Confession #82 I Run on Coffee… DIY Iced Caramel Latte

by alexandra

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People always talk about the possibility of running out of gas, and how drastic that would be for the world, but what if we ran out of coffee? I think for A LOT of people, myself included, that would be pretty drastic. :-O

Okay, so I’m being a little bit melodramatic here, but when was the last time you drove around town and didn’t pass a Starbucks, let alone any other coffee shop? There’s a reason why Starbucks is open every day, from early morning to late at night, and I’m pretty sure it’s because the majority of us are hooked on coffee.

One of my favorite drinks to get when I go out for coffee is an Iced Caramel Latte. It kills me because I’m paying 5 dollars for a drink loaded with ice (and I get that you need ice to make an iced latte), but it’s so good that sometimes I can’t help myself. That’s why I was super excited when I finally figured out how to make my own perfected version of an Iced Caramel Latte at home, and what I love about it, besides the fact that it’s cheaper, is that I can always make it perfectly sweetened to my taste. Plus, because I use my own caramel sauce that’s made with milk instead of heavy cream, I don’t have to feel too guilty about my morning indulgence. And, to top it all off, I found this cold milk frother that I’m now in love with because I can make my iced latte all foamy (every coffee is better with foam). Needless to say, I’m hooked.

If you need me, I’ll just be drinking an Iced Caramel Latte and wondering how far into the winter I can make it before I have to switch back to hot coffee.

Iced Caramel Latte

  • Yield: 1 iced latte, venti-size when foamed


Beat the heat and enjoy a coffeehouse favorite at home with this delicious Iced Caramel Latte.


  • 1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3-4 teaspoons caramel sauce*, depending on sweetness preference
  • 6 large ice cubes


  1. Chill coffee in fridge or freezer, until at least room temperature. This will take about 15 minutes in the freezer, so you can use the freezer if you want to drink your iced coffee as soon as possible.
  2. Stir the caramel sauce into the milk. If you have a cold milk frother, pour the caramel milk into it and froth according to manufacturer’s instructions. Otherwise, use a whisk to beat the caramel and milk together rapidly until foamy.
  3. Pour caramel milk into chilled coffee right after frothing/beating. Add ice and enjoy immediately.


*If you’re making the homemade caramel sauce, which I highly recommend, make the thinner version, as explained in the caramel post.

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 31, 2012

Yum, this looks fabulous!
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Simply Tia September 3, 2012

Yum! Yum!

I think even in winter I might just be drinking iced coffee drinks.

brighteyedbaker September 3, 2012

I struggle with coldness in the winter, so I kinda rely on hot coffee, but I don’t feel like giving this up!

Katie September 3, 2012

I definitely run on coffee. My day doesn’t start until I have at least one cup.
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brighteyedbaker September 3, 2012

It’s good to know you’re not the only one, right?

Kare @ Kitchen Treaty September 6, 2012

Since I had my baby last winter, I’ve discovered Starbucks drive-thrus are pretty much a new mom’s salvation! Thank goodness there’s one on every corner. I’ve always been a Starbucks fiend (absolutely addicted) but a drive thru is extra-special-bonus a mom’s best friend. I LOVE Starbucks iced coffee with caramel sauce and this latte looks even better.

Viva la caffeine, eh? :)
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brighteyedbaker September 6, 2012

Yes, yes, yes! I love Starbucks too, so I get you! I hope you’ll try the DIY latte sometime! I think you’ll like it. :)

Mary@FitandFed September 10, 2012

That cool little gizmo ought to pay for itself in no time in homemade iced drinks, right? I’ll keep it in mind for my honey who likes both coffee and gizmos quite a lot.
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brighteyedbaker September 12, 2012

I think we probably paid for ours within a week with all of the iced coffee we make! I love it. It also does a hot froth for milk and I believe it can act as a drink warmer (haven’t tried that function), so it’s pretty neat stuff. :)

Jadedskys June 4, 2013

Just tried this recipe out as have been looking to make my own iced coffees and this is soooo good, perhaps even better than Starbucks :) YUM

alexandra June 4, 2013

That’s awesome to hear! I completely agree with you that once you see how tasty at-home coffee drinks can be, there’s less of an impulse to go out to a coffeeshop. I still make these iced lattes every day and love them!

Deb September 2, 2013

Was looking for this recipe to stop spending money at Dunkin Donuts. I’m enjoying my first glass, but I did add 5 teaspoons of carmel sauce. Thanks so much for the recipe. I’m going to limit myself to one a day.

alexandra September 2, 2013

I’m so glad you tried it! The amount of caramel sauce you use really just depends on how sweet your caramel is (if you didn’t use the recipe I linked to), how strong your coffee is, and your own sweetness preferences. I have to limit myself to one a day too, but I could easily have more!

Jason August 2, 2014

This is great done in a blender (Frappuccino) also!

alexandra August 9, 2014

Ooh, thanks for the idea Jason!

Nadia Scheffer December 14, 2016

I definitely need to try this! Iced Caramel Lattes are one of my favorite drinks too. This recipe can save you a heap of money that you would spend at Starbucks over a year

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