What Is A Coolatta? (Bonus: Secret Menu Coolattas)

Have you seen the tall Dunkin Donuts cups filled with a slushie-like drink? That’s Coolatta, a classic Dunkin’s beverage available on their menu for over 22 years! What is a Coolatta?

A sweet frozen blended drink that keeps you cool when the sun shines a little too bright.

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  1. What is a Coolatta from Dunkin’?
  2. What are they made of?
  3. What are some of the best flavors?
  4. More questions

What is a Coolatta from Dunkin’?

Coolatta is a frozen blended drink made with a base and fruit juice, syrup, or fruit concentrate.

There are 3 staple options on the menu, including Blue Raspberry, Vanilla Bean, and Strawberry

Dunkin introduced many variations and coffee flavors seasonally through the years, and clients have crafted some interesting secret menu versions!

Vanilla Frapp Mix

Coolatta was created back in 1997 as a response to Starbucks’ introduction of the Frappucino.

The frozen drink was available in coffee flavors as well as fruit and classics like vanilla. During the years, over 24 different flavors were introduced and rotated.

Dunkin also introduced the Lite version, which came at ⅛  of the original calories.

The Coffee Coolatta

After decades of their initial introduction, Dunkin decided to discontinue the coffee Coolattas, claiming they just weren’t good enough. The coffee slushies just weren’t up to par with the Frappucino. 

As a replacement, Dunkin now carries frozen coffee with a slightly more intense coffee flavor than the Coolattas.

These Are All The Best Flavors

Let’s introduce you to the basic flavors available at Dunkin and some extra treats. 

Beware that there are only 3 staple flavors; the rest have to be custom-made by your barista.

1. Blue Raspberry

Dunkin Blue Raspberry Coolatta
Photo by Dunkin Bahamas

The Blue Raspberry has been around since 2010, but there are some divided opinions on its taste.(1) Some claim it tastes too much like artificial flavoring, while others find it refreshing and not too sweet.

It’s made with Blue Raspberry Coolatta concentrate, liquid, and pure cane sugar, water, and preservatives.

How To Order:

  • This one is easy. Pick your size and ask for the Blue Raspberry Coolatta from their standard menu.

2. Strawberry

Dunkin Strawberry Coolatta
Photo by Jami Byrd

Strawberry Coolatta is the second staple on the menu and a crowd favorite. The consistency comes closer to a slushie rather than a smoothie and doesn’t include real fruit.

Besides the base, it also includes lemon and lime juice concentrate, carrot concentrate, and paprika extract for color.

How To Order:

  1. Simply order the Strawberry Coolatta off the menu.
  2. If they no longer offer this Coolatta, ask the barista to swirl in strawberry flavor into a Vanilla Bean Coolatta.

3. Vanilla Bean

Vanilla Bean Coolatta
Photo by Heather Pocost

Vanilla Bean is a classic that surprisingly tastes great blended frozen. This is the perfect option if you long for the taste but don’t like a heavy drink. It’s refreshing and creamy with a strong vanilla flavor.

Unlike the fruit flavors, this Coolatta contains dairy.

How To Order:

  1. Order the Vanilla Bean Coolatta off their menu.
  2. Optionally, add some Blue Rasp swirl!

4. Cosmic Strawberry (Secret Menu)

Cosmic Coolatta
Photo by Niwanna Collins

The Cosmic Strawberry is no longer part of the regular menu, but it can be custom-made. Ask the Dunkin crew if they can custom-mix the flavors for you. 

The recipe is simple:

How To Order:

  1. Ask for Strawberry and Blue Raspberry Coolatta in equal amounts.
  2. Swirl both flavors together to create an out-of-the-world aesthetic.

5. Strawberry Shortcake (Secret Menu)

Strawberry Shortcake Coolatta
Photo by Alina Mae Pena

The strawberry shortcake is another secret menu item. It’s beautiful to look at and taste absolutely decadent.

IMHO, this drink ticks all the boxes and it’s easy to order.

How To Order:

  1. Start with 50% strawberry and 50% vanilla bean Coolatta.
  2. If possible, ask for it in layers instead of mixed-through.
  3. Treat yourself and add whipped cream on top for an extra creamy sip.

6. Orange Creamsicle (Secret Menu)

Orange Creamsicle Coolatta
Photo by Dunkin World

The orange creamsicle requires some extra effort on your side, but if you’re a creamsicle fan, you’ll love it.

Yes, it requires a little creative D-I-Y to make this delicious drink! Cheat sheet is below.

How To Make:

  1. Order a Vanilla Bean Coolatta, an orange juice, and an extra cup.
  2. Mix the two in the empty cup.
  3. Make it even creamier with a dollop of whipped cream.

