Most kids are just as obsessed with Starbucks as their parents. Just because we need our morning cup of coffee doesn’t mean they should feel left out. There are plenty of Starbucks drinks for kids that are entirely caffeine-free that your local barista can make for your little!
Here is a list of delicious Starbucks drinks your child is sure to love!
For a list of kid-friendly Starbucks snacks to pair with the best Starbucks drinks, read our blog post: 7 Tasty Starbucks Snacks for Kids
Ten Starbucks Drinks for Kids You Have to Try!
1. Kids Hot Chocolate
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Who doesn’t love a warm hot chocolate? This is surely one of the most popular Starbucks drinks for kids!
Don’t worry about it being too hot for your little! Your barista will take an 8 oz cup (or tall) and heat it to only 130 degrees to ensure it’s not scalding hot!
You can even order it lukewarm, where it is served at 100 degrees. 2% milk is the default milk used, but you can always sub it for organic (the kid’s horizon brand), soy milk, nonfat milk, almond milk, or whole milk.
Want to make yummy hot chocolate at home? Check out this blog post on DIY hot cocoa bombs!
Yep- you guessed it! Have you heard of Starbucks ‘ infamous Puppaccino? Well, a babyccino is more than just whipped cream!
It’s similar to a regular cappuccino except there’s no espresso. Again, it’s standard that they use 2%, but you can substitute it with alternative milk to fit your preference.
Your kid will love the fluffy, frothy texture of one of their beloved beverages steamed to perfection.
3. Purple Drink
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Not all teas have caffeine!
The Starbucks passion tea is a caffeine-free option that is the main ingredient in the Purple Drink at Starbucks. It contains passion iced tea, soy milk, blackberries, and vanilla-flavored syrup.
The great thing about Starbucks is that the drinks are entirely customizable!
If you are worried about the drink’s sugar content, you can always get sugar-free vanilla syrup (called the non-classic) or choose the number of pumps of vanilla syrup, or go syrup-free and sweeten it to your liking with their options of sugar or stevia packets!
Your kid will be enamored with the color of their fun drink and feel just like a mini version of you. You can also order the Pink drink to match! The pink beverages are made with the strawberry acai refresher and do contain caffeine.
4. Blended Strawberry Lemonade
The blended strawberry lemonade is a blended mixture of strawberry puree, lemonade, and crème base (the base they put in frappuccinos to make them blend better).
This Starbucks drink for kids does not require any extra sweetener and can be watered down if you want to lessen the sugar content even more. You can also ask for fresh strawberries added on top!
5. Blended Juice
Are you in a hurry, but your little is persistent about wanting a treat from Starbucks? Just order them a blended juice!
You can have one of their freshly pressed juices blended or have your pick of the variety of kid’s juice boxes that are in the front. Your kid will instantly be satisfied when they see that you got them a slushie from Starbucks!
6. Crème-Based Frappuccinos
Now that we are on the topic of blended beverages, Starbucks has a couple of cream-based frappuccinos that are entirely free of any caffeine or coffee. There are Strawberries and Creme, Double Chocolatey Chip, and Vanilla Bean.
With any of these delicious beverages, your kid will feel included during your Starbucks run! Something to note though- if you are concerned about your child’s sugar consumption, you might want to take a close look at each of these beverages! They are high in sugar content!
7. Warmed Milk
Another quick and easy option is to have the barista warm up the milk of your choice. You can always grab one of the Horizon milks from the front, maybe even choose chocolate.
But, the more their drink looks like coffee, the more fun your kid will have playing pretend to be just like you!
8. Blended Milk and Chocolate Sauce
Ask the barista to blend milk of your choice to make it similar to a frappuccino. It is up to your personal preference if you have the barista add a crème base or not. (If your kiddo is sensitive to lactose, ask for a dairy-free option like soy or coconut milk!)
Then have them drizzle a small amount of chocolate sauce for a “fancy” look and add a little whipped cream on top, so they feel extra special with their “mommy drink.” Make sure you snap a picture to save this memory forever!
9. A Smoothie
Did you know that Starbucks offers a small selection of smoothies? A smoothie is always a safe choice for kids.
The flavors they offer are strawberry, mango, and chocolate. Each smoothie contains banana, 2% milk, and whey protein. The strawberry and mango include real fruit puree. The chocolate relies on mocha syrup for its chocolatey flavor.
There is a small catch–the smoothies are served in a 16-ounce cup (grande). A smoothie is a drink that you can either share or have the barista provide you with an 8-ounce kids cup (tall size) that you can fill with some smoothie, so they can feel like a real Starbucks kid!
10. Steamed Apple Juice
What kid doesn’t enjoy apple juice? With a Starbucks, 100% pressed apple juice, you can order steamed apple juice.
That will make the perfect warm beverage for your kid to enjoy on a cold day. You can even ask for some cinnamon powder on top or the cinnamon dolce syrup to make it feel more like a warm apple cider.
Then go ahead and order yourself a Pumpkin Spice Latte because ’tis the season. Both you and your kid will be feeling festive before you reach the bottom of your cups!
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A trip to Starbucks can be a treat that you enjoy with your children on occasion. So many parents enjoy getting out of the house with their kids and bonding over things that we enjoy doing together, even if it’s something as small as getting a drink in the morning from Starbucks.
We hope this list made ordering Starbucks drinks for kids a little easier!
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*blog has been edited November 2021