There’s a day in everyone’s life that they try Starbucks for the first time. It doesn’t matter wether it’s an extravagant Frappuccino or a blissful hot cocoa or a necessary flat white mocha double shot with two sugars. However tall or venti their role in your life is, their fame and influence is undeniable and it’s for a good reason so. They know what the public wants; not just colourful and syrupy drinks -although that’s a big part of it, but also plain and good coffee.
Starbucks started out as a small shop opened by three students from the University of San Francisco in 1971. Their view? High quality coffee and equipment. The name ‘Starbucks’ came from the book Moby Dick, the young chief mate of the Pequod. Pequod and Cargo House were also considered, but an advertising agency told them that words that begin with the ‘st’ are powerful. They bought a place (actually their second location after they moved) at 1912 Pike Place in Seattle, which is still around to this day. And so Starbucks was born.
At first they only sold dark roasted coffee’s, but from 1995 they bought the rights to the name ‘Frappuccino’, a name that everyone now associates with Starbucks. These flamboyant, customisable drinks are perfectly 'grammable and Tweetable, which added to their rise. Nowadays, their imperium expands over 6 continents and 76 countries and territories, with an astounding total of 27.340 locations!
It’s easy to say that their innovativeness in flavour combinations and presentation played a massive role too. However, not all of them were as widely accepted as they would’ve hoped for. On this list, we’ll rank the least favourite Starbucks drink to the top number 1! Do you agree with the order?
25 Unicorn Frappuccino
The unicorn food trend became popular in 2017, which is a style where they use the colours of the rainbow in pastel-like hues to frostings, cakes, drinks, sparkles and other types of food. Naturally, Starbucks had to comply with the needs of the people and released the ‘Unicorn Frappuccino’ in April 2017. The milk is flavoured with pink powder and sour blue powder, crème Frappuccino syrup and mango syrup and blended into a Frappuccino. On top of the whipped cream is blue and purple drizzle to give it an extra unicorn touch. However, the Stratford Health Department wasn’t so happy with a drink that consisted of 76 grams of sugar; triple the amount of daily sugar intake for woman and double for man. Hence, 25th place. Sorry, Unicorn lovers.
24 Juniper Creme Frappuccino
The Juniper Creme Frappuccino is described as a light, pine-like flavoured drink with refreshing citrus undertones and it’s part of Starbuck’s Christmas edition drinks. However, posts on Twitter and reviews on the internet confess that most of the ones who’ve tried the drink, haven’t particularly warmed up for this wintery Frappuccino edition. Whereas one describes it to taste like ‘dirt’, the other exclaims it was simply a ‘walk in a pine-forest’. The question arises: what does Juniper actually taste like? Normally, it’s a berry that’s used to distill gin. No one ever really thought that gin-like flavours and coffee would be a harmonious duo, although we applaud the creativity behind this combination.
23 Serious Strawberry Frappuccino
Whether you’re a serious strawberry lover or just a casual red-fruit enjoyer, this drink is not precisely what most of us had in mind with the ‘Serious Strawberry Frappuccino’. If you wanted a strawberry milkshake, you could have just walked to your local snack bar around the corner. Basically, there’s nothing special about the strawberry frappuccino. Besides that, ordering a drink with strawberry puree and milk, you wouldn’t expect to receive a drink that has 370 kcal and 54 grams of sugar. Sometimes, you can overdo the syrups, Starbucks.
22 Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher
As an answer to the new rush that people became more aware of their diet and wanted to become and live a healthier life style, Starbucks launched the Refreshers Beverages line. Advertising as a natural blended fruits with the natural sweetener Stevia and caffeinated with green coffee extract, these drinks were meant to be the healthier choice besides the heavily sugared Frappuccino’s. However, the downside to this drink is that it hardly has any nutritions (besides some Vitamin C) and left the customers with a somewhat underwhelming, tart drink. And for some reason, it still has 15 grams of sugar. If you’re going to indulge at Starbucks, you may as well just go for a drink you actually want.
