Starbucks may have a strong competitor in Dunkin’ when it comes to iced coffee. But when you look at the market for blended drinks, it seems like Starbucks’ selection of Frappuccinos will never fail to disappoint. You may think of Frappuccinos as something only the younger crowd would like — you know, kids who want more of a dessert than a coffee drink. And with some Frappuccino flavors, that’s certainly true. But others are simpler and well-caffeinated, which means that every Starbucks patron may want to try one from time to time, especially when the weather gets hot out and you want to sip on something new.
But unless you’re intimately familiar with the Starbucks Frappuccino menu, you may not know exactly what to get. That’s why we’re here to help. We’ve come up with a list of the most popular Frappuccinos, and we’ve arranged them from worst to best. Take a look at this list so you can decide what your next Frappuccino order is going to be.
15. Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino
If you’re looking for an over-the-top dessert, then a Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino might sound delicious. However, if you’re just making a stop by the coffee chain for a drink, this flavor is going to seem really, really overwhelming. We don’t understand why it has to be flavored like both a funnel cake and strawberry. It seems like just one of these flavors would be more than enough, but apparently, Starbucks wanted to try something completely ridiculous.
As you can probably imagine, this drink is sickly sweet. The strawberry flavor doesn’t even really taste like strawberry — more just like pink syrup. Once you add in the whipped cream and the funnel cake pieces, it’s almost enough to make you sick, even if you only order the tall.
We think that this drink is one of Starbucks’ worst creations period, and unless you want to get a toothache from a single sip, we’d recommend skipping over this menu item entirely.
14. Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino
Now, we don’t want to hate on this drink too hard, as it might be the right choice if you’re looking for a decadent dessert. It doesn’t taste bad if you’re looking at it in that light, after all. But when you want a coffee drink, the Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino is not where it’s at. First of all, you may be wondering what it means when a Frappuccino is described as a "crème." Basically, that just means that it’s a coffee-free version of the drink. However, that distinction can really alter the taste of a beverage; when you take the coffee out of this option, it becomes nothing more than a sugary drink.
The chocolate cookie crumbles taste good, yes, but the overall effect of the drink is overwhelming and, like many others on this list, too sweet. We think that this drink needs a bit of coffee to balance out the sweetness from the rest of the ingredients.
13. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino
As much as we love caramel-flavored treats here at Mashed, we just can’t get on board with the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino at Starbucks. There is way, way too much caramel in this drink. There’s caramel syrup, caramel sauce, and a caramel drizzle. And unfortunately, this caramel isn’t even particularly salty — it’s just a whole lot of sweetness that will start to get to you shortly after you start drinking. Then, there’s the crunchy caramel topping. While we love the added bit of texture from this topping, it’s just more sugar that you don’t really need. Additionally, you have to contend with the whipped cream, which only ups the sweetness factor even more.
Kids may love this treat, but parents may not be too excited about getting it for them once they see that it contains a whopping 46 grams of sugar. Our advice? Skip over this Frappuccino entirely.
12. Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino
We know that some people love a lot of chocolate in their desserts, which is why we won’t judge you if you choose to order the Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino the next time you’re at Starbucks. Not only is it incredibly chocolatey, but when you pull the drink through the straw, you’ll even notice little chunks of chocolate in the drink that you can actually chew. While that sounds like a novelty, when it actually comes to the flavor, we think that this drink misses the mark.
The fact that there’s both mocha-flavored sauce along with chocolate chips in this mix means that the flavor of this Frappuccino is very strong, but not necessarily in a good way. It’s very rich, but not in the way that dark chocolate is rich — it’s sweeter and more cloying. The mocha drizzle on top adds even more unnecessary chocolate flavor, though the whipped cream offsets all that chocolate nicely.
Overall, this drink is pretty boring, as there’s not much going on besides the chocolate. Starbucks has some interesting drinks that you can’t find anywhere else, so we wouldn’t settle for what’s essentially just a chocolate milkshake.
11. White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino
We have to admit, in the wintertime, it’s sometimes a treat to get yourself something with white chocolate in it from Starbucks. The sweet flavor is perfect around that time of year, and it pairs perfectly with a hot coffee. What if you want to try it cold, though? That’s where the White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino comes in. While it’s definitely not the worst of the bunch, it’s not really that good, either. This Frappuccino, like so many others, has too much sugar in it. While it doesn’t have a ton of extras that take the sweetness to a ridiculous level (which we can’t say for many Frappuccinos), it’s still probably going to be too sweet for you unless you have an insatiable sweet tooth.
