Since most of us sprint to Starbucks to sample their delicious seasonal menu riiiiight around this time, I thought it would be fun to post a few drinks the littles could enjoy too. I’ve got eleven Starbucks drinks for kids in this post – perfect for spicing things up this Fall (see what I did there?) or any time of the year. I’m pairing them with some delicious Mama faves because being twinsies with your kiddo is the most fun.
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4 HOT TIPS
We are back to school this week (Kindergarten, OMG I’m gonna cry) and I know that I’m going to be making a few extra pitstops at my favorite coffee joint after school pick-up. I almost always get my daughter a Tall water with Ice (she orders it herself) so she feels like she’s getting something too. But I recently realized there are a TON of Starbucks drinks for kids – stuff you can order right at the window with your own beverage to treat yourself AND your little mini.
Since you know I don’t eat sugar and we keep our girls sugar intake to a minimum, I’m sharing original order instructions and suggestions to make each version healthier (if it’s possible). And, some of these are on the “secret” menu, so you may have to have to tell your Barista how to make it! A few extra tips:
- Kid Size: If you’re ordering for your kids, you can order a “kid size” or a “short” which will give you an 8-ounce beverage.
- Add a Straw: We add a straw to hot beverages which can make it easier for little kids to drink without spilling on their cute duds.
- A little Warm Up: You can also ask your Barista to warm up the Horizon’s brand chocolate milk they sell in the cooler instead of ordering a hot chocolate. Some kids like the flavor a bit more than regular, dark hot chocolate.
- Skip the Sugar: Skip the cane sugar and sucralose (found in their sugar-free syrups) and sweeten their drink with Stevia! I always have these packets in my purse. Just make sure you read the ingredients in the stevia before you buy it. Some have dextrose and maltodextrin which can impact the body / glycemic index just as regular sugar would.
11 STARBUCKS DRINKS FOR KIDS (AND MOMS)
PURPLE + PINK DRINK
Order a kid’s Purple Drink. Your kiddo will get an 8-ounce cup filled with Passion Tango Iced tea (don’t worry, it’s not caffeinated!), organic soy milk, vanilla syrup, and real blackberries. Make it sugar-free by swapping out the vanilla syrup for sugar-free vanilla (it does have sucralose) or skip the sugar altogether and add ½ a stevia packet.
Mom gets a Venti Pink Drink made with Strawberry Acai Refresher, coconut milk, and fresh strawberries. Make it keto by swapping out the Strawberry Acai Refresher for Passion Tango Iced Tea, a splash of heavy whipping cream and sugar-free vanilla (I have a greatDIY recipe here too). HOW TO ORDER: (kiddo) Short purple drink with sugar-free vanilla // (mama) Venti Pink Drink or for the keto version, Venti Passion Tea, with no classic, a splash of heavy whipping cream and 3 pumps sugar-free vanilla.
HOT + COLD CHOCOLATE
Order a kid’s Hot Chocolate + customize. Your kiddo will get an 8-ounce cup filled with (reasonably warmed) hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream. To reduce the sugar from 16 to 13 grams ask for soy milk instead of the 2% milk they use. Mom gets an Iced Caffe Mocha which is an espresso combined with bittersweet mocha sauce and milk over ice, topped with sweetened whipped cream. Order a skinny mocha if you’re ditching sugar (uses steamed non-fat milk and sugar-free mocha sauce) or opt for the keto version below. HOW TO ORDER: (kiddo) Classic kids hot chocolate with soy // (Mama) Venti Iced Caffe Mocha, Venti Skinny Mocha or for the keto version, venti coffee with 3 pumps skinny mocha and a splash of heavy whipping cream.
VANILLA STEAMER + COLD BREW
Order a kid’s Vanilla Steamer. Your kiddo will get an 8-ounce cup filled with warm/steamed milk and vanilla syrup. Swap out the sugar for sugar-free vanilla syrup (or skip it and add a little Stevia). There’s not a ton of sugar in the whipped cream, so add a little (and an itty-bitty drizzle of chocolate syrup) for funzies.
Mom gets a Venti Cold Brew with Salted Cream Foam made with Nitro cold brew, sweetened with a touch of caramel and salted foam. You could also get an iced coffee (or cold brew) with a splash of heavy whipping cream and 3 pumps of sugar-free cinnamon dolce to make it sugar-free. HOW TO ORDER: (kiddo) Short Steamer with sugar-free vanilla, whip, and a light chocolate drizzle // (Mama) Venti Cold Brew with Salted Cream Foam or for the sugar-free version, venti cold brew, with a splash of heavy whipping cream and 3 pumps sugar-free cinnamon dolce, no classic.
APPLES + PUMPKINS
Order a kid’s caramel apple spice. Your kiddo will get an 8-ounce cup filled with apple juice and cinnamon dolce syrup topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle. Since there’s already tons of sugar in the apple juice, you can skip the caramel drizzle, and swap out the regular cinnamon dolce syrup for the sugar-free version.
Mom gets a Venti pumpkin spice latte because it’s FALL and PSL’s are where it’s at! To make it a little lighter, ask for skim milk, half the pumps of syrup and no whip (there is no sugar-free version of the Pumpkin spice sauce!) or you can also make it keto by creating your own! HOW TO ORDER: (kiddo) Kids Caramel Apple Spice // (Mama) Venti pumpkin spice latte or (for the skinny version)Venti pumpkin spice latte with skim milk, half the syrup, and no whip. Make it keto by ordering a venti hot coffee with a splash of heavy whipping cream and sugar-free cinnamon dolce. Then, head over to the fixings bar and top it with some nutmeg.
Below are a few more Starbucks drinks for kids perfect for any season!
Ever had a Cinnamon Dolce Crème? It’s basically steamed milk with cinnamon dolce syrup, topped with whip and cinnamon spice. Swap out the syrup for the sugar-free version and skip the whip if you’re watching sugar intake.
Order a Babyccino. It’s literally all foamy milk, but the kiddos love it.
Grab a Blended Strawberry Lemonade and skip the sugar! It’s basically a frapp made with strawberry puree, lemonade and the base they use for frappucinos. Get yourself a “skinny” lemonade, by asking them to fill it up a little over 3 quarters of the way with water and ice, a splash of lemonade and some fresh strawberries.
Speaking of frapps – the Strawberries and Crème, Vanilla Bean and Double Chocolaty Chip are all made without coffee and a caffeine-free base.
Go for Tea! The Passion Tango tea is unsweetened and not caffeinated. Make sure you order it with “no classic” if you want the unsweetened version.
The Lemonade is said to be “unsweetened”, but a little birdie (aka the barista down the street) told me there is a bit of sugar in the mixture. Add some stevia if it’s not sweet enough!
Split a smoothie! Since smoothies only come in 16-ounce cups, you can grab one and split it 😊 Just ask for a short cup and lid to go.
There are probably dozens more, but these are the ones I’ve come across most in my hunt. While I’m not planning on juicing my kid up with Starbucks drinks every time I swing up to the drive-through, I am excited to offer her up a little treat every now and then. If you have any awesome Starbucks drinks for kids in your bag of tricks, let me know! Happy drinking!
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