Caramel is a popular flavor in coffee shops after vanilla and chocolate. It’s available as either a sauce, syrup, or drizzle.
Starbucks is a key driver of the “rise of the caramel” largely through its extensive menu of caramel drinks, especially the popular caramel macchiato and caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino.
Among Starbucks iced caramel drinks, caramel frappuccinos, and toasty caramel drinks, you are guaranteed to find a mouthwatering caramel drink and a substitute to try when you want to switch things up.
In this article, we give you the low-down on the yummy caramel drinks from Starbucks and how to level up each drink.
Caramel Drinks at Starbucks
Look out for our tips to elevate your favorite Starbucks caramel drinks.
1 Caramel Latte
Caramel latte is the simplest no-fuss caramel drink you can order at Starbucks. Simply ask for a latte with caramel syrup. For a bigger taste of caramel, ask for caramel drizzle over the whip cream topping.
To order a caramel latte on the Starbucks app, select Caffe Latte, and under the flavors, select caramel syrup. Press “Done” and under the drizzle tab, select caramel drizzle. Press “Done”.
2 Caramel Brulee Latte
Caramel Brulee latte has a richer and sweeter flavor with a smokey twist as compared to the sweet-buttery taste of caramel latte.
It gets the seasonal caramel Brulee syrup, espresso, and 2% milk and is topped with whipped cream and caramel Brulee curls.
It’s a yummy holiday special and Starbucks stores usually serve the drink until they run out of the Brulee syrup and topping.
3 Iced Caramel Brulee Latte
This is a decadent cold version of the hot caramel Brulee latte. Starbucks’ 2% milk combines with espresso, caramel Brulee syrup, and ice. A delicious topping of whipped cream and caramel Brulee bits makes it dessert in a cup.
A Grande cup has 400 calories.
4 Caramel Apple Spice
It offers a delightful way to enjoy the toothsome caramel flavors when you do not want coffee or tea in your cup.
Caramel apple spice is a perfect pairing of cinnamon syrup and steamed apple juice with whip cream topping and drizzled caramel sauce.
5 Caramel Mocha.
Caramel mocha is a superb way to switch up your regular mocha by adding caramel syrup. Since caramel mocha is not a menu item, be sure to clarify that you want caramel syrup in the drink.
The syrup comes at an extra charge.
Ask for Caffe Mocha with caramel syrup.
6 Salted Caramel Mocha
Salted caramel mocha is a seasonal treat that combines regular mocha with toffee nut syrup and is topped with caramel drizzle and salt sprinkles over whipped cream.
Since toffee nut is a seasonal syrup, you can substitute it with hazelnut for that nuanced nutty twist if it’s not available at your local store.
7 Salted Caramel White Mocha
This is a much softer and sweeter option to the salted caramel mocha.
Salted caramel white chocolate combines white mocha sauce, espresso, and toffee nut syrup. It’s topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and sea salt
8 Caramel Macchiato
Starbucks caramel macchiato is a ‘Tall” drink that is nothing like the short espresso macchiatos in other coffee shops. It is the most ordered caramel drink at Starbucks.
It gets vanilla – the standard syrup for a caramel macchiato – 2% milk and espresso. Caramel comes as a drizzle over the sweet whip cream.
9. Caramel Hot Chocolate
This is a caramel secret drink made with mocha sauce, 2% milk, and toffee nut and vanilla syrups with a topping of whip cream and drizzled caramel.
It is calorific and slightly caffeinated with a Grande cup packing 460 calories and 25mg of caffeine.
Caramel Iced Coffee Drinks
10 Iced Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato
Don’t we love snickerdoodles for their refreshingly sweet and spicy flavor and an unmistakable festive kick! See more snickerdoodle beverages from Starbucks.
Try the secret iced caramel snickerdoodle macchiato with a generous caramel drizzle and you will have a hard time switching to other drinks.
It’s made with cinnamon and vanilla syrups, espresso, milk, and ice and drizzled with Starbucks’ signature caramel sauce.
11 Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew.
Cold-brew coffee lovers can elevate their favorite drink by adding caramel to the cold brew and topping it with salted cold foam. Swapping vanilla with toffee nut in the cold foam is a great way to soften the taste of salt.
12 Salted Caramel Cream Nitro Cold Brew
The cascading nitro cold brew fuses with caramel syrup and a topping of salted cold foam.
13 Iced Dark Caramel Latte
Have you tried an iced latte with dark caramel instead of caramel syrup?
Caramel syrup is thin and has a slightly bitter taste as compared to the thicker, richer, and sweeter dark caramel sauce. Dark caramel also mixes into the drink way better than caramel syrup.
