For decades, Starbucks has provided a range of milk alternatives to support and enhance its specially formulated menu.

This alternative range is incredibly useful for anyone who wants to enjoy their favorite drinks without compromising their health-conscious lifestyle.

Still, one question remains: What soy milk does Starbucks use?

We have some freshly brewed facts waiting down below.

  • Starbucks uses a soy milk made specifically for the chain by Danone 
  • Their soy milk is natural and organic
  • It’s lightly sweetened with cane juice and vanilla
  • Starbucks soy milk is also gluten-free and GMO-free 

What Brand Of Soy Milk Does Starbucks Use?

Starbucks began offering plant-based milk products to US customers in 1997 and has used a few types and brands over the years.[1]

The soy milk Starbucks uses is a special recipe made by Danone specifically for the chain. 

Danon was chosen by Starbucks due to their consideration of environmental factors, among other qualities.[2]

The soy milk Starbucks offers is available exclusively in-store, and I love the not-too-sweet taste![3]

soy beans, milk, and tofu

Is The Soy Milk That Starbucks Uses Healthy?

Is it Natural/Organic?

Starbucks soy milk is natural and organic. 

It contains evaporated cane juice, calcium carbonate, sea salt, carrageenan (seaweed emulsifier), sodium citrate, baking soda, and various vitamins.

Is It Sweetened?

Starbucks plant-based soy milk is lightly sweetened with cane juice and natural vanilla flavor.

This does mean that Starbucks soy milk has a higher quantity of sugar compared to other plant-based milk options on the menu.

Is It Gluten Free?

Starbucks' soy milk plant-based milk alternative is gluten-free. 

It’s also dairy-free and GMO-free. 

Starbucks Iced Soy Milk Drink

How Many Calories Are In Starbucks Soy Milk?

The Starbucks soy milk has around 130 calories in an 8-ounce cup.

The other milk alternatives are lower in calories. Oat milk is the second highest at around 140 calories, followed by Starbucks coconut milk at 80 and almond milk at 60.

The soy milk also has the highest sugar content at 13 grams per 8 ounces, followed by oat and coconut with 7 grams and almond milk with 5 grams.

Soy milk has the same amount of carbs at 16 grams, followed by almond and coconut with 7 grams.


Benefits Of Soy Milk In Coffee And Tea Drinks

The Starbucks soy milk option is an excellent dairy milk alternative for all your coffee beverages.

I find that the Starbucks soy milk has a creamier consistency than almond or coconut milk, and I enjoy its light vanilla taste.

Soy milk is perfect for those living a vegan lifestyle, those who are lactose intolerant, and those who simply would prefer to try other options in their Starbucks latte.

In addition, adding soy milk to your diet can help you from developing osteoporosis and can prevent heart disease.

Starbucks Soy Milk Frappuccino and White Starbucks Mug

Other Kinds Of Plant-Based Milk That Starbucks Use

Starbucks stores offer a range of other plant-based milks alongside soy milk, including coconut milk, oat milk, and Almond Breeze almond milk.

These milks are all offered at a slightly additional price than dairy milk or cream.


Frequently Asked Starbucks Soy Milk Questions

Where can you buy Starbucks soy milk?

You can buy Starbucks’ Danone soy milk exclusively in their stores. However, Danone, the company that makes soy milk for Starbucks, also sells a soy Silk milk range in supermarkets around the US, which is very similar.

Is Starbucks soy milk keto-friendly?

Starbucks soy milk is not keto-friendly. It simply has too much added sugar to stay in keto. 

Does Starbucks charge more for soy milk?

Starbucks charges an extra 70 cents per drink for soy milk.


Final Words

It wasn’t until I tried making a soy latte at home with a different brand that I realized I just love Starbucks’ soy milk.

It’s creamy, slightly sweet with a vanilla flavor, and is one of my favorite dairy-free milk options when it comes to coffee. 

While it’s not keto-friendly, it’s delicious, organic, and a favorite for avoiding lactose!

References:

1. https://stories.starbucks.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Starbucks_Wellness_Timeline.pdf
2. https://www.just-food.com/news/usa-dean-foods-white-wave-to-become-sole-soymilk-provider-to-starbucks/
3. https://www.forbes.com/sites/maggiemcgrath/2016/07/07/dairy-king-danone-to-acquire-whitewave-foods-in-10-billion-milk-merger/?sh=7d315b8fb434
4. https://globalassets.starbucks.com/assets/94fbcc2ab1e24359850fa1870fc988bc.pdf

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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