19 Delicious Starbucks Caramel Beverages (with Secret Menu)

11 min read OCT 07, 2023

Our main goal at Lifeboost is to provide you with options that support a well rounded lifestyle. However, let's be honest we all have moments when we indulge ourselves and sometimes that means enjoying a Starbucks drink. It's about finding the balance, don't you agree?

While we primarily focus on introducing you to wholesome alternatives we also understand those cravings. If you have a fondness for caramel, Starbucks has more than just their famous Caramel Macchiato to offer. They actually have an array of 19 beverages infused with caramel, some of which are hidden gems, on their secret menu.

While we encourage the Lifeboost approach we also believe in making choices. So go ahead explore these drinks if you're curious. Remember to maintain that balance and perhaps pair it with one of our healthy treats or tips!


Starbucks uses caramel in various drinks, such as the Caramel Macchiato and the Caramel Frappuccino. They blend caramel into Frappuccinos, add it to iced and hot coffees, drizzle it on drinks, and even make it into cold foam.

Five Ways to Incorporate Caramel into your favorite beverage

1. Dark caramel sauce

The Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino contains a caramel sauce made with dark caramel and condensed milk. It gives it a sweeter and more intense flavor than caramel-flavored syrups and sauces.

2. Caramel sauce/drizzle

When requested, the caramel drizzle can be used to line the insides of a cup, in addition to being a topping. It's noteworthy that caramel drizzle and caramel sauce refer to the same thing.

3. Caramel syrup

The caramel syrup is suitable for people who avoid dairy products and has a thinner consistency than the sauces. It is a good choice for cold beverages as it can quickly dissolve.

4. Caramel sugar topping

These crunchy caramel-sugar pieces are meant to be added on top of drinks, and they are also layered at the bottom of the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino.

5. Salted caramel cream cold foam

This sweet and salty topping is made by blending caramel syrup and salt with sweet vanilla cream cold foam.


  • Since caramel and coffee complement each other nicely, it's easy to be creative with caramel and use it in place or as an addition to nearly any beverage. In fact, you’ll also find lots of caramel-flavored coffee out there, such as the Caramel Macchiato coffee from Lifeboost.
  • You can swap any sauce or syrup with caramel for no additional cost. However, you may be charged extra to add caramel to your drink.
  • If you prefer a milder coffee flavor for your caramel drink, please make it with blonde espresso.
  • If you want to avoid dairy, you can opt for caramel syrup, as it does not contain any dairy products and is made only with sugar and water.
  • Consider pairing your caramel-flavored drink with a cinnamon coffee cake for a delicious combination. The melted sugar in the cake complements the caramel flavor nicely.
  • Please note that due to ingredient shortages, some drinks or ingredients may not be available. To avoid any inconvenience, it is recommended that you have a backup drink in mind or ask for ingredient substitutions. For instance, dark caramel could be used as a substitute if caramel drizzle is unavailable.
  • Suppose you want to order secret menu drinks; it's better to do it in person and choose a less busy time. Remember to show your appreciation by tipping the baristas.


Here is a ranked list of the seven caramel drinks on the official Starbucks menu, starting with the most popular and best-rated.

1. Iced Caramel Macchiato

As found on Starbucks’ official website, the recipe and nutrition information for an Iced Caramel Macchiato, includes ice, 2% milk, espresso, vanilla syrup, and caramel sauce. The grand size of this drink contains 150 mg of caffeine, 250 calories, and 34 g of sugar. The vanilla syrup enhances the sweetness of the caramel, creating a buttery flavor. This drink is available in tall, grande, and venti sizes.

2. Caramel Frappuccino

A Grande size of this drink includes whipped cream, ice, caramel syrup, Coffee Frappuccino syrup, whole milk, coffee, and caramel sauce. It has 90mg of caffeine, 380 calories, and 54g of sugar. It tastes like a frozen Caramel Macchiato, with the perfect balance of rich coffee and sweet caramel. Available in Tall, Grande, and Venti.

3. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino

The Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino is a frozen drink size available in Tall, Grande, and Venti. It contains ice, whole milk, Frappuccino syrup, coffee, dark caramel sauce, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and caramel sugar topping. A Grande size has 85 mg of caffeine, 470 calories, and 60 g of sugar. The drink is layered with dark caramel at the bottom, blended with dark caramel, and topped with caramel drizzle, whipped cream, and caramel sugar pieces.

