The Absolute Best Starbucks Secret Menu Frappuccinos Ranked – Tasting Table

If you’re not a coffee person but don’t want to be left out on the Starbies run, this is the drink for you. The Cotton Candy secret Starbucks Frappuccino is made by simply adding raspberry syrup to a vanilla bean creme Frappuccino. The Frap is automatically topped with whipped cream and no other toppings and is colorless throughout. 

What’s interesting about this drink is the progression of taste: The first thing you will pick up on is the creamy vanilla bean cream flavor, which will quickly melt into the tartness of the raspberry syrup — a dominant flavor over the vanilla. Then, finally, you are left with an aftertaste truly identical to cotton candy, without the pesky sticky mess that cotton candy leaves. Because Starbucks’ vanilla bean cream Frap is, by default, not among the sweetest things on their menu, this variation is easy to drink and not too sweet, but some of the more ambitious Frappuccino drinkers may see it as boring or too plain.

Next time, we might halve the raspberry syrup and see if this reigns in the flavor some (we added one pump to a tall). Finally, if you’d like to spice up your Cotton Candy Frappuccino, consider asking for the fruit inclusion of your choice or white mocha sauce — but be careful, because the sweetness of white mocha sneaks up on you if you add too much.