How many calories does a Starbucks mocha frappuccino have?

A Starbucks mocha frappuccino is a popular blended coffee drink that combines coffee, milk, chocolate syrup, and ice. With its sweet, chocolatey flavor, the mocha frappuccino is a tasty treat, but many people wonder just how many calories are in one of these indulgent drinks.

The Basics of a Mocha Frappuccino

A mocha frappuccino starts with a base of coffee blended with ice and milk or a milk substitute. Chocolate syrup is added for mocha flavor, along with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle on top. The standard recipe calls for:

  • Brewed espresso
  • Milk or a milk substitute like non-dairy milk
  • Frappuccino roast coffee
  • Chocolate frappuccino syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate drizzle

The exact calorie count of a mocha frappuccino depends on the size ordered and any customizations made. Starbucks offers the mocha frappuccino in five sizes: Tall (12 oz), Grande (16 oz), Venti (24 oz), Trenta (30 oz), and Short (8 oz).

Calories in a Tall Mocha Frappuccino

The smallest Starbucks mocha frappuccino is the Tall size, which is 12 fluid ounces. A Tall mocha frappuccino made with 2% milk contains the following calories:

  • 240 calories from milk
  • 15 calories from whipped cream
  • 100 calories from mocha sauce
  • 130 calories from frappuccino base

In total, a regular Tall mocha frappuccino contains 485 calories. This calorie count is for the standard recipe without any customizations.

Customization Options

There are several ways to customize a Tall mocha frappuccino that will alter the calorie count:

  • Non-fat milk: 200 calories (removes 40 calories)
  • Non-dairy milk: 210-260 calories depending on type (almond milk has 260 calories)
  • No whipped cream: removes 15 calories
  • Extra whipped cream: adds 15 calories
  • Substitute mocha sauce for a sugar-free syrup: removes 100 calories

Some customization options, like using non-fat milk or sugar-free syrups, can reduce the calorie count. Others, like extra whipped cream, will increase the total calories in a Tall mocha frappuccino.

Customization Calorie Change
Non-fat milk – 40 calories
Non-dairy milk + 10-60 calories
No whipped cream – 15 calories
Extra whipped cream + 15 calories
Sugar-free mocha syrup – 100 calories

Calories in a Grande Mocha Frappuccino

A Grande mocha frappuccino is the next size up from a Tall at 16 fluid ounces. Here is the calorie breakdown for a standard Grande mocha frappuccino made with 2% milk:

  • 310 calories from milk
  • 15 calories from whipped cream
  • 140 calories from mocha sauce
  • 170 calories from frappuccino base

In total, a Grande mocha frappuccino contains 635 calories. That’s 150 more calories than a Tall.


The same customization options are available for a Grande drink. Substituting non-fat milk will remove around 60 calories, while extras like additional whipped cream or using whole milk instead of 2% will increase the calorie count.

Calories in a Venti Mocha Frappuccino

The largest hot coffee size on the Starbucks menu is the Venti at 24 fluid ounces. Here are the calorie totals for a standard Venti mocha frappuccino:

  • 410 calories from milk
  • 15 calories from whipped cream
  • 180 calories from mocha sauce
  • 210 calories from frappuccino base

In total, a Venti mocha frappuccino made with 2% milk contains 815 calories. That’s 180 more calories than a Grande and 330 more than a Tall.


Given its larger size, customizing a Venti mocha frappuccino can have a greater impact on calories. For example, using non-fat milk will save around 90 calories compared to 2% milk. Skipping the whipped cream saves 15 calories. Overall, customizations can potentially reduce the calorie count by 100-150 calories.

Calories in Other Sizes

In addition to Tall, Grande and Venti sizes, Starbucks offers mocha frappuccinos in Trenta and Short as well:

  • Trenta (30 oz) – 920 calories with 2% milk
  • Short (8 oz) – 250 calories with 2% milk

The Trenta is the largest size, so it unsurprisingly contains the most calories. The Short provides a lower calorie option at just 250 calories for the small 8 oz size.

