We’ve all heard rumours about Starbucks’ “secret menu” for years from friends and on social media. Everyone has tried or heard about stories of unofficial Starbucks drinks you may order to change up your morning routine, from the “Harry Potter”-themed Butterbeer Frappuccino to the aptly titled Purple Drink. But who produces these beverages? Does Starbucks acknowledge them as a legitimate component of a “secret menu”?
The firm also permits and even encourages customers to make unique requests
The Motley Fool claims that there are more than 170,000 distinct ways to mix and personalise the components in Starbucks drinks. Some of these concepts were so brilliant that they spread like wildfire on social media and through word-of-mouth, becoming widely known. While not officially on the menu, the Cotton Candy Frappuccino is one of these cocktails that is well-known enough that many baristas would be able to make it without any hesitation, according to Motley Fool.
However, despite having a whole website devoted to the Starbucks hidden menu and its different selections, the corporation does not formally recognise these foods and, as a representative informed The Motley Fool, does not instruct staff members on how to prepare them. You can’t just walk up to the counter, request a Fruitcake Frappuccino, and fully expect the server to know what you want, despite the fact that some baristas may pick up the items after frequent orders or through word of mouth.
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Know the secret
How, then, have so many people tasted these drinks if there isn’t a “hidden menu” at Starbucks? Knowing what you are requesting specifically is the key. Even though it may seem great to walk up and order a strange beverage that few other people have ever heard of, Motley Fool notes that it isn’t always practical to maintain the speakeasy atmosphere. Every employee at every Starbucks can’t be familiar with the codenames for each drink that an influencer came up with last year. You must arrive prepared with a recipe if you are serious about trying that special cocktail. A barista might decline your request for a Peach Cobbler Frappuccino but accept it if you ask for a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with two pumps of peach syrup, one pump of cinnamon dolce syrup, and blended-in whipped cream since they can produce it, as Taste of Home points out.
Investigate the ingredients if you want to try a drink you saw online to ensure you receive what you desire. According to the Motley Fool, the only exception is when a beverage becomes so well-liked that Starbucks decides to add it to the official menu, as it did in 2016 with the Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino. To order secret beverages until then, you might just have to bring your recipe book with you and cross your fingers that the Starbucks barista won’t get annoyed by your insane adaptations.