7 Best Caramel Drinks at Starbucks (and Copycat Recipes)

The Starbucks caramel drinks are always some of the most popular fall favorites, but they’re also wonderful choices any time of the year. Here are the best caramel drinks at Starbucks and their copycat recipes so you can make them at home!

These beverages from Starbucks have just the right amount of caramel and cream to leave a lasting impression, whether you love cold or hot brews.

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Starbucks Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino vs. the Caramel Frappuccino

1. Starbucks Caramel Macchiato  

The Caramel Macchiato is one of the most popular Starbucks drinks. Made with lightly sweetened milk mixed with espresso and topped with caramel sauce, the Caramel Macchiato recipe is easy.

It’s one of the most popular Starbucks caramel drinks with espresso.

Here’s the quick copycat recipe. For an iced caramel macchiato, just add ice to enjoy the caramel-and-caffeine goodness on a hot day.   

Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Copycat

Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Copycat

Yield: 16 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes

Copycat Starbucks Caramel Macchiato

Ingredients

  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 1 cup milk (Starbucks uses 2% milk)
  • 3 tablespoons of vanilla syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • caramel sauce (see our recipe)

Instructions

    1. Prepare one shot of espresso with your espresso maker.  
    2. Froth the milk.   
    3. Add your vanilla and milk to your cup.  
    4. Pour your espresso on top of the frothed milk. 
    5. Add whipped cream to float.
    6. Drizzle caramel on top. 
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 16 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 7gCarbohydrates: 35gSugar: 33gProtein: 10g

2. Starbucks Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino 

The Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino beverage is a crunchy and frozen drink with thick whipped cream and caramel on top. It’s one of the most popular Starbucks frappuccino caramel drinks. Here’s the quick recipe.

Copycat Starbucks Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino

Ingredients: Brewed coffee (~ ½ cup or 1 shot espresso), 8 oz. milk, sugar (or substitute), 3-4 Tbsps caramel syrup, whipped cream, candy bits, and 1-2 cups of ice. 

Directions: 

  1. Add the ice to your blender, with milk, coffee, caramel syrup, and sugar.  
  2. Blend the concoction until the ice is thoroughly smooth.  
  3. Pour your mixture into a glass. 
  4. Top with whip cream. 
  5. Drizzle with caramel and candy bits. 

If you’re a caramel lover, the drink is the perfect combination of milk, coffee, and ice, with the whip, caramel, and crunchy goodness.  

Starbucks Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino

3. Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino  

The Caramel Frappuccino beverage is a frozen drink with thick whipped cream and caramel on top. It’s the perfect option when you’re on the go.  Even if you’re not a caramel lover, the drink is the perfect combination of milk, coffee, and ice. It’s cool and refreshing.  Here’s the quick recipe. 

Copycat Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino

Copycat Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino

Yield: 16 ounces
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 4 minutes

The perfect copycat Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino recipe for when you are on the go!

Ingredients

  • Brewed coffee (~ ½ cup or 1 shot espresso)
  • 8 oz. milk
  • sugar (or substitute)
  • 3-4 Tbsps caramel syrup
  • whipped cream
  • 1-2 cups of ice

Instructions

    1. Add the ice to your blender, with milk, coffee, caramel syrup, and sugar.  
    2. Blend the concoction until the ice is thoroughly smooth.  
    3. Pour your mixture into your glass, mug, or cup. 
    4. Top with whip cream. 
    5. Drizzle with caramel.  
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 16 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 16gSugar: 54g

4. Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha 

The Salted Caramel Mocha is one of the most popular and best Starbucks iced coffee drinks on the menu. Made with lightly sweetened milk mixed with espresso, and topped with caramel sauce, the Salted Caramel Mocha recipe is easy to make. Here’s the recipe for caramel sauce.  

Copycat Starbucks Salted Caramel Sauce

Ingredients: 3 Tbsps salted, cubed butter, ½ cup sugar, and ¼ cup heavy cream.  

Directions: 

  1. Cook the sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. (Reduce heat if it gets lumpy.) 
  2. Add butter when the sugar has turned a dark amber color.  
  3. Stir until the mixture is melted. 
  4. Add the heavy cream and use a whisk to make the mixture smooth. 
  5. Remove from heat and cool (store excess caramel sauce in the fridge). 

