When you order a frappuccino at Starbucks, you may be familiar with one of their most popular toppings — Java chips!
Also known as Frappuccino chips, these particular little candies have been designed to break down smoothly in beverages. They blend with liquids as they melt and have a bold, chocolatey flavor.
Rich and sweet, they go great with chocolate, vanilla, and caramel coffee drinks.
In this helpful guide, I will walk you through absolutely everything you could ever want to know about Starbucks Frappuccino chips.
We’ll also go over some of the best Starbucks drinks with these delightful chips that you must try. So let’s dig in!
What Exactly Are Frappuccino Chips?
Frappuccino chips are a special kind of chocolate chip designed to melt easily and dissolve when they come in contact with liquid. These chips have a chocolatey flavor and are about as sweet as cookie crumbs.
They are one of the main ingredients of Starbucks Frappuccinos.
Basically, Frappuccino chips are the special Starbucks version of chocolate chips. These chips are smaller and more easily dissolvable than regular chocolate chips.
Is there a Difference Between Java chips and Frappuccino chips?
Java chips and Frappuccino chips are pretty much the same thing.
Although these chips are often called Java chips outside of Starbucks, the term “Frappuccino chips” is part of the trademark Frappuccino brand used within Starbucks stores.
Some people even call them Java Frappuccino chips. Knowing that these terms can be used interchangeably will make it easier for you to place your order.
What Are Frappuccino Chips Made Of?
Now, let’s get into the specifics of the ingredients of Starbucks Frappuccino chips. Starbucks Frappuccino chips contain five main ingredients, and each main ingredient contains a few sub-ingredients.
The main ingredients are:
- Confectioners Sugar
- Cookie Crumbs
- Chocolate Mass
About the Cocoa Ingredient
The type of cocoa used in these chips is processed using Alkali to lower its natural acidity. It also has an improved flavor and color.
About the Confectionary Sugar Ingredient
The confectionery sugar in these chips is made using palm kernel oils, vanilla, sugar, milk, and soy lecithin. It is also processed using alkali.
About the Cookie Crumb Ingredient
Cookie crumbs are another ingredient in these chocolate chips. These cookie crumbs are made using ingredients such as cocoa, palm kernel, palm oil, salt, sugar, and wheat flour.
About the Chocolate Mass Ingredient
Chocolate mass is a kind of semi-solid chocolate paste. It is used to deepen the color of these chocolate chips and create a more intense flavor.
If you have allergies or are trying to avoid certain foods, you should know that these chips are neither dairy-free nor gluten-free. So, if you want to stay away from gluten, soy, or dairy, avoid adding Starbucks Frappuccino chips to your drink or as a topping.
How Do They Taste?
Since Frappuccino chips are also sometimes called Java chips, some people expect them to taste like coffee. After all, Java is a colloquialism for coffee.
However, Starbucks Frappuccino chips/Java chips have no coffee flavor. Instead, they taste sweet and chocolatey.
These chips basically taste like any other semi-sweet chocolate chip. You can add them to essentially any Frappuccino that blends well with chocolate flavors.
They can also be added to any other drink atop whipped cream or foam. You can also have these chips blended into your drink to add an extra helping of chocolate flavor.
So how much does it cost to add Frappuccino chips to your drink at Starbucks?
Not very much! In 2022, you can add Java chips to any drink (in the US) for a 50¢ upcharge.
Popular Starbucks Drinks with Frappuccino chips
Want to order a Starbucks drink with Java chips?
Here are my favorite Starbucks drinks that come with Frappuccino chips included!
1. Java Chip Frappuccino
First off, let’s talk about the popular and delicious Java Chip Frappuccino. After all, this coffee drink is all about Frappuccino chips!
It includes blended mocha sauce and Frappuccino chips with coffee, milk, ice, and whipped cream topping. The entire thing is finished with mocha drizzle to bring you Java joy!
It’s a sweet and tasty pick-me-up.
2. Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino
There’s also the extra sweet and scrumptious Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino.
This coffee-free drink is perfect for chocolate lovers. It includes rich mocha-flavored sauce and chocolate Frappuccino chips mixed with ice and milk.
The entire thing is topped off with sweet whipped cream and mocha drizzle for a party in your mouth.
Wondering if there is caffeine in all frappuccinos?
Well, this drink doesn’t contain any coffee, so it’s a good option for those who appreciate caffeine-free blended beverages. However, you can also add shots of espresso if you would like to!
3. Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino
If you love indulgent flavors, the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino is definitely worth investigating.
It implements a blend of fresh roast coffee, Frappuccino chips, mocha sauce, milk, and ice. All of this is layered on top of chocolate cookie crumbs and whipped cream.
Then, the drink is topped off with even more sweetened vanilla whipped cream and mocha drizzle. A little bit of extra chocolate cookie crumble is added on top for the finishing touch.
4. Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino
For those looking to tempt their taste buds with creamy and sweet chocolate nuances, the Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino may be a great option.
This sweet temptation has whipped cream and chocolate cookie crumble on the bottom. The typical frappuccino blend (mocha sauce, milk, ice) is layered on top and then vanilla whipped cream, mocha drizzle and even more chocolate cookie crumble is added on top of that!
This drink is free of coffee so it’s a great choice for people looking to avoid caffeine.
5. Molten Hot Chocolate Drinks
People who adore rich and delicious desserts and cocoa beverages are sure to find Starbucks Molten Hot Chocolate Drinks delightful!
Although these drinks aren’t technically on the main Starbucks menu, you can still order them if you know what to ask for. They integrate Frappuccino chips melted into espresso and/or steamed milk.
Order a Molten Chocolate Frappuccino, a Molten Chocolate Latte, or a Molten Hot Chocolate for melted chocolate goodness!
Here is a bit more information about these three drinks:
Molten Chocolate Latte: Frappuccino chips are added into espresso and topped with steamed milk and bittersweet mocha sauce. Then a finishing touch of mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and an espresso mocha drizzle is added. This drink is available both hot and iced!
Molten Chocolate Frappuccino® Blended Beverage: Coffee and mocha sauce are combined with Java chips and mixed with milk and ice. The whole things is then topped with mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and an espresso mocha drizzle.
Molten Hot Chocolate: Chocolatey chips and mocha sauce blended with steamed milk create a smooth and creamy drink that is topped with mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and espresso mocha drizzle. This is a heavenly option to cheer up a cold winter day!
Final Thoughts on Starbucks Frappuccino Chips
Now that you know all about Starbucks Frappuccino chips, you can accentuate the tasty flavors of your favorite coffee drinks or choose a refreshing drink without coffee.
Try my the options I recommended in this guide and find your favorite Frappuccino chip drink. One thing is sure — if you have a sweet tooth, you will love all of them!
I recommend that you also check out my guide with the best chocolate drinks at Starbucks for more sweet and delicious options.