When you pull up to the Starbucks drive-thru, kids in tow, you’re likely to receive a barrage of « I want something too! » »

Well, did you know that Starbucks actually has a ton of kid-friendly drinks that are perfect for your little one, whether they’re five or 15?

Here are the 13 best Starbucks drinks for kids that you need to try the next time you brew your coffee; just remember that the smallest size is probably best and ask the barista for the « child’s temperature. »

13 Best Starbucks Drinks for Kids You Need to Try


13. Hot chocolate

A kid-friendly classic in every way, Starbucks is made with mocha sauce and steamed milk.

A plus here is that mocha sauce only has about five grams of sugar per pump, so if you get the Kid size, which contains two pumps of mocha sauce, that’s only 10 grams of sugar total.

Additionally, you can opt for almond milk, which has the least amount of sugar – just seven grams, compared to 17 grams for oat milk and 26 grams for skim milk.

As with all hot drinks, be sure to ask for the “child’s temperature” when ordering; they will heat the milk to 130 degrees, instead of 160, thus preventing your child’s mouth from getting scalded.

12. Strawberry Cream Frappuccino

Cream Frappuccinos actually contain zero caffeine (and coffee), making them perfect for already hyper-disposed kids (and that would be all of them).

And the Strawberry Crème Frappuccino reigns supreme – who doesn’t love what a strawberry milkshake is?

Made with strawberry puree, ice, and milk (remember, you can add almond milk to reduce the sugar content a bit), this drink is totally sweet.

11. Caramel Apple Spice

An ideal drink during or after the pumpkin farm in the fall or a day of shopping in the winter, Caramel Apple Spice tastes like a candied apple.

Made with steamed apple juice, cinnamon syrup, whipped cream, and a drizzle of caramel, you can forgo the latter two ingredients if you want to cut down on calories and sugar.

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10. Frozen Strawberry Milk

You can’t go wrong with the simple ingredients in Starbucks Strawberry Iced Milk; it’s milk of your choice, strawberry puree and ice cream.

This sweet berry drink is like a dressed-up version of basic strawberry milk.

You can also ask for freeze-dried strawberries in the drink, for a little more texture and fun.

Or ask for it blended for a smoothie-like consistency that would be fun for older kids who can handle a thicker drink.

9. White hot chocolate

Like regular hot chocolate, white hot chocolate is a basic drink made with milk of your choice and mocha sauce.

It’s just that in this case the mocha sauce is white. This is a good alternative if your child isn’t a fan of regular chocolate – or if you don’t want to risk it spilling and staining their outfit.

If you order via the speaker, you will ask for the “child’s temperature”.

But if you order through the app, you can edit under Milk where it says « Milk Temperature » and change it to « Hot » for sensitive little mouths.

8. Vanilla bean frappuccino cream

Starbucks’ Vanilla Bean Frappuccino isn’t just great for kids – it’s great and well-loved by everyone.

Made with milk, vanilla bean powder and ice in the base, it’s a simple, sweet and delicious drink – reminiscent of a vanilla milkshake.

It’s ideal for picky eaters who turn their noses up at most flavors or for kids who don’t like fruit in their drinks.

Or, you can add a few pumps of syrup; raspberry or brown apple sugar will suit the most adventurous palates.

7. Brown Sugar Frozen Oat Milk

Brown Sugar Frozen Oat Milk

The children’s version of the Espresso Iced Shaken, this drink is naturally caffeine and coffee free.

Its oat milk, one to two pumps of brown sugar syrup and ice; you can ask for: a large oat milk with a few pumps of brown sugar syrup, over ice.

If you’re using the app, go to the Iced Shaken Espresso version and simply cancel the espresso shots.

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6. Steamed Vanilla Milk

For smaller children – say, two or more – who still want « what mommy or daddy have, » consider ordering the steamed vanilla milk for them.

It’s very basic: just steamed milk of your choice and a few pumps of vanilla syrup.

You can even opt for sugar-free vanilla syrup, to cut down on the sugar – they probably won’t notice the difference.

Or you can add any syrup your child will like, be it raspberry, hazelnut, caramel, etc.

5. Water with strawberry inclusions

If you’re having trouble getting water into your child, this is the ideal compromise: you get the satisfaction of seeing your child drink water, while they get a « fancy » drink from Starbucks.

It’s just a cup of water with strawberry inclusions, which are freeze-dried strawberries that are typically used in Refreshers.

Strawberries enhance the flavor of the water, making it subtly sweet and rich in berries, while adding little sugar or calories.

To order, simply ask for high water with strawberry inclusions; it’s not on the menu, but the baristas will know what to do.

4. Orange and mango smoothie

For older kids who can handle the thicker texture, there’s the Orange Mango smoothie at Starbucks.

It is made up of orange mango puree, blended banana, a little milk and two scoops of protein powder.

You can skip the protein powder, naturally, and replace it with almond milk instead of 2% (the default) to make it more kid-friendly and less sugary.

According to The Every Mom, the « purée is the only flavoring ingredient » (plus the banana), so it’s a healthier option for older kids.

3. Blended Strawberry Lemonade

Blended Strawberry Lemonade is so great for hot summer days, when you need a cold drink to cool hot tempers (or tantrums).

This caffeine-free drink is made with lemonade, strawberry puree, and ice, all blended to a smoothie consistency.

It’s also only 130 calories, with no fat, although there are 31 grams of sugar in a tall.

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Blended Strawberry Lemonade comes, obviously, in a single blend, but if you have some that isn’t quite up to the texture level, you can get the drink in a double blend.

This helps make the drink smoother and easier to pass through the small mouth hole (or straw).

2. Purple drink

Not to be confused with the Violet Drink – which is a version of Refreshers and therefore contains caffeine – the Purple Drink tastes as good as it looks.

You ask for: passion fruit iced tea and your choice of milk, a few pumps of vanilla syrup and inclusions of blueberries and blackberries.

The milk fades the color of the passion fruit iced tea to a lovely lighter purple, while making it creamier than the tea alone.

This drink is aimed at slightly older palates, especially with the fruit inclusions, as they could pose a choking hazard for very young children.

But if you’re confident your child can handle it, the Purple Drink is a wonderful treat for a warm spring day.

1. Babyccino

You can’t go wrong with steamed milk for toddlers, which is basically what this Babyccino is.

Although it’s not on the Starbucks menu, you can simply ask for a short or tall steamed milk with extra foam – and remember to ask for it at « kids’ temperature. »

Your little one will feel included, while getting a healthy dose of calcium and other nutrients.

To learn more, you can also read our articles on Starbucks infusions, Starbucks yogurt and Starbucks sauce vs. syrup.

Conclusion

Starbucks may not be the most obvious choice for kids’ drinks, but the menu — thanks to its many customizations — actually has plenty that will be suitable for kids.

Try it with one of these 13 Best Starbucks Drinks to get kids trying to start their love for the coffeeshop chain early!

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