This Starbucks Drink is So Childish, But as An Adult I Can’t Stop Drinking It

Crumbled cookies, whipped cream, and a healthy heap of chocolate sauce. No, that’s not a recipe for a kid’s dessert. It’s what’s in the Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino.

Is this a fancy, grown-up drink? No. But that’s why I love it so much.

Here’s my full review of this childish favorite (which you shouldn’t actually give to kids, BTW).

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What sets the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino apart from the traditional line-up of Frappuccinos is, well, its child-like charm. It’s essentially a dessert in a cup.

The first thing you taste is the top layer of whipped cream, infused with a sweet hint of chocolate sauce and a crunch of crumbled cookies. Unlike some drinks that use cookie dough or a softer cookie, this one uses more of an Oreo-type cookie that carries a potent chocolaty flavor.

Mocha cookie crumble Frappuccino
Mocha cookie crumble Frapuccino

Here’s a taste breakdown:

  • Whipped Cream: A staple in any right Frappuccino, the Mocha Cookie Crumble doesn’t hold back. There’s a thick layer on top and another generous portion lining the bottom of the cup, making every sip a creamy indulgence.
  • Chocolate Sauce: Permeating both the decorative top layer and the Frappuccino itself, the chocolate sauce adds that extra back-to-childhood kick.
  • Crumbled Cookies: The crumbled cookies throughout the drink add an enjoyable texture and taste to the overall experience. Much of the ‘buttery cookie flavor’ stems from these little additions.
  • Ice & Espresso: Despite the dessert-like ingredients, let’s not forget this is a coffee-based Frappuccino. The crushed ice base carrying the robust flavor of espresso grounds the drink, making it more adult-appropriate than one might initially think.
Mocha cookie crumble Frappuccino
Mocha cookie crumble Frappuccino


There’s something incredibly nostalgic about the Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino. Largely, it’s the use of ingredients that hark back to simpler times: chocolate sauce, cookies, and whipped cream.

Sure, it’s sweet. Sure, it can be perceived as childish. But really, isn’t that partly what makes it so great?

Overall, this is a drink that says “don’t take me too seriously, just enjoy.” And personally, I love any drink that can make me feel like a kid again, all while delivering that much-needed caffeine hit.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.
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