You no longer have to wait in line at Starbucks for your favorite Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino. Read on to find a recipe for the drink and all other must-know info.
Cappuccino or latte sounds like burgers or hotdogs, they are both good, but there is one that tops the other in your favorites list. That, for me, is cappuccino and specifically Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino. I can’t recount the number of times I have been to a Starbucks drive-thru for this order. Yeah, that’s how good it is. However, it sometimes hits hard on my pocket, plus the long wait in line is hectic. Well, not anymore. I found a way to make it at home using a simple recipe that you will find in this article. I will also share with you some essential facts about it. Read on!
Brief History of the Drink
I am one of those who will toast a drink and then mention facts about the drink’s history. It takes digging into the drink’s archives to make that salutation moment eventful and enlightening. Since cappuccino is part of my daily routine, I had to dig deeper into its history.
Cappuccino originates from Austria, specifically Vienna. It came about in the 1700s when Austria still expanded into Italy hence the Italian name. By the 1900s, the drink had been popularized in both Austria and Italy, and it was around that time when Howard Schultz visited Italy and was inspired by the artistry of their coffee culture. The outcome of that inspiration was Starbucks Coffeehouse. However, Starbucks Cappuccinos aren’t anything like other cappuccinos; the company added a personal touch to the drink, which makes it stand out. So, whenever I toast a cup of hazelnut cappuccino, it feels like a walk through decades of its making.
Is Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino still available at Starbucks?
Yes, it is. Starbucks has cappuccino all year round, and to get a Hazelnut Cappuccino, you only need to customize the standard cappuccino with hazelnut syrup flavoring. So as long as hazelnut syrup is still available as well as cappuccino, you can enjoy Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino whenever you want, all year round.
Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Caffeine, Calories, Dairy Content)
What is in a Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino – (ingredients)
According to Starbucks’ Website, the two ingredients for a cappuccino are milk and brewed espresso. This is, however, only for standard cappuccino, and since hazelnut Frappuccino is flavored, it has hazelnut as an extra ingredient. Also, there are toppings, but they are optional. Now let’s look talk about each ingredient.
- Milk: This includes steamed milk and milk foam. Milk foam is simply aerated milk, and it weighs less than milk.
- Brewed espresso: this is an integral part of the drink and is placed in a standard amount for all cappuccinos. The amount is equal to that in a latte.
- Hazelnut flavor: This sweetens the drink and gives it the name hazelnut cappuccino. It adds a nutty flavor to the cup.
- Topping: there are a variety of toppings you could add to our drink, including chocolate powder, cinnamon powder, caramel or chocolate drizzle, whipped cream, and chocolate curls, among others
Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino: Sizes, nutrition, Caffeine, Dairy Content & Calories
What sizes are available?
There are four available sizes, a short size (8 fl oz.), a tall size (12 fl oz.), a Grande size (16 fl oz.), and a Venti (20 fl oz.). A Venti could be a little too much for most people, but it is a great option when you are thirsty and craving the Hazelnut Cappuccino. I mostly order a short when I’m trying a drink for the first time, so it doesn’t feel like a waste in case I don’t like it. The most common size options are tall and Grande. They are the most convenient and satisfactory.
It is a common misconception that Starbucks drinks are unhealthy. This is, however, not entirely true. Starbucks serves a wide range of customers, and they do their best to have a drink for every customer. The problem comes when someone orders a drink that does not meet their dietary requirements. With the ability to customize drinks, it is possible to order a drink in a variety that is healthy for you.
To help with this, Starbucks provides detailed information on their drinks and nutritional information to help their customers decide. The same is done with Hazelnut Cappuccino. Since hazelnut is just a customization, the nutritional content of this drink is similar to that of a standard cappuccino.
A Grande serving size of hazelnut cappuccino has 140 calories, most of which are from fat. There is 5 g of total fat, 6% of the daily intake value. Of the total fat, there is 3 g of saturated fat, which makes up 15% of the daily value. There is a significant amount of carbs and cholesterol that make up 5% and 7% of daily intake, respectively. Other than that, there is 120 mg of sodium that makes 5% daily value as well.
The information above has been summarized in the table below;
|Calorie Count (out of 2000 calories daily intake)||140|
|Nutrient Content (per Grande Serving)||% Daily Value|
|Total fat (5g)
Saturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 mg
|Total Carbohydrate (14g)
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 12 g
Hazelnut Cappuccino makes it to the list of generally healthy drinks, but it is essential to ensure it does not go against your dietary requirements before making your order.
A Grande cup of Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino has 150 mg of caffeine. This amount is enough, considering daily caffeine intake should be about 400 mg. this allows you to have your morning and evening doses if you are as hooked to Hazelnut Cappuccino as I am. This caffeine amount is also very convenient for a standard drink since it allows you to have more in other drinks. So you can enjoy more Starbucks options without limiting yourself.
The dairy content in hazelnut cappuccino includes milk foam and steamed milk. Milk foam is very light, which makes your cappuccino cup feel like it is half full. Half the amount of steamed milk and milk foam is used to make the cappuccino. The types of milk that could be used are non-fat, whole, Breve, heavy cream, soy, and eggnog.
So, what does Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino taste like?
Sweet and nutty. Starbucks hazelnut cappuccino attests that little is much. With such few ingredients, you get a blend of sweet, creamy, and nutty taste that is subtle and buttery. The sweetness is mostly from hazelnut syrup though some are from the milk, so you can still taste it before adding any syrup.
Ways to customize a Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino at Starbucks – Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino Variations
Apart from the basic customization options, which include cup size and toppings like flavored whipped cream, drizzles, curls, and powders. There is another way to customize hazelnut cappuccino which gives you a different drink. It comes in handy when you change your mind about having hazelnut cappuccino after you’ve ordered it. You can simply tell the barista to add ice and get an iced hazelnut cappuccino.
Also, you can order your cappuccino wet or dry by choosing the amount of milk foam that goes into it. More milk and less foam is wet cappuccino, while less milk and more foam is dry cappuccino. You can order this drink in many ways; it would be difficult to get tired of it.
How to make Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino at home – Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino Copycat Recipe
Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino Copycat Recipe
- Milk pitcher
- Espresso machine
- 2 shots of espresso
- 3 pumps of hazelnut syrup
- 1 cup of milk
- Chocolate drizzle
- In your espresso machine, prepare your two shots of espresso
- Prepare your steamed milk and froth the rest into milk foam
- You can use your desired milk type
- I used whole milk
- Add the espresso shots, steamed milk, and milk foam into your cup, and add hazelnut syrup
- Top off with chocolate drizzle or your preferred topping
- The pumps of syrup used should be more than the number of espresso shots. I used 3 pumps for 2 espresso shots in my Grande cup.
- You can add sweeteners like sugar and honey, but this is optional
- You can turn any extra cappuccino into an iced cappuccino by adding ice cubes though it is not always everyone’s favorite.
How do you order a Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino?
You order a standard cappuccino and customize it with hazelnut syrup. You should, therefore, not include other sweeteners since they might become too sweet.
How much is the Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino?
A tall hazelnut cappuccino is sold at $3.25. This, however, differs in other stores. The average price for a tall cup is around $2.75.
Is Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino good?
Yes, it is. Starbucks Hazelnut Cappuccino not only tastes great but is also healthy.