However, we have to admit that we appreciate the simplicity when it comes to this drink. It’s just a combination of Starbucks’ white chocolate roast coffee, milk, and ice that’s all been blended together. It may not come first on our list, but if it sounds like something you might be into, you should give it a try.
10. Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino
If you’re the kind of person who loves pairing coffee with chocolate, then the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino might be the right choice for you. Just be warned that it is very intensely chocolatey. With mocha sauce and chocolate chips in the mix, you know you’re going to get a lot of that richness again. We think that it’s too much chocolate, but once you add some coffee into the mix, the bitterness balances out the sweetness a lot. If you really don’t like things too sweet, we might suggest adding an extra shot of espresso for a bit more kick of flavor.
The best part of this Frappuccino, though, is the cookie crumble. There’s a layer on the bottom, but you’ll also find some sprinkled on top as well. Vanilla whipped cream and a mocha drizzle round the drink out. Of course, this isn’t a casual coffee drink — it’s better as a sweet treat at the end of a long day. But if that’s what you’re looking for, then there’s a good chance you’ll love this drink.
9. Coffee Frappuccino
We like to keep it simple, and that’s what we think the Coffee Frappuccino does so well. This drink is not over the top or super-sweet. It doesn’t have a long list of ingredients, and it’s not topped with whipped cream, cookies, or caramel pieces. Rather, it’s high-quality coffee that’s been blended with the ideal amount of ice and milk to create a frozen beverage that can get you through any hot workday. Basically, think of this drink as the cool older sister of your normal, everyday iced coffee.
It’s clear why this drink is a good option: It’s not any less healthy than a latte, it tastes amazing, and it’ll cool you down even in the middle of summer. It’s a classic. However, this Frappuccino doesn’t score higher on our ranking simply because there’s not much going on besides the coffee flavor. Since that flavor is relatively mild to begin with, when you blend it with milk and ice, there’s just not much to it. While we’re grateful this one isn’t packed with sugar, we just wish it had a little more oomph.
8. Strawberry Crème Frappuccino
When you think of a Frappuccino, the first thing that comes to mind is a rich, sweet, decadent frozen drink. You probably don’t think of anything fruity, but that’s because you may not have ordered the Strawberry Crème Frappuccino yet. Here’s your sign that you should give it a try: Since this is a crème Frappuccino, it doesn’t have any coffee in it (which might taste strange with the strawberry, anyway). Instead, it’s a mixture of ice, milk, and strawberry puree. Some of that puree is then added to the finished drink, resulting in a lovely swirl of strawberry flavor in your cup.
We love that this drink is so light and refreshing. It’s perfect when you want a drink from Starbucks but aren’t looking for something too heavy or filled with caffeine (even though this drink is served with a generous helping of whipped cream — you can always ask them to leave it off, though). And overall, it tastes delicious. The only thing is, we wish that the strawberry flavoring were a little less sweet and a bit more tart, like a real berry. If, on the other hand, you like your drinks on the sweeter side, you’re probably going to fall in love with this one.
7. Java Chip Frappuccino
Can you think of anything more classic than a Java Chip Frappuccino? In fact, it may be one of the first Frappuccinos you’ve ever tried. That makes sense, because it’s basic but still delicious. Mocha sauce, tiny chocolate chips, ice, and milk are all blended together to concont this sweet, milkshake-like drink. Of course, you’ll get whipped cream on top, but we actually like it without it to cut down on some of the sweetness. Then, once you’ve got that mocha drizzle on top, it’ll taste like the perfect dessert.
Yes, this Frappuccino sounds a lot like the Mocha Cookie Crumble. It shares a lot of the same characteristics, but it’s missing the cookie crumble. As much as we like extra cookies in our Frappuccino, we think this blend tastes a lot better because it’s simpler. Just because you want something indulgent doesn’t mean you want it to be over the top.
6. Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino
Taking your kids through the drive-thru and trying to find the perfect drink for them? You’re in luck when you choose the Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino. This may be one of the most beloved items on the Starbucks menu just because of how much it can appeal to pretty much anyone. It’s comprised of a blend of vanilla beans, milk, and ice, and when it’s all mixed up, it has a light, refreshing flavor despite the fact that it tastes like a sweet dessert.
Insider gave this drink rave reviews as well, writing, "It’s … well, sweet. No surprise there. There’s no Frappuccino that isn’t sweet. But the vanilla bean créme flavor is surprisingly refreshing. It tastes and feels more like a milkshake — creamy, smooth, and light. Mellow vanilla makes it a mellow drink."
