Starbucks Ingredients List – Updated!

June 2012 Update:  After weeks of trying to get the below information re-confirmed by Starbucks (since the original ingredients list was posted in 2010), I finally got the below response:

Unfortunately, as our previous agent stated, they gave you all of the ingredient information for Frappuccinos that we currently have available.

While we understand that some customers would like to know the nutrition information for their specific customized beverage (without whipped cream and with soy), unfortunately we are unable to provide this level of detail for every beverage customization request.

I am not sure why they are now not willing to confirm the information that they previous DID send me, but I am tired of dealing with them.  If anyone has more updated information please contact me…

Starbucks has gotten very vegan friendly over the last few years.  Over the past year or so I’ve been reaching out to their PR department for a list of Frappuccino ingredients and updating the list as new drinks are added.

This week Starbucks added another surprise…a vegan bistro lunch box with noodles, peanuts, tofu and even some dark chocolate.  Read all about it over at

They’ve also added some new frapps recently:  coconut, white chocolate, hazelnut, toffee…  So here are some updates on the syrup/base ingredietns.  Note:  regular “bases” for the frapps are already confirmed dairy-free (except for the light version).  The carmel drizzle on the carmel frapp is NOT vegan.  Also please check out my new disclaimer at the end of this post.  And, if you would like to thank Starbucks for adding vegan options, check out THIS post.


UPDATED 3/23 – Strawberry Fraps no longer vegan! Read why.
UPDATED 4/19/12, Starbucks announces they are removing the ingredient phasing cochineal from their products! Victory! Read about it here.

Coconut: citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, potassium sorbate, sugar

White Chocolate:  coconut oil, cocoa butter, condensed skim milk, monoglycerides, natural flavor, potassium sorbate, salt, sweetened condensed milk

Raspberry:  blue #1 color, caramel color, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, red #40 color, sodium benzoate, sugar

Hazelnut:  citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, potassium sorbate, sugar

Toffee Nut:  citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, salt, sodium benzoate, sugar


Caramel Brulee Latte – Contains Milk!

Caramel Brulee Sauce: Corn Syrup, Water, Sugar, Natural and Artificial Flavours, Nonfat Dry Milk, Salt, Mono- and Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Bicarbonate

Caramel Brulee Topping: Sugar, corn syrup, natural flavour, carmel colour

Peppermint Mocha

Peppermint Syrup: Sugar, Water, Natural Flavours, Preservative: Sodium Benzoate (E211), Citric Acid (E330)

Chocolate Curls: Sugar, Chocolate Mass (Processed with Alkali), Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract

Mocha Powder: Water, Sugar, Cocoa, Vanillin

Gingerbread Latte

Gingerbread Syrup:  Sugar, Water, Natural and Artificial Flavours, Preservative: Sodium Benzoate (E211), Citric Acid (E330), Colour: Carmel (E150C)

UPDATES FROM  Summer 2010:

Mocha Powder: Sugar, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Chocolate Liquor, Potassium Sorbate, Vanillin.  Water is added to make the syrup.
Used to make the mocha frapp

Matcha Powder:  Sugar, Green tea.
Used to make the green tea frapp

Used in the Java Chip Frapp

Vanilla Powder: Vanilla Bean Extract, Dextrose.
Used in the vanilla frapp

Coffee Frappuccino Syrup: Sugar, Water, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum (E415), Preservative: Potassium Sorbate (E202), Citric Acid (E330), Caramel Color (E150)
Used in the coffee frapp

Crème Frappuccino Flavored Syrup: Water, Sugar, Salt, Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum (E415), Preservative: Potassium Sorbate (E202), Citric Acid (E330).
Used in the creme flavor syrup frapps

Used in the Strawberry & Creme frapps
(update from Starbucks 5/12)
UPDATED 3/23 – Strawberry Frapps no longer vegan! Read why
UPDATED 4/19, Starbucks announces they are removing the ingredient phasing cochineal from their products! Victory! Read about it here. 

Light Coffee Frappuccino Syrup (US version): Water, sugar, Erythritol (E968), Natural Flavors, Salt, Carageenan (E407), Xanthan Gum (E415), Maltodextrin, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate (E202), Citric Acid (E330), Reb A, Color: Caramel (E150d, E150b)
Contains Milk & Gluten!

