Starbucks makes a myriad of drinks, but crowd favorites are the delicious, sweet, rich caramel drinks. There are dozens of Starbucks caramel drinks to choose from, so we gathered our 19 favorite Starbucks caramel drinks for coffee enthusiasts.
If you’re wondering what caramel drink would suit you best, read our guide to see what each unique Starbucks drink creation has to offer.
19 Starbucks Caramel Drinks (Best Caramel Drinks You Need To Try)
1. Caramel Macchiato
A Caramel Macchiato is a classic drink at Starbucks and one of the most popular. This coffee drink is made with coffee, vanilla syrup, espresso, milk, and cream. However, this drink is not actually made with caramel syrup. Instead, caramel is added to the drink via a caramel drizzle.
The drizzle tends to blend better in hot drinks, so when ordering a standard caramel macchiato, the drizzle will melt into the existing drink. A tall drink is roughly 250 calories.
2. Iced Caramel Macchiato
The standard Caramel Macchiato can be ordered iced for a cold drink. This drink is made the same way as the standard Caramel Macchiato with coffee, vanilla syrup, espresso, milk, and cream.
The caramel drizzle added to the iced version of the drink doesn't blend as well. If you want a stronger caramel taste, we recommend asking the barista for a pump or two of caramel syrup in addition to the vanilla syrup included in the existing drink recipe. This drink is roughly between 180 and 350 calories.
3. Salted Caramel Mocha
This drink isn’t always available and is a seasonal offering from Starbucks. The hot beverage includes steamed milk, toffee nut, and espresso. Whipped cream is added to the top along with caramel drizzle.
Sea salt topping makes this drink a unique entry into the caramel space. If you are a salted caramel lover but want something creamy with a mocha taste, this hot beverage is perfect for you. The Salted Caramel Mocha is roughly 400-500 calories.
4. Iced Salted Caramel Mocha
The Iced Salted Caramel Mocha is the same formula as the hot version: toffee nut, espresso, steamed milk, whipped cream, sea salt, and caramel drizzle topping. This item is best for
Starbucks lovers who want toffee nut syrup and mocha sauce rather than caramel syrup or caramel sauce in their drink. The caramel drizzle topping is the only caramel addition to this beverage. The Iced Salted Caramel Mocha is roughly 400-500 calories.
5. Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino
The Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino is a mix of mocha sauce blended with toffee nut syrup to create a smooth, sweet staple. Milk and ice are also combined with this iced drink. Whipped cream and caramel drizzle top it off for a sweet sugary surprise. Sea salt and turbinado sugar are added for extra flavor.
If you are looking for a purely coffee beverage, this probably isn't the drink for you. This item is heavy on sugar and closer to a caramel/mocha coffee milkshake. It makes a perfect treat for hot summer days. This item is roughly 400-500 calories.
6. Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
A Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew is a twist on the classic cold brew with caramel added and topped with a hint of salt and cold foam. The caramel is blended into the item and detectable with every yummy sip.
This beverage is smooth, rich, and savory. The less acidic cold brew helps add sweetness to the coffee while keeping the drink low in calories. This drink is roughly 200-300 calories and is a perfect start to the morning.
7. Salted Caramel Cream Nitro Cold Brew
The nitro cold brew is a cold beverage made in small batches for an extra velvet smooth taste. Without using sugar, the nitro cold brew still tastes sugary sweet because it is made with nitrogen (hence the reason "Nitro" is part of the name).
Starbucks baristas pour in the nitro cold brew with caramel syrup and top the drink with cold foam. This drink is roughly 200-300 calories and is also an excellent caffeine boost for the morning.
8. Caramel Frappuccino
The Caramel Frappuccino is a cold item and one of the classic sugary sweet caramel drinks on our list. This item is blended with caramel syrup, coffee, ice, and your choice of milk. To add to the sweetness, whipped cream and additional caramel sauce are layered over the top of the drink.
If you prefer your coffee milkshake-style with lots of milk, cream, and toppings, then a caramel Frappuccino is a great option for you. This drink is roughly 300-400 calories.
