Getting a healthier drink option away from your typical Frappuccino at Starbucks just got better with the Starbucks Berry Forest Smoothie. Read more to discover a homemade recipe with an exact Starbucks taste.
If you are looking for the perfect berry drink to set the mood just right as you look into your health, the Starbucks berry forest is all you need. It is a clever deviation from the traditional strawberry, orange and mango smoothie with a rich and full flavor you will find irresistible. This is your perfect go to low calorie beverage with a profound delicious twist.
That is why I couldn’t help but find out more about this popular drink in the Starbucks secret menu so that I can create the best recipe for making it at home. I will share with you here. Before we do that, here are some vital facts about the Starbucks berry forest smoothie that you need to know.
Brief History of the Drink
Smoothies have been a popular part of the American diet since the late 1990s. Starbucks has been true to this culture and rolled out numerous smoothie drinks on their seasonal, holiday, and secret menus. It is traditionally, made by combining raw fruit, milk, and ice or water using a blender. Starbucks rolled out the berry forest in the American market in 2009. The rollout did not pick up well for this drink and other smoothie varieties, and the company slowly phased out most of its smoothie items from its menu and replaced them with new Frappuccinos.
Is Starbucks Berry Forest Smoothie still available at Starbucks?
No, this smoothie was discontinued by Starbucks. The Starbucks berry forest smoothie was withdrawn from the menu because it failed to gain the popularity needed for it to stay afloat in the market. A lot of berry-infusion products introduced then were also withdrawn for the same reason.
Starbucks Berry Forest Smoothie (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Caffeine, Calories, Dairy Content)
What’s in a Starbucks Berry Forest Smoothie – (ingredients)
The beauty of the berry forest smoothie is in its simplicity. The smoothie’s basic core is a strawberry cream Frappuccino. However, the milk is replaced with Starbucks passion tea. From this, you add 2 pumps of raspberry syrup and 2 scoops of other berries if you want an extra fruity smoothie. You can add more sweetness to your drink using Starbucks classic syrup. Use one pump of syrup for a tall cup, 2 pumps for a grande, and 3 pumps for a venti order. Starbucks guarantee that the smoothie has no allergens as contained in their official page information. However, they also caution customers to be careful because they use the same equipment to make a variety of their drinks which may affect those who are lactose intolerant. There have never been any known reported cases of such reactions from customers.
Starbucks Berry Forest Smoothie: Sizes, nutrition, Caffeine, Dairy Content & Calories
What Sizes Are Available
You can order a berry forest smoothie from Starbucks in three sizes. The sizes are tall, grande, and venti. The tall size is (12 fl oz), grande is (16 fl oz), and Venti is (20fl oz).
If you want the least calories, I advise that you settle for tall-sized orders though I don’t mind the venti orders.
Complains have been rife about the unhealthy lifestyle catalyzed by fast foods and even Starbucks drinks. I have always been on the defensively objective side of the debate. I will admit that the Starbucks berry forest is one of the healthiest drinks from Starbucks without fear of contradiction. It is the kind of drink you can sip even when under a strict diet. Here are vital nutritional facts to help you get a clearer glimpse.
To begin with, the berry forest smoothie contains 23 essential vitamins and minerals that safeguard you or help you to better fight chronic diseases. This comes with the plus of the low-calorie content per serving that comes with zero caffeine.
The Starbucks Berry Forest smoothie packs an average of 300 calories in a grande serving. It is just slightly below the breakfast calorie requirement threshold for your day. The carbs and sugars contribute the largest amount of calories at 75%. The proteins add another 20% while fats close the calorie curve with an additional 6%. This is majorly from the 1g of saturated fats in the smoothie. There is also a significant amount of cholesterol in the smoothie but not at an alarming level.
All factors are constant; the forest smoothie is one of the best choices you can consider if you are more interested in a healthy lifestyle. Eliminating milk and milk options will also work perfectly for you if you are lactose intolerant. Reducing the drink size will reduce the cholesterol further offering a healthier option.
The table below provides a quick summary of the facts that have been discussed above:
|Calorie count (out of 2,000 calories daily intake)||300|
|Nutrient Content (per grande serving)||% of Daily Value|
|Total Fat (7g)
Trans Fat (0g)
Saturated Fat (1g)
|Total carbohydrates (60g)
Dietary Fiber (7g)
The Starbucks berry forest smoothie is majorly a fruit tea. It, therefore, contains zero caffeine quenching your thirst and giving you the necessary calories to power you up for the day minus the stimulating effects of caffeine-laden drinks.
There are no dairy products in a Starbucks berry forest smoothie. The milk is replaced with Starbucks passion tea which is a healthy herbal green tea.
So, what does Starbucks Berry Forest Smoothie taste like?
Unforgettable! That is the only term I can find to best describe this smoothie. On a closer look, I find the flavor to be much more inclined towards the berries. The texture is flawlessly smooth and the natural sweetness is addictive. It is a drink you will enjoy.
Ways to Customize a Starbucks Berry Forest Smoothie at Starbucks – Starbucks Berry Forest Smoothie Variations
I love drinks that allow me to be innovative which is why Starbucks drinks are my favorite. Like other Starbucks drinks, you can create several variations of the berry forest smoothie using sweeteners and toppings.
You can sweeten the drink with a varying number of classic syrup pumps and use a wide variety of toppings to create a unique drink. You can select from the sprinkles, whipped cream, and sauces to create a customized delicacy that is unique to you and your taste preferences.
Equipment needed to make Starbucks Berry Forest Smoothie at home
Ingredients needed to make Starbucks Berry Forest Smoothie at home
- Strawberry Smoothie
- Passion tea
- Raspberry Syrup
- Dried berries
How to make Starbucks Berry Forest Smoothie at home – Directions
- Start with a strawberry Frappuccino.
- Instruct the barista to replace the milk in your Frappuccino with passion tea.
- Pour your drink into a clean blender
- Add 2-pumps of raspberry syrup to the drink
- Add 2-scoops of dried berries; you can do 3 scoops or more for an extra fruity taste.
- Blend everything well
- Sprinkle with caramel or whipped cream (optional)
- Sit back and enjoy
- I use the Starbucks passion tea blend, which is what Starbucks also uses for this drink.
- I use my blender machine to blend the entire mixture because it comes with proper instructions for use.
- If you want to increase the sweetness of the drink, simply add classic syrup sweeteners to match your preferred taste.
- You can add milk foam and cream if you want a milky-tasting smoothie that has no problems with lactose. Milk will make it thicker too.
- You can opt for completely vegan ingredients if you want a more vegan drink more so for the kinds of milk in case you feel like adding milk.
How to order a Starbucks Berry Forest Smoothie?
To order a Strawberry forest smoothie, ask for a regular strawberry smoothie and replace the milk with Starbucks passion tea. Add 2 pumps of Raspberry Syrup to your order and include other available berries for a richer berry flavor.
Is Starbucks Berry Forest Smoothie good?
Yes. The Starbucks berry forest is a very healthy addition to your diet. The drink is an ingenious way of adding vegetables and fruits to your diet for maximum health benefits.
How much is Starbucks Berry Forest Smoothie?
The Starbucks berry forest smoothie drink costs between $3.75 to $5.95, depending on the cup size and the customizations. It is a standard price range for Starbucks smoothies.