This helpful list of Starbucks drinks for kids includes basic kids drinks for even the most picky eater and also some fancy options for your fancy nancy personality children. We’ve tried and tested the best drinks for kids at Starbucks and can’t wait to share our recommendations with you.
Starbucks Drinks for Kids
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When running into Starbucks for your daily coffee fix, I’m sure there are often times when you have a little one running in with you too. Talk to your child about these Starbucks kid-friendly drinks in the car, so that by the time you get to the cash register, they’ll know exactly what to order.
You’d be surprised by how memorable the experience of walking into a Starbucks coffee store is for a child. The moment the door is opened, their senses are triggered. There’s a strong smell of coffee floating throughout the air, their ears are enveloped by the sound of the milk frother whipping up something delicious, and sometimes there may even be holiday decor up to stimulate those eyes and bring on some holiday cheer.
I wish we could find an official Starbucks Kids Menu. My girls and I went on a taste testing session for you that included some of our tried and tested Starbucks drinks for kids as well as some new suggestions we found online.
Before we get started on the list, here are some tips from Rickie (@rickietd), a Starbucks coffee barista, who shared on TikTok some Starbucks drinks for kids tips:
You can order your favorite Starbucks drinks for adults in a kid-friendly version (including holiday favorites) by doing the following:
- Always say the word “kids” before saying the name of the drink so that the drink will automatically come in a kid friendly size and will be served at a kid friendly temperature (130 degrees F) – ALWAYS exercise caution with kids and hot drinks
- Any drink that has the word, “Mocha” in it should be substituted with the word, “hot chocolate” for example: Peppermint Mocha should be Peppermint Hot Chocolate.
- Any drink that ends in the word Latte should be substituted with the word, “creme” “Caramel Brule Lattee” should be called “Caramel Brule Creme”
Starbucks Kids Menu
1. Starbucks Kids Hot Chocolate
Ah! The good old hot chocolate. Everybody’s favorite. Mixed with optional Vanilla syrup, it is available in an 8-ounce cup at a temperature of 130° F. Kids love whipped cream, and this has lots of it combined with a chocolate drizzle. So, if your kiddo has a thing for chocolate drinks, this is the drink you want to treat them with. Don’t forget the delicious whipped cream for a perfectly topped winter classic.
You can try a twist on the hot chocolate by getting Peppermint hot chocolate. We LOVE the Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate.
Kids Rating: Love it!.
Who can resist a chilled lemonade on a hot summer day? If you are going to get one for your kids, make sure to sweeten it up by asking for additional syrup. Personally, I like it a little sweeter than its standard taste.
My kid’s thoughts: We didn’t get to try this one yet.
3. Caramel Apple Spice
As a kid, we all had something special with apples. The Caramel Apple Spice from Starbucks includes steamed apple juice, cinnamon syrup, a drizzle of caramel, and some whipped cream.
My kid’s thoughts: We did not like this at all.
4. Crème Frappuccinos
Who doesn’t love a Frappuccino? While my Frappuccino of choice is the coffee-filled Caramel Frappuccino, I’m happy to order my children a kid-friendly Starbucks drink version like the Vanilla Cream Frappuccino. The crème-based Frappuccino such as vanilla bean doesn’t have coffee. It’s a perfect drink for the kids in the back seat to match mommy.
There is a Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino, Strawberry Creme Frappuccino and Chocolate Creme Frappuccino.
Of all the Starbucks drinks for kids, I think this is our favorite!
My kids thoughts: Always a win!
Almost all Starbucks smoothies contain bananas. Don’t kids love bananas? With the health benefits they bring, it’s a win-win for everyone. Yes, you can make smoothies at home, but don’t let your kids miss out on the delicious frozen strawberry or orange smoothies from Starbucks.
6. Starbucks Babyccino
While this isn’t on the menu, you can easily request this by asking for a cup of steamed milk with extra froth. My kids used to love Babyccino’s when we lived in South Africa. Whenever we’d go have a hot coffee, the kids would always choose a Babyccino. Babyccino’s don’t have to be a little kid drink anymore! The Starbucks twist amps up the size and tastes oh so yummy.
Size available: 8 oz cup
My kids thought: Love it!
