Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Copycat Recipe, Caffeine, Calories, Dairy content & more information)

Starbucks cappuccinos are very famous, one of them being the caramel cappuccino. So, what is Starbucks caramel cappuccino and how do you make it at home? Well, read till the end to find out.

The first time I heard of Starbucks caramel cappuccino was at Starbucks when my friend ordered it. Caramel being my favorite flavor, I decided to order the same drink. With just a sip of it, I fell in love with the drink and have been ordering it whenever I visit Starbucks. I researched this drink to find out its nutritional information and what it is made of. I have included all the details about the Starbucks caramel cappuccino, so read on.

A brief history of Starbucks caramel cappuccino

Starbucks caramel cappuccino was introduced on the Starbucks menu in 1996. The people that came up with the recipe were Hannah Su and a small team at Starbucks HQ. The drink started as a testing drink and was only supposed to be on the menu for 8 weeks. However, since the drink became famous among Starbucks customers, they decided to make it available for some more time. It has therefore been on the menu and has become a trendy drink.

Is Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino still available at Starbucks?

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Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino. Source: Pinterest

Yes, Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino is available in Starbucks. The drink is available all day throughout the year. You can order it in any Starbucks store or online at the Starbucks app or through their website on the Starbucks website and go pick it up later. This drink is served as a hot or iced cappuccino. It is offered in four sizes and is suitable for morning drinks.

Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Caffeine, Calories, Dairy Content)

What’s in a Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino? – (ingredients)

What is contained in Starbucks caramel cappuccino? The ingredients found in Starbucks caramel cappuccino include milk, whipped cream, caramel syrup caramel drizzles, and brewed espresso. The drink contains only five ingredients. Let’s talk about each ingredient.

  • Steamed milk: to make steamed milk Starbucks exposes it to steam from a steam wand attached to an espresso machine. Steaming the milk breaks down fats in the milk. The result of this is refined smooth coarse milk.
  • Milk foam: this is frothed milk. It is achieved by aerating milk by adding air bubbles to it using a milk frother. The result of this is an airy mouthfeel to drink creamy milk.
  • Brewed espresso: the espresso used is from Starbucks. They use naturally made coffee grounds to make the espresso. This makes the espresso very strong.
  • Caramel syrup: According to Starbucks, they use Fontana caramel syrup which is made of sugar, water, natural flavor, citric acid, and potassium sorbate.
  • Whipped cream: To sweeten the drink, Starbucks adds topped whip cream.
  • Caramel drizzles: it has sprinkled drizzles that are caramel flavored, making the drink attractive.

Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Caffeine, Calories, Dairy Content)

What sizes are available?

There are four sizes of Starbucks caramel cappuccino. They include short (8 fl oz), tall (12 fl oz), Grande (16 fl oz), and Venti (20 fl oz). Each size costs differently and has different nutrient content. For a person having the drink for the first time, starting with the short size is best so you can rate the drink.

Nutritional facts

Starbucks caramel cappuccino is very nutritious though not healthy for everyone that drinks it. It may contain allergens that may affect people allergic to dairy products. Also, the drink is neither vegan nor gluten-free.

Calories ( out of 2000 daily intake) 210
Nutritional information (serving Grande size 16 fl oz)% daily value
Fat 5 g 7 %
Sodium 120 mg 5 %
Protein 9 g15 %
Sugar 12 g33 %
Carbohydrates 14 g5 %
Cholesterol 20 mg6 %
Vitamin D 2 mcg10 %
Potassium 350 mg8 %

Caffeine information

The short and tall size contains 75 mg of caffeine, the Grande contains 150 mg of caffeine and the Venti size contains 225 mg of caffeine out of the 400 mg daily caffeine intake. The short and tall size has one short of brewed espresso, the Grande size contains two shots, and the Venti size contains three shots of brewed espresso. The caffeine content is perfect for reducing fatigue and stimulating brain functionality.

Dairy content

Starbucks uses cow milk when making the drink which naturally contains lactose. Also, the milk used to make Starbucks caramel cappuccino is 2 % low-fat dairy. Caramel syrup does not contain dairy content; hence the only dairy content in Starbucks caramel cappuccino is from the milk. Therefore, only 75 % of dairy content is in the drink.

So, what does Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino taste like?

Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino
Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino. Source: Pinterest

It has a bold coffee taste though it is delightful. Since the milk is frothed, it has a creamy, satisfying taste. However, this does not make the cappuccino buttery and gross for someone to drink. The drink contains high content of sugar, making it super sweet. It is not only delicious but healthy as well. It also has a caramel taste that is from afar. To add to this, the drink has a caramel aroma.

Ways to Customize a Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino at Starbucks – Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino Variations

Since the drink does not contain many ingredients, there are not many ways that the drink can be customized. However, for a person that does not take caffeinated drinks, you can have the barista make the drink with decaf espresso. The drink will have 0 mg of caffeine. Also, to reduce the amount of sugar in the drink, you can leave out whipped cream and not have any toppings.

How to make Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino at home – Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino Copycat Recipe

Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino

Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino Copycat Recipe

Kai Jordan


  • Milk frother
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee mug
  • Microwave
  • Blender


  • Milk
  • Coffee grounds
  • Caramel syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Caramel drizzle
  • Hot water
  • Sugar


  • Froth the milk in a milk frother until it forms a creamy foam
  • Put the frothed milk aside so that you can make the espresso
  • Set up your coffee maker appropriately and brew the espresso with 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds and ½ cup of hot water
  • Pour the espresso into a coffee mug
  • Put the espresso into a blender and add the frothed milk
  • Add caramel syrup to the mixture in the blender
  • Add 2-3 tablespoon sugar to the mixture
  • Blend the mixture for 4-5 minutes till they mix entirely
  • Pour the mixture into a coffee mug and add whipped cream on top
  • Sprinkle caramel drizzles on top and serve the drink


  • You do not have to make the cappuccino at home. You can buy a Starbucks cappuccino and start the recipe by blending it with caramel syrup.
  • You can buy Starbucks steamed milk to add to the recipe so the drink can be better.
  • Also, if you lack caramel syrup, you can use any caramel flavor.
  • To reduce the sugar in this drink, you can reduce the sugar added or leave out whipped cream.

Informative Section

How do you order a Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino?

There are two ways you can order Starbucks caramel cappuccino. The first one is you can order it from a Starbucks store. The second one is that you can order the drink online and pick it up after a while.

To order online, log into the Starbucks website or app, choose the option cappuccino, go to customization, add brewed espresso, add milk, add caramel syrup and edit the flavor to caramel, add whipped cream as the topping, and add caramel drizzle and finally add to order.

How much is the Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino?

The average price of Starbucks caramel cappuccino is from $2.50 to $5, depending on the size you order. The price varies with the location of Starbucks though the difference is minimal. It is most expensive in Starbucks, located in New York, where the price varies from $3 to $6.

Is Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino Good?

Yes, Starbucks caramel cappuccino is excellent and healthy. The drink is highly packed with nutrients making it suitable for many people. However, it is neither vegan nor gluten-free. It also may affect people allergic to dairy products.

Is Starbucks caramel cappuccino healthy for a pregnant woman?

No, Starbucks caramel cappuccino is not healthy for a pregnant woman. It contains caffeine which may affect the fetus since it can pass through the placenta. Therefore, it is recommended not to drink Starbucks caramel cappuccino when pregnant.

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