19 Starbucks Caramel Drinks (Including Secret Menu)

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Caramel is more than just Caramel Macchiatos at Starbucks. See 19 delicious caramel drinks, including customized drinks on the secret menu.

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Caramel Drinks at Starbucks

From the classic Caramel Macchiato to the popular Caramel Frappuccino, caramel is in a number of different drinks on the Starbucks menu.

Caramel is blended into Frappuccinos, pumped into iced and hot coffees, drizzled on top of drinks, and made into cold foam.

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5 Ways to Add Caramel to a Drink

  1. Dark caramel sauce
    Made with condensed milk and dark caramel sauce, it has a deeper, sweeter taste than the other caramel sauces and syrups. It’s in the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino.
  2. Caramel sauce/drizzle
    Used as a topping, the caramel drizzle is also used to line the insides of a cup when requested. Caramel sauce and caramel drizzle are the same thing.
  3. Caramel syrup
    The caramel syrup is dairy-free and thinner than the sauces, so it’s great for cold drinks since it dissolves easily.
  4. Caramel sugar topping
    These are crunchy pieces of caramel-sugar that can be added to the top of drinks. It’s on the top and layered at the bottom of the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino.
  5. Salted caramel cream cold foam
    Vanilla sweet cream cold foam is blended with caramel syrup and salt to make this sweet and salty topping.

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Tips on Ordering Caramel Drinks

  • Because caramel and coffee go well together, it’s easy to be adventurous with caramel. It can be added or substituted into almost any drink.
  • Substituting caramel for any of the sauces or syrups can be done free of charge, but adding caramel to a drink might cost extra.
  • Ask for an espresso-based caramel drinks to be made with blonde espresso if you want your drink to have less of a coffee taste.
  • To avoid dairy, try ordering the caramel syrup since it’s made with sugar and water. 
  • If you are looking for a great food pairing to go with your caramel-flavored drink, consider getting a cinnamon coffee cake. The melted sugar is a great combination with the caramel flavor.
  • With ingredient shortages, not all drinks or ingredients may be available. Have a backup drink in mind or ask them for ingredient substitutions. For example, dark caramel can be substituted for caramel drizzle.
  • For secret menu drinks, it’s best to order it in-person, and during a time when they’re not so busy. Tipping is always appreciated by the baristas.

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Best Starbucks Caramel Drinks, Ranked

There are 7 caramel drinks on the Starbucks official menu and here is a ranked list, starting with the very best and most popular.

1. Iced Caramel Macchiato
Ice + 2% Milk + Espresso + Vanilla Syrup + Caramel Sauce
Caffeine in a grande: 150 mg
Calories in a grande: 250
Sugar in a grande: 34 g

The vanilla syrup in the Iced Caramel Macchiato brings out the buttery sweetness of the caramel. 
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti

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2. Caramel Frappuccino
Ice + Whole Milk + Coffee Frappuccino Syrup + Coffee + Caramel Syrup + Whipped Cream + Caramel Sauce
Caffeine in a grande: 90 mg
Calories in a grande: 380
Sugar in a grande: 54 g

This is like a frozen Caramel Macchiato and it’s the perfect combination of rich coffee and sweet, buttery caramel. 
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti

3. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino 
Ice + Whole Milk + Coffee Frappuccino Syrup + Coffee + Dark Caramel Sauce + Caramel Sauce + Whipped Cream + Caramel Sugar Topping
Caffeine in a grande: 85 mg
Calories in a grande: 470
Sugar in a grande: 60 g

Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino is a layered frozen drink with caramel sugar pieces, whipped cream, and dark caramel at the bottom of the drink, then dark caramel in the blended part, and finally, caramel drizzle, whipped cream, and caramel sugar pieces on top. 
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti

4. Caramel Macchiato
2% Milk + Espresso + Vanilla Syrup + Caramel Sauce
Caffeine in a grande: 150 mg
Calories in a grande: 250
Sugar in a grande: 33 g

A classic Starbucks drink that was introduced in 1996, Caramel Macchiato is basically an upside down vanilla latte with caramel drizzle since the milk is a the bottom and the espresso is on top. People commonly order caramel macchiatos “upside down,” meaning the espresso is on bottom, like a latte. Caramel Macchiatos get one less pump of syrup than other drinks of the same size because the caramel drizzle adds extra sweetness.
Drink sizes: Short, Tall, Grande, Venti

5. Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
Ice + Brewed Coffee + Salted Caramel Cream + Vanilla Syrup
Caffeine in a grande: 275 mg
Calories in a grande: 270
Sugar in a grande: 31 g

The richness and boldness of cold brew cuts pairs perfectly with the sweet and salty flavors in the salted caramel cream cold foam. 
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti, Trenta

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6. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino
Ice + Whole Milk + Creme Frappuccino Syrup + Dark Caramel Sauce + Whipped Cream + Caramel Sauce + Caramel Sugar Topping
Caffeine in a grande: 0 mg
Calories in a grande: 420
Sugar in a grande: 46 g

If you love caramel and Frappuccinos but don’t love coffee, try this caffeine-free frozen drink.
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti

7. Caramel Apple Spice
Apple Juice + Cinnamon Dolce Syrup + Whipped Cream + Caramel Sauce
Caffeine in a grande: 0 mg
Calories in a grande: 380
Sugar in a grande: 70 g

Another longtime menu item, the Caramel Apple Spice is a mix of apple juice and caramel, slightly warmed to perk up any chilly fall day. 
Drink sizes: Kids/Short, Tall, Grande, Venti

Secret Menu Caramel Starbucks Drinks

The following are customized caramel Starbucks drinks that gained popularity on social media and they’re considered to be on the secret menu. Order these drinks by providing the recipe (components that make up the drink) instead of by name, since baristas aren’t trained to make items on the secret menu.

