Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato Copycat Recipe

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Category: Copycat
Published Date: 10/05/2020
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If you’ve never had an Iced Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks, you have been missing out! According to the Starbucks website, an Iced Caramel Macchiato is a combination of their full-bodied espresso with vanilla-flavored syrup, milk and ice, topped with a caramel drizzle for an oh-so-sweet finish. The Iced Caramel Macchiato has been Super Dad and my go-to drink for years. 

After a number of tries, we finally mastered the Iced Caramel Macchiato at home and I’m so excited to share it with you! It’s so creamy and sweet, you won’t even need to add sugar (which is always a plus). You can adjust it to your level of sweetness to, just by using less caramel sauce and/or sugar free syrups! 

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Now you can make a Starbuck's Iced Caramel Macchiato at your home! It's the perfect blend of espresso, milk and caramel! So easy and so good!
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Before we get to our Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato copycat recipe, let me share a few tips about the ingredients.

While it’s always best to use Starbucks ingredients, there are a few other options! 

You definitely want to use a good espresso. That will make or break the flavor. We use the Starbucks Dark Roast Espresso. I’m not 100% sure that’s the same one that they use when you go into one of their cafes, but it’s excellent. If you’re looking for a more inexpensive option, we also really love Cafe La Llave.

There are a couple of ways to make your espresso shot. If you have an espresso machine, that is probably the quickest and easiest way. You can also use a stovetop espresso maker.  We tried both ways and found then espresso to be much more dark and rich with the machine, but it will work with either!

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If you love Starbuck's Iced Caramel Macchiato, you'll love our copycat recipe. It's super easy to make and it's perfect for the days you can't get to your local Starbucks!
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While you can choose whichever milk you prefer, we love vanilla almond milk. It’s creamier, in my opinion. You can use sweetened or unsweetened, depending on how you like your iced caramel macchiato.

I tried a few different caramel drizzle options as well. The best one, by far, was the Torani caramel sauce. It’s thick and rich and very similar to the one that our local Starbucks uses. Tip: the 4 pack is cheaper on Amazon than it is on the Torani site. 

You’ll also want to grab the Torani vanilla syrup

Don’t forget to grab pumps for your syrup as well! It will make it so much easier to measure!

**Updated 11/22/20 – Special thanks to Brittany, former Starbucks Barista, for pointing out what was wrong in our recipe. We tried her suggestions and it was PERFECT! We’ve adjusted the recipe below (though the step photos should be step 4 and then 3).

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I’ve tried to show the steps in photos above for you, to make it a bit easier.

Step 1: Caramel Sauce

Step 2: Vanilla Syrup

Step 4 (now 3): Milk

Step 3 (now 4): Ice (at the suggestion of Brittany, former Barista, put the ice in after the milk)

Step 5: Espresso

Step 6: Caramel Sauce on Top

If you try our version of the Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato copycat recipe, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Don’t forget to check out all of our family friendly recipes! Don’t forget to try our very popular Starbucks Pink Drink copycat recipe as well!

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Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato Copycat Recipe


  • Author: Heather l The Super Mom Life

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Now you can make the super popular, Iced Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks, right in your own home. This incredible blend of espresso, milk and caramel is refreshing and the perfect way to start your day.


Ingredients

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  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 1 cup of milk (whole, skim, almond, oat – your choice)
  • Ice
  • Caramel sauce, to taste
  • 2 pumps vanilla syrup

Instructions

  • Squeeze some caramel sauce into the bottom of your cup, just enough to fill the bottom.
  • Add 2 pumps of vanilla syrup.
  • Add milk
  • Fill your cup with ice about 3/4 of the way.
  • Add both shots of espresso
  • Fill any remaining room at the top of your glass with ice.
  • Squeeze caramel sauce on top, to taste
  • Stir and enjoy!

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  1. This is my most favorite Starbucks flavor! Thanks for sharing this copycat recipe, I’ll certainly try it.

  2. If I could get my DIL to make this at home, she might save a small fortune. That girl is always at a Starbucks. 🙂

  3. I absolutely love all your copycat recipes. This Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato is one of my best drinks so I am looking forward to making it.

