My Keto Starbucks Drink Turned Out to be a Sugar-Filled Fail

I finally got to try the #keto version of Starbucks’ Keto Frappuccino. I was super excited for this drink, because I have been wanting to give it a try for awhile. I had never tried a keto Starbucks drink, so I was all in. The drink came packaged with my usual order, but I couldn’t help but notice the name change. “Oh no!”, I thought. “This is not going to be like the keto Frappuccino I was expecting. I wonder what is in this one?”

Starbucks is one of my favorite places to go, but every time I’ve been there lately I’ve been hungry and craving sugar. A few months ago, I bought a Starbucks Keto Mocha, which should have been a good thing—a low carb drink that actually tasted good. But within 30 minutes, I was hungry again and craving sugar. So last night I tried a different Starbucks drink and found out it was also a sugar bomb.

I was excited to try out the latest keto-friendly K-cup offering from Starbucks. I had tried a few of K-cups before, and they had all been good, so this was a great opportunity to try something new. I know Starbucks is a little suspect when it comes to k-cups, and their “keto” offerings aren’t stellar, but I figured it was worth a try. I ended up picking up a “Roast and Ground” coffee, which is their k-cup offering for a k-cup that caters to the keto community.

Hello! This is Angie, Collin’s assistant, and she’s here to tell you about the huge sugar blunder I made!

I’ve been on a keto diet for a few years now, and I, like many others, have periodic sweet tooth cravings. I really wanted a Starbucks Frappuccino when I first began my diet, but I knew these beverages were heavy in sugar and definitely not keto. But, because Frapp coffee is my favorite drink, I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to drink it again. I made the decision to order keto meals.


I ordered a Frappuccino and informed the barista that there was no syrup and that Splenda had been substituted. Instead of whole milk, I requested double cream for an additional helping of richness.

My order was fantastic, and I thought it would be a wonderful diet treat.

It was fantastic! I was ecstatic, at least that’s what I thought.

This was my go-to dessert, which I ate many times a week to satiate my sweet appetite.

When I went to Starbucks to see the barista prepare my new favorite drink, I observed that they put some kind of flavored liquid into the Frappuccino despite the fact that I had requested for no syrup. I was perplexed, so I inquired as to what had been put to my drink. She told me that the Frappuccino recipe uses a Frappuccino base rather than syrup.

Guess what makes up a significant portion of the Frappuccino base? SUGAR!


In reality, I was consuming a significant quantity of liquid cane sugar while thinking I was drinking a sugar-free, ketone-friendly beverage. My low-carb frappuccino turned out to be everything but low-carb.

You don’t have to make the same mistake I did. Follow these guidelines to order a keto frappuccino the correct way, and check out our Starbucks ordering guide for other great keto beverages.

Here’s how to get Stetson’s favorite diet-friendly Starbucks drink!

Make your own Keto Frappuccino at home with our recipe!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the sugar-free syrups at Starbucks keto?

Yes, the sugar-free syrups at Starbucks are keto.

Can you get a sugar-free Frappuccino at Starbucks?

Unfortunately, Starbucks does not offer sugar-free Frappuccinos.

What is the best Starbucks drink for keto diet?

The best Starbucks drink for keto diet is the black coffee.