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Cotton Candy Frappuccino (Feel Like A Kid Again)

A candy store is a place where all children’s dreams come true. And going back to the scene of our childhood can make us feel like a kid again. It turns out Starbucks has a secret menu with a cotton candy Frappuccino that may trigger nostalgia. But navigating the secret menu is tricky, and not to mention—you need to know exactly how to order what you want.

The good news is that many secret menu drinks are easy to try at home! And the cotton candy Frappuccino is one of the easiest Starbucks recipes to make. In this guide, we’ll dive into the simple cotton candy Frappuccino recipe and learn how to order the secret Frappuccino at Starbucks.

What You Need

  • 2 cups of ice
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tbsp sweetener
  • whipped cream
  • raspberry syrup or raspberry jelly


Prep Time:

5-10 minutes


One 355 ml serving

How To Make A Cotton Candy Frappuccino

Frappuccinos are blended Starbucks drinks made with simple ingredients. The simplest frappuccinos are blended coffee, milk, and ice. But the list goes on; you can add many other ingredients. There’s even a recipe for making a cola Frappuccino.

It is easy to make homemade Frappuccinos, but sometimes we are too lazy and simply wonder – “Does Starbucks still have cotton candy frappuccino?” Luckily, it has, and this copycat recipe is about Starbucks’s secret menu item—the cotton candy Frappuccino. First, let’s see how to make this raspberry treat at home and then how you can order your Starbucks coffee drink.

Cotton Candy Frappuccino

Step 1: Prepare Your Ice

Ice is the base of the Frappuccino, so getting the ice right is crucial. The two cups of ice should be two cups of crushed ice. You can crush ice in the following ways:

  • Put ice cubes in a plastic bag and use a wooden spoon to break up the cubes
  • Put ice cubes in a blender and use the lowest setting to chop the cubes (1).

Pro Tip: Use coffee ice cubes instead of water ice cubes for an added coffee flavour (2). You can also use iced milk cubes to create a creamier flavour, more like a milkshake.

Step 2: Add Raspberry Syrup

Use homemade raspberry syrup or raspberry jam. Remember that the raspberry gives the cotton candy Frappuccino its cotton candy flavour. Raspberry jam, jelly, or preservatives don’t matter and won’t change your cotton candy Frappuccino much.

Pro Tip: You can add a few fresh raspberries for an even more intense flavour.

Step 3: Add Milk And Blend Everything

Use whatever milk you want. Any milk will work, from skim to oat. Once you have all the ingredients together, blend everything until it’s smooth, but be careful not to over-blend!

Pro Tip: When everything is mixed, you’ll see an even colour in the blender.

Step 4: Add Toppings And Enjoy

Serve your Frappuccino in a large glass and top it with the classic topping choices, from whipped cream, extra raspberry syrup, and whole raspberries.

How To Order A Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino

While it’s fun and easy to craft a cotton candy Frappuccino DIY, you can actually order this drink at Starbucks. It just isn’t called a cotton candy Frappuccino (3).

Step 1: Order A Vanilla Bean Frappuccino

The base for the cotton candy drink is a regular Vanilla Bean Frappuccino. Order whatever size you want; you can make it work with step two.

Step 2: Add Raspberry Syrup

Another ingredient for this secret menu drink is raspberry syrup. Add 1 pump for a tall, 1.5 pumps for a grande, and 2 pumps for a venti (4). If you feel the need, adjust the number of pumps next time until you get just the right amount of flavour.

Honest Advice: Don’t get the cotton candy Frappuccino confused with the Pink Drink; they aren’t the same!

Finally, you are left wondering what a cotton candy frappuccino tastes like? A Cotton Candy Frappuccino is made with raspberry syrup and a cream base, so it will taste like creamy raspberry or cotton candy.

Final Thoughts

The Starbucks cotton candy Frappuccino is a wonderful secret menu drink at Starbucks that will have you thinking of childhood again. If you ever wondered what is a cotton candy frappuccino made of and whether you can make it at home, we hope this guide helped you find the answers!

Want to make it at home? No problem—all you’ll need is to blend ice, milk, coffee, and raspberry syrup. Otherwise, be careful while ordering this drink in Starbucks because many baristas are unfamiliar with the original recipe.


Yes, the cotton candy Frappuccino is kid friendly. Baristas put a Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino base, so it has no caffeine.

In a Grande Cotton Candy Frappuccino, there are 280 calories.

Price varies depending on location, but you can expect to pay $6.15 for a Grande Vanilla Bean Frappuccino plus extra for the raspberry syrup.

A Grande Cotton Candy Frappuccino has 55 grams of sugar and 4.5 grams of fat.

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