9. Caramel Crème Frappuccino
This item is a twist on the standard Caramel Frappuccino by adding extra creme and removing the coffee. The Caramel Creme Frappuccino is made with milk, caramel syrup, creme Frappuccino syrup, caramel drizzle, and whipped cream on top. It has all of the sweetness of the original beverage without any of the coffee or caffeine.
If you have kids or simply need a decaf version of the Caramel Frappuccino, we recommend ordering the Caramel Creme Frappuccino. For some, this option may be too sweet without the slightly acidic coffee taste mixed in. This drink is roughly 300-400 calories.
10. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino
This is the sweetest caramel drink on our list. The drink is made with coffee and blended with a slew of sugary ingredients, including ice, caramel sauce, caramel drizzle, and milk. Crunchy caramel chocolates are also added to create the "ribbon crunch" in the name.
This drink is high in calories (470 calories) but makes for a delicious sweet snack. The drink is served cold with ice and can include whip cream (optional). The beverage itself is reminiscent of a milkshake, and we recommend it as a dessert rather than a daily part of your morning coffee routine.
11. Cap N’ Crunch Frappuccino
One of the most unique options from Starbucks is the Cap N' Crunch Frappuccino. If you grew up on Cap N' Crunch cereal, this beverage is an ideal throwback drink to sip on a hot summer day.
This drink is a "secret menu drink," which means that you have to order it specifically with detailed instructions rather than simply telling the barista, “Hey, I’d like a Cap N’ Crunch Frappuccino.”
Start with a tall Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino, then ask for 1 pump of toffee syrup and 1 pump of caramel syrup, and 1 pump of hazelnut syrup. Then ask for java chips to top it all off. The resulting taste is a more refined Cap N' Crunch cereal swirl shake. This drink is roughly 300-400 calories.
12. Caramel Coffee Jelly Frappuccino
The Caramel Coffee Jelly Frappuccino is a mixture of three layers: coffee jelly, coffee, and caramel Frappuccino with milk. These layers, along with ice, are blended until smooth. Then a delicious dollop of whip cream is placed on top along with a yummy caramel drizzle. The
Starbucks coffee jelly adds a unique taste to the drink, making it fluffy yet chewy and slightly bitter as well as sweet. This is an item that every caramel coffee lover should try. It might be your new favorite Starbucks obsession. This drink is roughly 300-400 calories. Unfortunately, the coffee jelly has yet to make its way to US Starbucks.
13. Caramel Apple Spice
The Caramel Apple Spice beverage is a hot drink that mixes delicious savory apple juice with hot caramel. If caramel apple and caramel cider had a child, this drink would be it. The barista will steam apple juice blended with cinnamon syrup and then add the caramel drizzle and whipped cream as topping.
The lack of caffeine in this beverage makes it a great afternoon choice when you want to avoid disrupting your circadian rhythm. This drink is roughly 200-300 calories.
14. Caramel Brulee Latte
This beverage is made with Starbucks espresso, caramel brulee sauce, and steamed milk. A whipped cream topping with caramel brulee bits for added crunch finishes this hot latte. A seasonal menu drink, you won't always be able to order this latte.
The combination of smokey and sweet flavoring makes this a winning choice for caramel lovers who want to tone down the sweetness with traditional caramel lattes. This drink is roughly 300-400 calories.
15. Iced Caramel Brulée Latte
The Iced Carmel Brulee Latte is made exactly the same as the hot version, but with the addition of ice. This latte contains ice, caramel brulee sauce, milk, and Starbucks espresso. Whipped cream is added on top with additional caramel brulee sauce.
A cold drink can hit the spot on a warm day, but this version is also a seasonal drink, so you will need to check with your barista to ensure that the drink is in season. This drink is roughly 300-400 calories.
16. Caramel Brulée Frappuccino
Another seasonal drink on our list, the Caramel Brulee Frappuccino, is a sweeter version of the Iced Caramel Brulee latte. Expresso, caramel brulee sauce, and milk are blended together to create a sweet, smokey delicious frappuccino.
The drink is finished with crunchy brulee bits and whipped cream. If you love the brulee smokey taste but want a sweeter option, this beverage is a great choice. This drink is roughly 350-450 calories.
17. Iced White Chocolate Mocha with Caramel Drizzle
An Iced White Chocolate Mocha with Caramel Drizzle is a drink that you won't find anywhere on the Starbucks menu. Still, you can order it with the following instructions: ask your barista for an iced white mocha and ask them to add vanilla sweet cream foam instead of whipped cream with caramel sauce on top.