7. Cinnamon Dolce Steamer
A steamer isn’t coffee. But your kid might think it is. It is freshly steamed milk with added flavor combined with some whipped cream toppings. The cinnamon dolce syrup is a unique twist to this. It includes cinnamon dolce syrup and whipped cream.
My kids thought: We didn’t get to try it because the syrup was out of stock.
8. Iced Strawberry Milk
Iced Strawberry Milk is a customized drink. You can ask for tall milk on ice, shaken with an average pump of strawberry puree. The best thing about this drink is that you can choose the milk of your liking.
My kid’s thoughts: It was nice.
9. Pumpkin Creme
Oh the excitement that is Starbucks seasonal drinks. This Starbucks drink for kids is perfect for Fall. It includes milk, pumpkin sauce, pumpkin spice and whipped cream.
My kids thoughts: Yum!
10. Blended Juice Drink
Have you tried the fresh-pressed juices from Starbucks? I was also amazed when I first learned that you could order different juices blended. All you have to do is ask the barista to blend any of the fresh juices. Pumped with ice, it makes a great slushie experience for your kids. Or even for you!
11. Steamers (Example: Steamed Vanilla Milk)
Steamers are just frothed up milk. You can ask them to use the milk of your choice or use the standard 2% milk version. Ask for a tall steamed milk with a pump or two of the syrup of your choice. I’d suggest 2 pumps of vanilla syrup. I also mentioned the Cinnamon Dolce Steamer above, it’s also a steamer but uses a different syrup.
12. The Pink Drink
The famous Starbucks Pink Drink is a popular Starbucks refresher beverage that is made with ice, Strawberry Acai Base, Starbucks coconut milk blend and freeze-dried strawberries.
This drink is my 12-year old’s absolute favorite drink and it comes highly recommended.
Warmed up plain milk is nice and cozy for a winter’s day. Sure, you can make this at home too… but if you are already out and about then this is a safe option.
14. Warmed up boxed milk
You can ask the barista to warm up boxed milk you’ve purchased from their fridge area too. They normally sell boxed Horizon milk.
Yes, there have been many times where one of my picky children just got water. They’d often leave the fancier drinks I ordered for them almost full and I’m not one for wastage. The next few times I ordered my little one water and she was as happy as could be! Plus, atleast. she drank the water! Sometimes, the best Starbucks drinks for kids may be simple solutions like water and milk.
16. Pup Cup
The Pup Cup is actually for puppy’s but baby’s/toddlers love them too! All it is, is a cup of whipped cream. Pup cup’s are great for sensory exploration and the best part is when your little one flips their cup over, nothing is likely to fall out! Woohoo! Plus it’s free!
My Starbucks baby absolutely loved it! I think we have a future Starbucks fan here.
17. Sour Patch Drink – Ventil Lemonade
This TikTok Creation drink isn’t on the menu and is full of sugar but can be ordered like this:
Ask for: Ventil Lemonade + 6 pumps of raspberry syrup and strawberry acai on top. It’s high in sugar but fun to try if you aren’t sugar averse. It tastes and looks like sour patch candies.
Q1. Can I order a drink with less sugar content than the standard?
If you are going to buy hot chocolate for your kid and want less sugar, you can ask them to lower the sugar content. Starbucks allows customizations according to your preferences.
Q2: Do these drinks contain caffeine?
Some of them do. Chocolate and refreshers (like the pink drink) contain caffeine. Some in the above list are Starbucks caffeine-free drinks.
Q3: Are the kid’s size of drinks different?
The kid’s size Starbucks drinks are generally around 8 oz or 12 oz cups.
Q4: What is the Starbucks Kids Drink temperature?
The Starbucks kids drink temperature is 130 degrees F.
Best drinks for kids at Starbucks
Don’t have time to actually get out to Starbucks and prefer to make the drinks at home? Then these Starbucks for kids suggestions include my personal favorite kids drinks from Starbucks that taste just as magical at home.
Starbucks Hot Chocolate
This Starbucks hot chocolate powder is delicious! Plus, making hot chocolate at home is far more cost-effective.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
The Starbucks Peppermint hot chocolate is one of my favorite drinks. My kids love it because it’s the perfect winter drink to warm them up.