21 Teavana Shaken Iced Pina Colada Tea Infusion
Although the Teavana line are drinks that are the healthier option because of its low amount of sugar, the Iced Pina Colada didn’t quite make it in taste. Advertised as a creamy and tropical beverage with Teavana black tea, pineapple fruit juice and coconut milk, it has more similar flavours to the Peach Citrus White Tea infusion. True, it is still better than the Unicorn Frappuccino since it actually has a flavour, but if you’re advertising something to taste like Pina Colada, then it should taste like that creamy and delicious cocktail you want to enjoy on a beach under a palm tree. They should’ve called the Creamy Peach White Tea Blend or Orange drink (like the Violet drink).
20 Eggnog Frappuccino
Eggnog is a questionable flavour to begin with; you either love it or you don’t. Many of us have memories of their gran scraping the bottom of the glass for eggnog and licking her fingers. However, for those who do enjoy their occasional eggnog on Christmas Day, this might be the drink for you. Or not really? Not everyone is taken by the eggnog Frappuccino. The eggnog flavour is not quite there, although the nutmeg addition to the drink is just right. It’s nice, it’s fine, it’s pleasant, but it’s not exhilaratingly yummy. For true eggnog flavours, maybe stick to your traditional grannie’s recipe.
19 Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
No true Christmas holiday is complete without hot cocoa and peppermint lollies in the tree. Starbucks understands our needs and released the peppermint white hot chocolate; a white chocolate mocha sauce with peppermint flavoured syrup and steamed milk, whipped cream on top with sprinkles of chocolate curls. Absolutely delish. It is not overly sweet (despite 53 grams of sugar), which is probably due to the peppermint flavours. A lovely hot drink, served in bright red cups for an extra Christmassy touch. However, without it’s peppermint flavour, it’s just a white chocolate hot cocoa, which isn’t that special after all. Therefore, a number 19 on the list.
18 Gingerbread Creme
Similarly, the gingerbread creme is a heartwarming, to-be-enjoyed-in-front-of-the-fire-place drink, but it’s just not thàt special. The flavours are likewise to a chai latte with its cinnamon and nutmeg spices and yes, it’s nice with the steamed milk and yes, we love to spoon of the whipped cream with gingerbread sprinkles, but isn’t this a drink we could just make at home? For unknown reasons it still has 40 grams of sugar, even though it’s advertised as just milk with spices. Where do these cheeky sugars come from?
17 Iced Blonde Black and White Mocha
With dark mocha and white chocolate, whipped cream and a shot of espresso, the Iced Blonde Black and White Mocha is a solid drink that ticks all the boxes. It has chocolate, it has flavour, it has caffeine, it has whipped cream and it is indulgent. It is a new beverage released in 2018 to celebrate the New Year in a black-and-white style. And let’s be honest, when hasn’t dark chocolate and white chocolate matched perfectly? We approve of this drink, even though it is not as sparkling and festive as they could have made it.
16 Gingerbread Frappuccino
Although the gingerbread creme might have been a bit underwhelming, the gingerbread Frappuccino is definitely a step up from your average Starbuck beverage. It was released since 2013 and has made a loyal comeback every year near Christmas, just like Santa. Made from a few pumps of Santa’s secret gingerbread syrup, a shot or two of espresso and some milk, the gingerbread is blended with ice and served with a heavenly blob of whipped cream and rasped nutmeg. It is as if they pureed a gingerbread man in the mixer and added it to the drink.
15 Caramel Brûlée Creme
Caramel brûlée is a desert that is simply a necessity during the Christmas times and so Starbucks cleverly used these roasted vanilla flavours into a hot cocoa. This is the ultimate caramel dream for every caramel addict around the world. Together with caramel brûlée syrup and hot and steaming milk, the hot cocoa does have flavours that represent the traditional creme brûlée. It even smells like the toasted sugar on top that makes the crispy layer. And if you thought you had to miss out on that favourite part of the desert, think again! Starbucks serves on top of the whipped cream heavenly, crunchy sparkles of creme brûlée. Just perfect.
