Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino: Very Legit Recipe

When I heard about the Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino, I knew I had to get it. 

To be fair, I was skeptical. How can a drink bring together the flavor of cream cheese frosting, the pillowy dough, and caramelized cinnamon sugar?

Here is my revelation in a copycat recipe.

Topics Explored

  1. What Is A Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino?
  2. Taste & Appearance
  3. How To Order One At Starbucks
  4. Other Variations
  5. How to Make Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino From Home
  6. FAQs

What Is A Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino?

The Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino is a vanilla bean frappuccino blended with white mocha syrup and cinnamon dolce syrup.

It’s then topped with whipped cream and cinnamon dolce powder.

You won’t find this frappuccino on the menu, as it’s a secret menu item. This means you need to instruct your barista step by step.

Cinnamon Roll Frapp Copycat

The Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino emerged a few years ago as a secret menu item and gained popularity mainly because it had to be handmade. 

Like many other secret menu items, it took social media by storm, and people, including me, wanted to try it out. 

It followed the path of other viral secret menu items like the Pink Drink, Strawberry Foam Matcha Latte, and Sour Patch Kid drink.


Taste & Appearance: Cinnamon Roll Frapp

At first glance, it looked like any other frappuccino I’ve had from Starbucks. 

But a few looks and sips later, I’ve found out what makes the Cinnamon Roll Frapp special.

Combine Cinnamon Ingredients

Ingredients

The ingredient list is not overly complicated; we have the base, syrups, and toppings. The base is the Vanilla Bean Frappucino: vanilla powder, milk, and ice.

The syrups are white mocha sauce and cinnamon dolce, 1 pump each for tall, 2 for grande, and 3 pumps for venti. 

The toppings are whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprinkles or powder.

Appearance

The top exceeded my expectations!

The cinnamon dolce powder gets into the crevices of the piped whipped cream, and it almost looks like a cinnamon roll.

The whipped cream is a cream cheese frosting dupe while the cinnamon dolce sprinkles substitutes the caramelized cinnamon sugar.

Flavor

Flavorwise I wasn’t expecting a lot, and the Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino came through. 

If you’ve ever had a Cinnamon Dolce latte, the flavor is similar, but the blended ice makes the frappuccino more refreshing

Overall, it’s a nice frozen treat to get once in a while.


How To Order A Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino At Starbucks?

If you get anxious about how to order a Cinnamon Roll frappuccino or any other secret menu item, we have your back. Just repeat these steps to the barista politely.

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1. Choose Drink Size 

Start by deciding on the drink size. Then order a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino in that size. Ask to make customizations. 

2. Add White Mocha Syrup 

Ask the barista to add 1 pump of White Mocha syrup for a tall, 2 pumps for a grande, or 3 for a venti.

3. Add Cinnamon Dolce Syrup

Ask the barista to add Cinnamon Dolce syrup in the same ratio as above and blend the drink.

4. Add Whipped Cream & Cinnamon Dolce Powder 

Top the drink with whipped cream and Cinnamon Dolce powder. Thank the barista for their patience and enjoy your frappuccino!


Other Cinnamon Frappuccino Variations

Cinnamon in coffee is not a groundbreaking discovery; in fact, there are already a handful of frappuccinos with cinnamon. 

If you like this warming, sweet spice, I’d recommend trying the following drinks.

1. Cinnamon Toast Frappuccino

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Frappuccino
Photo by Starbucks

Cinnamon Toast Frappuccino is a coffee version of the popular cereal. If you enjoyed it as a kid, this drink is for you.

Ask for a White Mocha frappuccino; add Cinnamon Dolce Sprinkles, Cinnamon Dolce syrup, and hazelnut syrup. 

The syrup ratios are 1 pump for a tall, 1.5 for a grande, and 2 for a venti. Don’t forget to top the drink with whipped cream and Cinnamon Dolce powder sugar. (1)

Ingredients:

  • Coffee Frappuccino Roast
  • Milk
  • Ice
  • White Mocha Sauce
  • Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
  • Hazelnut Syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cinnamon Dolce Sprinkles

2. Snickerdoodle Mocha Frappuccino

Snickerdoodle Frapp
Photo by Starbucks

The Snickerdoodle Mocha Creme Frappuccino is easy to order as it’s not a secret menu item but part of the regular menu at Starbucks.

It’s made with their creme base, whole milk, toffee nut, Cinnamon Dolce, and caramel syrup. 

The mocha sauce is layered in the middle and topped with whipped cream. Of course, there are Cinnamon Dolce sprinkles on top.

Ingredients:

  • Creme Base
  • Milk
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
  • Caramel Syrup
  • Toffee Nut Syrup
  • Mocha Sauce
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cinnamon Dolce Sprinkles

3. Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino

Did you know that the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino features cinnamon powder and Cinnamon Dolce Sprinkles

Besides the pumpkin sauce and toppings, this frappuccino is heavy on cinnamon too.

Unlike the Pumpkin Spice latte, the frappuccino is lighter and more refreshing. (2)

Ingredients:

  • Coffee Frappuccino Roast
  • Milk
  • Ice
  • Pumpkin Spice Sauce
  • Whipped Cream
  • Pumpkin Spice Topping

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino From Home

As I sipped my drink, I wondered how to make a Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino at home.

It took some trial and error, but this homemade version is as delicious as the real deal.

How To Make Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino

Copycat Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino

Yield: 1 serving (~16 oz)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Below you'll learn how to make a Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino for one, so if you're willing to share, double the ingredients!

Ingredients

  • Vanilla Ice Cream: 1 cup
  • Milk: ⅓ cup
  • White Mocha Sauce: 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon Syrup (see below): 3 - 4 tbsp
  • Ice: ¾ cup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cinnamon Powder

Cinnamon Syrup Ingredients

  • Granulated Sugar: ¼ cup
  • Brown Sugar: ¼ cup
  • Water: ½ cup
  • Cinnamon Powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 splash

Instructions

  1. Start by preparing the cinnamon syrup. In a saucepan, combine the sugars, water, vanilla extract, and cinnamon powder. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.Cinnamon Frapp Ingredients
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the syrup steep for 10 minutes. If you want your syrup to be clear, strain it using a cheesecloth.Cinnamon Syrup
  3. In a blender, combine the milk, White Mocha sauce, and chilled cinnamon syrup. Pulse for a few seconds to mix well.Add White Mocha Sauce
  4. In the same blender, add the vanilla ice cream and ice. Blend until the mixture is smooth. If it looks too thick, add more milk.Ice Cream Into Mix
  5. Once the frappuccino is done, transfer it into a tall glass. You might have to scoop it as it's thicker than regular coffee drinks.Cinnamon Frapp Into Jar
  6. Top the frappuccino with whipped cream and sprinkle some cinnamon powder on top. Pick a wide straw and enjoy your Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino. Homemade Cinnamon Roll Frapp

Summary

Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino

The Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino was another viral drink that almost lived up to its hype.

While it doesn’t taste like a bite of a warm cinnamon roll, it’s still delicious and refreshing. With our homemade recipe, it’s even cheap to make! 


FAQs

Is the Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino good?

The final verdict: is the Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino good? It tastes good, almost like a Cinnamon Dolce latte, but frozen and lighter. 

The top resembles an iced cinnamon roll thanks to the Cinnamon Dolce sprinkles and whipped cream. It’s the closest it can get to an actual cinnamon roll.

Does the Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino have coffee in it?

No, the Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino doesn’t contain any caffeine. While most frapps at Starbucks are made with their frapp roast, the creme-based frappuccinos don’t have any caffeine. 

It uses the Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino as a base, therefore, it’s caffeine-free.

Does Starbucks have a Cinnamon Dolce Frappuccino?

The Cinnamon Dolce Frappuccino was introduced as a seasonal item, and it was discontinued in 2021. 

However, it’s easy to recreate it by ordering a Coffee Frappuccino and adding Cinnamon Dolce syrup, whipped cream, and Cinnamon Dolce sprinkles on top. The only downside is that stores often run out of Cinnamon Dolce syrup and sprinkles.

Verified Sources

Wondering where your info comes from? We totally understand. Hey Joe only obtains our information from reputable sources. Contents from this article are sourced from the following publications:

  1. Starbucks Secret Menu: https://starbuckssecretmenu.net/starbucks-secret-menu-cinnamon-toast-crunch-frappuccino/
  2. Starbucks: https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/427/iced?parent=%2Fdrinks%2Ffrappuccino-blended-beverages%2Fcoffee-frappuccino
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