If you’re a regular customer at Starbucks or enjoy a Caramel Frap from time to time (let’s face it, who doesn’t) then the chances are you order the same thing when you visit because you’ve tried the menu a million times over and you have found your favourite choice. But what if I was to tell you, there’s a whole world of new and exciting drinks available on the Starbucks ‘secret’ menu that you’ve been missing out on all this time?! Apart from becoming extremely overwhelmed that there is more choice than the already coconut/soya/almond/skinny, decaf/matcha/extra shot options available, you’re probably excited about the concept of new flavours and drink options. I’m sure you have all heard vicious rumours about the secret menu in the past, but you have probably shrugged them off as just that, a rumour. However, the hidden menu is definitely bigger than you could ever imagine, with some of the greatest creations on earth, available just around the corner. So ditch the Americano and even the white chocolate mocha (as good as they are) and ask for something different instead. Tip: try whispering when you order, it is a secret after all…
There are actually two more sizes on the Starbucks menu – a ‘Trenta’ which is basically a large (grande)…and then some and a ‘short’ – a very small coffee for those that prefer it strong and authentic. The short coffee is only 80z in size, but is bound to pack a punch.
If a double shot just doesn’t do it for you, and you need that little extra kick in the morning, head to your local Starbucks and order a ‘red eye’ – a regular coffee with an extra shot added – a ‘black eye’ will then add an extra two espressos and if you have had a particularly heavy night a ‘green eye’ will add three and guarantee to have you totally and utterly wired. The next step (and only for the brave) is the ‘liquid cocaine’ option which is pretty much as dubious as it sounds. Four espresso shots with four pumps of white chocolate syrup poured over ice. Pure caffeine and sugar – for emergencies only.
The Nutella Latte
Yes. You read that right. If a regular Mocha isn’t good enough for you (i mean, why have anything else when you can have Nutella) then you can ask your server to make you a Nutella Latte by simply adding a pump of chocolate syrup and a pump of hazelnut and then drizzle it with caramel. This concoction can be added either to a regular latte or to an iced coffee or frap. If you want to jazz up your caramel frap and make the ultimate Twix Frappucino, you can add hazelnut syrup and java chips and Mocha drizzle. Genius.
Forget Lemsip or Strepsils, Starbucks may have the ultimate remedy for those annoying sniffles. Also known as the medicine ball, the cold buster is various remedies known for treating colds, all put together in a steaming hot mug of tea. To make the medicine ball, you put a Jade Citrus Mint tea bag and a Preach Tranquility tea bag in half a cup of boiling water and fill the rest of the mug with fresh, steamed lemonade, add honey and a tiny pump of peppermint syrup and your shivers will be gone in no time at all.
All the Frappucino’s
Apart from the regular coffees that have popularity wherever you go, the Starbucks Frappucino’s are probably their ultimate seller, everyone knows what they are and everyone has had one at least once – if you haven’t then, without being too dramatic, you haven’t really lived. Starbucks do have firm favourites that remain on the menu all year, such as the chocolate, the vanilla, the strawberry, the caramel and the coffee and they do bring out exciting seasonal flavours, especially in the summer – popular past flavours being the white chocolate creme and the mango passionfruit. However, the Starbucks secret menu has some mouthwatering, inventive flavours that before now, only existed in your dreams. Warning: not suitable clean eaters, vegans or anyone on a diet.
Candy Floss Frappucino
Simply order the classic Vanilla Bean Frappucino and add a couple pumps of delicious raspberry syrup. Top with whipped cream for a truly indulgent treat.
Banana Cream Pie Frappucino
This is exactly how it sounds – a drinkable dessert made in heaven. Ask for extra added vanilla flavouring to your vanilla frappuccino, with a pump of hazelnut and a sliced banana (this can be blended with the flavouring and the ice). Again, no Frappucino is complete without lashings of whipped cream, so make sure you request some!
Cake Batter Frappucino
Everyone loves to eat the cake mix before it’s cooked – and here you can drink it! (without the risk of salmonella). By adding extra almond syrup to your Vanilla Frapp you can recreate the flavour of uncooked cakes. Want your dessert drinks hot? Order a latte/steamed milk as your base instead!