How to Order Something from Starbucks Secret Menu: 5 Steps

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How to Order Something from Starbucks Secret Menu: 5 Steps
How to Order Something from Starbucks Secret Menu: 5 Steps

The Starbucks “Secret Menu” is not some kind of global conspiracy, nor is it a hidden, prevailing standard menu. In fact, it's just a way to order a crazy custom flavor like “Butterbeer Frapuccino” (or Butterbeer, like in Harry Potter) using ingredients Starbucks already offers. To experiment, you'll need to think about your order in advance and be prepared to guide the barista.


'Order Off the Starbucks "Secret" Menu Step 1

Step 1. Browse the “secret menu” online options

It's impossible for the barista to guess what you want, and no one will want to be kept waiting while you ask for secret suggestions or search your cell phone. You need to know what to order before you get in line, or you may end up catching an impatient employee who refuses to prepare your drink. Some sites you can check out: the Secret Menu site or the popular Hack the Menu (both in English).

'Order Off the Starbucks "Secret" Menu Step 2

Step 2. Define the basis of your order

You can't just order a “Butterbeer Frapuccino”, for example. The barista may be confused by never having made this drink that is not even on the menu. What you're going to order is a modified Vanilla Frappuccino.

Vanilla Frappuccino is one of the most popular bases for secret menu orders

'Order Off the Starbucks "Secret" Menu Step 3

Step 3. Customize your drink by ordering extra servings of syrup

The ability to make secret drinks is due to the variety of syrups offered in any restaurant in the chain. To make the butterbeer, for example, you'll order an extra dose of caramel sauce and one of walnuts. For the medium cup, one and a half servings of each syrup, and for the large cup, two servings.

Be specific. Know the amount of extra servings you want before ordering, so you can spell it out clearly: "I want a Vanilla Frapuccino with an extra dose of caramel sauce and one of walnuts, please."

'Order Off the Starbucks "Secret" Menu Step 4

Step 4. View the most popular combinations

The following drinks are already so successful that some baristas already know:

  • Cotton Candy Frapuccino (Cotton Candy): Vanilla Frapuccino and raspberry syrup (one serving for small, one and a half for medium and two servings for large).
  • Cookies and Cream: Double Choco Chip Frappuccino with white mocha instead of regular mocha.
  • Cake Batter Frap: Ask the barista to add almond or hazelnut syrup to the Vanilla Frapuccino.
  • Banana Nut Frap: Hazelnut Frappuccino (almonds) – medium or large – beaten with a banana.
'Order Off the Starbucks "Secret" Menu Step 5

Step 5. Be aware that the value can change

Some baristas will add extra shots of syrup for free, but you may have to pay for the other ingredients. Don't forget to thank them for their help and patience, and pay whatever is charged for the drink. This is one of the disadvantages of the secret menu, but the value doesn't increase that much.


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