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About to go to Starbucks with your kids but unsure whether it has any good drinks that aren’t caffeinated or too sugary?
In this article, I will walk you through a list of the 18 best Starbucks drinks for kids, including secret menu items, so that everyone can have a pleasant time at Starbucks, including your mini-me.
- 1. Hot Chocolate
- 2. White Hot Chocolate
- 3. Babyccino
- 4. Steamed Apple Juice
- 5. Caramel Apple Spice
- 6. Cinnamon Dolce Crème
- 7. Vanilla Crème
- 8. Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino
- 9. Cotton Candy Frappuccino
- 10. Strawberry Crème Frappuccino
- 11. Iced Strawberry Milk
- 12. Blended Strawberry Lemonade
- 13. Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade
- 14. Purple Drink
- 15. Violet Drink
- 16. Pink Drink
- 17. Iced Guava Passionfruit Drink
- 18. Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk
- To Wrap Up
1. Hot Chocolate
Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? This cozy and sweet drink with the familiar taste of luscious chocolate and milk should keep any kid occupied and satisfied till the end of the Starbucks trip.
For each cup, you’re served with steamed milk, a couple of pumps of Starbucks signature mocha sauce, a few more dollops of whipped cream, and final garnishings of mocha drizzle.
If your kid has a milk allergy or any related dietary restrictions, you can ask for coconut milk, soy milk, or almond milk instead.
2. White Hot Chocolate
If your kid is over the typical take on hot chocolate, why not spice things up a little bit with some White Hot Chocolate?
Replace the classic mocha sauce with White Chocolate mocha sauce, and the children can enjoy a pleasantly warm cold day drink that’s as white as the snow outside.
Keep in mind that the drink can contain a very high amount of sugar content, so you can ask for a smaller size or certain ingredients removed.
You can also ask the barista to adjust the drink to “kid’s temperature”, which they’d usually understand to make the drink a bit cooler so that your child won’t accidentally get burnt on the tongue or body (you know kids).
Kids often like to mirror adults’ behaviors for learning and fun. So, there must have been more than one occasion where they ask for the same delicious Starbucks drinks as you. This becomes extra troubling when you’re grabbing your favorite coffee.
No worries. Next time you order a cappuccino, get them a Babyccino to match yours! Unlike the usual cappuccino which consists of espresso and steamed milk, Babyccino has just steamed milk.
This is another one of those secret Starbucks drinks for kids, so you won’t find it on the menu. And, sometimes, Starbucks offers the drink for free to make the baby’s and the parent’s day.
4. Steamed Apple Juice
Rather than consuming sugary drinks with hardly any nutritional value, you can get your child a glass of steamed 100% apple juice.
It’s sweet. It’s fragrant. It’s soothing and healthy for any parents worried about their sugar intake.
5. Caramel Apple Spice
To accompany your signature autumn Starbuck drinks, your kid can enjoy a glass of Caramel Apple Spice, which is basically Steamed Apple Juice with extra cinnamon syrup and some whipped cream and sweet caramel drizzle on top.
But, the extra ingredients in the Starbucks drink mean there’s extra sugar as well. An 8 oz (237 ml) serving of this menu specifically contains around 65 g, just for reference.
6. Cinnamon Dolce Crème
One of the parent’s main concerns when taking their child to a coffee shop is making sure that the kid doesn’t consume anything with caffeine (while the parent is miserable without it).
And, some of the best caffeine-free Starbucks drinks options are crème based frappuccinos (Most Starbucks Frappuccinos are caffeine-free, just ask whether they have any caffeine to be certain).
That’s one concern out of the way. These kid-friendly Starbucks drinks, however, can involve a lot of sugar. Think of all the syrups and creams.
To deal with this, you can ask for the sugar-free version of these syrups to accompany your child’s frap. Or request fewer pumps (eg. half the pumps) rather than the default. Now, your growing coffee enthusiasts can happily enjoy drinking frappuccinos with you.
I recommend getting the Cinnamon Dolce Crème, which consists of your classic steamed milk and sweet and aromatic cinnamon dolce syrup (basically brown sugar and cinnamon syrup).
The usual serving also comes with some sweetened whipped and extra cinnamon dolce powder toppings for a creamy and luscious treat.
7. Vanilla Crème
If your kid’s favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla, why not get them a simple Vanilla steamer AKA steamed vanilla milk?
Sweet and velvety smooth milk, fragrant vanilla syrup, topped off with some whipped and extra vanilla. What can possibly go wrong? The result is a rich and beautiful glass of vanilla paradise.
This simple drink should taste even more amazing when paired with a cake pop or their other favorite desserts.
8. Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino
If that’s too simple, step up the game by ordering this refreshingly yummy Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino.
Vanilla bean, milk, and ice are blended to create a sweet and satisfying mixture of cool vanilla goodness.
You can also order this together with your child, but ask the barista to serve it affogato-style with a shot of espresso for some caffeine recharge.
9. Cotton Candy Frappuccino
Kids have a fascinating imagination, so they love it when they can make out relations between elements.
If your child has a sweet tooth and enjoys the festival sweets such as candied apple and cotton candy, why not treat them to a Cotton Candy Frappuccino?
This beverage is basically the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with added pumps of raspberry syrup to create a pretty pink cotton candy color.
10. Strawberry Crème Frappuccino
Starbucks drinks for strawberry lovers! If you’re tired of having your kid consume all of the artificial syrups and flavor mixes, why not get some real fruits for a change?
The Strawberry Crème Frappuccino pairs the classic Starbucks milky crème base with some delicious strawberry puree at the bottom for the ultimate strawberry beverage.
On top of them all, you’re also served with a fluffy layer of vanilla-flavored whipped cream.
11. Iced Strawberry Milk
If just tall steamed milk is too boring, why not add more kid-friendly ingredients to mix things up? Turn the hot drinks into cold drinks by blending milk with a strawberry puree and ice.
Top everything off with some vanilla whipped and their favorite flavored syrup and your child won’t have to drink “just milk” anymore.
12. Blended Strawberry Lemonade
You can’t skip lemonade when talking about drinks for kids. But, rather than just a glass of plain lemonade, why not order more interesting kid-friendly Starbucks drinks?
Introducing the Blended Strawberry Lemonade, well-loved for the combination of the refreshing and zesty lemonade, the fruity sweet and slightly sour hint of strawberry flavor, and ice for extra coolness.
This lightly sweet and fruity summer Starbucks drink should keep your child occupied throughout the trip.
What’s exciting about Strawberry Lemonade is its consistency, which is similar to both frozen lemonade and strawberry slush, making it so fun to consume.
13. Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade
Another refreshing summer lemonade menu your kid would love is the Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade, which perfectly blends the colors of hibiscus, lemongrass, apple, and (of course), lemonade to create a vibrant raspberry red glass.
The drink is hand-shaken together with ice and passion to produce a satisfying balance of sweetness and sourness and flavors as well.
14. Purple Drink
If you’re on Instagram often, you must have seen or heard of the Purple Drink, a Starbucks secret menu that took the internet over by a storm!
The Purple Drink’s iconic purple color mainly comes from the scoops of blackberries. This is one of the Starbucks drinks for kids that use soy milk rather than the regular. Other than that, your child can enjoy some sweet Passion Iced Tea and aromatic vanilla syrup.
You can also ask for coconut milk instead of soy, which should give the Purple Drink a lighter lavender shade! This Starbucks drink should be perfect for kids who adore the color purple.
15. Violet Drink
Want more purple Starbucks drinks for kids? How about the Violet with a pinker shade, which is available on the main menu?
The color is the result of the combination between blackberries and tart hibiscus. The latter is often utilized to make tea or food with a lovely pink-violet tint.
The combo is also mixed with coconut milk and ice in a tall glass for a tantrum-free child.
16. Pink Drink
In 2017, Pink Drink officially joined the Starbucks menu before popping in and out of the internet as a fan-fave secret menu. Get your child some kid-friendly drinks in their favorite color to make their day!
The Pink Drink features the light, sweet, and lovely Strawberry Acai Refreshers, complemented by hints of acai and passion fruit.
This perfect treat also comes with the on-theme coconut milk and some tasty extra scoops of strawberries or blackberries (or both!).
17. Iced Guava Passionfruit Drink
Prefer some less basic fruits? Why not surprise your child with the tropical flavor of guava. One of the best Starbucks drinks which is less commonly served for kids is the Iced Guava Passionfruit Drink due to its less familiar flavor notes.
The distinct taste of guava juice is blended with the sweet, sour, and tart-like hints of passionfruit, pineapple, and ginger should be the perfect summer holiday beverage for both you and your child.
Everything is hand-shaken to mix with coconut milk and ice to pour a silky smooth tall glass.
18. Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk
The usual recipe for this drink starts with a Blonde espresso base which is hand-shaken together with brown sugar syrup and cinnamon. Finally, the drink is topped off with oat milk and ice. Overall, a very easy drink to consume.
But for the little ones, ask for a kid-friendly version with no espresso, keep the brown sugar and cinnamon, and go generous on the oat milk.
To Wrap Up
This diverse list of drinks should come in handy next time your family roll up to the local Starbucks. No more stressing over what to order and request. Just good vibes all around.