Note: We Want The Sauce is reader supported. If you make a purchase through a link on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission - at no extra cost to you. This includes links to Amazon.

What Is Caramel Sauce At Starbucks?

So, you want a Starbucks. You’re about to place your order and fancy something sweet. Caramel sauce, or caramel drizzle, might be exactly what you are after. But what is it exactly? Besides, you are going to want to ensure you like it. There is nothing worse than having to finish something you’d rather not.

So, what is caramel sauce at Starbucks? Caramel sauce at Starbucks is a thick caramel-flavored sauce that adds buttery sweetness to drinks it is added to. It is also known as Caramel Drizzle, but how it is termed depends on how it is used in your drink. 

We are going to get into that a little later, but first.

What is in the sauce, and what drinks does it come included with by default?

Let’s find out, shall we?

What Is In Starbucks Caramel Sauce?

Caramel sauce is made of sugar, dextrose, glucose syrup, butter (MILK),

fructose, double cream (MILK), water, skimmed MILK powder, natural flavoring, emulsifier; SOYA lecithins, mono-and diglycerides of fatty acids, acidity regulator; sodium citrates, salt, stabilizer; triphosphates, antifoaming agent; dimethylpolysiloxane.

As such, Starbucks Caramel sauce is not vegan.

And as you would expect, it comes with quite a few calories.

Check out my Starbucks Caramel sauce nutrition guide for more.

What Drinks Does Caramel Sauce Come With At Starbucks?

Caramel sauce comes included with Caramel Macchiato, Signature Caramel Hot Chocolate, Iced Caramel Macchiatos, Caramel Frappuccino, and Caramel Cream Frappuccino (all as a drizzle or on top).

Now, unlike other sauces at Starbucks, the same amount of caramel drizzle is added regardless of the coffee size you order.

So a short Caramel Macchiato will have the same amount of caramel drizzle as a Venti Caramel Macchiato.

Also, consider that for any of the other hot drinks, say an Americano, Latte, Flat White, or Cappuccino, you can ask to have caramel sauce added (as an optional extra). This will be added to the bottom of the drink.

Can You Buy Starbucks Caramel Sauce?

Starbucks does not sell its sauces online, though you can often purchase their sauces from external vendors.

For instance, there is a particular brand on Amazon which sells a Caramel sauce that is reviewed particularly highly:

What Is The Difference Between Caramel Sauce And Caramel Drizzle?

Caramel sauce and caramel drizzle are essentially the same thing. They are the same product; however, seeing as the product is so versatile, it can be used in different ways and, as such, is referred to differently.

As the name suggests, drizzle is when the sauce is trickled over the top of a drink or around the inside of the coffee mug/cup.

Drizzle is typically placed on top of Caramel Macchiatos or Caramel-based Frappuccino.

However, it can also be requested to enhance the flavor of other coffees, such as a flat white or a latte.

If, however, you wanted the sauce in the bottom of your coffee, this is when it would be referred to as Caramel sauce.

So, in other words, the difference is how it is used, but the product comes from the same bottle.

What Is The Difference Between Caramel Sauce And Caramel Syrup?

Caramel sauce and caramel syrup are fundamentally different. The sauce is richer and thick, whereas the syrup is sweeter and thin. 

For these reasons, the sauce/drizzle tends to be used differently from the syrup.

Caramel syrup is usually ordered more frequently than customers in most drinks (including cold drinks) to enhance the flavor, whereas caramel sauce (drizzle) is usually added by the barista by default.

You can, however, request the drizzle, should you so wish.

And for that extra sweet treat, you could even have both!


Caramel Sauce a Starbucks is a rich, indulgent caramel-flavored sauce.

Just don’t get confused if you see it mentioned as a drizzle. It’s the same thing, just poured on top or around the side of the cup/mug as opposed to mixed in with the drink you’ve ordered.

If it’s added to the bottom, or you order it as such, then it’s considered a sauce.

Either way, it tastes great!

Related Starbucks sauce guides: