11 Starbucks Secret Menu Items You Won't Want To Miss

A daily Starbucks run seems to be the only thing keeping us going some days. While a morning pick-me-up is pretty much necessary, sometimes ordering the same old latte gets boring. The Starbucks menu is pretty extensive and even daunting — does anyone know the difference is between a cappuccino and a macchiato at 6 a.m.? If you're tortured by never knowing what to order from Starbucks, we've got a coveted list of items you actually won't even find on the menu. The Starbucks secret menu is probably even more complicated than the regular menu, so we've narrowed down the tastiest, prettiest, and most popular special items for you to order.

What you need to know about the Starbucks secret menu is that it actually is a secret. It's not an actual printed menu that Starbucks employees have to learn, so before you pull up to the drive through and demand a Squid Games Frappuccino, make sure you know what the drink is made of so you can explain it to the barista!

Here are 11 Starbucks secret menu items, what they taste like, and exactly how to order them.

Twix Frappuccino

This is arguably the drink that went viral and consequently made the Starbucks secret menu famous, way before TikTok was even created. This frothy treat combines all of the best things in life: chocolate, caramel, hazelnut, and coffee. With a caramel frappuccino as a base, this candy-bar-themed drink also contains a sufficient amount of caffeine, so it can double as your morning pick-me-up!

Here's a popular variation of this secret menu item from Taste of Home. To order the Twix Frappuccino, ask for a caramel frappuccino, add two pumps of hazelnut syrup, java chips, extra caramel sauce, and mocha drizzle on top. Feel free to add a couple more pumps of hazelnut if you decide to order a venti.

Butterbeer Frappuccino

Much like 14-year-old Harry Potter, we're pretty bummed that we can't visit the village of Hogsmeade. While you lament that you're never going to settle into a stool at the Three Broomsticks sipping on a frothy butterbeer, head over to Starbucks for the next best thing. The vast Harry Potter fandom is wonderful for a number of reasons, but their insurmountable devotion to putting a Harry Potter-themed spin on just about everything is perhaps their greatest attribute.

Contrary to its name, there is no beer in butterbeer. If you find yourself at Universal Studios' Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you can order a creamy, sweet butterbeer with hints of butterscotch that is completely alcohol-free. The Starbucks secret menu version is similar, and it is one of few frappuccinos that contain no caffeine, so you can feel free to enjoy it at any time of day or night while you cozy up to your favorite film of the series.

According to PopSugar, you'll have to order a vanilla créme frappuccino, add three pumps of caramel syrup, three pumps of toffee nut syrup, and caramel drizzle on top. For this drink to taste best, it's recommended to use a whole milk base, but swapping for oat milk as a dairy-free alternative will taste just as creamy.

White Chocolate Pink Drink

Fun fact: the uber popular Starbucks Pink Drink actually started out as a secret menu item. The drink (which, according to the Starbucks menu, is made with a strawberry acai refresher base, coconut milk, and freeze-dried strawberry pieces) is now a regular menu item, but relentlessly creative Starbucks customers have found plenty of ways to shake it up.

The Pink Drink is great for vegans since it's made with coconut milk by default, but it's common to make the drink a bit more indulgent by swapping out coconut milk for whole milk or heavy cream. There are lots of ways to mix this drink up, and TikTok user @Misselenaious' variation, which includes the addition of sweet cream and four pumps of vanilla syrup, has garnered over 37,000 likes.

For another variation fans call the White Chocolate Pink Drink, order the pink drink with three pumps each of white chocolate mocha sauce and vanilla. Note that white chocolate mocha sauce contains dairy, so skip it if you're looking to keep the drink as vegan-friendly as possible.

Squid Games Frappuccino

If you haven't watched Netflix's Squid Games yet, now's the time – Forbes reports it's the most-watched series the platform has ever created, after all! But before you press play, drive over to Starbucks for a Squid Games-inspired frappuccino. If you've watched it, you're probably feeling apprehensive as to how the gory show could inspire a tasty drink, but don't worry. There's nothing gory about this fruity, refreshing treat.

The themes in Squid Games are of life and death, poverty, and morality. How would one incorporate this into a frappuccino recipe? We don't have the answer to that, because the recipe, created by Totally the Bomb, "is meant to embody both the logo of the show and the outfits of the guards." With a fruity base and a chocolate topping, the taste of this drink almost resembles a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Totally the Bomb says to order a strawberry créme frappuccino, add a scoop of dragonfruit inclusion, two pumps of white chocolate mocha sauce, and a mocha drizzle on top.

Sour Patch Kid Drink

Like many secret menu items, the Sour Patch Kid Drink became a huge hit on TikTok. This is one of the non-blended secret menu drinks, and it's perfectly tangy and refreshing for hot days. The sour-sweet beverage is made with tart lemonade and a combination of fruity flavors.

The Sour Patch Kid Drink posted on TikTok by @KortneyAndKarlee boasts more than 40,000 likes, so it's safe to say this drink is a hit. Here's how to order: Get a venti lemonade, add six pumps of raspberry syrup, and strawberry puree.

Fair warning: this drink is named after the chewy candy for a reason — it's very sugary. If you're intrigued, but aren't looking for a sugar rush, try using only half of the syrup pumps or go with a smaller size!

