15 Sweetest Starbucks Drinks Ranked by Sugar Content

by Kieran MacRae | Last Updated: May 21, 2020

I’m slowly transitioning into being a fill time black coffee drinker but even I can’t resist some of the sweet drinks Starbucks offers.

But I was curious, what’s the sweetest starbucks drink? Instead of dissolving my teeth and tasting every single one I thought I’d look up their website and gather the data of a venti sized coffee and rank them all by their sugar content. The top spot goes to the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino Blended Beverage which has a whopping 80grams of sugar which is 16 teaspoons! Read on for the rest of the list…

Sweetest Drinks at Starbucks by Sugar Content

About to order starbucks sweetest drink

The sweetest ones were basically entirely Frappuccinos so to keep the balance I took some of their different beverages. Long story short the longer the name the sweeter it’s going to be!

Starbucks drink namesugar content in gramsTeaspoons of sugarin ounces
Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino Blended Beverage80162.8
Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino Blended Beverage76152.7
Caramel Apple Spice71142.5
White chocolate mocha hot chocolate67132.4
Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino6312.52.2
Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino Blended Beverage61122.2
White Hot Chocolate55112
Smoked Butterscotch Crème54111.9
Iced Caramel Macchiato5310.51.9
Chai Latte5310.51.9
White Chocolate Mocha coffee5310.51.9
Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte52101.9
Strawberry Frappuccino Blended Beverage52101.8
Starbucks Blonde Smoked Butterscotch Latte4691.6
Caramel Macchiato4491.5

I always considered the Caramel Macchiato to be a supremely sweet coffee, it’s about as sweet as I can handle and to know it has almost half the sugar of the sweetest drink is crazy to me.

I think the other surprise was the Caramel apple spice, this is steamed apple juice though so it makes sense it would be high in sugar. It’s at least mostly apple juice sugars which is somewhat of a bonus but definitely isn’t a “healthy option”.

It’s also worth noting that the Frappuccinos come as a 24 oz drink in their Venti size, so although they have more sugar they’re also 20% bigger compared to the hot and iced coffees. Which if you take into consideration the sweetest drink is actually going to be the White chocolate mocha hot chocolate.

A tremendously sweet drink made all the sweeter tasting because there is no coffee involved. If you’re looking for the sweet taste then that is probably the way to go.

Meanwhile the sweetest iced coffee is the straight-up iced caramel macchiato.with 10 and a half teaspoons of sugar in it.

Can you imagine making yourself a coffee and putting 10 teaspoons of sugar into it? Unreal…

Can You Make a Starbucks sweeter?

You can indeed, you can ask for any syrup you want to be added to your drink, so have one on the list that you want sweeter? No problem! Just ask for some caramel or vanilla syrup to be added, the easiest way to get the extra sweetness into your cup.

Caramel and Vanilla are good middle of the road flavours that aren’t going to seem to foreign even if you add it to another drink, but ask your barista and they’ll keep you right.

You can also add in plain sugar if you’re looking to make it sweeter, but be mindful when you do. Having a super sweet starbucks every day probably isn’t the best idea. Moderation is key after all but I’m not here to lecture, I’m here to measure sugar apparently.

Sweetest Hot Coffee At Starbucks

That’s the old faithful, the caramel macchiato, with 44g of sugar in it because it has the vanilla syrup in it and it’s got the caramel sauce drizzled on top.

If you wanted to be more conservative with your sugar in a hot coffee ask for your regular coffee with vanilla or caramel, that way you can get the nice sweetness of the sugar syrup added without it being excessive. But you probably want it as sweet as it comes, right?

Sweetest Frappuccino at Starbucks

That is the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino Blended Beverage, it’s that little bit sweeter than the other frappuccinos but all of which are exceedingly sweet. Even the Strawberry flavour which has the least amount of sugar has 10 teaspoons of sugar in it. That’s insane!

But this is the testament to the rule that the longer the name the sweeter it’s going to be. Caramele, vanilla, gut busting, teeth rotting, sugary frappuccino, coming this fall.

I used to enjoy a sweet Starbucks but I have to say this is putting me off…

Sweetest Hot Chocolate at Starbucks

Again you’ve got to look for the hot chocolate with the longest name White chocolate mocha hot chocolate has 12g more sugar than the white hot chocolate does. Because you know what chocolate needs? Sugar poured on top!

I’m losing my mind here…

How to have less sugar in a sweet starbucks

What’s crazy is that Starbucks have already worked hard to reduce the amounts of sugar in their drinks, the strawberry sauce has less sugar now and apparently in 2016, 63% of all of their beverages sold contained zero added sugar.

But even with that the list above shows the sugar content is still massive in these drinks, even the strawberry flavor with it’s reduced sugar content.

So what can you do? Well switching to a regular coffee would be the best bet but I’m guessing you don’t want to do that, so ask for sugar free syrup when you order, you can get sugar free vanilla syrup, so go for one of those flavours and ask for it to be sugar free. Every little helps and this will go a long way to reducing the overall amount of sugar rush you’re getting.

Your other option is to go for a smaller size, if you want to enjoy the same drink but have less sugar then get yourself a tall or a short size, same great flavor but less overall sugar consumption. Win-win!

How Much Sugar in A Pump of Syrup at Starbucks

THis kind of varies slightly on the flavour, but a pump is about a teaspoon and a half of liquid and in that it’s mostly sugar, alongside water and whatever the flavor is so as a rule you can equate a pump of syrup as a teaspoon of sugar.

And if you add caramel to a venti latte they pump in 5 pumps of syrup for you. 5 teaspoons of sugar going in and being swirled around, no wonder it tastes so good!

Final Thoughts

I hope rather than inspiring you as to what drink you’re going to have next this has opened your eyes as to the eye watering amount of sugar that goes into some of these drinks, 16 teaspoons of sugar from a drink where no fruit is involved cannot be a good thing. So ease up or enjoy in proper moderation, once every few months as a treat rather than your daily coffee order when it’s hot out.

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Kieran MacRae tried getting into wine but didn't like it, tried getting into whiskey and it was too expensive, then thought "I really love coffee. I wonder if you can get really into coffee?" Turns out you can!