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I Was a Starbucks Barista: Here Are the Secret Fall Menu Items You’ve Never Heard Of

There are plenty of secret fall menu items that Starbucks baristas would recommend to get the most out of the autumn seasonal flavors.

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With the specialty ingredients that Starbucks releases during the fall season, comes even more secret menu drink items that will leave you longing for the next sip. While you may have no idea where to start when it comes to creating an off-the-menu beverage, you’ve come to the right place.

As a previous Starbucks barista, I’ve seen all the fall customizations, from those crafted by customer requests or through barista knowledge. Here are some of the most tasty secret fall menu drinks that you can order at Starbucks this autumn season!

I Was a Starbucks Barista: Here Are the Secret Fall Menu Items You've Never Heard Of

Starbucks Secret Fall Menu Items

Hopping right into the list, you should know that what makes these delicious drinks special is the use of seasonal ingredients. These include pumpkin spice sauce, pumpkin spice seasoning, apple brown sugar syrup, and apple drizzle. All of which enhance Starbucks beverages to give them a perfect spiced fall taste.

Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato with Apple Cold Foam

We’ll start off with a newer creation, which still has yet to receive a name. For now, we’ll call it the Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato with Apple Cold Foam. As you’d assume, this drink recipe starts with the Iced Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato.

On top of the beverage that’s already layered with oat milk and then espresso, ask for the addition of Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam, which has been blended together with some apple drizzle. On top of the decadent sip, get a few cinnamon dolce sprinkles. The foam adds an extra level of spiced apple deliciousness that just might be what you’re missing.

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Caramel Pumpkin Macchiato

This next one I actually saw quite a lot during my time as a barista at Starbucks, and for good reason. The Caramel Pumpkin Macchiato is a truly tasty experience, full of sweet and rich flavor. Start this creation by ordering a Caramel Macchiato from the regular menu, hot or iced is your choice.

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This drink is typically made with pumps of vanilla syrup, but in this case, you’ll want to substitute that for the seasonal pumpkin sauce. You’ll still get your choice of milk, layered with shots of espresso, and finished off with a nice caramel drizzle. To really bring in that pumpkin flavor, ask for some pumpkin spice topping, as well.

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

Another pumpkin delight is the Pumpkin Hot Chocolate, which is the perfect way to get a warm and cozy sip during the cooler autumn days. The Starbucks Hot Chocolate is made with their chocolate mocha sauce, whatever milk type you prefer, whipped cream, and additional mocha drizzle.

For the fall version of this delicious beverage, you’ll want to ask for a bit of pumpkin sauce to be added to the mix. I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to take it a step further by sprinkling some pumpkin spice seasoning on top.

Cinderella Latte

It would be no surprise if you already know of this secret menu recipe, as the Cinderella Latte has actually gained a bit of popularity over the years. The drink gets its name from the idea of a “white pumpkin,” much like the carriage seen in the Cinderella movie.

This is also a pretty simple customization, as you simply have to order a beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte hot or iced and add some white chocolate mocha sauce for a richer and sweeter drink. Trust me, it’s as popular among baristas as it is among customers.

Pumpkin Spice Latte
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Pumpkin Patch Latte

Another twist on the classic drink that is the Pumpkin Spice Latte is the Pumpkin Patch Latte. Again, it’s super easy to get this drink, whether you order it iced or hot.

With the Pumpkin Spice Latte as the base, all you have to do is ask for a couple of scoops of green tea matcha powder to be added to the mix. This small change truly transitions the flavor of the drink into something really unique.

Fall in a Cup

The Fall in a Cup latte truly tastes as seasonal as you can get. Once again, you’ll want to start with an iced or hot Pumpkin Spice Latte, as this will already give you those spiced flavors you’re probably craving.

To this, you’ll want to add some pumps of caramel syrup and chai for even more sweetly spiced goodness. On top, ask for some whipped cream, pumpkin spice seasoning, and caramel drizzle. These flavors all complement each other beautifully, creating the perfect drink that literally tastes like fall in a cup.

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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chai

Speaking of chai, the Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chai is yet another way to enjoy the spices of autumn with a bit of a twist. As you’d expect, the base of this drink is the Chai Tea Latte, but you’ll want to add a bit more chai for this creation.

You’ll also want to ask for some pumps of pumpkin spice sauce and pumps of mocha syrup to be added to the latte. This truly makes the beverage a decadent pick for the season. To finish it off, get some whipped cream and pumpkin spice seasoning.

Pumpkin Pie Frappuccino

Moving onto the secret fall menu blended options, the Pumpkin Pie Frappuccino is for sure the way to go over the regular Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino, though that is what you want to order at first.

However, I recommend customizing it by adding a bit of cinnamon dolce syrup, cinnamon dolce sprinkles, and whipped cream to the mix to get the classic pumpkin pie flavors. Once it’s all blended, get some more whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprinkles on top to really pull it all together.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Frappuccino

The next option is another pumpkin dessert-inspired creation. The Pumpkin Cheesecake Frappuccino again starts off with the Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino. Just like the drink above, you’ll want to add some pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup.

Where this delicious Frappuccino differs is in the addition of scoops of vanilla bean powder and white mocha sauce, as well. This combination of ingredients makes for a creamy, spiced, rich, and sweet drink that really resembles the dessert it’s named after.

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Butterscotch Frappuccino

Though this last frozen secret drink option might seem more geared toward the winter holiday season, the base of the Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino definitely makes the Butterscotch Frappuccino a fall secret menu item.

To get this decadent and delicious treat, ask for pumps of caramel syrup and pumps of hazelnut syrup to be added to the pumpkin-flavored blended beverage. With caramel sauce drizzled on top of the whipped cream, you’ve got yourself a sweet and rich autumn drink.

Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Latte

The final drink on this list of secret fall menu items at Starbucks, I added more as an honorable mention. Though the Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Latte is technically now on the official menu at the worldwide coffee chain, it only made it there due to the number of people, both baristas and customers, that would order it when the fall season hit.

Before this year, this popular drink was a go-to for everyone creating their own fall drink. It starts off with an Iced Chai Tea Latte that’s topped with Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam and pumpkin spice seasoning. It’s a simple yet effective sweet and spiced autumn beverage!

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Wrapping Up the Season

Hopefully, this list of delicious fall items from the Starbucks secret menu has piqued your interest and got you craving some of the spiced flavors present in these drinks. As a Starbucks barista, I can confirm that these are some seriously tasty treats.

Don’t stress about ordering something that’s not already on Starbucks’ coffee shop menu, either. It’s more common for people to customize their drinks than you might realize, and most baristas might even recommend it to get the most out of the fall seasonal offerings.

Happy Caffeinating!

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