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23 Sweetest Starbucks Drinks! Calling All Sugar Lovers

Whether you’re craving a sugar-tastic Frappuccino, a seasonally spiced sweet treat, or a low-calorie and caffeine-free hit of liquid sugar, there’s no shortage of sweet drinks from Starbucks!


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Listen, we love a Starbucks drink as much as the next person, but sometimes the Starbucks drinks you crave will put you into a sugar coma. I’m talking about the Venti Frappuccinos, the Grande Caramel Macchiatos, and the Trenta Strawberry Acai Refreshers.  

If you’re looking for a drink packed with sugar that will make you feel like you’re on a sugar high, these are the sweetest Starbucks drinks for you.

Get ready to have your blood sugar levels soar!

Sweetest Starbucks Drinks

Sweetest Hot Coffee Drinks at Starbucks 

If you’re just waking up and craving something sweet, try out a few of these drinks. These are the classics, the drinks that will never steer you wrong when you’re in the mood for coffee with an extra kick of sweetness. 

Caramel Macchiato

A Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks is like a little piece of heaven in a cup.

Made with bold espresso, freshly steamed milk, lots of vanilla syrup, and an indulgent drizzle of caramel syrup on top, it’s the perfect blend of sweet and rich.

It’s always a hit with just about anyone, whether they’re a coffee lover or not. And with 42 grams of sugar in a Venti, it’s sure to give you a sugar buzz. 

White Chocolate Mocha Coffee

When you need a little pick-me-up or an excuse to treat yourself, there’s nothing like a Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha.

This rich and creamy coffee is made with espresso, fresh milk, and white chocolate syrup, and it’s a real treat for the senses.

The best part about this coffee is that it’s available all year round so you can enjoy it no matter the season.

The White Chocolate Mocha Coffee is full of flavor, making it a great all-around drink for those cold mornings or long afternoons. And while it does taste like chocolate, it doesn’t overpower your senses or feel like you’re drinking straight sugar. 

Smoked Butterscotch Latte

Move over Pumpkin Spice Latte. There’s a new fall-inspired drink in town!

The Starbucks Smoked Butterscotch Latte is a delicious, rich coffee drink perfect for cooler months. This latte is made with smoked butterscotch Syrup, espresso, and milk, and it is sure to warm you up on a cold autumn day. 

The latte is super-sweet, but the, well, “smokiness” of the smoked butterscotch syrup helps balance out this drink and keeps it from feeling like you’re just drinking straight sugar.

If you’re considering treating yourself, we’d recommend asking for a layer of whipped cream and maybe some caramel brûlée topping! 

Starbucks latte drink
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Sweetest Iced Coffee Drinks at Starbucks

We love a piping hot cup of coffee in our hands on a crisp, chilly morning, but what about the rest of the year?

If you’re in the mood for some fun in the sun and want an afternoon pick-me-up, then you can’t go wrong with an iced coffee—especially one that satisfies your sweet tooth! Check out these iced drinks!

Java Chip Frappuccino

This Java Chip Frappuccino is the perfect way to get your coffee and chocolate fix all in one.

This delicious blended drink combines coffee, chocolate, and milk for a perfect balance of flavors. Plus, it’s topped with chocolate chips for extra indulgence.

The Java Chip Frappuccino is one of the sweetest and most sugar-laden items on the Starbucks menu, with about 80 grams of sugar in a Venti cup.

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So next time you’re seriously craving chocolate, order this sweet drink and indulge!

Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso

Sometimes you just need a little caffeine to get going in the morning. But, if you’re like me, you also need something sweet to start your day.

Enter the Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso. Don’t let the long name fool you; it’s a simple drink with a unique, nuanced taste.

You first notice the sweet chocolate taste, but then you’re hit with the big, bold espresso flavor. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and robust, and it will give you the boost you need to get going.

Just be careful not to drink too much – it’s addictive!