Factors That Impact Calories

As the calorie totals above illustrate, the exact calorie count of a mocha frappuccino can vary considerably based on:

  • Size – The larger the size, the more calories it will contain.
  • Milk – Whole milk has more calories than 2% milk, which has more calories than non-fat milk.
  • Customizations – Whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and other extras will increase calories.
  • Recipes – The standard recipe is used above, but calorie counts can vary slightly across locations.

While the numbers above provide a general idea of calories in mocha frappuccinos, the specific calorie count can shift up or down by 100-200 calories depending on these factors.

Nutrition Facts for Mocha Frappuccinos

In addition to calories, mocha frappuccinos contain a number of other nutrients:

  • Fat: A Tall mocha frappuccino has 5g total fat (3.5g saturated fat). Higher fat content comes from milk and whipped cream.
  • Carbs: A Tall contains 51g total carbs, with 51g sugar. Most carbs come from added sugar in the mocha and frappuccino base.
  • Protein: A Tall mocha frappuccino provides 11g protein, primarily from the milk.
  • Caffeine: Approximately 75mg caffeine in a Tall size.

Mocha frappuccinos provide some protein from milk, but are high in added sugar. The whipped cream adds saturated fat as well. So while tasty, they don’t provide much nutritional value.

Comparison to Other Drinks

Compared to other coffeehouse drinks, a mocha frappuccino generally contains more calories and sugar:

Drink (Tall size) Calories Sugar (g)
Mocha frappuccino 485 51
Caffe latte 190 9
Cappuccino 140 9
Americano 15 0

A mocha frappuccino contains 2-3 times more calories and sugar than a typical latte or cappuccino. Beverages with no sugar like americanos are very low calorie options.

Tips for Lightening Up Your Mocha Frappuccino

If you want to enjoy a mocha frappuccino but are watching your calorie intake, there are several ways to lighten it up:

  • Order the smallest size available (Tall or Short)
  • Use non-fat milk
  • Hold the whipped cream
  • Ask for sugar-free (or lower sugar) mocha sauce
  • Request less pumps of mocha sauce and frappuccino base
  • Add a shot of espresso for more coffee flavor with minimal calories
  • Order it “skinny” – comes with non-fat milk, no whipped cream, and sugar-free syrup by default

You can also request light ice or extra ice to make a smaller drink last longer. With these customizations, it’s possible to enjoy your mocha frappuccino while consuming 200 or 300 fewer calories.

Should You Have a Mocha Frappuccino Every Day?

Mocha frappuccinos taste great, but are high in added sugar and low in nutrition. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting added sugar intake to no more than 10% of total daily calories:

  • For a 2,000 calorie diet, that’s 200 calories or 50g sugar per day
  • For a 2,500 calorie diet, the max is 250 calories or 62g sugar

Just one Venti mocha frappuccino contains 180 calories and 51g sugar. So drinking one every day could easily surpass the recommended limit for added sugars.

Occasionally enjoying a mocha frappuccino as a treat is fine for most healthy adults. But daily consumption may lead to weight gain, blood sugar problems, and other health issues. Moderation is key when it comes to these indulgent high-calorie beverages.

Healthy Alternatives

If you’re looking to reduce calorie and sugar intake, there are many healthier alternatives to consider instead of a daily mocha frappuccino:

  • Coffee or americano with milk and sugar-free flavor
  • Cold brew coffee
  • Iced coffee with milk
  • Iced latte
  • Caffe misto
  • Unsweetened iced tea

Choosing sugar-free flavored syrups or spices like cinnamon can add flavor without the extra calories. Limiting high-calorie additions like whipped cream and using non-fat milk also helps lighten any coffeehouse beverage.

The Bottom Line

A Starbucks mocha frappuccino can contain anywhere from 250-920 calories, depending on its size and customizations. While tasty, these blended coffee drinks are high in both calories in sugar. Enjoying them occasionally is fine, but limiting yourself to the smallest size available and avoiding daily consumption is best for your health.

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