  4. I need to go buy the ingredients and make this tomorrow, yummy I love that drink and looks easy to make at home

  5. Oh my goodness this look unbelievable. I would love to make some of this at home.

  6. This sure does look amazing. I’ve never actually tried this drink from Starbucks. This makes me want to give it a try though.

  7. I love that I can now make my favorite macchiato at home!! The recipe looks and sounds wonderful!! Can’t wait to try it over the holidays!

  8. I absolutely love this drink at Starbucks. It looks easy enough to make it at home. I’m totally going to try this recipe thisweekend.

  9. I love coffee with a twist. I didn’t know that it was this easy to make. Definitely will try this! my husband would love to have this too.

  10. This sounds like such a great recipe – there is nothing quite like a good drink to chill and relax with and making your own has to share you a few pennies.

  11. My daughter will be so happy with this! It’s one of her fave drinks and I won’t take her to Starbucks as often as she’d like.

  12. I have never been visited Starbucks for a while now due to Covid19 and I missed that place so much, I am going to make this caramel macchiato drink way of remembering those days that I’ve been to Starbucks.

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  14. As a former Starbucks barista this is pretty close but the traditional recipe for sure does not include caramel syrup and it only has caramel sauce on top unless you ask for extra. My biggest tip is you really should put milk then ice… the ice at the bottom makes the syrup and caramel sauce you put first much harder to mix into the milk as those flavors should do. Just a friendly tip! But I love your blog and I know many people love to make Starbucks drinks at home so keep up the good work!

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      Hi Brittany! Thanks so much for the tips! I’m going to try it this way next and then I’ll report back 🙂

  15. OMG I really love this! It looks so delicious I can’t wait to try this version Starbucks iced caramel I will save this post!

  16. Gosh! I love Iced Caramel Macchiato of Starbucks. It’s my favorite drink ever! Great recipe!

  17. Very nice! I love all the SB related recipes to make it myself at home.
    Saved for later use haha. Thank you for sharing!

  18. OMG this is one of my favorite drinks at Starbucks. I would love to be able to make this at home. Thank you so much for sharing!

  19. This is so awesome! Now if I could just figure out how to make a triple chocolate cream frappuccino.

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  20. Wow. I have never tried a Iced Caramel Macchiato before but it looks so yummy! I’ll have to try this recipe.

  21. That looks really good. I need to try this one out, I love iced coffee so I think this would be a winner here.

  22. What a perfect treat for while I’m working at home and don’t want to run to Starbucks! Who knew it was so simple!

  23. I haven’t tried it,but it looks so much like from Starbucks, thanks for the idea,now I can make a cheaper version of it.

  24. I love coffee breaks in the afternoon but hate the prices, this recipe gives me my coffee fix and saves me money. Win, win!

  25. Oh this is awesome! Would really be nice to whip up something we enjoy in the comforts of our home.

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  26. I have all the ingredients at home, but never tried to make this recipe. You are great! Thanks for sharing this 👍😁❤️

  27. Thanks for sharing this copycat recipe! I realize I need to get to the store and stock up on Torani syrups. YUM!

  28. This is one of my favorite ways to drink coffee. I am dying to try this recipe.

  29. That looks like a great copycat recipe. I am not a coffee drinker, but I am sure those that are will love this!

  30. Aww yeah. This is the only way I’d ever have anything from Starbucks. They are waaaaayyy too pricey. BUT if I can make their drinks at home? Oh, yeah, I’m all over that.

  31. I am SO making this! Since everything went on lockdown, I’ve been looking up all kinds of copycat recipes of my favorite things. This is great!

  32. I haven’t had one of these since before COVID hit so I cannot tell you how much I’m craving one! Excited to make at home now 🙂

  33. Well you know what they say…if you can’t make it to Starbucks, make the Starbucks at home! This looks like the perfect copy cat thank you for the recipe.

  34. Oh this looks to die for, a lovely morning pick me up sweet coffee treat. Yum!