Light Coffee Frappuccino Syrup (Canada version): Water, Sugar, Natural Flavours, Salt, Carrageenan (E407), Xanthan Gun (E415), Maltodextrin, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate (E202), Citric Acid (E330), Sucralose (E955), Colour: Caramel (E150d, E150b).
Contains Milk & Gluten!

* Disclaimer:  These ingredient lists were received in good faith from Starbucks.  I have not independently verified them, nor am I making any claims about their nutritional value.  If you have different information, please post here so this list can be corrected.  And, yes, I know they have a lot of artificial ingredients.  Am I still going to post about them?  Yes.  But I’m only sharing information here.  I leave it up to you whether these fit into your own personal concept of “vegan.”

From StarbucksBy providing ingredient statements, Starbucks Coffee Company does not certify any products available in our stores as vegan and/or vegetarian.  We encourage our customers to make a decision whether an ingredient statement alone is sufficient for their lifestyle.  The ingredient statement does not capture processing aids or processes that may be deemed non-vegan/non-vegetarian.  Our products are stored and sold in an environment where known non-vegetarian/non-vegan products are present.  Please be aware that products may also be manufactured on shared equipment that processes non-vegetarian or non-vegan products.

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18 Responses to “Starbucks Ingredients List – Updated!”
  1. Emily says:

    I work for Starbucks and have tasted the new sesame noodle bistro… and I must say it’s pretty delicious. I also recommend, if you’re vegan, to experiment and mix and match vegan flavors! You don’t just have to buy what’s on the menu to get a delicious vegan drink. If you like your caramel frap (without the caramel drizzle, of course) I recommend you order a soy coffee frappuccino with added caramel syrup. This way, you save a little bit of money!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. Starbucks has been one of the most popular chain coffee stores. I’ve been searching the web everywhere to find information about the drinks I could order and you have it posted all in one thread in an orderly fashion. I appreciate this so much. :)

  3. inmyveganopinion says:

    Yeah.. I have contacted Starbucks about ingredients before and for some reason they treat you like you are trying to steal their recipes when all you want to know is ingredients for dietary reasons. At least you got the ingredients in the java chips they flat out refused to tell me.

  4. Veggywood says:

    Yea its really weird. They were so nice and friendly a few years ago, but ever since the situation with the cochineal, and all the bad press they got, they really clammed up. It’s a bummer for sure.

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  9. Katie says:

    I’ve recently learned that castoreum (yellowish secretion from a beaver’s castor sac) is commonly used in foods as a “natural flavoring” for vanilla mostly, but also strawberry and raspberry. I see that Starbucks lists “natural flavoring” in vanilla, strawberry, and raspberry flavored drinks. Do you have any idea if they are using castoreum?

  10. Hazel says:

    Most posts are about the mixed drinks that are so popular but I ask about the Starbucks coffee bought in bags at grocers to use at home. Just plain coffee those should be. Recently, something has changed. The Breakfast Blend – the one I always used – has gone tasteless. Not only tasteless but it doesn’t even smell like coffee when making. Can anyone explain, please?

  11. Tranifer says:

    Keep in mind, everyone, the raspberry flavor most likely has Castoreum.

    And I am a starbucks barista, they pretend to care about cross contamination but are very half hearten about it all.

  12. Lisa says:

    Hi, can you confirm whether or not the natural flavoring they refer to is castoreum, which is derived from beaver glands and listed as natural flavoring?

  13. grr says:

    I live with a very STRICT vegan (my son). Even his sugar cannot be processed with animal bone for bleaching. His question is (besides is their dairy in it): Is your sugar bleached with animal bones? In order for his foods to be completely vegan, no animal can be involved at all. He will not even eat honey. So my question I share with him, and for a particular product at the moment: Starbucks Hot Cocoa peppermint. Does the sugar involved, even in any Starbucks product for that matter, have the bleached with animal bones component? If so, perhaps an alternative can be offered there as well – a plant based or raw sugar – even Stevia, though I don’t know everything about it. Please consider. I think this is important to many vegans.
    (castoreum? ewh. reading some scary stuff here.)

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  15. Kristin says:

    Hi, dont go to starbucks too often but if I get tea and a sweet I choose them over dunkin donuts because tgey use more real ingredients like real butter less artificial ingredients. I noticed their cookies say vanilla but tgenbthey say natural ingredirnts. Do tgey use castorium the cookies? Thats why I usually get their butter croissants.

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