The Vanilla Bean Frappuccino is different from most Starbucks' beverages in that it doesn't contain coffee. The nutrition facts for this sweet blended drink will change some, depending on how you have your drink made.
Vanilla Bean Crème History
The Frappuccino is a registered trademark of Starbucks. According to the company's website, when Starbucks purchased The Coffee Connection in 1994, this small coffee chain sold a drink that was part frappe and part cappuccino and called it a Frappuccino. Starbucks changed the recipe, but kept the name.
A Frappuccino is a blended beverage containing ice, dairy and a flavoring. Many of the Frappuccino drinks contain coffee as the flavor; however, Starbucks has expanded its noncoffee selection. Besides Starbucks Vanilla Bean Crème, other Frappuccinos that don't contain coffee include Strawberries and Crème, Tazo Chai Crème and Tazo Green Tea Crème.
Check the Ingredients
A Vanilla Bean Frappuccino contains Ice, Milk, Crème Frappuccino Syrup [Water, Sugar, Salt, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid), Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Mono and Diglycerides, Carageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Vanilla Bean Powder (Sugar, Natural Flavor, Vanilla Bean Pieces), according to Starbucks.com.
A 12-ounce, or Tall, Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with whole milk and whipped cream contains 280 calories. It has 11 grams total fat, 7 grams of this being saturated fats. There are 41 grams total carbohydrates — and all of them are sugars. The Vanilla Bean also contains 4 grams of protein.
Although it might not be immediately obvious, the Vanilla Bean Frappucino also contains sodium. There are 170 milligrams in the tall size of this beverage, made with whole milk. According to the American Heart Association, adults should not consume more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day.
Customize Your Vanilla Bean Frappucino
The nutritional information of your Vanilla Bean Frappuccino will change based on how you customize it. Besides whole milk, you can choose nonfat milk, 2 percent milk or soy milk. You can also opt for no whipped cream. A 12-ounce Vanilla Bean with 2 percent milk contains 270 calories, 10 grams of fat and 41 grams carbohydrates. The sugars and protein are the same as the whole-milk version.
If you're lactose intolerant, as explained by Cleveland Clinic, you can still enjoy this sweet treat by ordering it with soy milk. However, choosing soy will not change the calories, fat or protein content from the 2 percent version, and the soy drink contains 43 grams carbohydrates.
If you choose nonfat milk, your total calorie consumption will be 250 with 8 grams of fat, 41 grams carbohydrates and 4 grams of protein. Leaving off the whipped cream from any Vanilla Bean Frappuccino will subtract 80 calories, 8 grams of fat and 3 grams of sugar.
The Vanilla Bean Frappuccino comes in three sizes. The nutritional information listed is for the smallest size, the "tall," at 12 ounces. If you order the 16-ounce "grande" or the 24-ounce "venti," this will increase the total calories, fat and carbohydrates considerably.
Cut the Sugar
The Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappucino contains a significant amount of sugar when ordered at any size. As with other high-sugar beverages, this treat can cause a spike in blood sugar levels, which can be of concern — particularly for individuals with diabetes, as described by the Mayo Clinic. Request the almond milk version of this sweet treat to cut 14 grams of sugar for the tall size, 19 grams with the grande and 18 grams when ordering a venti.