We Tried Every Starbucks Frappuccino & This Is the One We'd Order Again
If you're looking for a sweet, filling pick-me-up drink and that mermaid logo happens to call your name, a Starbucks frappuccino just makes sense. With so many types of fraps, though, making a quick decision when you walk through the doors can be overwhelming. We're here to help you decide if you should go with the Matcha Frappuccino, which has more of a distinct flavor, or maybe something more classic, like the Mocha. That's right—we taste-tested every one on the regular Starbucks menu to find the best Starbucks frappuccino.
It's important to note Starbucks also sells Creme Frappuccinos, which do not include coffee in them. (Think the classic Vanilla Bean Creme drink.) You can order the java-infused fraps sans coffee, but we decided against ordering those same flavors as their Creme Frappuccino counterparts, so we only tasted the ones that contained coffee. The only Creme Frappuccinos we ordered were the ones that didn't have a coffee counterpart, which included the Matcha Green Tea, Vanilla Bean, Strawberry, and the Chai.
Our tasters (including someone who had never tried a frappuccino ever before!) were challenged to try all the fraps and then ranked the drinks based on overall flavor.
Here's how our six tasters ranked the fifteen Starbucks frappuccinos, from worst to best.
Toasted White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino
Just from the name, this frappuccino sounds like we'd imagine winter would taste. Unfortunately, though, the idea of a dreamy, delicious frap did not hold up beyond the first sip as the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino ranked last in our taste test.
Our tasters thought that this drink tasted like anything but a typical frap. "It tastes like I'm eating a candle. Welcome to Bath & Body Works," said one editor. Another editor thought it was more like "a crayon", but the worst of them all was probably the flavor of "burnt rubber" that came out when one editor took a sip of this frap. It's definitely a no-go from us.
Smoked Butterscotch Frappuccino
Even though this drink sounds like it'd be seasonal, it's actually offered all year round at Starbucks, although none of us would be ordering it ever again. Tasters seemed to have a consensus that though the butterscotch and mocha flavors were incredibly strong at first sip, they seem to vanish almost immediately, leaving one editor asking, "Where is the flavor?"
Another editor summed it up as, "The flavor left as soon as you drank it. It ghosts you." One taster noted the intense sweetness of the drink, saying, "The butterscotch flavor is way too sweet. I don't think I've ever visibly cringed having a drink until now."
Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino
The Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino was another frap that didn't get the most ringing endorsement from our tasters. It largely seemed to lack in flavor.
"That just tastes like bad vanilla ice cream. Meh," one taster said. Others said the drink did "not enough flavor" and this frap "tastes like if you just put vanilla into water and mixed it up."
So if you're not sure what to order as the line is inching forward, our tasters definitely think you should steer clear of the Vanilla Bean frap. If you're looking for a better option even within the vanilla flavored realm, the Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino is definitely a better bet.
Matcha Green Tea Creme Frappuccino
Matcha has a very distinct flavor—it's extremely bitter and some might describe it as earthy—and either you like it or you don't. It's also very different from all the other Starbucks frappuccinos, and the bitterness seemed to be the flavor that struck most of our tasters.
One editor said, "It's bitter, but that's okay. It wouldn't be good if it were too sweet." So, in this case, the bitterness was seen as more of a positive. But other tasters saw the bitter taste as a negative, with one saying, "it's only good with the whipped cream. It's bitter without it."
Overall, it seemed that those who liked this green frap were already fans of the matcha flavor before giving this drink a taste but if you weren't a fan before, then there's a good chance you won't be a fan of this frap.
White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino
As one of the more 'basic' Starbucks drink orders on the menu, we expected the White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino to be well-liked among our tasters. But, it simply left tasters unenthused at best.
Most were in agreement that this frappuccino was "kind of bland", "seriously nothing special" and "really not memorable." Why waste the calories on a drink you won't even be able to remember just minutes after sipping it down? Sorry White Chocolate Mocha, but we say thank you, next.
This frap split our tasters almost exactly in half in terms of whether it was loved or hated, which is why it falls in the middle of our list. The first sip reactions from those who enjoyed this drink said "classic frap—good taste" and "yum, so delighted! Not too sweet. It's refreshing, I could drink this whole thing."
Other tasters didn't completely agree, though. "This literally tastes like nothing. The coffee flavor is minimal and it's very icy." Another taster seemed to agree with these unsatisfied claims saying, "I couldn't taste anything. This is the saddest Starbucks drink ever." Yikes.
If you order anything with caramel as the main ingredient, prepare to be overwhelmed by a sweetness overload. And that was the consensus with Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino for all of our tasters.