Raspberry Cheesecake Frappuccino

Is there anything more indulgent than a dreamy, creamy slice of decadent cheesecake? We're glad to exist in a world that churns out new cheesecake flavors all of the time (the Cheesecake Factory, named for the treat, boasts 34 of them), although there's nothing better than a classic raspberry cheesecake. You see where this is going. You can order a Starbucks secret menu frappuccino that tastes like a slice of raspberry cheesecake tossed in a blender.

Thanks to (once again) Totally The Bomb, we've got the coveted Raspberry Cheesecake Frappuccino recipe for you. For a grande drink, order a white mocha frappuccino, add one pump of hazelnut, one pump of raspberry, and caramel crunch topping both at the bottom and top of the drink. To top it off, ask your barista for light strawberry puree atop the whipped cream.

Medicine Ball

You might be wondering if the Starbucks secret menu consists of nothing but sugar-packed frozen treats. (We don't blame you.) While there are tons of frappuccino variations, for those of you who are looking for something less sugary, there's a secret menu item that's actually meant to improve your health. The Medicine Ball is a hot, tea-based beverage that includes cold-fighting ingredients like citrus, honey, and mint. Honey and lemon are known to soothe sore throats, sharp spearmint opens nasal passageways and reduces nausea, and green tea contains a ton of health benefits (via Good Rx).

This is a secret menu item that is totally uncomplicated to order, since the Medicine Ball is basically on the Starbucks menu under the name of Honey Citrus Mint Tea. It started out as a secret menu item created and enjoyed by under-the-weather customers seeking comfort in a cup, and it's proven to be delicious and nutritious!

If you're interested in making it at home (or want to make sure your order is perfect) a Starbucks barista shared the Medicine Ball recipe with Mashed.

Thin Mint Frappuccino

Don't you wish it was always Girl Scout cookie season? Us too. In the meantime, to satisfy your Thin Mint craving, the Starbucks secret menu can come to your rescue. Chocolate is generally loved by everyone, but people get picky about their chocolate combinations. Chocolate and peanut butter is typically approved by the majority, as well as chocolate and caramel. Chocolate and mint, however, seems to be a favorite for a select group. It's one of those flavors that you either love or hate.

Well, we love it, and if you do too, you'll love this twist on a regular chocolate frappuccino. This recipe from Totally the Bomb tastes like the perfect creamy combination of rich chocolate and mint. Order a Double Chocolaty Chip créme frappuccino with an extra pump of mocha sauce, add two pumps of peppermint syrup (double that if you order a venti), and on top of your whipped cream, ask for Mocha Cookie Crumble topping and matcha powder for an extra pop of color and sweetness.

Pumpkin Pie Frappuccino

It doesn't matter what the calendar says, because autumn starts when Starbucks rolls out their pumpkin spice drinks and ends when they run out. (This usually means from the end of August through early January). It's a shame that pumpkin spice flavored items aren't available throughout the year, but we sure do savor them when they are around. Pumpkin spice products have skyrocketed in popularity over the years, and Starbucks has added lots of pumpkin-flavored menu items aside from the original Pumpkin Spice Latte, including the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, which is one of the company's most popular drinks.

A pumpkin spice-flavored frappuccino does exist on the Starbucks menu, but the secret menu version takes the pumpkin pie taste to the next level. The recipe from Totally the Bomb goes like this: Order a pumpkin créme frappuccino with heavy cream (if dairy isn't your thing, swapping cream for oatmilk will still ensure your drink is frothy and creamy), add cinnamon dolce syrup (we'd recommend two pumps for grande and four for venti), cinnamon powder, and cinnamon dolce sprinkles on top. You'll be sippin' on this pie-in-a-cup all autumn long.

Chai-der

Chai is a traditional type of tea originally from India that typically consists of black tea leaves and a variety of spices. According to its website, Starbucks makes its Chai tea with black tea, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, star anise, and cloves. Chai drinks are extremely popular at Starbucks, including the crowd-favorite Chai Tea Latte.

A Chai-der is a combination of Chai tea and apple cider, which creates a cozy, sweet drink with notes of cinnamon, caramel, and a bit of spice. What's nice about this drink is that it isn't overly sweet (but it can be if you add extra syrups) and the Chai makes it caffeinated, but only slightly, so it's not as strong as a coffee-based beverage would be. Bustle features a few versions of this secret menu item, but we think this one tastes best: order a grande Caramel Apple Spice, but ask for only half of the cinnamon dolce syrup that it's usually made with, and substitute the other half for Chai concentrate.

Fruitcake Frappuccino

It's no secret that fruitcake gets a pretty bad reputation amongst the general population. It's a dense cake packed with a bunch of dried fruits and nuts. Some people love it, some hate it. In 2016, Starbucks rolled out a Fruitcake Frappuccino, which was sold for a limited time and never returned to the menu, although it was a fairly well recieved. No worries if you missed out, because we've got a secret menu recipe that rivals the original!

The recipe from Totally the Bomb incorporates hazelnut and various fruit flavors, and is said to be festive enough for the holiday season. To order, start with a white mocha frappuccino with only two pumps of mocha. Add two pumps of hazelnut syrup, one pump of raspberry syrup, and a scoop of strawberry inclusion to be blended in. Top off the drink with more strawberry pieces and a sprinkle of chestnut praline topping.