Iced Caramel Macchiato

The iced caramel macchiato is one of the most popular drinks at Starbucks, and for a good reason! The caramel flavors help elevate a classic macchiato into something wholly indulgent and perfect for long, summery afternoons. 

Like its classic hot counterpart, there’s much to love about the Iced Caramel Macchiato. From its sweet and smooth flavor to its creamy cold texture, coffee lovers everywhere adore this drink that packs a majorly sweet punch. 

Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte

This delicious drink is made with espresso, milk, cinnamon, and caramel and is served over ice. It’s an intoxicating blend of sweet and spice and will leave you feeling refreshed and energized.

While the hot version might be a little more popular, this iced version has a lot to offer, especially as a treat to get you through the afternoon.

Just a note: the Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte is sweet, delicious, and refreshing – and it’s loaded with caffeine. So if you’re looking for a tasty way to get your caffeine fix, this is the drink for you.

Just be warned that it’s pretty addictive. Once you try it, you’ll definitely be hooked.

Iced Honey Almond Milk Flat White 

There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than an iced coffee. But why settle for a plain iced coffee when you can enjoy an Iced Honey Almond Milk flat white?

This delicious drink is made with Starbucks’ signature Blonde Roast Espresso, almond milk, honey, and a touch of vanilla extract. It’s the perfect way to cool down and enjoy a delicious coffee.

We love this drink’s unique flavors—it’s not just sweet. It’s got a subtle nutty flavor and goes down smooth and mellow.

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Sweet Non-Coffee Drinks at Starbucks

Starbucks is known for its range of coffee and wide variety of unique and creative drinks that don’t contain a  drop of java.

Check out some of the sweetest drinks on the menu, and you may be surprised how many don’t actually include any coffee! 

Mango Dragon Fruit Starbucks Refreshers

If you’re anything like us, you’ve often felt that dip in energy in the early afternoon, where you’re just not sure if you’ll be able to get the energy to make it through the rest of the day.

Luckily, you don’t have to down yet another cup of coffee to get the boost you need!

The Mango Dragon Fruit Starbucks Refresher is a fun and fruity way to get your caffeine fix, and better yet, it’s seriously delicious. This bright and vibrant drink is made with real fruit juice and dragon fruit pieces, and it’s absolutely made for summertime sipping.

Iced London Fog Latte

If you’ve never heard of a London Fog Latte, it’s like a chai latte, but instead of chai tea, you use black tea (preferably Earl Gray) and mix it with milk to create a faux “latte.” And once you add a few pumps of syrup to the mix, the Starbucks version is one you’ve got to try. 

This delicious drink combines the best of both worlds – the rich, creamy taste of a latte and the refreshing, cooling sensation of iced tea. It’s a gentle way to get a little bit of caffeine on those afternoons where you need a pick-me-up, but not enough that you need actual coffee. 

White Chocolate Mocha Hot Chocolate

Everyone loves a good hot chocolate, especially in the fall and winter. It’s the perfect way to warm up during crisp evenings.

But if your regular old hot chocolate could use a bit of an upgrade, consider trying the Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha Hot Chocolate.

This rich and creamy hot chocolate drink is made with real white chocolate mocha sauce, milk, and a special blend of coffee syrups, and it will leave your sweet tooth feeling oh-so-satisfied with its sugar rush.

It’s the perfect way to treat yourself – your taste buds will thank you for it.

Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino 

If you’re serious about sweetness, then the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino is the kind of drink for you.

This deliciously sweet and creamy frappuccino is made with caramel ribbon crunch syrup, milk, ice, and whipped cream. It’s then topped with a caramel drizzle for an extra touch of rich sweetness.

This drink is a fantastically indulgent excuse to celebrate life’s little moments, and it’s also a great afternoon pick-me-up or after-dinner dessert. Its rich caramel flavor and crunchy ribbon topping are sure to satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth!