The sweetness seemed to be at the forefront of everyone's mind after giving this drink a try. One taster even said, "I don't taste any coffee. Extremely sweet." Not tasting the coffee flavor in a caffeinated drink definitely means this frap really missed the mark.
"I don't know honestly how someone drinks more than one sip of this. Way too sweet!" another said. Maybe fewer pumps of caramel sauce would take this frap and how much of the sweet stuff it's packing down a few notches.
Chai Creme Frappuccino
Similar to the Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino, Chai Creme seems like a highly specific polarizing flavor some tasters loved and others definitely did not. Despite the fact that it's on the regular menu, the flavors of this one definitely reminded tasters of fall weather.
One editor was surprised to be a fan of this frapp, "Delicious and a slight chai spice to it! I don't normally have chai, but I can drink this one!" Another editor wrote almost the complete opposite, though: "Wow hello chai. Way too overpowering."
Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino
Between the two vanilla frappuccinos offered on the Starbucks regular menu, it's this one that takes the cake. Though some tasters did find this option a bit plain, others were surprised at how much they enjoyed the drink.
"This one doesn't really taste like anything. The only flavor really coming from here is from the whipped cream," one editor said.
One taster, though, called this frappuccino a "dark horse" in the mix, and another said, "I really like this. The vanilla doesn't overpower like the others do. It's refreshing enough that I could honestly drink the whole thing."
So it seems that maybe the other tasters didn't like the plainness of just vanilla in general, not specifically this frappuccino. If we were to give a note, we'd say to order this one without whipped cream. Our tasters didn't think it needed that added level of sweetness.
Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino
When you think of all these flavors separately, they sound amazing, and if you bring them together, they sound even better, right? Even though this combination of salt, caramel, and mocha seems like it would be a knockout, this frap lacked a little bit for our tasters.
"[The] chocolate is overpowering the caramel. I want more salted caramel, less chocolate," one taster said. It seemed that though all the flavors were present in the frap, they didn't line up exactly how we anticipated they would. "Sweet and salty in all the wrong ways," said another editor.
The flavor of espresso is one that is acquired and not necessarily beloved by everyone. But despite this frap being one of our tasters' favorites overall in their rankings, the reviews weren't completely stellar.
"Watery flavor throughout, the lack of whipped cream is also disappointing," said one editor. A few others also pointed out that this frapp had an extremely icy consistency, which made it less than ideal.
Double Chocolatey Chip Frappuccino
If you're looking for some next-level chocolatey flavor, this is definitely the frappuccino for you. Out of all the other Starbucks fraps, it's most similar to the Java Chip, which ranked higher, but this one was definitely still a crowd favorite.
It "tastes like a chocolate shake," said one taster and another similarly likened it to an "Oreo milkshake," which is clearly a superb compliment. We definitely get the sense that more than the others, this frap was extremely shake-like—whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is for you to decide.
The mocha frappuccino is another Starbucks classic. Coming in third for our taste-test, this frapp was definitely well-received by our team. The few complaints amongst tasters was it's slightly overpowering coffee flavor, but that's to be expected with a mocha frappuccino to some degree. Other than that, though the feedback on this frappuccino was extremely positive.
"Delicious! A perfect mix of chocolate and frappuccino! Not too much, not too little!" said one taster, while another said the drink "tastes like a dark chocolate shake. I'm into it." There's no question that this one will definitely be in our frappuccino rotation.
Looking for a frappuccino that's not so typical? Though it definitely doesn't have any coffee flavor, The Strawberry Frappuccino checked all the boxes for most of our tasters. Three editors saw its resemblance to a "strawberry milkshake" and what's not to love about that?
It was definitely thicker consistency than some of the other frappuccinos we had, but that didn't seem to phase our tasters. Many did note that the drink "tastes almost like yogurt" and another said that it's "more milky than strawberry flavor, but it's delicious." This should definitely be a go-to if you're looking for something a little unique next time you're at Starbucks.
Java Chip Frappuccino
The Java Chip Frappuccino reigned supreme with our tasters as the best Starbucks frappuccino. Out of all the chocolate-flavored fraps, this one came out on top. One of our tasters said, "This, to me, although similar to the double chocolate chip, had more flavor and was more put together. If you want a 'chocolate' frappuccino, choose this one instead."
This drink definitely seemed to be tugging at the heart-strings a little bit with our tasters too as many noted the nostalgia they felt when taking a sip.
"Taste like a breakup. This is what I used to always get after a breakup," said one of our editors. While another said almost the opposite, "tastes like young love." No matter the memories this frap brings back, it's one drink that will make you feel warm and fuzzy with every sip.