8. TikTok Iced White Mocha
Base drink: Iced White Chocolate Mocha
Customizations: Vanilla sweet cream cold foam and extra caramel drizzle
How to order: “Can I get a grande Iced White Mocha with vanilla sweet cream cold foam and caramel drizzle on the sides of the cup?”

Wildly popular, this customized white mocha drink has caramel added to the walls of the cup.
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti

9. Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato
Base drink: Iced Caramel Macchiato
Customizations: Upside down, add 2 pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup
How to order: “Can I get a grande Iced Caramel Macchiato with 2 pumps cinnamon dolce?”

Snickerdoodles are cookies with cinnamon, and this drink adds Starbucks’ signature cinnamon dolce syrup that tastes like the cookie. This drink is based on a soy Caramel Macchiato, but you can order it with any of the milks.
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti

10. Caramel Brulee Latte
Base drink: Caramel Macchiato
Customizations: Add 2 pumps of toffee nut syrup
How to order: “Can I get a grande Caramel Macchiato with 2 pumps toffee nut?”

Technically, this is a seasonal drink, but there are ways to order it year-round as long as toffee nut syrup is available at your location. 
Drink sizes: Short, Tall, Grande, Venti

11. Fall Breeze
Base drink: Iced Chai Latte
Customizations: Add 2 pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup, caramel drizzle
How to order: “Can I get a grande Iced Chai Latte with 2 pumps cinnamon dolce and caramel drizzle on top?”

Ring in the flavors of fall with chai, cinnamon, and caramel.  
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti

12. Caramel Mocha
Base drink: Mocha
Customizations: Add 2 pumps of caramel syrup
How to order: “Can I get a hot grande Mocha with 2 pumps caramel?

Starbucks has both mochas and caramel macchiatos on their menu, and it’s easy to combine them to make something truly delicious. 
Drink sizes: Short, Tall, Grande, Venti

13. Caramel Pumpkin Macchiato [Seasonal]
Base drink: Caramel Macchiato
Customizations: Substitute vanilla syrup with pumpkin sauce
How to order: “Can I get a grande Caramel Macchiato with pumpkin sauce instead of vanilla?”

This drink is only available during pumpkin spice season, so get it when you can.
Drink sizes: Short, Tall, Grande, Venti

14. Butterbeer Latte
Base drink: Latte
Customizations: Add 2 pumps of caramel syrup, 2 pumps of toffee nut syrup, 1 pump of cinnamon dolce syrup, whipped cream, caramel drizzle
How to order: “Can I get a hot grande Latte with 2 pumps caramel, 2 pumps toffee nut, 1 pump cinnamon dolce, whipped cream and caramel drizzle?”

Butterbeer Latte has warming spices that are perfect for fall. 
Drink sizes: Short, Tall, Grande, Venti

15. Butterbeer Frappuccino
Base drink: Caramel Frappuccino
Customizations: Reduce caramel to 2 pumps, add 2 pumps of toffee nut syrup, 1 pump of cinnamon dolce syrup, line cup with caramel drizzle
How to order: “Can I get a grande Caramel Frappuccino with 2 pumps toffee nut, 1 pump cinnamon dolce, and only 2 pumps caramel. And can you line the cup with caramel drizzle?”

These customizations are what makes the Butterbeer Frappuccino taste like butterscotch.
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti

16. Raspberry Caramel Macchiato
Base drink: Caramel Macchiato
Customizations: Substitute vanilla syrup with raspberry syrup
How to order: “Can I get a grande Caramel Macchiato with raspberry instead of vanilla?”

The tartness of the raspberry syrup brings out the sweetness of the caramel sauce. 
Drink sizes: Short, Tall, Grande, Venti

17. Baby Yoda Frappuccino [Seasonal]
Base drink: Matcha Frappuccino
Customizations: Add caramel sauce on the bottom, caramel drizzle on the sides of the cup, caramel sugar topping
How to order: “Can I get a grande Matcha Frappuccino with caramel drizzle on the sides of the cup, then caramel drizzle and caramel sugar topping on top of the whip?”

The caramel sugar topping is seasonal so it’s not always available.
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti

Grande Caramel Apple Spice with two pumps of pumpkin spice sauce.

18. Caramel Apple Pumpkin Spice Drink [Seasonal]
Base drink: Caramel Apple Spice
Customizations: Add 2 pumps of pumpkin sauce
How to order: “Can I get a grande Caramel Apple Spice with 2 pumps pumpkin?”

This drink can only be ordered in the fall when pumpkin sauce is available.
Drink sizes: Kids/Short, Tall, Grande, Venti

19. Twix Frappuccino
Base drink: Caramel Frappuccino
Customizations: Reduce caramel syrup to 2 pumps, add 2 pumps of hazelnut syrup, java chips, mocha drizzle
How to order: “Can I get a grande Caramel Frappuccino with 2 pumps hazelnut, only 2 pumps caramel, java chips blended in, and mocha drizzle on top?”

It’s a drinkable candy bar!
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti

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Questions You May Have

What makes a drink a secret menu drink at Starbucks?

Any customized Starbucks drink that is popular on social media can be a secret menu item. There is no official secret menu and baristas aren’t trained to make them.

What’s the difference between caramel sauce and caramel drizzle?

They’re the same thing! They call it drizzle since it’s usually added to tops of drinks.

What’s in Salted Caramel Cream?

Vanilla sweet cream, caramel syrup, and salt are combined to make the salted caramel cream.

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