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More Drinks on Starbucks' 'Secret Menu'

Posted: 02/10/2012 12:10 pm

Last August I had a revelatory experience. A good friend, and Starbucks non-enthusiast, had accompanied me to the local 'bucks to pick up a quick drink. I ordered my usual, reciting the string of descriptors with the greatest of ease. And she... well, she ordered something I had never heard of -- an Iced Grande Dirty Chai (Photo Credit: Flickr/SophieSchieli).

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I was floored. How had she gotten this intel? And how had it evaded me for so long? And man was this drink good.

Slideshow: More Drinks on Starbucks' 'Secret Menu'

Naturally, I began to wonder about the other off-the-menu items I had been missing out on, and how many there were. As it turned out, quite a lot. Green Eyes and Double-Dirty Chais, Zebra Mochas and Crunch Berry Frappuccinos -- an entire "secret menu," revealed.

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When I shared what I'd learned shortly thereafter, it sparked a flood of comments from fans and haters, former employees and current Starbucks baristas alike. Most were in fervent agreement about one particular point: These drinks and their oh-so-clever names are not universal, so if you're planning on ordering one, you better know how to tell your barista to prepare it. (That, and to be prepared to pay a little extra for these special drinks.)

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It's a fair point. After all, as many eagerly noted, these drinks are largely the invention of customers and employees, and are not part of a widely recognized "secret menu" à la In-N-Out. And, as is common with this sort of word-of-mouth game, things tend to get lost in translation. One man's zebra mocha is another's black and white mocha, is another's penguin mocha.

Still, an impressive number of commenters chimed in with their own creations, making for an intriguing list of additions. Read on to see what was shared -- you might discover a new favorite drink.

Maryse Chevriere, The Daily Meal

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  • Thin Mint Frappuccino

    Another drink that borrows its name and flavor from the Girl Scout Cookie repertoire is this creation, which, according to commenter Julie Adkins is made by blending the Tazo Green Tea Crème Frappuccino with chocolate syrup and java chips. According to her, it’s "heaven in a cup." We imagine adding a pump of peppermint syrup wouldn’t hurt the combination either. <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Best Fruit and Vegetable Combinations for Juice Diets</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/TerryJohnston</strong></a>

  • Snickers Frappuccino

    "We do know a lot of these drinks and more," noted Annalise, a commenter and a self-described Starbucks barista. "Try a Snickers Frappuccino: Java Chip Frappuccino with two pumps of toffee nut and a caramel drizzle on top. It tastes just like a Snickers." <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>America's Best Dive Bars</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/AlexOslo</strong></a>

  • Banana Cream Pie Frappuccino

    According to an anonymous The Daily Meal commenter, "At our store (licensed), my favorite drink is a Vanilla Bean [Crme Frappuccino] with vanilla [and] hazelnut [syrups], whipped cream, and a whole banana. But I am prepared to pay the $6 for a grande and I dont call it out or refer to it as a Banana Cream Pie, which is what it tastes like and the nickname it has acquired." <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Best (and Worst) Hot Chocolate to Buy</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/heykellieee</strong></a>

  • Apple Juice Orange Blossom

    This combination of Tazo Orange Blossom Tea steeped in steamed apple juice (with no water), is what one anonymous The Daily Meal commenter calls "a perfect tasty tea alternative for us non-coffee drinkers." <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Check Out This Starbucks in a Shipping Container</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/Helga's Lobster Stew</strong></a>

  • The Grasshopper Frappuccino

    Recommended by another The Daily Meal commenter who identified themselves as a barista, the Grasshopper Frappuccino consists of a Mocha Frappuccino blended with java chips and peppermint syrup. "It tastes like mint chip ice cream and is a personal favorite. <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>10 Coolest Wineries to Visit</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/GabrielaP93</strong></a>

  • The Dirty Hippy

    Prefer your Dirty Chai Tea Latte with soy milk instead of regular milk? According to one barista commenter, thats called a Dirty Hippy. <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Reviewing Starbucks New Blond Roast</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/vmiramontes</strong></a>

  • Marble Mocha Macchiato

    Says an anonymous barista commenter, "The Marble Mocha Macchiato is a twist on the signature Caramel Macchiato. White mocha on the bottom with no whip, shot on the top and mocha drizzle." <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Best Athlete Drink Endorsement Ads</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/TerryJohnston</strong></a>

  • Cookies & Cream Frappuccino

    Per a commenter, this is a White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino blended with java chips and a dash of peppermint syrup. <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>9 Things That Make Your Bartender Really Mad</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/kevinspencer</strong></a>

  • Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino

    According commenter and Starbucks barista, Jonathan, this combination of Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino and cinnamon dolce syrup tastes just like the popular breakfast pastry. <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>How to Find America's "Hidden" Bars</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/animaster</strong></a>

  • Bootleg Brulée

    Per a commenter, this creation involves adding "two shots to any white mocha, and add toffee nut [syrup] and caramel drizzle." <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Click Here to see More Drinks on Starbucks' "Secret Menu"</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/TomenoNaoki</strong></a>


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