Iced dark caramel latte mixes dark caramel sauce, non-dairy milk, ice, and espresso shots.
14 Iced Caramel Macchiatto
Although an iced caramel macchiato is mouthwatering, you can elevate it further by substituting dairy milk with your choice of nut milk and chestnut syrup for vanilla. Keep the caramel drizzle for that delightful finish.
Iced caramel macchiatos pack 250 calories and 150 mg of caffeine per grande cup.
Caramel Iced Chai Drinks at Starbucks
15 Iced Chai Latte with Caramel
Iced chai latte with caramel is a secret caramel drink for avid iced tea drinkers. It tastes like a spicy cookie.
Ask for a chai tea latte with caramel syrup and enjoy the rich fusion of tea, milk, and caramel.
16 Iced Oat Milk Chai Latte with Caramel and Brown Sugar
One of the best ways to level up an iced chai latte is by using oat milk instead of dairy and adding caramel and brown sugar syrups.
17. Iced Almond Milk Chai Latte with Cinnamon and Caramel
Chai pairs superbly with nondairy milk. Since chai concentrate is already sweetened, adding cinnamon powder reduce sugar and caramel syrup is a great way to level up the drink without oversweetening it.
18 Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino (CRCF)
This decadent and elegant layered frappuccino is one of the most popular Starbucks frappuccinos.
It starts with whipped cream and dark caramel sauce at the bottom of the cup followed by a blend of frap roast, base syrup, milk, and dark caramel sauce. The top layers are whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and crunchy caramel sugar.
You can customize this drink by adding a layer of crunchy chips at the bottom of the drink and swapping whole milk with soy or nut milk to complement the rich caramel flavor.
Alternatively, substitute the crunchy sugar crumbs with frappuccino chips for a chocolatey cookie twist.
CRCF is highly caloric and cloyed. Here is a breakdown of the levels of sugar, caffeine, and calories in caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino.
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19 Caramel Frappuccino
This is a coffee frappuccino with caramel syrup blended in the drink and a caramel drizzle over whipped cream topping. The blended part comprises milk, caramel syrup, coffee base, and ice.
For that heavenly oh-so-toothsome flavor, ask for a generous drizzle of extra caramel sauce on the inner walls of the cup.
The chart below details the caffeine, sugar, and calories in a caramel frappuccino.
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20 Caramel Ribbon Crunch Creme Frappuccino (CRCCF)
Caramel ribbon crunch creme frappuccino is a layered creme frappuccino with no caffeine.
The bottom layer has whipped cream drizzled with dark caramel sauce. It is followed by a blended layer of creme base syrup, ice, milk, and dark caramel sauce. At the top is whipped cream with drizzled caramel and caramel sugar crumbs.
Like the coffee version, you can switch this drink up by blending java chips. The best way to order a caramel ribbon crunch creme frappuccino is by asking for a caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino with no coffee.
21 Caramel Creme Frappuccino
It’s similar to the coffee version except that the coffee base is swapped with creme base syrup and it has no frap roast.
The toppings remain the same.
22 Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino
Coffee frappuccinos attempt to cut the bitter flavors in coffee by adding flavored syrups, sauces, and toppings.
Sea salt is superb at making coffee more palatable. Salted caramel frappuccino is made by blending frap roast, coffee base syrup, milk, ice, toffee nut syrup, and mocha sauce. A swirl of whipped cream with sea salt sprinkles and drizzled caramel make an oh-so-sweet finish.
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24 Caramel Brulee Frappuccino
Caramel Brulee syrup is seasonal at Starbucks. Caramel frappuccino gets a blend of caramel Brulee syrup, frap roast, coffee base, milk, and ice. It is finished with a delicious topping of whipped cream and caramel Brulee crumbs.
When caramel Brulee is out of season, you can mimic its taste by ordering a coffee frappuccino with toasted white mocha and caramel syrup. Top it with caramel drizzle and whipped cream.
A chart showing caramel Brulee frappuccino calories, caffeine, and sugar.
23 Caramel Brulee Creme Frappuccino
It gets creme base syrup, milk, caramel Brulee syrup, and ice blended together and topped with whip cream and crunchy caramel Brulee crumbs.
25 Apple Pie Frappuccino
A secret menu coffee frappuccino that blends apple juice, frappuccino base, frap roast, cinnamon dolce syrup, and caramel syrup. It is topped with whip and caramel drizzle.
Apple pie frappuccino has a deliciously clean and bright flavor just like apple pie.
For extra flavor, add a scoop of vanilla bean powder per cup size. Alternatively, add toffee nut syrup.