4. Caramel Macchiato

This information is about the Caramel Macchiato drink from Starbucks. It is made with 2% milk, espresso, vanilla syrup, and caramel sauce. A grande size contains 150 mg of caffeine, 250 calories, and 33 grams of sugar. The drink was introduced in 1996 and is an upside-down vanilla latte with caramel drizzle.

Some people order it upside-down, with espresso on the bottom. The drink has one less syrup pump than other drinks of the same size because of the extra sweetness from the caramel drizzle. The available sizes are Short, Tall, Grande, and Venti.

5. Caramel Salted Cream Cold Brew

This beverage is made with brewed salted caramel cream, coffee, ice, and vanilla syrup. A grande-sized serving contains 275 mg of caffeine, 270 calories, and 31 g of sugar. The salted caramel cream cold foam complements the strong flavor of cold brew with its sweet and salty taste. This drink is available in four sizes: tall, grande, venti, and Trenta.

6. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino

If you don't like coffee but love caramel and Frappuccinos, try this frozen drink made with whole milk, ice, Creme Frappuccino Syrup, Dark Caramel Sauce, and topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and caramel sugar topping. It comes in three sizes: Tall, Grande, and Venti. However, note that a Grande serving contains 0 mg of caffeine, 420 calories, and 46 g of sugar.

7. Caramel Apple Spice

The Caramel Apple Spice is a classic drink mixing apple juice with caramel. The drink is slightly warmed and can be ordered in various sizes, including Kids/Short, Tall, Grande, and Venti. However, it contains no caffeine, and a grande-sized drink has 380 calories and 70 grams of sugar.

Starbucks caramel drinks are available on the secret menu

Here are some Starbucks drinks with caramel that have gained popularity on social media and are considered part of the"secret menu." Instead of ordering by name, provide the recipe or ingredients for the drink. It is because baristas are not trained to make items from the secret menu.

8. Secret Menu: TikTok Iced White Mocha

Order this popular custom iced drink by asking for a grande Iced White Chocolate Mocha with sweet vanilla cream cold foam and extra caramel drizzle. To get the drizzle on the sides of the cup, simply request it that way. This drink comes in three sizes: tall, grande, and venti.

Want to know a little secret of our own? The flavor of Mocha Caramel Latte coffee from Lifeboost can help you recreate this chocolaty drink at home. All you have to do is add in the vanilla flavor and caramel drizzle.

9. Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato [Secret Menu]

Here's a clearer way to order the drink: "I'd like a grande Iced Caramel Macchiato with two pumps of cinnamon dolce, and can you make it upside down, please." You can choose any type of milk you prefer, and the sizes available are Tall, Grande, and Venti.

10. Secret Menu: Caramel Brulee Latte

To order a customized Caramel Macchiato, ask for a grand size and add two pumps of toffee nut syrup. You can say," Can I get a grande Caramel Macchiato with two pumps of toffee nut" Please note that while this is a seasonal drink, you can ask for it year-round till toffee nut syrup is available. The available drink sizes are Short, Tall, Grande, and Venti.

11. Fall Breeze [Secret Menu]

To order, please request a grande Iced Chai Latte with two pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup and caramel drizzle on top. It will give you the delicious flavors of cinnamon and caramel mixed with a classic chai latte. The drink is available in three sizes: Tall, Grande, and Venti.

12. Caramel Mocha [Secret Menu]

To order a delicious drink at Starbucks, ask for a hot Grande Mocha with two pumps of caramel syrup by saying," Can I get a hot Grande Mocha with two pumps of caramel" Remember that Starbucks has both caramel macchiatos and mochas on their menu, but you can easily combine them by asking for this custom order. The available drink sizes are short, tall, Grande, and Venti.

13. Secret Menu: Caramel Pumpkin Macchiato [Seasonal]

To order a Caramel Macchiato with pumpkin flavor instead of vanilla, ask for a grande size and say," Can I get a grande Caramel Pumpkin Macchiato without vanilla" Note that this drink is available during season. The available sizes are Short, Tall, Grande, and Venti.

