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McDonald's Caramel Iced Coffee Recipe

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No one thought McDonald’s coffee would be any good, but I must admit they’ve come a long way. Their greatest success is probably their caramel ice coffee, and it’s easy to see why. They have a good eye for sweet treats!

To copycat their coffee-making style, I had to do some research; the coffee is not bad at all, so we’re using nice beans for sure. Then there’s that lovely creaminess, and they achieve it by using condensed milk, so we’ll copy that trick from their playbook. The rest is caramel sauce or syrup and a splash of milk to round up the iced coffee.

To make this drink just like the original, you must think like McDonald’s. Few ingredients, fast and easy — that’s the way to go. That’s why this recipe calls for only four ingredients, and they’re readily available and inexpensive: espresso, condensed milk, whole milk and caramel sauce. Throw it all into a blender and pour it over ice.

McDonald's Caramel Iced Coffee Copycat Recipe-2

Substitutions and variations

You might want your ice coffee to taste just like the original, but there’s nothing wrong with playing around with the recipe to get new, exciting results.

First of all, let’s mention that you can substitute dairy for plant-based milk alternatives. To achieve the condensed milk’s thickness, you might want to add a teaspoon of cornstarch — it will thicken your milk nicely.

You can also add some chocolate syrup instead of the caramel for a fun mocha or blend a few strawberries for a pink latte that just tastes like summer. 

Once you get the feel of McDonald’s coffee, you’ll be able to copycat their entire menu. After all, they only use a handful of ingredients. Keep practicing, and you’ll master them in no time!

But first, let’s make ourselves a delicious caramel iced coffee. Enjoy this beauty with a deep-fried pie, soft ice cream or a glazed donut, but leave it for dessert, enjoy a cheeseburger and some fries first — that’s the entire experience!

This recipe takes only ten to fifteen minutes, and although it yields two large glasses of iced coffee, it’s super easy to adapt it for a larger crowd. Let’s get started!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Total Time15 min
  • Serving Size2
  • Energy685 cal




Brew your coffee and let it cool at room temperature or on an ice bath.


In a blender, add the condensed milk, whole milk, caramel syrup and cold espresso. Blend until smooth and frothy.


Fill two glasses with fresh ice and top with caramel coffee.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size2
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories685
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat17.3 g78 g22.18%
  • Saturated Fat10.7 g20 g53.5%
  • Cholesterol64 mg300 mg21.33%
  • Sodium267 mg2300 mg11.61%
  • Total Sugars117.7 g
  • Protein16.1 g50 g32.2%
  • Calcium573 mg1300 mg44.08%
  • Potassium775 mg4700 mg16.49%
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