By: Kenna Velasquez
Have you ever heard of a secret menu? If not, a secret menu is a list of different food items available at a restaurant that isn’t listed on the public menu. Usually these items are unexpected, such as the McGangBang at McDonalds, consisting of a whole spicy McChicken placed inside a McDouble cheeseburger. Starbucks has their own secret menu, and trust me, it’s well worth finding out about it.
Sunday night, a group of us went to the Starbucks by Hanks and ordered different frappucinos off the secret menu (starbuckssecretmenu.net). There are also countless lattes and refreshers available but that’s for a different day, different article. Usually, the baristas do not know secret menu recipes by memory so it’s convenient to keep the recipe on you to show them when ordering. Warning: Some add-ins may rack up the price so ask before cashing out, if needed.
Recipe for a grande:
- Tazo Chai Creme Frappuccino
- 1 pump of vanilla syrup
- 2 pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup
- 3 pumps of Chai
- Cinnamon dusted on top
This frappe is my all-time favorite off the secret menu. It tastes exactly like horchata, except better because it does not leave that dry aftertaste or any at all. Lisa Zambuto was my tester for this drink and she gave it 4 out of 5 stars, saying she prefers Vanilla Bean but likes it better than Java Chip. However, the taste goes away fast.
Cookie Dough Frappe
- Chai Creme Frappuccino w/ Soy Milk
- Add 2 pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup for a tall, 2.5 for a grande, 3 for a venti
- Java chips blended in
- Whipped creme blended in
- Chocolate whipped creme on top (instead of original)
- Mocha syrup drizzle on top
Do you recall the horchata frappe being titled my old-time favorite? Well yep, this is my new one. I was my own tester for this drink and it was great. Although it didn’t taste much like cookie dough in my opinion, it had the perfect amount of milky chocolate to the point where it wasn’t overwhelming and very tasty. I would definitely be getting this again next time I need my chocolate fix. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
Recipe for a grande:
- Regular coffee frappuccino
- 2 pumps of mocha syrup
- 1 pump of hazelnut syrup
- whipped cream blended in
- Top with whipped cream! Caramel drizzle is optional
My tester for this drink was Nichole Hardgrove. She said the coffee in it was incredibly strong, but she is a fan of dark coffee so she enjoyed it. After getting over the coffee taste, you taste the hazelnut and end up with a nutella aftertaste. The flavor only gets stronger from there. With this stated, Nichole loved everything about this drink and rated it a 4.7 stars out of 5. We recommend this drink for both coffee and nutella lovers everywhere.
Nichole also tried the lemon cake pop and was greatly disappointed. The cake inside was white cake, not lemon as expected, while the frosting was lemon-flavored. The whole cake pop in general was considered dry. She rated it a 2.5 stars out of 5 and will not be getting it again.
Virgin Margarita Frappe
- Pour cool lime to the first line.
- Lemonade to the second line
- Grande scoop of ice
- 2 pumps of classic syrup.
- 3 pumps of the Frappuccino crème base.
Daniel Flores was my tester for this drink. It was his first time at Starbucks and with the helpful advising (forcing) from us Starbucks addicts, we coaxed him into getting this. He said he’d definitely get it again because it was really good. The taste was refreshing, and he didn’t tire of it. The outside appearance of the drink looked similar to a slushy. He rates it a 4 out of 5.
This drink technically isn’t on the secret menu and baristas should know how to make it. But just in case you’ve been considering getting this one, my partner, Crystal Lee, claims this drink is amazing while a friend who tried it says it tastes like Hershey’s with milk. So if you’re into that, definitely give this drink a chance.
Crystal also ordered a chocolate brownie with her drink and claims it is also very tasty, but has somewhat too much chocolate. This therefore, brings down the rating of this pastry to a 3 stars out of 5.
If none of these drinks seem to interest you, check out all the other frappucinos on the secret menu! Such as Chocolate-covered Strawberry, Smores, Blackberry (or Peach) Cobbler, Cookie Crisp, Cake Batter, Chocolate Brownie, Cap’n Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, Oreo, and much more!