A strong, aromatic coffee mixed with dreamy caramel sauce (extra points if you make your own!) and creamy milk, all topped off with a generous dollop of whipped cream and even more caramel sauce because why not? This Starbucks caramel brulee latte copycat recipe tastes exactly like the real thing, but it’s much cheaper, quicker and easier to make.
There’s no Starbucks on the island where I live. So whenever we go somewhere where there is a Starbucks (pretty much every airport, yay!) I always order whatever weird drink they’re currently promoting. But whenever I see the Starbucks caramel brulee latte on the menu, I’ve always got to get it.
Even if the person next to me is ordering a double chocolate chip mocha Oreo frappuccino with strawberry syrup, ice cream, sprinkles and hot fudge sauce (if I had a coffee shop, that would so be at the top of my menu) I’ll always order the Starbucks caramel brulee latte because it’s just so good.
This recipe only ever seems to appear in the run up to Christmas, which is lucky for me as that’s when I go back to the UK to see family and friends. In London, there’s pretty much a Starbucks on every corner, so I never have to walk more than a couple of steps for my caramel caffeine fix.
But if you’re like me and don’t live anywhere near a Starbucks or aren’t rich enough to fork out big bucks everyday on over-priced drinks (me neither!) you can use this Starbucks caramel brulee latte to make your own at home. You can follow the recipe word for word to make a drink that tastes just like the original, or tweak it to cut down the calories or omit the dairy. That’s the best thing about making stuff at home – you can control every single part of it.
I’m not going to lie to you. This Starbucks caramel brulee latte isn’t health food. The caramel is real full-fat full-sugar caramel. It’s not healthy vegan caramel. And the whipped cream on top is real heavy cream. Not some kind of lighter yogurt-based alternative. But if you want a drink that is genuinely similar to what Starbucks offers, you’ve got to use the proper stuff!
On the plus side, my recipe does cut sugar and fat wherever possible and definitely makes a smaller cup than what you get from Starbucks. I mean, seriously – have you ever seen anyone order a ‘venti’ from there? A cup that size could wake the dead!
Looking for more Starbucks copycat recipes? Check out these skinny Starbucks cranberry bliss bars, Starbucks cranberry bliss bars-inspired overnight oats or this Starbucks copycat pumpkin spiced latte.
- 1 shot strong espresso or strongly-brewed coffee (around 1.6 floz / 50ml)
- 1 cup skimmed milk (can use non-dairy)
- 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
- 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup (can substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
- whipped cream
- extra caramel sauce for drizzling
Pour the espresso/coffee into a saucepan with the milk. Place over a high heat and stir with a whisk until frothy and the milk just begins to boil.
Take the pan off the heat and stir in the caramel sauce and vanilla syrup/extract.
Pour the milky coffee into a mug and top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.