- Any syrup available can be added to any drink to customize it the way you like.
- There are 11 syrups available at this time (Brown Sugar Syrup, Caramel Syrup, Cinnamon Dolce Syrup, Funnel Cake Syrup, Hazelnut Syrup, Peppermint Syrup, Pineapple Ginger Syrup, Raspberry Syrup, Toffee Nut Syrup, Vanilla Syrup, Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup), 4 sauces (Mocha Sauce, Caramel Sauce, Dark Caramel Sauce, White Chocolate Mocha Sauce), and 3 liquid sweeteners (Classic Syrup, Cane Sugar Syrup, and Honey Blend).
- The number of syrups change throughout the year as new drinks are introduced or when seasonal syrups like Pumpkin Spice are added.
- Starbucks sauces are thicker and usually made with nonfat milk (except for the Mocha Sauce). Starbucks syrups are thinner and more watery, which makes them easier to mix into drinks, and usually don’t contain any dairy.
- If you want to recreate Starbucks drinks at home, you can buy their syrups directly at a store by asking at the register. BUT, they can only sell the syrups if they have enough in stock. You’ll have the most luck with Vanilla Syrup since it’s the most popular syrup and stores usually keep extras. You won’t be able to purchase Mocha Syrup since it’s prepared in-house.
- It’s rumored that Starbucks syrups and sauces are made by a company called Fontana.
- Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce Syrup is discontinued due to low customer demand. The only other sugar free option is the Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup, which is made using sucralose.
- Most simple sugars are made by combining 1 part water with 1 part sugar but Starbucks syrups have more sugar, so closer to 1 part water to 1 ½ – 2 parts sugar.
Starbucks Syrups, Ranked
18. Funnel Cake Syrup
This syrup is used just to make the Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccinos. It’s the least popular syrup and the Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino isn’t as popular as the other frozen, blended drinks.
17. Pineapple Ginger Syrup
Only used in the Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink, which is not super popular. Try it in iced black or green tea.
16. Raspberry Syrup
Make Cotton Candy Frappuccino, a Starbucks secret menu drink, by adding this syrup to a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino. Add it to iced tea to make an iced raspberry black tea.
15. Toffee Nut Syrup
The only menu item that’s made with this syrup is the Salted Caramel Mocha, a seasonal drink. It’s not a popular syrup during most of the year but it’s very popular in the colder months.
14. Brown Sugar Syrup
This was used to make the Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso and thanks to TikTok, it’s often added to Hot and Iced Chai Lattes as it’s said to make it taste like cookie butter.
13. Dark Caramel Sauce
This syrup is seasonal and is rarely ordered on its own. It’s used in the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino.
12. Peppermint Syrup
Most ordered with Mocha Syrup to make a peppermint mocha drink, it’s sometimes ordered on its own in iced coffees. There are several secret menu Frappuccinos that use peppermint syrup, most of which are popular around the holidays, like the Candy Cane Frappuccino.
11. Honey Blend
The Honey blend beverages are very popular among vegans (even though the syrup itself is not technically vegan, a lot of vegans make an exception for honey.)
10. Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
This started out as a seasonal syrup but due to its popularity, it was made available all year.
9. Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
When you order a skinny Vanilla Latte, it’s made with this Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup and nonfat milk.
8. Hazelnut Syrup
Hazelnut Syrup mixed with Vanilla Syrup makes French Vanilla Syrup, which is more popular than Hazelnut alone.
7. Caramel Syrup
Caramel Syrup, unlike Dark Caramel Sauce, doesn’t contain any milk.
6. White Chocolate Mocha Sauce
It’s popular in both hot and iced lattes. This contains dairy.
4. Mocha Sauce
Mocha Sauce is prepped daily, at each Starbucks location, using a mocha powder. This is the only sauce that doesn’t contain dairy.
3. Classic Syrup
A basic simple syrup that’s popular to add into iced coffees.
2. Cane Sugar
This is most often used in iced teas, it’s a sweetener and doesn’t have any additional flavoring.
1. Vanilla Syrup
The most popular syrup by far! With Vanilla Lattes being super popular, this syrup goes fast.
Questions You May Have
On the Starbucks app, syrups can be added under “Flavors” and at the store, you can order a drink with however many pumps of the syrup you like.
To top a drink with a thin layer of sauce of syrup, you can ask for a drizzle. At Starbucks, there’s Caramel Drizzle, Mocha Drizzle, and Strawberry Drizzle.
Yes! You can mix and match and add as much syrup into a drink BUT all those extra pumps of syrup or will cost extra.
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