For many Australians, Starbucks is the go-to outlet to satisfy a quick coffee fix or a sweet tooth craving. But Starbucks doesn’t exactly have the biggest menu, and regulars will eventually get tired of having the same Pumpkin Spice Latte or mocha frap every day. So, if you’re looking to spice up your Starbucks visits, why not try an item off the Starbucks hidden menu?
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The Starbucks hidden menu, also known as the secret menu, is a list of drinks that are not on the menu in Starbucks stores. Rather, these drinks are spread via word of mouth or virally over social media.
Baristas aren’t technically required to learn how to make all of the Starbucks secret menu items, but they’ll be very happy to make them if you tell them exactly what you’re looking for and what the ingredients are. With that said, some secret menu items like the Pink Drink have actually become so popular that they’ve ended up on the official menu!
Does The Starbucks Secret Menu Differ From Place To Place?
Starbucks secret menu drinks vary depending on the season and the region. Some cities or locations have ingredients that others don’t, which means that their secret menu items are only available there. You can expect the Starbucks secret menu in Australia to be somewhat different depending on if you’re in Brisbane, Melbourne, or Sydney.
Other secret menu items require ingredients that are only available during seasons like Halloween or Christmas, so you’ll only be able to order them during those times.
The Best Secret Menu Items In Starbucks
Looking for a taste of the Starbucks secret menu? Here’s a sample platter of the best drinks on the Starbucks secret menu, including their prices (if available), and tips on how you can make them yourself if you’re feeling crafty. Note that prices and availability may vary from place to place.
7. The Green Drink
Price: $5.50 (Iced Green Tea Latte)
Yet another entry in Starbucks’s ‘coloured drink’ lineup, the Green Drink looks just like the Green Tea Frappuccino, but actually has a different composition entirely.
To get the Green Drink experience, use either green or black teas as a base mixed with coconut milk, then throw in some matcha powder.
6. Pumpkin Iced/Hot Chocolate
Price: $4.80 (Iced Signature Chocolate)
What happens when you get the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte and couple it with some rich chocolate? Magic. As its name suggests, all you have to do is to pair the pumpkin spice sauce with either hot chocolate or iced chocolate. Use 1-3 pumps of the sauce depending on whether you’re ordering a tall, grande, or venti.
You can also try iced coffee instead of chocolate if you want a stronger flavour experience coupled with the caffeine kick.
5. Ferrero Rocher Frappuccino
Price: $5.60 (tall Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino)
Ferrero Rocher chocolates have been a holiday staple for years. Their nutty texture and creamy hazelnut blend make them wonderfully suited for a drink, and the Starbucks secret menu delivers an awesome adaptation of their chocolate and hazelnut goodness.
Making the Ferrero Rocher frappe is easy. Just get a Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino, then ask for a 2:1 ratio of mocha syrup and hazelnut syrup. Add nutmeg powder for a nuttier flavour or drizzle more chocolate syrup to add to the chocolate flavour. Then, top it all off with whipped cream.
4. Cookie Dough Frappuccino
The cookie dough craze lives on in this decadent drink, which contains everything from sweet chocolate flavours to the aromatic spices of cinnamon.
The Cookie Dough Frappuccino is designed with the Cinnamon Dolce Creme Frappuccino as its base. Have your barista blend in some java chips, then add 1-3 pumps of mocha syrup and top it all off with cookie crumble and chocolate whipped cream.
The Cinnamon Dolce Creme frappe isn’t available in some stores, so you can try replacing it with a Caramel Cinnamon Cookie Iced Latte.
3. Raspberry Cheesecake Frappuccino
Price: $5.60 (White Chocolate Mocha)
The Raspberry Cheesecake is one of the most popular secret menu items. It’s so easy to make and is almost guaranteed to be available at any Starbucks.
To get it, just order a White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino, then ask for 1-2 pumps of raspberry syrup depending on your drink size. Top it off with whipped cream to complete the cheesy texture!
2. Cotton Candy Frappuccino
Price: $USD 3.25 ($AUD 4.63) (Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino) / $AUD 5.60 (Vanilla Frappuccino)
The Cotton Candy Frappuccino is a kid-friendly favourite that’s also very easy to make. On top of that, it really does taste like cotton candy in a cup!
For the Cotton Candy frappe, just get a Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino or Vanilla Frappuccino with 1-2 pumps of raspberry syrup in the blend.
1. Oreo Frappuccino
Price: $5.60 (tall Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino)
Also called the Cookies ‘n’ Cream Frappuccino, this creamy and crunchy drink really does taste like you’re sipping an Oreo shake!
To put it together, order a Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino, but ask for it to be blended with white mocha instead of the usual mocha. Then, have it dribbled with chocolate, or top it off with some whipped cream.
If you want an alternative recipe that’s got a bit more texture to it, order a Vanilla Bean Frappe instead and have your barista blend in some java chips and top it with crushed cookies or chocolate syrup.
The secret menu is a perfect way to spice up your familiar orders. These simple combinations of existing drinks and new ingredients are always a blast to try out. But don’t be limited by the secret menu – why not create your own drink or ask your barista to whip up something special?