Move over, PSL. There’s a new fall drink in town. Candy corn cold brew is the latest Starbucks secret menu item, and you need to try one before the sun sets on Oct. 31 or risk an eternal curse. (OK, there’s no curse, but you really do want to try this secret menu drink before fall ends and you miss your chance.)
Though many not-on-the-menu offerings come from the coffee chain’s fans at Starbucks Secret Menu, the ordering instructions for candy corn cold brew comes to us from Totally the Bomb, which is constantly coming up with epic variations on Starbucks drinks. (Join their Facebook group if you want to stay on top of their other secret menu ideas.)
As usual, when you order a drink from the “secret menu,” you’ll need to give the barista (or the app) specific substitution instructions — baristas aren’t familiar with all of the drinks fans have invented and shared over the years.
The base for the candy corn cold brew is one of the fall coffee drinks that Starbucks launched alongside their pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin-infused baked goods this autumn — the pumpkin cream cold brew. After you order a venti pumpkin cream cold brew, though, you’ll be asking the barista for some substitutions.
Totally the Bomb’s TikTok video for this drink shows you exactly how to order one at your local Starbucks (or you can read the ordering instructions at Totally the Bomb:
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Voila! You have now created a custom cold brew that mimics a sweet candy corn flavor, and best of all, you have done so with limited stress to your barista. (For what it’s worth, some baristas told Thrillist that they like playing around with menu items and creating cool flavor combos. But it’s probably more polite to order the candy corn cold brew and other secret menu drinks during off-hours.)
Totally the Bomb’s TikTok has other fun variations for Halloween drinks at Starbucks, too, such as a Werewolf Frappuccino, Wednesday Addams drink and Zombie Frappuccino.