Caramel Apple Spice 

Sometimes you just need to treat yourself, but that doesn’t mean you need to reach for a coffee. There are plenty of hot drinks at Starbucks that bring a little special something to your day without the extra caffeine jitters. 

But what exactly is the Caramel Apple Spice drink? This seasonal drink is made with steamed apple juice, with couple of pumps of cinnamon syrup added for that extra sugar kick. Topped off with whipped cream and a caramel sauce drizzle, it’s basically autumn in a cup!

Try one the next time you need a treat, but without the caffeine.  

Chai Latte

This delicious drink is made with black tea, milk, spices, and a whole lot of love. It’s one of the sweeter items on the Starbucks menu, and it’s the perfect blend of sweet and spicy and just the right size for a mid-morning treat. 

And if you do want to add an extra kick to this delicious drink, you can always ask for a “dirty chai” or a chai latte with a shot or two of espresso added.

If you’re looking to go even sweeter, ask for a few pumps of vanilla syrup to perfectly balance out the spiciness of the tea!

Starbucks hot drink
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Sweet Starbucks Drinks With Caffeine 

We’ve all been there; those sleepy mornings where you need a reward to get yourself out of bed or those afternoon slumps where you need to treat yourself to get through the rest of the work day.

No matter the reason, if you need a caffeine hit and an extra dose of sweetness, then you can’t go wrong with any of these drinks! 

Matcha Tea Latte 

Matcha tea might not be the first thing you think of when you’re looking to get your caffeine fix, but matcha tea actually has about 40-90 grams of caffeine in an 8-ounce cup, or about half of a cup of coffee; more than enough to get you going in the morning!

The Matcha Tea Latte from Starbucks is delicious, sure to wake you up, and is one of the sweeter items on the menu.

Served with steamed milk and sweetened with liquid cane sugar, this is one Starbucks drink you won’t want to pass over. Be sure to have it hot or iced, depending on your preference! 

Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso 

Like its counterpart, the Iced Almond Milk Shaken Espresso, this drink has a long name and a lot of flavor. If you’ve got a sweet tooth or just want to try something more out-of-the-box, this is the drink for you!

This rich and creamy drink is made with the signature Starbucks Blonde espresso, oat milk, and brown sugar syrup shaken to perfection.

It’s oh-so-sweet without being overpowering or giving you a toothache. It’s sure to energize your morning or give you a nice pickup in the afternoon when you feel the occasional slump.

Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte 

There’s no denying it; the Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte is a classic Starbucks staple, and it’s really easy to see why.

This sweet coffee drink is indulgent, and balanced out by the spice of the cinnamon so that you never feel like you’re drinking your dessert (perfect for those with only a moderate sweet tooth). 

Like its hot version, the Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte consists of one to three espresso shots, topped with steamed milk and cinnamon added for a mildly spicy kick. You get the sugary sweet taste of the cinnamon and milk along with the whipped cream and cinnamon topping to enhance it.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Of course, there was going to be a spot on this list for the king of seasonal drinks, the original Pumpkin Spice Latte. With its divine mix of sweet and spicy, there’s really nothing better for a crisp fall day! 

The PSL is made with one or more shots of espresso (we recommend more). Then, steamed milk and pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice are added, along with real pumpkin.

Top it off with decadent whipped cream, and it’s like drinking pumpkin pie straight out of your cup! 

sweet Starbucks green drink
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Low-Calorie Sweet Starbucks Drinks

You don’t have to deny yourself a sweet and indulgent Starbucks treat because you’re watching your calorie intake!

There are plenty of drinks on the Starbucks menu that are lighter on calories but big on flavor, and huge on sweetness.

Consider one of the drinks below the next time you’re out for coffee. 

Coffee Frappuccino 

The calorie count on the traditional Frappuccinos at Starbucks is through the roof, but this lighter version gives you all the taste and indulgence without the high sugar intake. 

