Sssh… Starbucks Secret Menu becomes just a bit less secret

The Starbucks Secret Menu, while not so much of a secret anymore, is an online compilation of drink recipes for customers to order that can’t be found on the traditional menu. In the past, this menu has created drinks that have become so popular and beloved that they were even added to the normal menu, such as the Pink Drink and the Honey Citrus Mint Tea. However, these drinks are only the tip of the iceberg, with a plethora of other creations awaiting to be ordered. To help you navigate this not-so-mysterious menu, I have taken the liberty of trying three of the most popular drinks and letting you know if they’re worth it.

Birthday Cake Frappuccino

One of the most popular secret menu concoctions, the Birthday Cake Frappuccino is definitely a drink for those with a major sweet tooth. To order this, say you want a vanilla bean frappuccino with two pumps of hazelnut syrup. If you’re extra, you can even ask the barista to blend a birthday cake pop into the drink. Despite having a sweet tooth myself, I must say I was not the biggest fan of this drink. The hazelnut flavor was too strong, and the overall taste didn’t seem like cake at all to me. It wasn’t awful, but it definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. I guess I just had too high of hopes.

RATING: 5.7/10

Oreo Frappuccino

Next, we have the Oreo Frappuccino, which is a delectable drink for cookies and cream lovers everywhere. To order this, say you want a double chocolate chip frappuccino blended with white mocha sauce instead of regular mocha, and topped with whip cream and cookie crumbles, if you wish. Honestly, this drink was much better than I expected and was probably the first frappuccino I’ve enjoyed since 2017. It was surprisingly not too sweet and had a nice chocolate flavor. I definitely liked this more than the birthday cake one, and I would maybe even recommend it.

RATING: 8.3/10

White Chocolate Cinnamon Chai Latte

Lastly, we have the White Chocolate Cinnamon Chai Latte, which basically tastes exactly as it sounds (no complaints). To order this, say you want a chai latte––you can order it hot or iced depending on your preference––with two pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup and two pumps of white mocha syrup. You can also add whipped cream and a drizzle cinnamon dolce, or a sprinkle with cinnamon powder. Like most variations of the chai latte, this drink tastes like fall in a cup. It was pretty sweet, with the cinnamon and vanilla flavors more prominent than a normal chai, but I honestly really liked it.
RATING: 8.5/10