Starbucks released its toffee nut syrup in the fall of 2006 as a seasonal item, and it has been a hit thanks to its warm, nutty flavor.

So what is it, and what can you add it to? I have all the facts behind Starbucks' toffee nut syrup down below.

  • Starbucks' toffee nut syrup has a lovely clear golden hue, a thicker consistency, and a buttery-rich taste
  • There are no actual nuts used in Starbucks' toffee nut syrup recipe, making it suitable for nut allergy sufferers
  • This toffee nut syrup is available year-round and is often used in seasonal Starbucks drinks
  • Starbucks' toffee nut syrup pairs well with many drinks but milk-based drinks especially

What Is Toffee Nut? (Starbucks Syrup Overview)

1. Appearance

Starbucks’ iconic toffee nut flavor syrup has a lovely clear golden hue. It is thicker and more viscous than most standard syrups but is not as thick as the caramel drizzle.

When I first watched a barista prepare my Toffee Nut Latte, I was surprised at how different the consistency of this syrup was compared to my usual caramel or vanilla. 

Some brands may have slightly different coloring or consistency depending on the ingredients and cooking process, but most keep this golden clear hue.

2. Ingredients

A basic syrup consists of sugar and water heated together for a short time. At its most basic, the toffee nut flavoring can be made with butter, milk, sugar, and roasted nuts.

The most common nut flavors found in toffee nut syrup include almonds, hazelnut, and macadamia nuts.

I admit that, as a nut allergy sufferer, I avoided trying toffee nut syrup my entire life for fear of triggering a reaction. Nonetheless, I was curious whether Starbucks included actual nuts in their syrup recipe.

For Starbucks’ syrup, there are various artificial or processed elements to help improve the syrup's shelf life.

This is a positive for nut allergy sufferers like me as there are no real nuts, making it a good option for those allergic to peanuts or tree nuts.

Toffee Walnuts

3. Taste

What flavor is toffee nut? In terms of syrups, the toffee nut tastes like a comforting combination of roasted nuts and toffee.

A toffee nut drink has a buttery rich nutty flavor similar to caramel but less sweet.

Toffee is a more intense flavor than plain butterscotch but is similar - toffee is what happens when you continue to cook butterscotch, so that makes sense.

It is possible to enjoy toffee nut comfort drinks year-round, but some special drinks are advertised around the holidays.

It is important to note that not all toffee nut flavors are the same brand to brand. This comes down to whether the brand is aiming for a toffee nut vs hazelnut vs macadamia nutty flavor.

4. Pairings

Toffee nut-flavored syrup has a distinct flavor profile that is incredibly versatile. It can work with hot and cold drinks as well as with desserts for a sweet flavor anytime.

At Starbucks, you will often see people use it in combination with various milk-based drinks, including hot chocolate, mocha, latte, and frappuccinos.

As for desserts, toffee nut syrup can add a unique flavor to apple pie, cinnamon-based desserts, ice cream, pecan pie, and nut puddings, among other treats.

I practically grew up on butterscotch so I'm typically biased, but I've really loved baking with Starbucks' toffee nut syrup lately (try adding some to banana bread - lifechanging!)

Most people tend to avoid adding a toffee nut taste to tea or matcha drinks, but that combination may appeal to some. I personally am not a fan but I've seen some argue that it works well with milky black tea.


Popular Toffee Nut Beverages From Starbucks

Toffee Nut Latte

The iconic toffee nut latte with a toasty caramel flavor is created by combining two shots of espresso, steamed milk, one ounce of toffee nut syrup, whipped cream, and toffee nut sprinkles.[1]

It is often available during the holidays, but you can request those ingredients together with other toppings year-round.

Toffee Nut White Mocha

Of course I found a way to sneak in a mocha - this is one of my fave new Starbucks mocha drinks1

A toffee nut white mocha is typically made using half an ounce of white mocha syrup, half an ounce of toffee nut syrup, two espresso shots, steamed milk, and whipped cream.[2]

It can be topped with nuts or other toppings like caramel sauce or dark chocolate powder if you prefer.

