I’m obsessed with secret menu items. Recently I learned about Starbucks’ secret menu drinks which include creations like Twix Frappuccino, Thin Mint, Chocolate Pumpkin, etc. Starbucks had their happy hour frappuccino specials running for the last two weeks, and I took advantage by trying a bunch of secret menu drinks I had read about.
The Starbucks secret menu isn’t a secret menu in the traditional sense. At In-N-Out, you say “animal style fries” and every In-N-Out server will know what you are talking about even though it’s not on the menu. If you go up to a Starbucks counter and say “I would like a Venti Twix Frappuccino,” your barista may or may not know what drink you are ordering. From my experience, I was mostly left with blank stares.
Basically the Starbucks secret menu consists of drinks not on the menu that have been created by baristas or customers. While your local Starbucks may not know what a Thin Mint or Dalmatian drink is, they are more than happy to customize your drink and make it. You just need to know what goes in each drink.
Here’s what we’ve had:
Chocolate Dalmatian (white mocha frap with blended java chips and chocolate chips)
This was our first foray into blending in java chips and chocolate chips into a Starbucks drink. Now we are addicted. Mr. K orders it with every drink. He even once ordered it with a hot espresso beverage, forgetting that it isn’t blended. The barista considered his request anyway and thoughtfully suggested they could melt the chips into the drink for him.
Thin Mint (green tea frap, blended chocolate chips, cookie crumble on top)
I love this one even though it actually tastes nothing like a thin mint since there is no mint in it. I guess you can add mint syrup if you really want.
Twix Frappuccino (caramel frap, shot of chocolate syrup, topped with whipped cream, crunchy caramel sugar, drizzle of caramel and drizzle of chocolate syrup)
They forgot the extra chocolate drizzle but this was already super sweet as is. Not sure if it really tastes like Twix but it does taste very sweet like candy and the crunchy sugar adds a crunch like the Twix cookie crunch.
Cookies and Cream Frappuccino (white mocha frap, blended java and chocolate chips and shot of chocolate syrup, topped with whipped cream and cookie crumble)
Snickers Frappuccino (java chip frap, toffee nut syrup, topped with caramel drizzle)
This one got a little melted before I could take a proper photo.
Horchata (chai tea frappuccino, shot of cinnamon syrup, topped with cinnamon)
This one really tasted just like horchata.
Nutella (chocolate mocha with hazelnut syrup) (I seem to have lost the photo)
These are all the ones we’ve gotten around to trying so far. We also tried the two new frappuccinos that Starbucks debuted:
Mocha Cookie Crumble
Love this one. It’s basically a chocolate mocha with cookie crumble.
Caramel Ribbon Crunch (sorry I forgot to photo this one)
I wasn’t a fan of this. It’s really sweet as it combines four different caramels including a dark caramel syrup and it’s topped with crunchy sugar too.
There are a lot of other secret menu drinks out there and of course anything else you can think of on your own. It’s not limited to frappuccinos, but those are definitely the most versatile for adding in other flavors and toppings and it’s also the easiest one for you to visually capture. Let me know if there is some combination not on this list that I should try!