The Starbucks Secret Menu Item That People Are Most Excited To Try

Starbucks' secret menu is a kind of divisive issue. Not the kind of thing you start a war over, like Popeye's v. Chick-fil-A, but more along the lines of the raisins in cookies divide. Some people think it's great, other people would prefer to pass. If you're a Starbucks employee, or just empathize with their plight, then you're hardly likely to rejoice at the news that somebody's released the zillionth blog post or viral video detailing yet another over-elaborate pain in the butt that will (justifiably) be handcrafted with irritation rather than love.

Even if you aren't seeing the secret menu through a Starbucks worker's eyes, however, you may just be reluctant to order any kind of item where you'll need to supply detailed directions — talk about an introvert's nightmare. Plus, now that in-app ordering is becoming more of a thing, your customization options are a lot more limited than they'd be when you can step up to a counter and annoy the heck out of politely request assistance from a barista. Still, every once in a while there is a secret menu item that becomes so popular that it unofficially, or maybe even officially, winds up making the crossover to Starbucks' menu. Curious to see which currently trending secret menu items are the most popular, Mashed solicited the opinions of 656 randomly selected individuals and...bad news, baristas, nearly everybody picked a Frapp of some sort.

The winning entry is extra-sugary

Coming in in first place with a commanding 30 percent of the votes was the Cookies and Cream Frappuccino. This one's actually not that hard to make, but it may be pretty tough to drink, at least if you're used to Starbucks beverages that have a hint of coffee flavor or even taste like anything other than sugar. Taste of Home says this drink starts with a crème Frappuccino (they did not specify a flavor, so we're going to assume Vanilla Bean) to which two pumps of white mocha flavoring are added, along with several scoops of chocolate chips. They even suggest replacing the milk in this drink with whole cream for a total calorie bomb, though of course you're also going to want it topped with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle and maybe some cookie crumbs should those be available.

Glamour suggests an alternate version of the drink (bear in mind, there's no standard for secret menus, so don't expect the barista to automatically know which one you want) consisting of a Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino, again augmented with white mocha. Sounds, umm...tooth-aching. We'd just like to point out here that the survey question wasn't actually what secret menu item is your go-to order, but rather, which one it is that you'd like to try. This may well be one of those things that sounds amazing at first, but then turns out to be something you won't order a second time.

Character drinks also rate high on the list

Every time there's a new blockbuster movie, TV show, or other trending topic, it seems someone creates a secret menu Starbucks drink to commemorate it, hence such items as the Hocus Pocus, Harley Quinn, and Stranger Things Frapps. Even Starbucks themselves will sometimes get in on the act — Mermaids having a moment? Zombies getting hot? Starbucks is on it. Not much of a surprise, then, to find two movie-inspired drinks coming in at number two and three on our list: the Harry Potter-esque Butterbeer Frappuccino, with 20 percent of the vote, and the Cinderella Latte (the only non-Frapp on the list) with 14 percent.

In order to make the Butterbeer Frapp, The Independent says you'd order a Crème Frappuccino (exact type again unspecified, so likely vanilla) with three pumps of caramel syrup and three pumps of toffee nut syrup for a grande size, though they add, you can also ask for a pump of cinnamon dolce syrup and a dusting of cinnamon on top. The Cinderella Latte, according to Simplemost, is just a PSL with half the pumpkin sauce replaced with white chocolate mocha instead. Needless to say, this one's limited to PSL season, so you'll only be able to order this for oh, about half the year.

Candy-flavored Fraps finished in last place

Slightly more than 11 percent of our respondents voted for the Skittles Frapp, consisting of a Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino with raspberry and vanilla syrup (via Starbucks Secret Menu), while slightly less than 11 percent went for the Cotton Candy Frapp, which is just a Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino with raspberry syrup (via Make Drinks).

Nearly 14 percent of those surveyed, on the other hand, opted for "Other," and by far the majority of comments were from people who said they did not patronize Starbucks at all. Several called the chain out on their prices, including one who referred to them as "fourbucks" (only if you order a Grande, since Venti will set you back at least $5). A few said they did not like super-sweet stuff, a few just plain didn't care for coffee at all. (Perhaps they were unaware of the coffee-less composition of most of these drinks?) One person, perhaps nostalgic for 2017, named the Unicorn Frappuccino, while another said they didn't even know there was a secret menu at all. Congratulations, survey respondent #575! You won the "Barista's Choice" award, which, were it an actual thing, would consist of your favorite regular menu beverage.