7. Red, White, Blue (Secret Menu)

Red, White & Blue Coolatta
Photo by Mandy McFoxy

It can be 4th of July every day at Dunkin’ (well almost!). This colorful drink combines all three staple flavors – Strawberry, Blue Raspberry, and Vanilla Bean to create an insta-worthy drink.

Just know that not every Dunkin’ is prepared to make this secret menu drink. So as always, don’t expect too much, and be patient with the baristas.

How To Order:

  1. Ask for a Strawberry Coolatta to be filled in the bottom third of the cup.
  2. Follow that with Vanilla Bean and finally Blue Raspberry in equal amounts!

8. Cotton Candy Coolatta (Secret Menu)

Dunkin Cotton Candy Coolatta
Photo by Dunkin World

Not only eye-catching, the Cotton-Candy Coolatta but the flavor is spot-on. This drink is a fun mix of blue raspberry, vanilla bean, and cream.

What I love about this drink is how playful it is. It’s pretty much a carnival in a cup.

How To Order:

  1. Just ask for blue raspberry, vanilla bean, and vanilla shots in equal amount.
  2. Add a splash of cream to give it that smooth, creamy texture.
  3. Blend together and top it off with whipped cream.

9. Kiwi Coolatta

Kiwi Coolatta
Photo by Dunkin

The Kiwi Coolatta at Dunkin’ is like drinking a popsicle but in slushy form. It hits you with that kiwi taste, sweet and tangy, and just enough to wake up your tastebuds without going over the top.

Sometimes it’s way too sweet (if that’s not your thing) and can come across as artificial-tasting.

How To Order:

  • Just ask for a Kiwi Coolatta, when it’s in season.

10. Chocolate Vanilla Coolatta (Secret Menu)

Chocolate Vanilla Coolatta
Photo by Kelley Elswick

And if you want to switch things up, the Dunkin’ Chocolate Vanilla Coolatta could be just the thing for you. It’s creamy, chocolatey yet refreshing all at the same time.

Fair warning – this is a secret menu item and not all baristas may not be able to accommodate the order.

How To Order:

  1. Begin by asking for a vanilla bean Coolatta with hot chocolate powder.
  2. Ask for whipped cream on top.
  3. To finish, ask for a drizzle of caramel and mocha.

11. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Coolatta

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Coolatta
Photo by Ally Star-Rainbow

This drink is like a flashback to your favorite breakfast cereal but in a cold, slushy form. It’s also pretty Instagram-worthy with the caramel and cinnamon dusting.

The closest drink I can relate this to is the Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino from Starbucks. IYKYK.

How To Order:

  1. Ask for a Vanilla Bean Coolatta.
  2. Request that cinnamon and sugar be blended into the Coolatta.
  3. Finish with caramel drizzle and more cinnamon powder on top.

What Goes Into a Coolatta?

So what goes into the colorful frozen drink?

Homemade Raspberry Syrup

The base recipe is simple: water, flavor concentrate or syrup, and liquid cane sugar. The flavor syrup comes with a pump, and it’s dispensed straight into the blender.

Depending on the type of flavor, there can be some extra ingredients or toppings.


What Is A Coolatta

If you’re not familiar with Dunkin’s drinks menu, you probably wonder what is a Coolatta? The frozen blended drink emerged as a competitor to the frappuccino and evolved into a fruity refreshment.

There are 3 primary flavors at the moment, but you can mix and match them to create a new favorite.

More Questions

What is in a Coffee Coolatta from Dunkin Donuts?

The Coffee Coolatta is no longer available at Dunkin as of 2017.(2) According to management, they were not of satisfactory quality. Therefore, they discontinued them to introduce the new and improved frozen coffee selection.

The frozen coffee blends together Dunkin’s coffee extract, liquid cane sugar, dairy, and ice.

Is a Coolatta a smoothie?

Coolatta is not a smoothie as it doesn’t include real fruit. Instead, the texture is more like a slushie, lighter and watery. 

Instead, it is made with syrup or flavor concentrate which is then blended with ice. The ice is essentially what gives the frozen drink its texture.

Does a Coolatta have caffeine?

The current flavors don’t contain any caffeine, as they don’t include tea or coffee. However, Dunkin used to carry coffee Coolattas which were basically frozen coffees.

If you decide to customize a Coolatta with add-ons such as espresso or mocha, it will be caffeinated.

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. Dunkin Donuts: https://www.dunkindonuts.com/en/menu/frozen-drinks/product-coolatta-id1000402
  2. CNBC: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/22/dunkin-donuts-is-ditching-its-coffee-coolatta-and-people-are-really-unhappy.html
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