Are Starbucks frappuccinos hot or cold? (Can I heat a Starbucks frappuccino? + more information)

If you’re asking yourself, “Are Starbucks frappuccinos hot or cold?” read on to find out the answer.

Starbucks frappuccinos are cold as they are served with ice. When I was in college, I worked as a Starbucks barista and one of the most common orders I got from customers, especially during the winter, was a hot frappuccino. Being a barista, it was common knowledge that frappuccinos are only available as cold drinks, but most Starbucks customers weren’t aware of this. I spent much time explaining to customers that Starbucks Frappuccinos are only served cold.

This prompted me to come up with this post to enlighten you on all issues regarding the temperature of this drink and its shelf life, so read on.

Can I heat up a Starbucks frappuccino?

You cannot heat a Starbucks frappuccino prepared in-store. However, a bottled Starbucks frappuccino can be heated up and consumed as a cappuccino. Although Starbucks bottled frappuccinos are designed to be consumed cold, you have the alternative of having them hot as cappuccinos. It is crucial to note that Starbucks bottles are not microwave-safe, so do not place the bottled frappuccino directly into the microwave. Instead, transfer the amount of frappuccino you need to a microwave-safe mug, then heat the frappuccino in the microwave.

Although many customers believe you can be served a hot frappuccino at Starbucks, it is impossible. This is a common myth that Starbucks baristas must clear up every time, especially during cold seasons.

How long does a Starbucks frappuccino last?

Can I heat a Starbucks frappuccino?

The shelf life of a Starbucks frappuccino depends on where it is stored and how it’s stored. If you’ve had your frappuccino prepared in a Starbucks store, it’ll last 3-4 hours sitting out. It is, therefore, recommended you consume the frappuccino within 3-4 hours from when it was prepared. If you don’t, the frappuccino begins to separate and become watery since the ice cubes are melting and the whipped cream on top also melts.

In the fridge, a Starbucks frappuccino can last up to 24 hours. If you can’t consume a Starbucks frappuccino within 3-4 hours from when it was prepared, place it in the fridge to maintain its taste, texture, and flavors.

In the freezer, a Starbucks frappuccino can last up to a month. The downside of storing a frappuccino this long is that the milk and coffee might separate and freeze, leaving you with two chunks of frozen milk and coffee. Also, the quality of the frappuccino decreases as it loses its flavor and taste over time.

A Starbucks bottled frappuccino can last longer (for several months) because it is made with pasteurized milk.

How do I store Starbucks frappuccinos overnight?

To store a Starbucks frappuccino overnight, seal it properly and place it in the fridge. In the refrigerator, the frappuccino can last up to 24 hours. However, after 24 hours, ensure you thoroughly inspect the frappuccino before consuming it. If you find it slightly smelly or with an odd taste, immediately discard the frappuccino because if you drink it, you’ll risk issues like diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.


Can you drink a Starbucks frappuccino warm?

Yes. A Starbucks bottled frappuccino can be warmed up and consumed as a cappuccino. However, a frappuccino prepared in-store cannot be consumed warm, as they are only served cold.

Do Frappuccinos make you gain weight?

Yes. Excessive frappuccino consumption can result in weight gain because these beverages contain high amounts of sugar and fat. However, occasional consumption in average amounts wouldn’t have any effect.

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