Here’s the quick recipe for Salted Caramel Mocha.    

Copycat Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha

Ingredients: Brewed coffee (~ ½ cup espresso), 8 oz. milk, sugar (or substitute), 1-2 Tbsps caramel syrup, 1-2 Tbsps sweetened cocoa powder, 1 pinch sea salt (preferably a blend of sea salt and turbinado sugar), and whipped cream 

Directions: 

  1. Prepare 1 shot of espresso with your espresso maker.  
  2. Combine cocoa powder, caramel sauce, and sea salt in a mug. 
  3. Pour in your espresso. 
  4. Froth the milk.   
  5. Slowly add frothed milk, stirring to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed. 
  6. Add whip cream 
  7. Drizzle caramel on top. 
  8. Add a tiny bit of sea salt on top.  

For an iced Salted Caramel Mocha, just add ice to enjoy the caramel-and-salted caramel goodness on a hot day.  

5. Starbucks Caramel Brulee Latte 

The Caramel Brulee Latte is a wonderful variation on the standard Starbucks caramel drinks. Made with lightly sweetened milk mixed with espresso, and topped with caramel sauce, the Caramel Brulee Latte recipe is easy to make. Here’s the quick recipe.   

Copycat Starbucks Caramel Brulee Latte 

Ingredients: Brewed coffee (~ ½ cup espresso), 8 oz. milk, 1-2 Tbsps vanilla syrup, and 1-2 Tbsps caramel syrup.  

  1. Prepare 1 shot of espresso.  
  2. Froth the milk.   
  3. Add your vanilla syrup, caramel, and milk to your cup.  
  4. Pour your espresso on top of the frothed milk.  
  5. Top with whip cream. 
  6. Drizzle caramel sauce on top. 

For an iced Caramel Brule Latte, just add ice to cool-and-caramel goodness on a hot day. 

6. Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice 

The Caramel Apple Spice is one of the best caramel drinks at Starbucks for the fall season. Made with apple juice, and topped with caramel sauce, the Caramel Apple Spice recipe is easy to make. Here’s the quick recipe.   

Copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice 

Ingredients:  64 oz. apple juice, ½ cup white sugar, 2 Tbsps flour,  ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 cup water, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 5 Tbsps powdered sugar, ½ cup tsp vanilla extract, caramel sauce. 

Directions: 

  1. Combine sugars, cinnamon, and flour to make cinnamon dolce syrup.  
  2. Add water and stir. 
  3. Bring the mixture to a light boil for about 2 minutes. 
  4. Remove from heat and let it cool into a syrup.
  5. Add vanilla extract. 
  6. Heat the apple juice and pour it into a cup or glass.
  7. Add the cinnamon dolce syrup.
  8. Top with whipped cream. 
  9. Drizzle caramel on top. 

For an iced Caramel Apple Spice, just add ice to enjoy the caramel apple goodness on a hot day. 

7. Starbucks Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato 

The Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato is one of the most popular Starbucks secret menu caramel drinks. Made with lightly sweetened milk mixed with espresso, and topped with caramel sauce, the Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato recipe is easy to make. Here’s the quick recipe.   

Copycat Starbucks Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato 

Ingredients: Brewed coffee (~ ½ cup espresso), 8 oz. milk, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, and 1-2 Tbsps caramel syrup.  

Directions: 

  1. Prepare 1 shot of your espresso.  
  2. Froth the milk.   
  3. Add your brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and milk to your cup.  
  4. Pour your espresso on top of the frothed milk.  
  5. Drizzle caramel on top. 

How To Order Starbucks Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato 

Ask your barista for:

  • a grande Chai Creme Frappuccino with soy milk
  • 2 pumps cinnamon dolce syrup
  • Add cinnamon dolce sprinkles

For an iced Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato, just add ice to enjoy the caramel goodness on a hot day. 

Best Caramel Drinks at Starbucks Summary

Let us know your version of the best caramel drink at Starbucks in the comments below.

 

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