Why is it great for kids, you ask? Since it’s such a mild flavor, even little ones with the pickiest taste buds will still find something to love here. Plus, they’ll like that they get to sip on a Starbucks drink just like the adults.
5. Mocha Frappuccino
Here’s another simple one that just about any chocolate lover can fall in love with: the Mocha Frappuccino. This drink is just as fuss-free as the Coffee Frappuccino, but it happens to have an extra special ingredient that makes it even more indulgent — and much more flavorful, thankfully. That ingredient is mocha sauce, and it brings a lovely chocolate flavor to the drink. However, we love that the mocha sauce isn’t drizzled all over the top in this instance. It makes it easier to drink this Frappuccino casually on your way to work instead of just as a dessert.
Starbucks also offers a helpful suggestion on their website: If you want to make this drink extra special, you can ask for a shot of espresso poured over the top. The result is a treat that’s almost like an affogato, which is an Italian dessert made of ice cream and espresso. We think that sounds like a fantastic suggestion, and you should definitely give it a try.
4. Matcha Crème Frappuccino
Do you love getting your day started off with some matcha? If you’re more of a tea person than a coffee person, then there’s a good chance that you’ll enjoy the Matcha Crème Frappuccino from Starbucks. This one doesn’t have any coffee in it, so you won’t get jittery, even if you order a venti. Instead, you’ll enjoy sweetened matcha green tea that’s been blended with milk and ice. That matcha has some caffeine in it, so it’ll help wake you up, but it’s likely to feel a lot milder than a cup of coffee would. It also comes with whipped cream on top, but you can ask them to leave it off if you’re looking for something that’s a little less sweet.
We love the idea of ordering a matcha tea into a Frappuccino because it’s such a refreshing flavor that it pairs really well with the creaminess you expect from these drink blends. While this option is sweet and may remind you of a dessert, it’s not too sweet and won’t be overwhelming to those who don’t have as much of a sweet tooth.
3. Caffé Vanilla Frappuccino
Love the idea of a coffee Frappuccino but want a bit more flavor in your drink? Then we think your best option is the Caffé Vanilla Frappuccino. As you must have noticed by now with most of the top-ranking Frappuccino flavors, this one is relatively simple compared to the overly complicated ones we covered above. This is basically just a coffee Frappuccino with vanilla bean powder mixed into the blend. We did mention how the coffee Frappuccino was a little lackluster when it came to flavor, and we think that the addition of vanilla bean totally rectifies that problem. The vanilla isn’t too strong, but it adds an interesting depth of flavor to the drink.
This Frappuccino also comes with whipped cream, which is actually a nice addition in this case. However, not everyone wants that much sugar in their diet, so you can decide whether you want to leave it off and get something slightly healthier but less indulgent.
2. Chai Crème Frappuccino
Here’s another tea-based favorite that we really love: the Chai Crème Frappuccino. When you want to get your day off to an easy, breezy start with an absolutely delicious beverage, this is the Frappuccino option you want to turn to first. This one doesn’t have any coffee, but it doesn’t need it when you consider it’s packing a full 40 milligrams of caffeine from the spicy chai. That’s not as strong as a cup of coffee, but it’ll still give you a little bit of get up and go if that’s what you’re looking for.
The idea to make chai into a Frappuccino is brilliant because the flavor is so light and refreshing anyway. The drink is topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon, which adds even more spice to the equation. It’s somehow rich and flavorful without overwhelming you. If you love chai but have never had it in frozen form — don’t worry. There’s a good chance you’re going to like this just as much as the original.
1. Espresso Frappuccino
Finally, we come to the best of the best. It’s one of the simplest Frappuccino recipes out there, but its simple elegance is what makes it the best of the bunch. It’s the Espresso Frappuccino, and we can’t get enough of this drink when the summer weather rolls around. Espressos can be too hot in the middle of the summer, but that doesn’t mean you want to give up your morning caffeine buzz. What are you to do? If you’re headed to Starbucks, an Espresso Frappuccino will solve all of your problems.
A combination of coffee, espresso, and milk is all that goes into this drink, and it comes out perfectly every time. While you can always add sugar, syrup, or another kind of sweetener to it, we prefer it without. And with 155 milligrams of caffeine, you know it’s going to give you the energy you need to face your day.
This Frappuccino basically makes you feel like you’re eating grown-up ice cream. What more could you want from your Starbucks run?