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10 Best Caramel Drinks at Starbucks in 2023: Ranked & Reviewed!

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When trying drinks at Starbucks, it’s hard to deny the appeal of tasty caramel. Perhaps you order caramel drinks each time you visit your nearby Starbucks or maybe you’re in the mood to try something else besides your usual, non-caramel beverage. Either way, choosing the right caramel drink is difficult considering the many options on the menu. To help you out, here’s a look at what we feel are the 10 best caramel drinks at Starbucks. Take a look at how these drinks measure up below so you can decide which one you want to try first.

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The 10 Best Caramel Starbucks Drinks:

1. Caramel Macchiato

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One of the most popular, if not the most popular, caramel drink at Starbucks is easily the Caramel Macchiato. This creamy, tasty drink is made by combining steamed milk, vanilla flavoring, and Starbucks’ own espresso. The final touch is a caramel drizzle on top. The Caramel Macchiato can be ordered hot or iced making it a perfect treat no matter the weather outside.


2. Caramel Frappuccino

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One of the classic caramel drinks served at Starbucks is the Caramel Frappuccino. This sweet treat is designed to tickle your taste buds. Using coffee, caramel syrup, and ice, baristas whip this drink up then top it with whipped cream and caramel drizzle. Caramel lovers who want to keep this original will adore this drink. If you haven’t tried it, what are you waiting for?


3. Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew

One of the newer caramel drinks at Starbucks that is gaining popularity is the Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew. This tasty drink brings together two of the tastiest treats out there: cold brew coffee and salted caramel. If you’ve ever tried Starbucks’ Cold Brew then you know the intense flavor it packs. When mixed with the salted caramel the result is a creamy coffee concoction you’re sure to love.


4. Salted Caramel Mocha

Mocha is one of the most popular drinks ordered at Starbucks. If you love caramel, it’s only natural to add it to the chocolatey goodness of a mocha. Instead of an overpowering sweet caramel flavor, Starbucks has decided to use salted caramel. The result is the Salted Caramel Mocha that is creamy while not being too sweet. If you’re in the mood for something different, this is the drink for you.


5. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino

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This drink is one of the best mixes on the menu. In your cup, you’ll find coffee, caramel syrup, milk, ice, dark caramel sauce, and vanilla whipped cream. On top is where things get really interesting. This frappuccino is topped with a crunchy caramelized topping that settles on top of the whipped cream. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, rich, and dark, this is the drink you’ve been waiting for.


6. Caramel Brulee Latte

The Caramel Brulee Latte is the perfect way to warm yourself up with a little sweetness during the winter months. This drink is quite simple. It starts with a regular latte, then you add caramel brulee sauce. After that, if you like, the barista will top it with whipped cream and a few caramel brulee bits for texture. As we said, it’s simple, but the taste will truly ignite your taste buds.


7. Butterbeer Frappuccino

Fans of Harry Potter are familiar with the series’ favorite drink, Butterbeer. Starbucks understands and has come up with a way you can experience the magic of Hogwarts in your cup when you visit the store. To order this drink you start with a Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino, then ask for 3 pumps of caramel syrup. You aren’t finished there. You also need 3 pumps of toffee nut syrup and whipped cream on top. The final touch is one last bit of caramel syrup on top. Harry Potter fans will rejoice after the first sip.


8. Twix Frappuccino

Yes, there is a way to order a Twix Frappuccino at Starbucks. This combination of chocolate and caramel is great for those out there with a sweet tooth and a love for Twix. To order, ask for a Caramel Frappuccino with 2 pumps of hazelnut syrup and 2 pumps of caramel syrup. You also need to ask for java chips in the drink. This ingredient truly sets the finished product off. Finally, ask for a drizzle of both chocolate and caramel on top and you’re set.


9. Caramel Apple Spice

This is one of the few non-coffee beverages found at Starbucks. This juice is an amazing option for fall weather and to help ring in the most festive times of the year. Start with apple juice and have it steamed. Then ask for cinnamon dolce syrup to be added to the mixture. Finally, top your drink with a little whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. This yummy juice will spice up your day without the need for coffee.


10. Raspberry Caramel Macchiato

If you’re a fan of the Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, then you should really try it with raspberry. You’ll notice a completely different taste thanks to the tartness of the raspberry instead of the sweetness of the vanilla. When ordering, simply ask your barista to switch the vanilla syrup at the bottom of a Caramel Macchiato with raspberry syrup. Voila, you have a new drink featuring caramel that you’ll love.

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Conclusion

For lovers of caramel in the world, these drinks at Starbucks are the perfect way to have sweetness in your cup. Whether you stick with the more traditional drinks or have your barista shake things up by ordering from the secret menu, you’ll be able to enjoy new and exciting caramel drinks each time you pop by your local Starbucks establishment.


Featured Image Credit: Olena Bohovyk, Pexels

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Melissa Gunter

Melissa has been a fan of coffee since the first sip she stole from her Granny's cup when she was just a girl. Now, she spends each morning writing with a hot cup of coffee at her side. With a love of sweet and creamy bliss, Melissa and her daughter, Amber, stop by and try out every local coffee shop they see. Neither are afraid to try something new and have a long list of favorite coffee beverages they simply can't do without. When she's not freelance writing about her 2 passions, coffee, and pets, Melissa spends her time with her husband, 2 kids, and 5 fur babies. She also loves diving into the fiction world under her pen name, Rena Marin. If she isn't at the laptop or with the family, Melissa is out enjoying the mountains of East Tennessee she calls home.

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