MOVE OVER, PUMPKIN SPICE: Starbucks Now Serving Butterbeer!

Sort of.

Apparently, the butterbeer frappuccinos are part of a “secret menu” of drinks that aren’t actually advertised. The barista may know what you’re talking about, but since it isn’t actually part of the regular Starbucks drink menu, it’s recommended you tell them this recipe when you order:

  • Crème Frappuccino base, made with whole milk (not skim or 2%, which will mess up the consistency)
  • 3 pumps of caramel syrup
  • 3 pumps of toffee nut syrup
  • Top with caramel drizzle


There is also a warm version:

  • Whole milk steamer
  • Caramel syrup (2 pumps for a tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
  • Toffee nut syrup (2 pumps for a tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
  • Cinnamon Dolce syrup (2 pumps for a tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
  • Top with whipped cream and salted caramel bits
  • Optional: 1 shot of espresso (2 for a grande or venti)

The butterbeer drink is only available for the holiday season, as the coffee chain does not carry toffee nut syrup year round.

[via E! Online]


20 Responses to MOVE OVER, PUMPKIN SPICE: Starbucks Now Serving Butterbeer!

  1. Am I reading the “warm” recipe right that without the optional espresso, there is no coffee in it? I might have to try that… if I can stand the smell long enough to walk into Starbucks and get it (I’m one of the few people I know who can’t stand the smell of coffee, let alone the taste).

  2. Thanks for posting this. For those of us who go sugar-free, there are SF versions of all the DaVinci syrups, and probably the Toriani as well. You could easily do a variation of this at home.

  3. Can we just not with the fucking secret menu? You can’t ask for things by “name” and ordering stupidly modified frappuccinos is ridiculously annoying for baristas. I quit Starbucks and it still pisses me off to think about all the stupid “butterbeer” and “cotton candy” and “twix” frappuccinos that people asked for by name, and then proceeded to read off from their fucking phones after being told that we shockingly aren’t taught things from the “secret menu” because there isn’t a “secret menu”. It’s like Harveys or Burger King or Subway, except with syrups. JHC. Even at my traditional cafe we get morons thinking you can just order secret menu shit as if it’s Starbucks.

  4. As far as I am aware this is not a menu item. Don’t expect any employee to just know this off hand. Know the recipe when you come in.

  5. this tastes absolutely NOTHING like the JK Rowling approved butterbeer recipe perfected to her tastes at the Harry Potter world park in Universal Islands of adventure. This is crap compared to that. For shame

  6. I just had one made a little less sweet, only 2 pumps of each in a grande, and it was delicious. Sure, it may not taste exactly like the butter beer served in Universal, but it’s pretty darned close, and still very yummy! It also wasn’t that expensive at the Starbucks I went to. Mine was less than $4 (canadian) and I finished it in less than 5 minutes because it was so yummy!!

  7. 1. Toffee nut is a regular syrup like vanilla. It will always be there.
    2. You don’t need to order your frappuccino “with whole milk,” as it is Starbucks standard to make frappuccinos with whole milk automatically.
    3. Please please come in with the recipe instead.

  8. Here’s a better idea. Don’t got to Farcebucks. They’ve become everything horrible they started out claiming not to be. Take the time to find a local independent coffee shop instead.

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