Does Starbucks Use Torani Syrup?


Starbucks is among the most popular coffeehouse chains in the world. So, it is no wonder why we would be interested in the type of ingredients they use, especially when it comes to syrup. Does Starbucks use Torani syrup?

Starbucks does not use Torani syrup, though it might come as a surprise. They actually have their syrup brand, which is made by Fontana. These syrups can be found in many places, whether Walmart or Amazon, or the company’s themselves.

This article will discuss Starbucks’ use of Fontana syrup, what Torani syrup is, and where you can find these different syrups. Continue reading to find out more!

What Is the Point of Coffee Syrup?

The most common reason for using flavored coffee syrup is to sweeten their drink. It is a way to taste new flavors. And it can also be a means of replacing sugar while keeping a pleasant taste. 

What Are the Best Brands?

The top five syrup brands that are most sought after and have the highest reviews include:

  • Torani
  • DaVinci
  • Monin
  • Jordan’s Skinny
  • Starbucks

What Is Torani Syrup?

Torani flavored syrup is a long-time, loving brand of syrup that is most popular in flavoring our everyday coffee house favorites. 

History of Torani’s Company

Rinaldo and Ezilda Torre began creating Torani’s hand-crafted syrups in 1925. Their recipes were brought from Italy to California. When they started, there were only five flavors – Anisette, Grenadine, Lemon, Orgeat, and Tamarindo – now, there are over 150 flavors!

Torani syrup set excellent records back in the day. From being the first syrup to flavor a latte in 1982 to expanding globally in 1994 to continue to make more creative, fun flavors for everyone to enjoy!

Flavors and Branding

Torani has it all. From syrups to sauces and Indie coffee to bundled gifts – you can find whatever you may need! According to Torani, their six bestselling syrups are Peach, Salted Caramel + Sugar-Free, Sugar-Free Black Cherry, Sugar-Free French Vanilla, and Vanilla. 

But those certainly are not the only ones! 

Torani has more than 150 flavors for consumers to choose from. They are also easily found either on their website or in stores such as Target or Walmart. But you will mostly find it in your favorite coffee. 

Why Does Starbucks Not Use Torani Flavored Syrup?

Starbucks has its brand of syrup that they use, which is actually made by Fontana. 

Starbucks has many suppliers and business partners with which they are associated with. So, in 2018, the Starbucks Corporation actually joined forces with Nestle. This deal permitted Nestle to market and advertise Starbucks’ Packaged Goods. 

It was a great idea on their part to make this partnership happen. Starbucks was able to expand more of their product goods outside of their shops, and Nestle could expand more in the coffee industry. 

Nestle had already been growing with Nescafe and Nespresso

With the partnership, Starbucks became one of Nestle’s most popular brands. Nestle Professional has three other brands: Teavana, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and, you guessed it, Fontana. 

Fontana is the source of Starbucks’ incredibly premium filled flavored syrups. Their blended beverages are exclusively limited to Starbucks and Seattle’s Best Coffee (which if you have not checked them out yet, you definitely should!).   

The Syrup Flavors

Starbucks has a wide variety of flavored syrups that they use. They can be found in local stores like Walmart, Target, Staples, or even your local Starbucks coffee shop. If you are curious about the types of flavors they have, you should continue reading below.

Regular, Everyday Syrups

  • Classic
  • Caramel*
  • Vanilla*
  • Hazelnut*

Premium or Seasonal Syrups

  • Cinnamon Dolce*
  • Toffee Nut
  • Raspberry
  • Peppermint*  

*Indicates sugar-free options available as well.

While this may seem like a shortlist of syrups, these are just the right amount for creating a more wide variety. Many of Starbucks syrups are mixed and blended in the drinks to create a specific flavor. For example, Starbucks does not have a french vanilla flavor, so to make a “copycat” taste of french vanilla, the baristas mix the vanilla and hazelnut syrups.

How Much Syrup Does Starbucks Use in a Drink?

Knowing the amount of syrup in your drink is good, especially for two reasons:

  • It gives you an idea of the amount of sugar you are consuming
  • You can use the guide when you decide to make your own copycat Starbucks drinks

So, how do you know how much syrup is put in your drink?

Here is a good rule of thumb for each cup size:

  • Tall (12 ounces or 340 grams) has approximately 3 pumps of syrup.
  • Grande (16 ounces or 454 grams) typically has 4 pumps (~ 2 tablespoons) of syrup. 
  • Venti (20 ounces or 567 grams) has about 5 pumps of syrup. 

Keep in mind that the amount of syrup can increase or decrease depending on how you order your drink. Iced drinks usually need more pumps of sugar because they will get watery with the amount of ice. For example, an iced venti (24 ounces) will include 6 pumps instead of 5 pumps for a hot venti size. 

You can also customize the amount you want by asking the barista or using their app. The Starbucks app will show you the correct amount of syrup(s) that go in the drink you want to order and customize it easily by increasing or decreasing the amount you prefer. 

Copycat Starbucks Recipes Using the Best Syrups

If you are looking to make your own Starbucks drink, there are plenty of copycat recipes available for you to use. It is an easy way to save money while enjoying your favorites. The most common Copycat Starbucks drinks use Torani syrup to make them! Below we have shared two great examples.

Copycat White Chocolate Mocha

The ingredients to make this delish beverage include eight ounces (227 grams) of milk, two espresso shots, two tablespoons of Torani White Chocolate Sauce, and if you are feeling it, some whipped cream! It only takes five minutes to make, so it is an easy start to your day with all of your favorite flavors!

Copycat Caramel Macchiato

Who does not love a caramel macchiato? One of the best things about this amazing drink is that it tastes great no matter if it is hot or cold. The ingredients included in this copycat recipe are two ounces (57 grams) of brewed Starbucks espresso, one cup whole milk, two tablespoons of half-and-half, two tablespoons of Torani Vanilla Syrup, two or three tablespoons of Torani Caramel Syrup, eight iced cubes, and some whipped cream to put on top!

Final Thoughts

It is no secret that Starbucks has some of the best coffee and specialty drinks around. So, it is only natural to want to know the source of some of their fantastic syrup flavors. 

Although Torani is not included in Starbucks drinks, like Fontana, their syrup is used worldwide in many other coffee houses. They have a wide variety of flavors and are ranked as one of the industry’s top coffee syrups. 

However, Starbucks also has its brand of syrups, which can be found locally or bought online. These are an excellent resource for those who still want their daily Starbucks but are on a budget. There are many copycat recipes available as a resource for you to create your own Starbucks drink. You will find that not all of the copycat recipes use Starbucks’ syrups either, as Torani is a famous brand in those recipes.

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Charlie McFarlane

Technology professional with 20 years in the industry providing solutions to customers based on IT. Recently got interested in the art and science behind of specialty coffee and decided to document this journey, sharing it with public.

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