Salted Caramel Frappuccino

The salted caramel mocha frappuccino is the first iced drink on my list. It is created using two shots of toffee nut syrup, two pumps of mocha sauce, milk, and ice.[3]

The barista then tops it with whipped cream, caramel syrup, and sea salt flakes for a delicious iced coffee.

This is perfect for when I want a salted caramel mocha but it is too hot outside - so creamy and refreshing!

Nutter Butter Frappuccino

Ever since this crossed my For You page, my go-to secret menu drink is the Nutter Butter Frappuccino.

You can make this by requesting a mocha frappuccino made with soy milk.[4] Soy does not agree with me so I've found that oat milk also works well here.

Make sure to ask the barista to mix in two pumps of toffee nut syrup before adding the whipped cream and mocha sauce.

Starbucks Toffee Nut Lattes

Toffee Nut Syrup At Home

Where To Buy

When I get a craving for a toffee nut drink, the easiest way to satisfy it is to head into Starbucks or another coffee shop and order one.

Depending on the time of year, you may be able to find a delicious exclusive seasonal drink to enjoy.

If you want to take the toffee nut flavoring home with you, try checking out your local grocery stores - toffee nut syrups are often located in the hot drinks or baking aisles for your convenience.

Many grocery stores tend to sell Monin or Starbucks-branded toffee nut syrups, which will taste different.[5]

These nut syrups may also be called different things, like toffee hazelnut or toffee almond, as they use different ingredients.

If you want a specific brand, try searching online or on the brand online shop to order one straight to your home. This way, you can make seasonal drinks year-round without leaving home.

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How To Use

It is all too easy to add a toffee nut flavor to any drink - adding a pump or two before adding the whipped cream is usually enough for most standard-sized cups.

Most people tend to add a toffee nut syrup shot to vanilla lattes, hot chocolate, coffees, and other milk-based drinks.

You can also add it to desserts by either drizzling the syrup on top or adding it as a sweetener during the assembly process.

I've been on a baking kick lately and have especially loved adding Starbucks' toffee nut syrup to apple pie and banana bread - delicious!

DIY Toffee Nut Syrup

If you are having a hard time getting a hold of toffee nut syrup in-store and online, you can try to mix hazelnut or pecan syrups with toffee syrup for a DIY alternative.

This may take a little experimentation to get the balance right, but it does open the door to other experimental combinations at home.

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Frequently Asked Toffee Nut Syrup Questions

Does Starbucks toffee nut have nuts?

Starbucks' toffee but syrup does not currently have nuts, but other brands may contain nuts. If you are unsure, check with your barista or read the product label for specific details.

Is Toffee Nut only a seasonal flavor?

The toffee nut syrup itself is not just a seasonal flavor that's available throughout the year but certain seasonal drinks are only available during the holidays, such as the toffee nut latte.

Are English toffee and toffee nut the same thing?

No, they are not the same thing. English toffee is a sweet, brittle candy made with slow-cooked sugar and butter. Toffee nut is a toffee syrup with roasted nut flavoring.

What can I use instead of Toffee Nut syrup?

You can use any syrup you want instead of toffee nut syrup if you are not into it. You can just ask for any other Starbucks' flavor syrup as a subsitute.


Conclusion

In the world of syrups, toffee nut-flavored syrup tastes like a delicious mix of comforting toffee and roasted nuts.

People around the world love to enjoy toffee nut by adding a few pumps to their drinks for a seasonal kick.

If you are curious about this delicious syrup, have fun and experiment on your next grocery or coffee run.

References:

1. https://www.starbucks.co.uk/menu/product/11027817
2. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/420/hot
3. https://www.starbucks.co.uk/menu/product/2826
4. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/426/iced?parent=%2Fdrinks%2Ffrappuccino-blended-beverages%2Fcoffee-frappuccino
5. https://www.monin.com/us/toffee-nut-syrup

Chloe Page

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Chloe Page
A lifelong mocha fan, Chloe is an award-winning writer with over eight years’ experience weaving words. Her journey in the coffee industry is highlighted by extensive research and interviews with coffee experts. In her moments of relaxation, you'll often find her sipping on Bird and Blend tea, thoughtfully scribbling in her notebook.

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