The Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino is one of the simplest secret menu beverages at Starbucks. Read on to learn how to order it from the app and make it at home.
Whenever I’m craving something sweet, the Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino is my go-to drink. Starbucks trains its baristas on how to make the main menu drinks only and not the secret menu drinks. Therefore, I had to learn how to order my favourite secret menu drink by its recipe and not name. Continue reading to find out more.
Brief History of the drink
The Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino was once on the main menu for a little while and then it got taken out. This beverage is a popular secret menu drink mainly because of its simplicity. The Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino is white despite it having raspberry syrup. This is because the syrup is clear and the drink doesn’t have any food colourings in it.
Is Cotton Candy Frappuccino still available at Starbucks?
Although the Cotton Candy Frappuccino is off the main menu, it is still available on the secret menu.
Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Caffeine, Calories)
What’s in a Cotton Candy Frappuccino – (Ingredients)
The Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino is prepared with the Starbucks Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino, which is the base drink, and a couple of raspberry syrup pumps.
Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino: Sizes, Nutrition, Caffeine & Calories
What sizes are available
The Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino is available in three sizes; tall (12fl oz.), grande (16fl oz.) and venti (24fl oz.).
A Cotton Candy Frappuccino venti (24fl oz.) has about 450 calories. 70.2% of the calories are from carbs, 28% from fat and 1.8% from proteins.
The table below summarises the nutritional facts of a venti Cotton Candy Frappuccino at Starbucks. The figures provided are in relation to a 2000 calorie diet.
|Nutrient Content (per 24fl oz. serving)||% Daily Value|
|Total Fat (14g)
Saturated Fat (7g)
Trans fat (0g)
|Total carbs (79g)||26%|
|Dietary fibre (1g)||4%|
The Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino is caffeine-free since the Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino used as the base drink doesn’t have any coffee.
So, what does Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino taste like?
Just as the name suggests, the Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino tastes like cotton candy, which is sugary and sweet.
Ways to customize Cotton Candy Frappuccino at Starbucks – Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino variations.
The Cotton Candy Frappuccino is simple to customize. The number of raspberry syrup pumps added will depend on the beverage size. A tall needs 1 pump, a grande needs 1.5 pumps and a venti needs 2 pumps. Although, you can add or reduce the number of raspberry pumps depending on your preference.
You can request extra whipped cream for the topping.
You can request for your preferred milk to be used too.
How to make Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino at home – Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino Recipe
Equipment needed to make Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino at home.
Ingredients needed to make Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino at home
- Whipped cream for topping
- 1 cup of crushed ice
- Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
- 1 cup of milk ( your preferred kind of milk)
- ¼ tablespoon of vanilla
- Raspberry syrup
How to make Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino at home – Directions
- In a blender, add 2 ½ scoops of the vanilla bean ice cream, milk, crushed ice and the vanilla and blend until smooth.
- Add 3 tablespoons of the raspberry syrup to the blended contents and blend again for about 20 seconds to mix.
- Pour the Frappuccino into a large glass and garnish with whipped cream and enjoy.
- You can use homemade whipped cream.
- Use the milk that you prefer.
- You can use homemade raspberry syrup instead of a store-bought one.
- You can scale this recipe by adjusting the amounts listed, to fit the number of servings you want.
How do you order Cotton Candy Frappuccino from the Starbucks app?
To order the Cotton Candy Frappuccino from the app, open the app and under the menu section, select Frappuccino Blended Beverages.
Scroll down to the Crème Frappuccino section and select the Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino Blended Beverage.
Choose your drink size and then navigate to the customizations sections.
Select your preferred milk, skip the espresso & shots and blended options.
Under flavours, select the number of raspberry syrup pumps you want. Choose “No topping” on all the toppings provided except for whipped cream, where you’ll choose the amount of whipped cream you want. Skip the sweeteners section and place your order.
Is there coffee in Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino?
No. The Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino is caffeine-free.
Does Starbucks have Cotton Candy Frappuccino all year round?
Yes. You can get the Cotton Candy Frappuccino throughout the year on the secret menu.