I was perusing the Starbucks menu in the Starbucks app, and in the customisations section, I came across the syrups offered at the coffeehouse. I was amazed at the endless syrup options available at Starbucks. After extensive research and talking to my pro barista friend, I have compiled more than 10 syrups here and given you detailed information about each. To learn about these syrups and the drinks they blend in, keep reading.
16 Starbucks syrup alternatives.
The options that Starbucks offers its customers in terms of syrups to flavour and sweeten their drinks are endless. Some of these syrups also pair perfectly with each other, therefore you can use more than one syrup in your beverage. Some of the Starbucks syrup alternatives include; vanilla syrup, cinnamon dolce syrup, hazelnut syrup, toffee nut syrup, Starbucks classic syrup, sugar-free vanilla syrup, honey blend syrup and peppermint syrup, to mention a few.
The vanilla syrup is one of the most popular syrups at Starbucks and it pairs amazingly with numerous Starbucks drinks like vanilla latte, caramel macchiato, London fog tea latte, vanilla Frappuccino, and vanilla bean crème Frappuccino. It is one of the most versatile Starbucks syrups and also, a bottled version of the syrups is available and is equally good. The vanilla syrup is made from water, preservatives (potassium sorbate and citric acid), sugar and natural flavour.
Sugar-free vanilla syrup
This syrup is perfect for those who are trying to cut their sugar intake or are diabetic. The sugar-free vanilla syrup provides the vanilla flavour to your beverage without sweetening it. The ingredients in this syrup include; maltodextrin, xanthan gum, water, sucralose, natural flavour, citric acid and potassium sorbate.
Toffee nut syrup.
The Starbucks toffee nut syrup is packed with warm and nutty flavours and brown sugar undertones. This syrup blends perfectly with hot lattes, iced coffees, mochas, macchiatos and frappuccinos. The ingredients used to make the Starbucks toffee nut syrup include; natural flavours, water, potassium sorbate (preservative), sugar, citric acid (preservative) and salt.
The Starbucks hazelnut syrup has a nutty, sweet and rich flavour that isn’t overpowering. The Starbucks hazelnut syrup goes well with hot lattes, iced coffees and frappuccinos. For a Nutella flavour and taste, try combining this syrup with the mocha sauce. The ingredients used in this syrup are; citric acid and potassium sorbate (preservatives), natural flavours, water and sugar.
Starbucks classic syrup.
The Starbucks classic syrup is among the most popular Starbucks syrups and is prepared with natural flavours, preservatives, sugar and water. This syrup is essentially liquid sugar that mixes well with both hot and iced drinks. Note that this syrup is very sweet so, avoid adding it to your drinks if your beverage already has the other flavoured syrups. Additionally, a bottled version of this syrup is available.
The Starbucks caramel syrup is also among the best and most famous syrups at Starbucks with a warm and nutty flavour. However, there are a lot of Starbucks customers that have complained online about the “rubbing alcohol” underlying flavour. The caramel syrup is also sold as a Starbucks bottled syrup.
The peppermint syrup is sold only during holiday seasons, thus making it a seasonal item. This bittersweet and minty-flavoured syrup debuted in 2022 and it perfectly blends with drinks like the mocha cookie crumble Frappuccino and hot chocolate.
Irish cream syrup.
The Starbucks Irish cream syrup is also a sweet, seasonal syrup at the coffeehouse that pairs incredibly with coffee. This syrup is also delicious with subtle warm flavours.
Brown sugar syrup.
The brown sugar syrup was first introduced to Starbucks customers in the spring of 2021 as one of the ingredients of the iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso. This syrup has caramelized brown sugar flavours that blend well in a lot of applications from Starbucks.
Cinnamon dolce syrup
The Cinnamon Dolce syrup is not just for fall and winter, it is perfect throughout the year. This syrup adds spicy and warm flavours and tastes to beverages. The cinnamon dolce syrup blends deliciously with cold brews, iced coffees, frappuccinos and the classic cinnamon dolce latte.
Honey Blend syrup.
The major component in the Starbucks honey blend syrup is honey that has been water diluted. This syrup is lightly flavoured and can be added to various Starbucks drinks like; honey oat milk latte, tea drinks and honey almond milk cold brew. The honey blend syrup also pairs perfectly with plant-based milk like almond milk, oat milk and coconut milk.
Apple brown sugar syrup.
The Starbucks apple brown sugar syrup is a seasonal syrup which tastes like a combo of apple pie and coffee. This syrup is perfectly sweet with fruity flavours, but not too sweet. Unfortunately, this syrup lacks versatility, therefore, cannot be used in many Starbucks drinks.
Chestnut praline syrup.
The Chestnut praline syrup, known for being the base for the chestnut praline latte’s base, is perfectly sweet with warm and nutty flavours. Note that this syrup is a seasonal option.
Sugar cookie syrup.
The sugar cookie syrup is a seasonal syrup with rich and buttery flavours. This syrup works well with non-dairy milk and it also makes your beverage taste like sugar cookies.
Funnel Cake syrup.
As a seasonal drink, the Funnel Cake syrup is sweet and sugary. This syrup also blends well with strawberry puree, blended coffee and crunch funnel cake pieces. However, this syrup is not versatile, thus its additions to this are limited.
This is a fruity and sweet syrup that is perfect for both hot and iced teas, but not great with coffees. Sadly, this beverage doesn’t complement coffees, thus narrowing down its application.
The syrups available at Starbucks are many and some of them can be used together while others are better used individually. Remember that taste and flavour is subjective. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the many Starbucks syrups, simply ask your barista for their advice and they’ll share with you how to work around the numerous syrups.