10 Best Chain Restaurant Coffee Flavors

If you’re tired of order the same Caramel Macchiato time and time again, you’ve come to the right place. There are countless coffee flavors from your favorite chain restaurants that are flying way under the radar, and it’s about time you branch and and try something new. So, whether you’re craving something super sugary and sweet or bold and nutty, we’ve got the perfect blend for you. Enjoy!

Chestnut Praline – Starbucks

Starbucks Chestnut Praline Latte
Starbucks Chestnut Praline Latte

Starbucks is about as basic as it gets when it comes to coffee flavors (cough, cough PSL), but I am a huge fan of their Chestnut Praline Latte that comes out every holiday season. It’s jam-packed with sugar and rich flavors like caramelized chestnuts and spices and topped whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs. And it tastes like Christmas and cuddles, which is all you can really ask for in a seasonal latte like this one. It’ll only be around for a few more weeks, so don’t sleep on this one.

Holiday Spice – Peet’s Coffee

You’re probably used to seeing Peet’s Coffee at your grocery store, but if you’re lucky enough to live near one of their coffee shops, you’ve got to try the Holiday Spice latte. As the name suggests, it’s only around during the winter months, but this cozy seasonal beverage is one of the best drinks on their menu. It features all the essential festive flavors – cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg, as well as steamed milk and espresso.

Vanilla Blueberry – Dunkin’

Dunkin' Vanilla Blueberry Iced Coffee Flavor
Dunkin’ Vanilla Blueberry Iced Coffee Flavor / Photo by theimpulsivebuy under the license CC BY-SA 2.0

I don’t know who the crazy genius was that came up with this unexpected pairing, but vanilla blueberry is actually the most underrated coffee flavor in the fast food industry. For just the right flavor, go for three vanilla swirls and two blueberry shots. I’d 10/10 recommend it in an iced coffee over a hot one, but the choice is yours.  If you need some grub to pair it with, order the Snackin’ Bacon. I promise you will not regret it.

Madagascar Vanilla – Panera

Vanilla is the inarguably the most boring flavor you can choose to add to your caffeinated beverage, but there’s something about adding Madagascar in front of it that makes this coffee flavor feel so exotic. You can order Panera’s Madagascar Vanilla alongside their cold brew, and let me tell you – it is anything but boring. The creamy, rich flavor complements their deep and flavorful iced coffee perfectly, so if you’re in the mood for a *basic* iced coffee, this one’s got my vote.

Dirty Chai – Anywhere

Starbucks Dirty Chai Latte
Starbucks Dirty Chai Latte

Sure, there’s has tons of amazing coffee flavors out there, but I couldn’t not include this one. Okay, this one’s kind of cheating, but you can’t blame me – it’s delicious. You can find a Dirty Chai just about anywhere, but I’ve never had one short of perfection. It’s just a chai tea latte with a shot of espresso, so you get the bold and rich spices from the chai with an added caffeine kick – there’s really nothing better. I love getting a Dirty Chai hot, but it’s also delicious as an iced or blended latte. Some of the best places to order your Dirty Chai include:

  • Starbucks
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Dutch Bros
  • Peet’s Coffee

Vanilla Iced Coffee – Chick-Fil-A

If you’re not into coffee with loads (and I mean loads) of sugar, then keep reading. Chick-Fil-A is another chain that outdoes the boring ole vanilla flavor with their Vanilla Iced Coffee. Could it be their ethically sourced coffee beans? Or maybe, it’s the pure cane sugar. Either way, you’re in for a treat and a serious sugar rush if you order this immaculate iced coffee. The cold brew comes with coffee from THRIVE Farmers, 2% milk, and vanilla flavoring.

Spicy Mocha – Caribou Coffee

Caribou Coffee Spicy Mocha
Caribou Coffee Spicy Mocha / “Caribou Coffee” by Mack Male under the license CC BY-SA 2.0

I don’t know about you, but “spicy” is not typically how I take my coffee. When I first saw this flavor on Caribou’s menu, I skipped right over it until a friend ordered one and made me take a sip (pre COVID, of course). It’s not a latte I could drink on the reg, but it’s definitely worth ordering once or twice a year to get your fix. Caribou’s Spicy Mocha is made with chocolate, steamed milk, and espresso, as well as chipotle and ancho chiles. To top things off, you’ll get a nice dose of whipped cream and chocolate chips. You can order the Spicy Mocha as a hot or iced coffee, Nitro cold press, or Cooler (blended).

Butter Bear – Biggby Coffee

I’ve been accused of putting this coffee flavor on my list because it has a cute name (you’re not wrong), but I swear it tastes as good as it sounds. The Biggby Coffee Butter Bear Latte is a blend of caramel, butterscotch, happiness, and smiles (no, I didn’t come up with that on my own – that’s what it says on the website). It’s the coziest, creamiest concoction I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting, but definitely skip this one if you’re not a fan of super sweet coffee.

Raspberry Truffle Mocha – Dutch Bros

Dutch Bros Raspberry Truffle Mocha Coffee
Dutch Bros Raspberry Truffle Mocha Coffee

It takes a special kind of person to enjoy fruity flavors in a coffee, but if you are one of those, don’t sleep on Dutch Bros Raspberry Truffle Mocha. This indulgent drink combines raspberry, white chocolate, and English Toffee, and you can order it hot, blended, or iced. Dutch Bros has some legendary coffee flavors, so it was nearly impossible to pick just one. Don’t judge me for my pick. For more insanely good flavors, check out their secret menu.

French Vanilla English Toffee – Tim Hortons 

I’ll admit, there’s typically nothing special about ordering a coffee with French Vanilla or English Toffee, but when you combine the two, it’s a different story. Tim Horton’s French Vanilla English Toffee coffee flavor is the perfect combo of sweet and nutty. Their menu is pretty limited when it comes to coffee flavors, so this one is usually my go-to if I want something flavorful.


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