This mocha is one of the sweetest non-caffeinated menu options. This drink is roughly 300-400 calories.
18. Twix Frappuccino
A Twix Frappuccino is another Starbucks secret drink. To order from your barista, ask for a standard Caramel Frappuccino. Then ask for two pumps of hazelnut syrup, extra caramel syrup, java chips, and mocha sauce drizzled on top!
If you really want to convert the drink to a Twix Frappuccino, pick up a Twix candy bar before heading to Starbucks. This drink is roughly 400-500 calories.
19. Raspberry Caramel Macchiato
A Raspberry Caramel Macchiato is a yummy secret Starbucks drink. To order, ask for a Caramel Macchiato but with raspberry syrup instead of vanilla syrup. This simple change takes the delicious iced drink and creates an infusion of raspberry and caramel.
If you want to switch up your caramel drink order, then this is a fun way to do it. This drink is roughly 200-300 calories.
How To Order Starbucks Caramel Drinks?
When you go to Starbucks, there are numerous caramel drink options. You can add caramel flavoring to any Starbucks hot or cold drink. However, most of the time, adding caramel will incur an additional charge between $0.35 to $1.50 (depending on how many pumps, etc., you add).
There are three different caramel options that can be added to drinks: Caramel drizzle, Caramel Sauce, and Caramel Syrup. Caramel Sauce comes from a syrup box and is rich, creamy, and thick. Caramel drizzle is the same as caramel sauce, but it is applied differently. The sauce tends to be added into the drink and will clump towards the bottom or around the sides.
Caramel drizzle tends to be placed on top of the drink and sits on the whipped cream. If you are getting a non-whip cream drink, then we recommend asking for caramel sauce rather than caramel drizzle (even though, technically, they are the same thing).
Caramel syrup is thinner and is also dairy-free. Caramel syrup is the best option when you want the drink to blend well and you want the caramel to add flavoring without being noticeable texture-wise (you can feel caramel sauce and drizzle with your tongue, but the syrup is going to blend into the drink like any other main ingredient).
Frequently Asked Starbucks Caramel Drinks Questions
What is the sweetest caramel drink at Starbucks?
The sweetest caramel drink at Starbucks is the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino. This drink oozes sweetness with caramel sauce, milk, caramel drizzle, and small caramel chocolates that are crunchy. If you want a sweet snack in the form of a sugary caramel drink, the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappucino is exactly what you need.
What are some viral TikTok caramel drinks at Starbucks?
One of TikTokers' favorite caramel drinks is the Iced White Mocha. The twist is that TikTokers recommend you ask for sweet cream foam rather than whipped cream and an additional caramel sauce drizzled onto the drink. This hits the perfect balance between vanilla and caramel with a luxurious creamy taste.
What brand of caramel syrup does Starbucks use?
Starbucks uses the Fontana brand of caramel syrup. You can purchase Fontana Caramel online at Amazon. This caramel, however, is not the caramel drizzle used. The caramel drizzle used at Starbucks is made specifically for Starbucks. If you want to purchase it, you will need to see if a store near you sells it to the public. Starbucks uses the Fontana brand of caramel syrup. You can purchase Fontana Caramel online at Amazon. This caramel, however, is not the caramel drizzle used. The caramel drizzle used at Starbucks is made specifically for Starbucks. If you want to purchase it, you will need to see if a store near you sells it to the public.
Does adding caramel flavor to your coffee cost you an extra charge?
Adding caramel flavoring to your coffee drink at Starbucks will cost you an additional fee. However, this fee tends to be on the smaller side ranging from 35 to 75 cents. The fee varies depending on the type of flavoring you choose (sauce, drizzle, pump) and where you live (Starbucks prices do vary geographically).
The sheer variety of delicious caramel drinks available at Starbucks can be overwhelming, but using our guide for the best 19 caramel drink combinations can make the experience relaxing. You can’t go wrong with any of these drink options.
Take the iced caramel macchiato for a classic caramel drink, or choose the caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino for an explosion of sugary sweetness (in drink form). Review our full guide for all 19 options.