Hold on, who says you have to wait for the holiday season to enjoy this drink? Get yourself some Pumpkin Spice from Lifeboost! And no matter the date on your calendar, brew some delicious coffee with it, add a drizzle of caramel sauce or syrup and enjoy.

14. Secret Menu: Butterbeer Latte

To order a custom latte, ask for a hot grande latte with two pumps of toffee nut syrup, one pump of cinnamon dolce syrup, double pumps of caramel syrup, whipped cream, and caramel drizzle. If you're looking for a fall-inspired option, try the Butterbeer Latte, which comes in short, tall, grande, and venti sizes and features warming spices.

15. Secret Menu: Butterbeer Frappuccino

To make a Butterbeer Frappuccino that tastes like butterscotch, order a grande Caramel Frappuccino, but ask for only two pumps of caramel instead of the usual amount. Add two toffee nut syrup pumps and one cinnamon dolce syrup pump. Lastly, request that the cup be lined with caramel drizzle.

16. Secret Menu: Raspberry Caramel Macchiato

To order a flavored drink based on Caramel Macchiato, ask for a grand size with raspberry syrup instead of the usual vanilla. The raspberry syrup will add a tart twist to the sweetness of the caramel sauce. The available sizes for this drink are Short, Tall, Grande, and Venti.

17. Secret Menu: Baby Yoda Frappuccino [Seasonal]

You can ask for a grande with caramel sauce at the bottom to clarify your drink order. If the caramel sugar topping is available, add it to the whipped cream, and the drizzling caramel on the sides of the cup. Please note that the caramel sugar topping may not always be available. The drink is available in three sizes, tall, grande, and venti.

18. Secret Menu: Caramel Macchiato Frappuccino

Add 1-2 shots of espresso in affogato-style and a caramel drizzle to make the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino more interesting. You can ask for a grande Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with affogato-style and caramel drizzle to order. Please note that this customized drink is available in Starbucks in Asia but not in the US. The available sizes are Tall, Grande, and Venti.

19. Secret Menu: Twix Frappuccino

To order a drinkable candy bar, you can ask for a Grande with only two pumps of caramel syrup and an additional two pumps of hazelnut syrup. Also, add some Java chips and a drizzle of mocha on top. Simply say," Can I get a Grande Caramel Frappuccino with java chips blended in, only two pumps caramel, two pumps hazelnut, and mocha drizzle on top" The available drink sizes are Tall, Grande, and Venti.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a Caramel Frappuccino and a Caramel Macchiato Frappuccino?

The main difference is that a Caramel Frappuccino is made with blended coffee, while the Caramel Macchiato Frappuccino includes affogato-style espresso shots.

Are the"Secret Menu" drinks available in all Starbucks locations?

Not all "secret menu" drinks are available in all Starbucks locations. Some may be exclusive to certain regions or countries. It is always best to call ahead and inquire if a drink is available at your local store before ordering.

Can I make substitutions or change any drinks listed in this guide?

You can always request changes or customizations to any drink on the menu. Be sure to speak clearly and provide details so your barista knows exactly what you want.

How much sugar is added to the Starbucks Caramel drinks?

All of the Starbucks Caramel Frappuccinos use liquid sugar, which is slightly different from granulated sugar. The exact amount of sugar used will depend on the size and customization of your drink. Furthermore, other sources of sweetness are used, such as syrups and sauces, that may or may not be added depending on the drink.

Is the Caramel Frappuccino dairy-free?

All Starbucks Caramel Frappuccinos are made with whole milk unless requested otherwise. To make it vegan-friendly, you can request a version made with non-dairy milk such as almond, oat, coconut, or soy milk.

Can I get a Caramel Frappuccino without coffee?

You can ask for a Caramel Frappuccino made without coffee to make it more of a smoothie than a caffeinated drink. It is important to note that the taste may differ slightly from the regular version since some ingredients are altered or removed.

Is there a lower-calorie version of the Caramel Frappuccino?

Yes, Starbucks offers several options for ordering a healthier version of its drinks. You can order a Light Frappuccino or ask for sugar-free syrup or no whip cream to cut down on calories and fat.

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