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

Starbucks is known for its various cappuccino flavors, one being the French vanilla cappuccino. So, what does Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino entail, and how does it taste? Read more to find out.

My mother has been working at Starbucks for over a decade. She used to bring home so many types of Starbucks cappuccinos. After drinking them, I found one to be more captivating. She told me it was a Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino, which was very special. After moving out, I had to visit Starbucks to get my drink since I could not visit my mother whenever I needed one. Therefore, I decided to research how I can make Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino at my home. I have written this article to give all the information I found about Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino, so read till the end.

A brief Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino

On 3rd March 2014, Starbucks introduced its French vanilla cappuccino with the macchiato. Many people loved the cappuccino, which made it easy for Starbucks to sell. The person that came up with the recipe is not known but is a barista at Starbucks. The drink was available and is still available in all Starbucks.

Is Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino still available at Starbucks?

Yes, Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino is still available at Starbucks. The drink is not seasonal and is sold throughout the year at Starbucks. Sometimes, the drink may not be on the Starbucks menu, but that does not mean it is not available. On this occasion, you can just order it by walking to the barista and asking them to make you a cappuccino with vanilla syrup and hazelnuts and top it up with whipped cream. However, this does not mean that the drink is on the secret menu since it is Starbucks’ official drink. You can order an iced or hot Starbucks vanilla cappuccino.

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

What’s in a Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino – (ingredients)

According to the Starbucks website, the French Vanilla Cappuccino is made of the following ingredients:

  • Brewed espresso: the espresso used is from Starbucks, made with coffee beans to make it stronger.
  • Steamed milk: Starbucks exposes cow milk to steam from a steam wand attached to an espresso machine to make steamed milk. Steaming the milk breaks down fats in the milk hence making the milk 2% low-fat.
  • Milk foam: to get foam milk, Starbucks froths the milk using a milk frother which aerates it with air bubbles.
  • Vanilla syrup: for the sweetener, Starbucks uses vanilla syrup made of sugar, water, and vanilla extract. It is delightful though there is a sugar-free vanilla syrup that you can also use.
  • Whipped cream: as a topping, Starbucks uses whipped cream, which also sweetens the drink.

Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino: Sizes, nutrition, Caffeine, Dairy Content & Calories

Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino  Ingredients
Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino. Source: Starbucks

What sizes are available?

Just like any other cappuccino, there are three sizes of Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino in Starbucks. The sizes include the tall, the Grande, and the Venti. Each size of Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino contains different nutrient content.

For a person having the drink for the first time, it would be better to start with the tall size so that they can rate whether they love the drink.

Nutritional facts

Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino may not be very nutritious, but it is a healthy drink. The drink is keto friendly since Starbucks uses low-carb content ingredients. However, the drink is neither vegan nor gluten-free. Starbucks uses dairy milk to make the drink, and its sugar content is very high. The nutritional information varies with the size of Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino.

Here is the nutritional information for a tall size (12 fl 0z).

Calories ( out of 2,000 daily calorie servings) 105
Nutritional information ( per Tall size serving) % daily value
Cholesterol 15 mg 5 %
Total fat 5.25 g 8 %
Total carbs 9 g 3 %
Protein 5.25 % 11 %
Calcium 187.5 mg 19 %
Sugar 7.5 g 30 %
Vitamin A 0.9 mg 30 %

Here is the nutritional information for a Grande size Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino

Calories ( out of 2,000 daily calorie intake) 140
Nutritional information ( per Grande serving) % daily value
Cholesterol 20 mg 7 %
Total fat 7 g 11 %
Total carbs 12 g 4 %
Protein 7 g 14 %
Calcium 250 mg 25 %
Sugars 10 g 40 %
Vitamin A 1.2 mg 40 %

Here is the nutritional information for a Venti-size of Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino

Calories (out of 2,000 calories daily intake) 210
Nutritional information ( per Venti size serving) % daily value
Cholesterol 30 mg 10 %
Total fats 10.5 % 16 %
Total carbs 18 g 6 %
Protein 10.5 % 21 %
Calcium 375 mg 38%
Sugars 15 g 60 %
Vitamin A 1.8 mg 60 %

Caffeine information

The caffeine content in Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino is found in the brewed espresso shots used to make the drink. The tall size contains 75 mg of caffeine, the Grande contains 150 mg of caffeine, and the Venti size contains 225 mg of caffeine e. This is because there is only one shot of brewed espresso in the tall size of Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino, two in a Grande size, and three in a Venti size. Out of the 400 mg daily caffeine intake a person should take, this caffeine content is healthy and perfect for reducing fatigue and stimulating brain functionality.

Dairy content

Starbucks vanilla French cappuccino contains 150 ml of dairy milk naturally containing lactose. Also, the milk used to make Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino is 2 % low-fat dairy. The vanilla syrup does not contain any dairy products in it. Therefore, only 75 % of dairy content is in the drink.

So, what does Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino taste like?

Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino is super sweet and has a creamy flavor that is perfect for anyone that likes sweet coffee. It has a vanilla aroma from the vanilla syrup flavor they use when making the drink. It also has a coffee taste that is not very dominant.

Ways to Customize a Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino at Starbucks – Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino Variations

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Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino Variations. Source: Pinterest

There are many ways that you can customize your French vanilla cappuccino. One is using sugar-free vanilla syrup or a small amount of vanilla syrup to get a lower-fat French vanilla cappuccino. When you use sugar-free vanilla syrup, it is best not to leave out the whipped cream so the drink can be tasty.

Another way to customize the drink is by adding sugar to make the drink sweeter. Vanilla is a sweet flavor, and it is used to sweeten the drink, but this is the perfect way to do it for someone who wants the drink to be super sweet.

How to make Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino at home – Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino Copycat Recipe

Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino

Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino Copycat Recipe

Kai Jordan


  • Espresso machine
  • Blender
  • Milk frother
  • Coffee mug


  • Coffee grounds
  • Milk
  • Hot water
  • Vanilla syrup
  • Cocoa powder
  • Whipped cream


  • Set up the espresso machine appropriately
  • Put the coffee grounds on the coffee filter and add hot water
  • Pour the espresso into a coffee mug
  • In the espresso, add 2 tablespoons of vanilla syrup
  • Using a spoon, stir the mixture in the mug
  • Put the milk in a microwave to warm it for 30 seconds and remove it
  • Using a milk frother, froth some of the warm milk to form a foam
  • Add the remaining warm milk into the espresso as close as possible so it can fold in
  • Using a spoon, scoop as much foam from the milk frother as you can as you add to the espresso with warm milk to make the cappuccino
  • Top the cappuccino with whipped cream Sprinkle cocoa powder on top of the cream


  • Buying a brewed espresso from Starbucks is easier than making it at home.
  • You can opt not to use cocoa powder on the drink

Informative Section

How do you order a Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino?

You can order Starbucks French vanilla cappuccino online or at Starbucks. To order online, log into the Starbucks website or app, choose the option cappuccino, go to customization, add brewed espresso, add milk, add vanilla syrup ( 1 pump tall, 1 ½ pump Grande and 2 pumps Venti) and edit the flavor to vanilla, add whipped cream as the topping, and finally add to order.

How much is the Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino?

The drink’s price varies depending on Starbucks’s location and the drink’s size. It costs from $2 to $5.

Is Starbucks French Vanilla Cappuccino Good?

Though it depends on what one means by good, Starbucks’ French vanilla cappuccino is very good. It has the right calorie and caffeine content for an adult. However, it may contain dairy allergies that affect people allergic to dairy products.

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