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Sweetest Starbucks Drinks

Coffee Geek Lab / Sweetest Starbucks Drinks
Yurii Brown

Certified Barista

December 5, 2021

Sweetest Starbucks Drinks

Coffee is bitter, and many of us like it that way. However, Starbucks cares about every single taste possible for us to have, and that is why it has thought of offering several drinks filled with sugar. These drinks are not just limited to hot coffee or hot chocolate, but also cold drinks and chai. We are going to unveil the list of the sweetest drinks at Starbucks, based on their own official menu, and explore how they’re made.

Our Handpicked List of the Sweetest Starbucks Drinks

Starbucks has their menu on their official website, along with the exact amount of ingredients and nutritional values. [1] After searching through their drinks, we have come up with a list of the sweetest drinks at Starbucks, hot coffee, hot chocolate, Frappuccinos, or iced coffee. The list of these drinks are gathered in the table below for an overall outlook. The amount of sugar is mentioned once in ounces, and once in teaspoons. Imagining the number of teaspoons of sugar in a cup can give you a much better idea of how sweet that drink would be if you wanted to make it at home. 

Pay attention that these measurements are based on a venti cup size, one of the common Starbucks cup sizes. A venti cup is 20 ounces for hot drinks, and 24 ounces for cold drinks. This should mean that for cold drinks, not only the sugar content is more, but it is in a slightly bigger cup. 

Rank

Starbucks Drink

Sugar content (oz)

Sugar content (tsp.)

1

Java Chip Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

2.8

16

2

Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino Blended Beverage

2.8

16

3

Caramel Apple Spice

2.5

14

4

White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

2.4

13

5

Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino

2.2

12.5

6

Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino Blended Beverage

2.2

12

7

White Hot Chocolate

2

11

8

Smoked Butterscotch Crème

1.9

11

9

Iced Caramel Macchiato

1.9

10.5

10

Chai Latte

1.9

10.5

11

White Chocolate Mocha coffee

1.9

10.5

12

Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte

1.9

10

13

Strawberry Frappuccino Blended Beverage

1.8

10

14

Starbucks Blonde Smoked Butterscotch Latte

1.6

9

15

Caramel Macchiato

1.5

9

As you can see, some of these drinks not only do not have any coffee in them, but they also have added sugar. This makes them too sweet for a lot of tastes. Imagine making a cup of White Hot Chocolate and then adding 11 teaspoons of sugar to it. Even though these drinks are not all straight up made by adding spoons of sugar to them, you can see the equivalent of the same number of teaspoons in the pumps of syrup or other ingredients. 

The example mentioned was the White Hot chocolate. Now, imagine the 24-ounce Java Chip Frappuccino with 16 teaspoons of sugar in it. You can already get a clear idea of how sweet they are. Nevertheless, let’s explore how each of these drinks are made and exactly what makes them so sweet. We will be exploring them from the least sweet to the sweetest in order to witness the incline in the sugar content as we move up in the table.

15. Caramel Macchiato

Caramel Macchiato is the least sweet coffee drink at Starbucks. Now, for a lot of us, Caramel Macchiato is already too sweet. However, it only has 9 teaspoons of sugar in it. Caramel Macchiato is made with steamed milk mixed with vanilla syrup and espresso. After that, they top it with caramel drizzle to give it that sweet start. They add 3-4 pumps of vanilla syrup to this drink, which can definitely be customized when ordering. However, even with this syrup, this cup of coffee has 1.5 ounces of sugar in it, which will give you 250 calories. You might say this is a lot for a cup of coffee, but the next items on this list will continue to surprise.

14. Starbucks Blonde Smoked Butterscotch Latte

When you hear the word Butterscotch, you should immediately think of a mixture of brown sugar and butter, which is super sweet. Now, the Blonde Smoked Butterscotch Latte at Starbucks is made by adding smoked butterscotch sauce to two shots of Blonde Espresso Roast, which is your typical rich latte. However, this cup of latte has 1.6 ounces of sugar too many. This means 310 calories out of your 2000 calories a day. It is a great drink for cold times because of the smoky flavor it gives to coffee. This roast option is also available as a Starbucks coffee Traveler

13. Strawberry Frappuccino Blended Beverage

This drink is one of the nostalgic ones for summer time. The way it is made might surprise you that it has no pumps of syrup, but a fruity kind of sugar. The way they make it is that they mix ice with milk and strawberry puree and top it with a layer of strawberry puree and vanilla whipped cream. This is the first time we’re seeing vanilla whipped cream and not vanilla syrup. All that strawberry puree is going to give this drink 1.8 ounces of sugar, and provide 370 calories for you. 

12. Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte

Another perfect drink for winter and autumn. This cold drink is made with your typical espresso and ice mixture with steam milk and cinnamon dolce syrup pump. It is topped with sweetened whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprinkles topping again. You can expect 4 pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup, which will give you 1.9 ounces of sugar, and account for 300 calories of your daily calorie intake. Cinnamon itself gives it that sweet-spicy flavor, but when it’s a pump of syrup, you know it’s going to be very sweet.

11. White Chocolate Mocha coffee

This one is the ultimate mixture of chocolate and coffee and sweetness, giving you a great pump of sugar. This white Chocolate Mocha Coffee is made with espresso mixed with white chocolate sauce and steamed milk. After that they add sweetened whipped cream, and that is how you get this bright brown-colored cup of perfection. This drink has 1.9 ounces of sugar, accounting for 430 calories of your daily intake. As a general tip, whenever you hear the word ‘Mocha,’ imagine a mixture of coffee and chocolate. So it means that the simplest cup of it is going to be a little sweeter than pure coffee.

10. Chai Latte

In this drink, Chai, meaning tea, is mixed with milk the same way that latte is made by mixing espresso with milk. So, Chai is replacing espresso in this case. They first make a rich, beautiful Indian Chai, which is basically black tea with cinnamon, clove, and cardamom. Then, they combine it with steamed milk and add foam on top. The Chai already has a spicy tone to it, and when you mix it with sweeteners, it gives you 1.9 ounces of sugar. Perfect balance between spicy and sweet.

9. Iced Caramel Macchiato

This is the cold version of the Caramel Macchiato explained above, except it is a little bigger, made with mixing espresso and vanilla syrup and ice, and topped with caramel drizzle. So, you can expect that caramel taste on icy coffee. Even though it has lots of espresso, it has even more pumps of syrup, which will provide you with 250 calories. This drink is the icon of keeping you awake at night while providing a sugar rush. It definitely tastes better than Caramel macchiato because of all the ice, and feels much easier to drink.

8. Smoked Butterscotch Crème

Again, we have smoked butterscotch, but this time with creme. We already know how much sugar smoked butterscotch syrup has. Mix that with some steamed milk and milk foam, and you’ve got a beautiful white cup of winter sweetness. The smokey taste of this drink will remind you of camp fires. However, this item is not always on their menu as it comes back in winter and autumn, so you should look out for that. In any case, it can give you 360 calories and a perfect sugar rush. 

7. White Hot Chocolate

This item doesn’t even have coffee in it. It is a very simple option among sweet hot drinks at Starbucks, by merely being a cup of hot chocolate, but white. It is made with white chocolate sauce and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream. Simple and delicious. You can expect to have around 5 pumps of white chocolate mocha syrup in it, accounting for 540 calories and 2 ounces of sugar. Yes, this drink is much sweeter than a normal cup of hot chocolate, even without the whipped cream on top. 

6. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino Blended Beverage

This one is an iconic one. As we are getting closer to the sweetest items on this list, we have this absolutely sweet mixture of milk and ice blended with buttery caramel syrup and topped with dark caramel sauce, whipped cream, and caramel-sugar crunches with caramel drizzle. Caramel is everywhere in this drink. They use whole milk and no specific shots of espresso. However, all the caramel crunch topping and drizzle and caramel sauce will replace the caffeine intake you were supposed to get. Instead, you will get 5 pumps of syrup and 510 calories from this cup. This is starting to feel very sweet and a little bit too much energy from a cup. 

5. Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino

This drink sure does look pretty sweet compared to the Caramel ribbon crunch version. It is milk and ice mixed with mocha sauce and Frappuccino chips. Then, it is topped with vanilla whipped cream and chocolate cookie crumble. But that’s not all. It again has whipped cream on the bottom and more mocha drizzle on top and even more chocolate cookie crumbles. Chocolate cookie crumble is everywhere in this drink. So, this drink basically has 3 layers of extreme sweetness. That is why it can give you 560 calories by about 2.2 ounces of sugar. You have the option of getting the creme one and lowering your sugar intake by about half a teaspoon, if that is enough.

4. White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

Don’t confuse this with White Hot Chocolate or White Chocolate Mocha Coffee. This is a cold drink made with White Chocolate Frappuccino Roast coffee and milk mixed with ice. Then it is topped with whipped cream. It has around 2.4 ounces of sugar, being one of the best options of sweet iced coffee at Starbucks. Remember that you can get 500 calories from this sweet cup of coffee with a hint of white chocolate. It has 5 pumps of white chocolate mocha sauce, which is more than enough to completely cancel the coffee flavor out.

3. Caramel Apple Spice

Getting closer to the top of the list, this is one of the weirdest sweet hot drinks at Starbucks. It does not have coffee. Instead, it has steamed apple juice mixed with cinnamon syrup and topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce. If that isn’t the weirdest mixture ever. The reason for that ‘spice’ hint is the 5 pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup in it, giving it a fantastic spicy taste. The sweetness of it comes from the ‘dolce’ as the Italian word meaning sweet. Perfect choice for cold autumn days. 

2. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino Blended Beverage

This drink is the version with coffee in it, making it less cream-colored. It has 6 pumps of dark caramel sauce, making it super sweet. This Caramel ribbon Crunch Frappuccino drink again has caramel crunch topping and caramel drizzle, accounting for 570 calories out of your 2000 daily calorie intake. Pay attention to how this drink has an equivalent of 16 teaspoons of sugar, making it the second in the list of sweet coffee drinks at Starbucks, but it is the second most sweet iced coffee at Starbucks, as well. 

1. Java Chip Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

We have now reached the top of the list, with the most extreme sweet iced coffee at Starbucks, with chocolate being everywhere in this drink. This is also one of the darkest brown drinks on this list. There is coffee mixed with milk and ice that has mocha sauce and Frappuccino chips in it. Then they add whipped cream on top and pour mocha sauce on it. The amount of calories you can get with this drink is insane. With 4 pumps of mocha sauce and 4 Frappuccino chips and 4 pumps of Frappuccino Roast blend, you will get one-fourth of your daily calorie needs at 560 calories per venti cup. No need to look any further because this Java Chip Frappuccino Blended drink is the sweetest drink at Starbucks.

F.A.Q.

How much sugar is in a pump of syrup?

According to Starbucks, every pump of syrup has 4.9 grams of sugar, which is equal to 1 teaspoon of sugar. [2]

Is a Caramel Macchiato sweet?

Yes, Caramel Macchiato has 1.9 ounces of sugar which is equal to 9 teaspoons of sugar. This is pretty sweet for a venti size cup.

Can you ask for less sugar for these drinks at Starbucks?

You can’t change the sweetness of the syrups already there in each drink. However, you can ask for the sugar-free pumps of syrup or get a smaller cup size instead. 

What is the sweetest Hot Chocolate at Starbucks?

The White Hot Chocolate has 2 ounces of sugar, being the sweetest hot chocolate at Starbucks. 

Can you make any of these drinks even sweeter?

Yes, you can always add more syrup and even plain sugar to any drink you would like, the same way you can customize drinks by other measurements.

Conclusion

Among all the sweetest drinks at Starbucks, the Java Chip Frappuccino® Blended Beverage has proven to have the highest sugar content equivalent to 16 teaspoons of sugar in a venti cup size. Any of the drinks on this list can be customized to have even more sugar if you would like more, but for preserving the character of the coffee drinks, you can find them by the specifications mentioned on the list.

Thank you for reading this article, and hope you have gotten the answer to your question. Feel free to share your thoughts and experience with us in the comments.

References:

  1. Starbucks Menu. Retrieved from https://www.starbucks.com/menu
  2. Starbucks Beverage Nutrition Information. Retrieved from https://globalassets.starbucks.com/assets/867c147d5dcc46e9afb307093d5172e1.pdf​

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