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Everyone thinks of coffee when they think of Starbucks but there are several drinks your kids can have too. These are a few fall beverages that are appropriate for them and they’re all coffee free. Full of sugar? Yes, of course but not full of caffeine.
Caramel Apple Spice
The Caramel Apple Spice consists of steamed apple juice, cinnamon syrup, whipped cream and a caramel drizzle. I honestly can’t believe I’ve never heard about this drink. Luckily there’s a Starbucks nearby and I’m going to buy one ASAP. If you want to make it interesting, make it a Caramel Apple Pumpkin Spice. All you have to do is order a Caramel Apple Spice and ask for two pumps of pumpkin spice sauce. You can even just order a Steamed Apple Juice without all the fluff.
Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino With No Coffee
The Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino can be ordered as “creme based.” The kids and I do this all the time. It has the same ingredients as the regular one, sans coffee. Ingredients include pumpkin with fall spice flavors that are blended with milk and ice, topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spice. When we order it this way they just keep the coffee out and use the creme base instead. That’s it.
Cinnamon Dolce Creme
The Cinnamon Dolce Creme mixes steamed milk with cinnamon dolce flavored syrup. It’s finished with sweetened whipped cream and a cinnamon dolce topping.
Pumpkin Spice Creme
The Pumpkin Spice Creme is a concoction of steamed milk and the flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. It’s then topped with whipped cream.
Starbucks has a couple of choices for hot chocolates. One is the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and maybe that one is a little more suitable for an older child. It has steamed milk and mocha sauce coupled with toffee nut and vanilla syrups. Just order it without the mocha sauce if you want. It includes sweetened whipped cream on top with caramel sauce and a blend of turbinado sugar and sea salt.
The traditional Hot Chocolate is steamed milk with vanilla and mocha flavored syrups. From what I know, kids usually don’t like the taste of mocha so just keeping it out is a probably a good idea. It’s then topped with sweetened whipped cream and a chocolate flavored drizzle.
The beauty of Starbucks is that you can request to have things made the way you want them although I try not to make things too complicated for the barista. Not only that, I’ve ordered hot drinks for my children before and one time Starbucks offered to lower the temperature of the kids’ drinks so it wouldn’t burn their tongue or throat. I thought that was a great idea so we always do that now.
Don’t wait too long to order some of these beverages because once certain flavors are gone for the season, they’re gone.