The main difference between this drink and the other Frappuccinos is that it doesn’t have whipped cream, toppings, and syrups. It’s a basic version that only includes Frappuccino Roast coffee, milk, and ice.

To make this light version of a frappuccino even sweeter, ask for a few extra pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup!

Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew 

While it’s not one of the sweetest drinks on this list, the Nitro Cold Brew with sweet cream and vanilla is an excellent option for anyone watching their calories.

It’s mellow, smooth, and perfect for a mid-afternoon lift. It doesn’t taste nearly as heavy as many other drinks on this list, which is a huge plus if you want to taste your coffee. 

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This drink is incredibly simple, with only a few ingredients: the cold brew infused with nitrogen to create a rich, smooth texture, and the sweet cream cold foam sweetened even further with vanilla. But the effect is downright indulgent, even though the drink only has 70 calories in a Venti. 

Strawberry Açaí Starbucks Refresher  

There’s nothing quite like starting your day with a delicious Strawberry Açaí Starbucks Refresher.

This refreshing drink is perfect for those mornings when you need an extra boost of energy but maybe don’t want a heavy coffee drink with milk. Made with real fruit juice and acai berries, this drink is delicious and healthy, and the fruity flavors of strawberry and acai are perfectly balanced.

A Grande Strawberry Acai Refresher has only 90 calories, giving you plenty of room for customizations. If you want to make your drink even sweeter, consider adding coconut milk or lemonade. It won’t drive up the calories too much, and you’ll give your drink a major upgrade!

Iced Coffee with Syrup 

Sure, it’s not the showiest item on the list, but there’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple.

An iced coffee sweetened with the flavored syrup of your choice is an excellent way to add some nice sweetness to your day without piling on the calories. 

You can add any variety of syrups to your coffee, or, if you’re really looking to keep things low-calorie, you can add a sugar-free syrup like Starbucks’ sugar-free vanilla and avoid adding extra calories altogether.

The best part about this drink is that you can customize it any way you like to fit you!

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Iced Black Tea Lemonade 

If you’re looking for a drink that’s a little less sickly sweet and more mellow, consider this refreshing take on an Arnold Palmer. Black tea is sweetened with liquid syrup and then shaken with lemonade to create a beautifully balanced beverage that’s perfect for a hot summer day.

Plus, at only 70 calories for a Venti, it’s one of the lowest-calorie options on the Starbucks menu, short of black coffee or an Americano!

You can easily customize this drink with additional syrups and sweeteners without upping the calorie count too much. 

FAQ’s

What is the most sugary drink Starbucks offers?

Regarding sugar content, the Java Chip Frappuccino beats out the rest of the Starbucks menu, with 80 grams (or 16 teaspoons) of sugar in a 24-ounce Venti.

But just about any of the Frappuccinos on the Starbucks menu will outrank the rest of the drinks, at least where the extreme sweetness is concerned. 

How can you make a Starbucks drink sweeter?

If your favorite beverage could do with a little bit of sweetness, then there are a few customizations you can make.

The easiest is to ask for a couple more pumps of syrup or ask to add more sweetener. While there are a variety of syrups on offer at Starbucks, their Classic syrup (half sugar, half water) is probably the most efficient way to add significant sweetness to your drink.  

How much sugar should you consume in a day? 

The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than six to nine teaspoons of sugar per day (that’s 24-36 grams or about 100-150 calories per day).

For context, the Java Chip Frappuccino blended coffee has 16 teaspoons of sugar in a Venti!

Conclusion

As you can see, there’s no shortage of sweet and delicious drinks from everyone’s favorite coffee chain. And with endless customization options, there’s room for even the most demanding sweet tooth. 

Try one of these sweet Starbucks drinks next time, and enjoy the sugar buzz.

If you’re looking for more amazing ideas for your next Starbucks run, try these viral TikTok drinks, or discover the best coffee beans Starbucks has to offer. 

Happy Caffeinating!

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