Salted Caramel Ice-Blended Coffee (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)

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Salted Caramel Ice-Blended Coffee

The salted caramel Frappuccino craze took the world by storm a few years ago. The sweet, buttery drink appealed to both coffee lovers and commoners alike, and I must admit this was my go-to Starbucks drink for a while, especially in hot summer days.

You know me, so you know I had to give it a go and craft my own salted caramel ice-blended coffee at home. I have to call it that because it turns out the word Frappuccino is a trademarked term. If you ask me, that’s one more reason to make our own caramel flavored drink at home and “stick it to the man.” Some words are meant to be used by everyone, right? It’s not like you can trademark ‘milk.’

With that out of my chest, there are some challenges ahead, though. This concoction can be as complex as you want. For example, if you what to make a salted caramel sauce from scratch, as I’ll explain below. Luckily, today we’re talking the easy path.

Let us start with an essential ingredient, the salted caramel sauce. Melted and slightly burnt sugar mixed with butter and sometimes heavy cream. This delicious treat is an exciting project, but it will take you an hour, and let me tell you that there are many store-bought salted caramel sauces out there. And since Starbucks doesn’t make its caramel sauce on the stovetop, we won’t either.

Starbucks then uses its super-secret mocha syrup, which tastes exactly like Hershey’s, so we got that covered too. And finally, we’ll add a few teaspoons of instant espresso for an added kick.

So, basically, we have our salted caramel, chocolate syrup, freeze-dried coffee, and milk, any milk you want. A hint of vanilla really livens the coffee up, so don’t skip it, and if you want to go over the top, sprinkle smoked sea salt flakes on over your drink, isn’t that fun? That’s a proper salted caramel ice-blended coffee in my books.

Let’s make ourselves the best caramel flavored coffee shop drink. It’s still one of my favorites, and I’m sure it will be yours too!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time1 min
  • Cook Time5 min
  • Total Time6 min
  • Serving Size1
  • Energy319 cal

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces ice
  • 3 ounces half and half or whole milk
  • 2 tbsp instant powdered espresso, high-quality
  • 1 oz salted caramel sauce, plus more to drizzle
  • 1 oz chocolate syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, for garnish (optional)
  • Smoked flaky sea salt, for garnish (optional)

Directions

1

In a blender, add the ice, the instant espresso powder, the chocolate syrup, the caramel sauce, the vanilla extract and the milk. Blend until frothy

2

Decorate with your glass with drizzled caramel sauce, serve your coffee mixture and top with whipped cream and sea salt.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size1
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories319
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat15.1 g78 g19.36%
  • Saturated Fat8.2 g20 g41%
  • Cholesterol46 mg300 mg15.33%
  • Sodium187 mg2300 mg8.13%
  • Total Carbohydrate43.7 g275 g15.89%
  • Dietary Fiber0.7 g28 g2.5%
  • Total Sugars34.8 g
  • Protein3.2 g50 g6.4%
  • Calcium94 mg1300 mg7.23%
  • Iron1 mg18 mg5.56%
  • Potassium180 mg4700 mg3.83%

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