Even if you’re an avid black coffee drinker, it’s hard to resist a sweet drink now and then. While having sweet beverages every single day is not the best idea, visiting the nearest Starbucks for a sweet and refreshing drink after a long workday is a great way to give yourself a boost.
With plenty of options to choose from, it’s not exactly easy to decide on the drink you want when you first enter Starbucks. Even if you have a rough idea of what you want, it’s not exactly easy to figure out which drink checks all the boxes for you. For this reason, we gathered the sweetest drinks in Starbucks and categorized them for you.
For the sake of consistency, the numbers we will provide in this article will be based on drinks that are prepared without any customization, meaning that they apply for Grande (16 oz.) size drinks that are made with 2% milk or whole milk, without any extras.
Sweetest Hot Coffee Drinks at Starbucks
Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha
510 calories – 72g sugar
The sweetest hot coffee drink on our list is a mocha variant. A Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha consists of espresso, peppermint syrup, white chocolate sauce, steamed milk, whipped cream, and dark chocolate topping, making it a great beverage to quench your thirst for sweetness.
White chocolate and peppermint brilliantly complement each other to provide the sweet flavor, and whipped cream adds an enjoyable mouthfeel to the cup. It’s not an everyday drink with its high calorie and sugar content, but it’s a satisfying one.
If you are not a big fan of peppermint, you can go for a regular white chocolate mocha instead, which would save you a few calories as well.
Caramel Brulée Latte
410 calories – 49g sugar
Caramel Brulée Latte is the second hot coffee drink on our list. It’s a latte variant that consists of espresso, steamed milk, caramel brulée sauce, whipped cream, and caramel brulée topping.
If you enjoy the taste of caramel, we feel like this is the best drink you can have at Starbucks. Due to containing high amounts of caramel brulée sauce and caramel brulée topping, the taste of caramel takes center stage in this drink, while the whipped cream provides a smooth mouthfeel.
250 calories – 33g sugar
The caramel macchiato is a latte macchiato variant that consists of espresso, steamed milk, vanilla syrup, and caramel drizzle topping.
It is one of the most popular drinks at Starbucks, known for its sweet taste. You may be surprised that it is the drink that contains the least amount of sugar on our list, as a lot of people consider caramel macchiato to be way too sweet.
Another interesting fact about the caramel macchiato is that it contains vanilla syrup and no caramel syrup at all. The only part of this drink that contains caramel is the caramel drizzle that rests at the top layer, which may make you wonder why it’s called caramel macchiato even though the bulk of the drink is made up of vanilla.
Sweetest Iced Coffee Drinks at Starbucks
Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino
460 calories – 74g sugar
The combination of peppermint and white chocolate is on our list once again, finding its way into a Frappuccino. It turns out that this combination works great with both hot and iced coffee.
A Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino consists of coffee Frappuccino syrup, white chocolate mocha sauce, peppermint syrup, milk, ice, whipped cream, and dark chocolate topping. Just like its hot coffee counterpart, this drink finds itself at the top of its category in terms of sweetness.
Unfortunately, the sweetness comes with a price as the beverage is loaded in terms of sugar. If you’re looking for an ice-cold coffee drink to spoil yourself with now and then, this is the one.
Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino
400 calories – 64g sugar
Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino is a drink that consists of coffee Frappuccino syrup, vanilla bean powder, milk, ice, and whipped cream. The combination of vanilla and coffee works brilliantly for both hot and cold coffee drinks, making this drink a great choice for most.
It is one of the first Frappuccino variants and still one of the most popular Frappuccinos, as it delivers a simplistic flavor profile that is well-liked by most people. It’s also one of the lighter options in comparison to most Frappuccinos in terms of calories.
If you’re looking to try a Frappuccino for the first time, we recommend trying this one.
Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino
470 calories – 62g sugar
This one is for caramel lovers. Consisting of coffee Frappuccino syrup, caramel sauce, milk, ice, whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and crunchy caramel topping, a Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino has everything you need when it comes to caramel.
Since every single layer of this drink contains different forms of caramel, it provides a pretty unique experience as you go through the crunchy caramel topping, the caramel drizzle, and finally the caramel sauce.
Sweetest Hot Non-Coffee Drinks at Starbucks
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
520 calories – 74g sugar
The list wouldn’t be complete without hot chocolate, which is why the combination of peppermint and white chocolate returns for one last time. This drink follows a similar recipe to the coffee drink versions of itself, consisting of white chocolate mocha sauce, peppermint syrup, steamed milk, whipped cream, and dark chocolate topping,
Once again, the white chocolate and peppermint combo takes the top spot when it comes to sweetness.
Caramel Apple Spice
380 calories – 70g sugar
There are some interesting drinks in the non-coffee drink category, and Caramel Apple Spice is one of them. This drink consists of very simple ingredients that are apple juice, cinnamon syrup, whipped cream, and caramel drizzle. We enjoyed how cinnamon syrup interacts with the apple juice, and the whipped cream and caramel drizzle combo is always a welcome addition.
If you’re looking to try a completely different beverage, a Caramel Apple Spice is something to consider.
500 calories – 59g sugar
The last drink in this category is a seasonal favorite, Eggnog Crème. This drink consists of steamed eggnog and nutmeg topping.
Since we are all familiar with eggnog, there isn’t a whole lot to say about this drink. If you’re looking for a change from the usual drinks in the Christmas season, you should surely try Eggnog Crème.
Sweetest Iced Non-Coffee Drinks at Starbucks
Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino
410 calories – 62g sugar
It wouldn’t be fair to tea lovers if we didn’t include at least one tea-based drink. Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino is a drink that consists of matcha green tea, creme Frappuccino syrup, milk, ice, and whipped cream.
If you’re used to the taste of regular matcha, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how sweet this drink is in comparison. If you’re a coffee-lover, it could be a good change of pace to give this one a try.
Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino
370 calories – 53g sugar
Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino is simply the non-coffee version of Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino that we talked about earlier.
If you aren’t the biggest fan of coffee and would rather have a drink that is crema-based, a Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino is a great option, just like its coffee counterpart.
Strawberry Crème Frappuccino
370 calories – 52g sugar
Last but not least, a drink for strawberry lovers. A Strawberry Crème Frappuccino consists of creme Frappuccino syrup, strawberry puree sauce, ice, milk, and whipped cream.
If you’re tired of the common flavors of vanilla, caramel, chocolate that are used in many drinks, the strawberry flavor is a refreshing change.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
How do I make my Starbucks drink sweeter?
To make your Starbucks drink sweeter, you can simply ask for extra pumps of flavored syrup. Aside from adding more sweetness, you can also utilize flavored syrups to add different flavors to your drink.
How do I make my Starbucks drink less sweet?
To make your Starbucks drink less sweet, you can ask for sugar-free versions of the flavored syrup that is used in your drink. You can also ask for your drink to not include whipped cream and toppings.
We hope that you enjoyed our list of sweetest Starbucks drinks and found something that you would like to try the next time you visit a Starbucks shop.
Have a great day, and enjoy your coffee!