14 Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino
For the peppermint lovers out there, the Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino is the ultimate go-to drink from Starbucks. Earthy, dark roasted coffee, fresh peppermint -flavoured syrup, rich chocolate mocha sauce and milk and ice are layered to perfection in this drink. Not only is there chocolate sauce in the drink, it’s also on the bottom layer of the whipped cream and after that, the whipped cream is topped up with delectable chocolate curls. It has a smooth, creamy texture that keeps you coming back for more. Just ignore the 62 grams of sugar; you are allowed to indulge during the Christmas holidays!
13 Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino
Matcha is a ground powder that is made from specially grown and processed green tea leaves and has become increasingly popular over the years. It’s supposed to have very strong anti-oxidant properties that are still quite mysterious. Even if you don’t drink matcha for the health benefits, it has a very distinct yummy flavour that caused it to become so popular. There was no way that Starbucks would not make a Frappuccino out of it. This iced beverage is creamy and not too sweet (despite its 65 grams of sugar). They also contain some caffeine, unlike most Frappuccino’s. Green tea and hot milk and whipped cream are a match-a made in heaven!
12 Teavana Shaken Peach Citrus White Tea Infusion
A healthy drink from Starbucks with sweet peach flavours, refreshing citrus undertones and elegant white tea aroma’s. Just 60 calories, no fats and 16 grams of sugar, of which you can order without or order the sugar-free syrup. It’s one of my favourites. Although its drink that you can also create at home, it’s refreshing to see that Starbucks care about diet and dietary requirements. If you’re in the mood for something more creamy, you can add a pump or two of heavy cream, which will make it a luscious dream of peaches, fragrant white tea and velvety happiness.
11 Violet Drink
If you order this drink, you can feel a little bit better about the troubles in the world, for 25% of this drink’s profit goes to Lady Gaga’s Born this way Foundation, that aims to support the welfare of young people and so empower them to create a braver and kinder world. Invigorating dark fruits like blackberries and colourful hibiscus give the drink, despite a tart undertone, a sweet flavour. They add creamy coconut milk and ice to give it a velvety texture, which is nice. It’s basically a step up from the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, but then much better executed.
10 Toasted White Mocha
If you’re after a drink that’s not as sweet as the caramel brûlée creme, but you do feel like caramel, try the toasted white mocha. It’s a hot cocoa that has one shot of their signature espresso, topped up with steamed milk, a few pumps of caramelised white chocolate and is finished with a generous serve of whipped cream and decorated with holiday sparkles and crispy white pearls. Yes, this is a drink that is lovely, heart warming, innovative and unusual and it works. It looks the part too with those cute pink glitter on top that reminds you of the times you baked cookies with your mum on Christmas Day.
9 Snickerdoodle Frappuccino
Talking about cookies, the snickerdoodle Frappuccino is the perfect combo of cookies and cinnamon and deliciousness. Intrigued? We’re going to tell you a secret: this beverage not specifically mentioned on the menu since 2016. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have it! The recipe is to order a Chai Creme Frappuccino and add two pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup and top it up with cinnamon dolce sprinkles. We promise you, it will taste exactly as your favourite snickerdoodles, but in liquid form. We think they should put this one on the menu permanently.
8 Java Chip Frappuccino Blended Coffee
Alright, we are going to be honest with you. The Java Chip Frappuccino is probably one of the most sugary and therefore unhealthiest drinks you can possibly order at Starbucks -unless you order a coffee with 50 pumps of liquid sugar. Although we are not shocked any more to read numbers like 66 grams of sugar and 18 grams of fat and 470 kcal, it’s still something to think about. Nonetheless, it’s a drink that deserves to be on the 8th place of this list for its an unmatchable chocolate sensation that cannot be denied. Rich dark mocha sauce, toasted espresso shots, milk and ice, whipped cream and a luscious squirt of delicious chocolate sauce on top; we’re sold.
