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Is Starbucks Caramel Sauce Vegan?

Are you a vegan and swinging on by Starbucks? Want to know whether you can order the caramel sauce or whether it is off-limits? Well, here is what you need to know.

So, is Starbucks caramel sauce vegan? Caramel syrup at Starbucks is vegan, along with all Starbucks coffees to begin with (assuming you do not have any dairy milk or whipping cream). However, Caramel Drizzle Sauce and Caramel Brulee sauce are not vegan; both of which contain butter and milk respectively.

For the most part – you’ll need to stick to clear syrups at Starbucks if you want some additional sweetness.

Thankfully, these are PETA-approved.

Otherwise, you really do need to be careful.

Especially when ordering lattes – it’s dangerous territory and you can be caught off-guard.

Let us now look at what each sauce is made of so you can see for yourself what ‘Caramel’ is safe to order.

What Is Starbucks Caramel Syrup Made Of?

Starbucks caramel syrup is made of sugar, water, natural flavor, citric acid, and potassium sorbate (preservative).

All good.

What Is Starbucks Caramel Drizzle Sauce Made Of?

Starbucks caramel drizzle is made of sugar, corn syrup, butter (cream (milk), salt), water, heavy cream, non-fat dry milk, natural flavors, salt, mono-diglycerides, soy lecithin, and sulfites.

I’ve bolded the problematic ingredients.

Although, you likely know this already!

What Is Starbucks Caramel Brulee Sauce Made Of?

Starbucks caramel brulee sauce is made of corn syrup, water, sugar, skim milk powder, natural flavors, salt, mono and diglycerides, soy lecithin and sodium bicarbonate.

Again, I’ve bolded the dairy-based product that makes this a non-vegan option!


2/3 of the caramel options at Starbucks are not vegan.

But the syrup is.

And that’s a good rule of thumb.

You are going to want to mostly stick to the syrups.

But even then it’s worth checking before you order.

So do be careful, and mindful.

And it generally goes without saying but you should opt for a black coffee, or stick to the vegan-friendly milk in your latte too – so your soya, almond, oat, or coconut milk.

Thankfully, Starbucks has various options in that respect.

It’s even the same for Starbucks Mocha sauce.

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