Starbucks Vanilla Syrup (Ingredients, Taste, Copycat Recipe, Calories, Where to Buy & More Information)

You’ve probably heard a lot of hype about the famous Starbucks Vanilla Syrup and maybe want to know more or find out how to make it at home. Well, read the article below to learn all about it.

Ever since my parents allowed me to drink coffee at 13 years old, I’ve probably spent thousands of dollars at Starbucks. It’s actually embarrassing! Anyway, it’s safe to say that I have had the classic Starbucks Vanilla Syrup in tons of my drinks. It gives me this amazing sense of nostalgia. I think many people can relate seeing as the syrup has been around for a long time. This article will highlight the Starbucks Vanilla Syrup and give more information on it.

The Starbucks Vanilla Syrup is a sweet condiment used in Starbucks cafes to give drinks a vanilla bean flavor. It is from their in-house brand (the Starbucks brand) but is manufactured by Fontana.

Brief History of the Syrup

The Starbucks Vanilla Syrup is definitely a veteran in Starbucks’ books. From when they began business in 1971, Starbucks did not have flavored syrups and only started experimenting with different flavors in the early 1990s. To cater to the market that seemed to enjoy flavored coffee, Starbucks introduced vanilla, almond & hazelnut syrups. The flavored lattes were an instant hit and the rest is history. These were the only flavors considered complimentary to coffee at the time. The Starbucks Vanilla Syrup has stood the test of time and has been hailed as the most popular Starbucks syrup worldwide.

Is the Syrup Still Available?

Yes! You can walk into any Starbucks and order from a myriad of vanilla syrup drinks. You can also straight-up buy a bottle of the syrup. It is available all year round and at all global Starbucks cafes.

Where Can I Buy Starbucks Vanilla Syrup?

Being a widely popular classic, the Starbucks Vanilla Syrup can be found easily. You can buy it from Starbucks coffee cafes, grocery stores, and online outlets like Amazon.

Starbucks Vanilla Syrup (Ingredients, Taste, Calories, Name Variations)

Now that we have a description of the Starbucks Vanilla Syrup, let us know more about its contents and flavor.

What’s in a Starbucks Vanilla Syrup – (Ingredients)?

Starbucks Vanilla Syrup

According to the Official Starbucks website, the Starbucks Vanilla Syrup is made up of sugar, water, and a few other additives. They have been discussed below:

  • Sugar: This goes without saying that any syrup must have a sweetener as the first ingredient. It’s an essential component. The specific type of sugar used by Starbucks is not provided but for the at-home version, we found that cane sugar or white granulated sugar works great.
  • Water: The other main ingredient is water. To make a sugar syrup, water and sugar must be simmered together. That is enough for simple syrup and any other ingredient is an additive.
  • Natural Flavor: Starbucks vaguely states the flavoring ingredient in their vanilla syrup as ‘natural flavor’ and doesn’t disclose exactly what it is. But it is safe to assume that it must be from natural vanilla beans. When making the copycat version, you can use whole vanilla bean pods or vanilla essence, if you’re on a budget.
  • Potassium Sorbate: This is the main preservative ingredient in the Starbucks Vanilla Syrup. It allows the product to have a longer shelf life which is good because the bottled syrups don’t go bad as fast. The homemade recipe doesn’t need a commercial preservative since it’s just for domestic use.
  • Citric Acid: Citric acid is used in the Starbucks Vanilla Syrup as another preservative. It keeps it fresh and prohibits the growth of bacteria, fungi, and mold.

Starbucks Vanilla Syrup: Nutrition & Calories

For the health-conscious, check out Starbucks Vanilla Syrup’s nutritional facts below:

12 servings per container

Serving size 2 Tbsp (30ml)




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So, What Does Starbucks Vanilla Syrup Taste Like?

The Starbucks Vanilla Syrup has a rich sweet taste with bold vanilla flavors. The syrup can be described as smooth. Its vanilla notes easily compliment many sweet drinks and has a versatile flavor. It is not meant to be consumed alone otherwise its sweetness would be overpowering on the palate.