7 Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte
If you enjoyed the Snickerdoodle Frappuccino, then this is also a treat for you. With similar flavours like cinnamon and dolce, you are bound to love this. It has cinnamon flavours written all over it. Their signature coffee and ice and milk are blended together with a few pumps of this delightful syrup and topped up with indulgent whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkled on top. There’s a skinny version of it, like most of the Frappuccino’s, with skim milk and sugar-free syrup and no whipped cream, which makes it maybe less creamy, but still with the same flavours as the original.
6 Chestnut Praline Frappuccino
Chestnuts are a part of the tradition of the festive holiday days and needed to be included in the Starbucks Frappuccino variety. It’s a Frappuccino that’s not overly sweet and has a strong, dark caramel flavour with nutty undertones to it. It’s one of the view Frappuccino’s that celebrates the roasted coffee flavour (and where you can actually still taste the coffee). However, don’t be fooled by the deceivable savoury flavour, for it still contains over 59 grams of sugar in a Grande cup. But, hey, you’ve got to live a little bit, right?
5 Pumpkin Spice Latte
Surprised that the notorious Pumpkin Spiced Latte is on 5th place? We are a bit too. Despite some negative reviews of people who had their expectations too high, it’s still one of the most sold drinks of ‘Bucks. It’s a drink that almost became Starbucks’ signature beverage by itself. Surprisingly, there’s no actual pumpkin extract in the coffee; it’s just made of a traditional combination of fall spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, and with some allspice and ginger too. There is a reason why these spices work so well in autumn, and that’s because they’re fused together with hot liquids that absorb the flavour perfectly. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is a solid old-timer that needed to be at least in the top 5.
4 Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino Blended Coffee
There is something about cinnamon that just can’t be explained. It is just heart warming. Besides the fact that cinnamon rolls are simply amazing by itself, the Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino is an extra thing in life that people naturally need. Cinnamon dolce syrup is basically cinnamon and sugar melted into a syrup and it works perfectly in this drink. A few pumps are blended with dark roasted coffee, white chocolate mocha sauce and vanilla bean with ice and milk and, together with added whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprinkles, makes the Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino roll you straight to heaven.
3 Vanilla Latte
Sometimes, things don’t have to be so complicated and you just need simplicity in your life. The Vanilla Latte is there for you. It’s made from vanilla syrup, steaming milk, their signature coffee and topped up with some milk froth. It’s one of the beverages that made Starbucks as it is today and what it stands for. Quality coffee with (lots of) added sugar. Of course there are different ways to have this coffee; with or without vanilla syrup, skim milk, less milk, with ice, with cream, extra shot or without caffeine. However, there’s one thing plain to see for everyone: the Vanilla Latte is a flexible coffee that will never disappoint.
2 White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino
This is the mother of all Frappuccino’s and the Golden Ratio of syrup pumps, dark and white chocolate, coffee shots, milk, ice and whipped cream. It's one of the most popular and most often ordered Frappuccino’s from Starbucks. Try not to think of the ridiculous amount of sugar that’s in one middle-sized drink (64 grams), and the white chocolate mocha Frappuccino is bound to brighten your day and energise you through the last hours of the week. Simple, tasty and chocolaty, this trusty drink is proud to be on 2nd place on this list.
1 Nitro Lemon Fog
The crème the la crème. This is pure brilliance. The Nitro Lemon Fog is basically slightly sweetened Teavana Peach Tea with added nitrogen that gives it a sparkling, light, foamy texture and flavour. This foxy drink is bold, tasty and very innovative, and therefore overpowers all the other drinks on this list. When you order it, they’ll pour it like a beer and it looks like a beer but doesn’t taste like one. Although they serve different kinds of Nitro drinks, such as the Lake Union Fog or the Nitro Peach Tranquility, the Nitro Lemon Fog is exceptional. Strong flavours of lemon and sweet peach topped up with cinnamon lemon cream. One out of a million.