Aug 06, 2013

    Try ordering these 'secret' frappuccinos

    RASPBERRY cheesecake frappuccino, tuxedo mocha, and chocolate pumpkin latte.

    Sounds like your typical Starbucks beverage? Well, not exactly.

    These unique drinks are not found on regular Starbucks menus but are, instead, on a "secret menu" that was concocted in the United States "by a Starbucks fan for Starbucks fans".

    When asked if Starbucks knew about the secret menu, a spokesman told My Paper: "While we don't offer an official 'secret menu', we do offer a wide variety of beverages that customers can personalise."

    He added that "there are more than 170,000 ways baristas can customise beverages at Starbucks".

    My Paper visited two outlets here to test if the baristas and customers were familiar with the secret menu, which had been making its rounds on the Internet.

    Baristas told My Paper that they will do the drink if they have the ingredients.

    I ordered a tall biscotti frappuccino from the Resorts World Sentosa outlet.

    One trick, which was shared on the secret menu's official website (, was to order by recipe and not by the drink's name.

    On the secret menu, it says to "buy a biscotti and ask the barista to blend it up with any flavour of frappuccino", so we chose a caramel frappuccino.

    Although she had no prior knowledge of the secret menu, barista Rushida Ruslan agreed to make the drink.

    With additional ingredients, the price of my biscotti frappuccino amounted to $9.50, which is the cost of a tall caramel frappuccino ($6.10), with an additional biscotti ($3.40).

    Ms Rushida, 18, who has been working part-time at Starbucks for 10 months, said that customers usually customise their drinks by specifying the type of milk or adding different flavoured syrup.

    Ms Rushida, who was intrigued by the menu, said: "I'm actually quite interested in trying out the drinks from this secret menu."