Move over, Frappuccinos. There’s a new trendy Starbucks beverage in town, and it comes with the express endorsement of Ariana Grande: the Iced Cloud Macchiato.
The chain just added the new espresso drink in two flavors — caramel and cinnamon — to its permanent menu, and the cloud part of the name is no joke. Each drink features a whipped, cold foam inspired by leche merengada (or “meringue milk”) used in Spanish cafés, Starbucks announced in a press release. The name also coincides with one of Grande’s trademark emojis, the cloud.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) March 5, 2019
But is this fluffy, silky sip a sugar bomb just like some of the other flavored Frappuccinos on the menu? “This is still a sugary beverage,” says Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute. “The first few ingredients are still sugar aliases — including vanilla syrup and caramel sauce.”
Besides the syrup and sauce, the Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato also contains ice, milk, brewed espresso, and “cloud powder,” a mixture of sugar, arabic egg white powder, and other ingredients. The result is a fluffy cloud-like topping that then gets drizzled with the sugary vanilla and caramel concoctions.