Drinks that Use Starbucks Vanilla Syrup

Several drink options use the Starbucks Vanilla Syrup. They include:

  • Vanilla latte
  • Caramel macchiato
  • Vanilla Frappuccino
  • Vanilla bean crème Frappuccino
  • London fog tea latte
  • Sweet cream cold foam cold brew
  • Vanilla chai tea latte
  • Vanilla matcha latte
  • Blonde vanilla latte (hot and iced)
  • Vanilla bean coconutmilk latte and many others

Believe it or not, the vanilla syrup is used in even more drinks!

Starbucks Vanilla Syrup: Other Names

The syrup can either be called Starbucks Vanilla Syrup or simply Vanilla Syrup when making an order.

How to Make Starbucks Vanilla Syrup at Home – Starbucks Vanilla Syrup Copycat Recipe

Starbucks Vanilla Syrup

Starbucks Vanilla Syrup Copycat Recipe

Kai Jordan
If you’re looking to try out the Starbucks Vanilla Syrup but maybe it’s not in your area or out of your budget, try this copycat recipe. You can use it in your coffee or beverages, in cocktails/mocktails, and even as a dessert topping. This delicious syrup is also easy, fast, and healthier than the Starbucks version. I’m sure it won’t disappoint.
Cuisine American


  • A saucepan
  • A fine-meshed sieve
  • A jar/bottle/pump bottle for storage


  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod split open


  • Place the water, sugar, and vanilla pod in the saucepan and put over medium-high heat.
  • Allow the water to come to a boil and stir until all the sugar is dissolved.Remove from heat and allow the syrup to steep for 30 minutes.
  • Pass the syrup through the fine-mesh sieve to get rid of the vanilla pod. The pod can still be used in other recipes.
  • If not completely cool, allow it to get to room temperature.
  • Add the cooled syrup to your storage container and keep refrigerated for up to a month.


  • You can double or triple the recipe quantities to make a bigger batch of syrup.
  • Instead of a vanilla pod, vanilla extract can be used although you would have to add the extract in the cooling stage instead of the cooking one.
  • This syrup recipe can be used to make other flavored syrups. Just replace the vanilla pod with raspberries, orange chunks, blueberries, pineapples, etc., or any fruit/berry you choose.

Informative Section

Is Starbucks Vanilla Syrup vegan?

Yes, it is. Most clear syrups, including the vanilla syrup, are vegan-friendly.

Is Starbucks Vanilla Syrup sugar-free?

No. The Starbucks Vanilla Syrup is not sugar-free. Sugar is one of its main ingredients. However, there is a sugar-free option for those with dietary restrictions.

Is Starbucks Vanilla Syrup gluten-free?

Yes, it is gluten-free. It can be enjoyed by those with gluten allergies and can be added to any coffee or latte.

Is the Vanilla Syrup at Starbucks sweet?

Yes, it definitely is! Sugar is one of its main ingredients and the syrup itself is used as a sweetener in drinks.

Which brand of Vanilla Syrup does Starbucks use?

The vanilla syrup used by Starbucks is its brand – the Starbucks brand. Fontana is the manufacturer.

How much is Starbucks Vanilla Syrup?

The Starbucks Vanilla Syrup retails for $13.56 on the Amazon website.

Does Starbucks Vanilla Syrup go well with cold drinks or hot drinks?

The syrup works well with both hot and cold drinks. It all comes down to your preference. It can be added to plain coffees like Americanos or to iced drinks. It is however popularly used in lattes. The vanilla latte is one of Starbucks’ most popular drinks.

Is Starbucks Vanilla Syrup healthy?

The Starbucks Vanilla Syrup can be healthy when consumed moderately. It is high in sugar as one serving which is 2 tbsps. contains 80 calories and 20g of sugar. That sugar content is about 40% of the recommended daily intake. Some may also argue that the preservatives and flavors used in it are not healthy but if you are conscious of its nutritional facts and ingredients, you can incorporate it into a healthy diet by controlling how much of it you use.

How many pumps of Vanilla Syrup are in a tall?

A tall would have 3 pumps of vanilla syrup

Is Starbucks Vanilla Syrup keto?

The Starbucks Vanilla Syrup is not keto-friendly because it is high in carbohydrates (mainly sugar) making it unsuitable for people on a low-carb diet.

Is Starbucks Vanilla Syrup good?

The answer here could be relative but if we go by the majority, yes. I think vanilla is a classic mild flavor that most people, including me, enjoy.

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