What is the Starbucks Dulce de Leche latte, and how exactly can you make it at home? Well, read on to find out.
The first time I saw and heard about Starbucks Dulce de Leche latte was on my Tiktok page in a video of a young lady having it. The next day, I visited Starbucks like I usually do, and somehow, I remembered the video and drink name. I ordered the drink, and with just a sip of it, I fell in love with it. I have been ordering this drink every morning on my way to work, and not once have I gotten bored of it. I got curious about its nutritional facts and how I could make it at home for my family also to enjoy it. I have written this article to share all the details you need about the Starbucks Dulce de Leche latte, so read till the end.
A brief history of Starbucks Dulce de Leche latte
Starbucks Dulce de Leche was invented by a Starbucks barista from Argentina in 2010, two years after opening its first store in the country. The drink started as a testing drink, and for about three months, they did not put it on the menu. However, Starbucks dulce de leche became very famous among Starbucks customers, so they decided to add it to the latte menu. It became available in all Starbucks stores in 2012. It is available as a hot latte and an iced latte.
Is Starbucks Dulce de Leche Latte still available at Starbucks?
Yes, the Starbucks Dulce de Leche latte is still available at Starbucks. The drink is not seasonal and has been sold throughout the years at Starbucks. It is available both at the Starbucks app and any Starbucks store worldwide. You can order it in three different sizes and as hot or iced. To order, just ask for a dulce de Leche latte.
Starbucks Dulce de Leche Latte (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Caffeine, Calories, Dairy Content)
What’s in a Starbucks Dulce de Leche Latte – (ingredients)
- Dulce de leche sauce: it adds flavor and sweetness to the drink. The Dulce de Leche sauce is very nutritious and healthy.
- Milk: Starbucks uses 2 % fat milk to make this drink. Also, the milk contains dairy products. It is used to make the drink creamy.
- Whipped cream: they use whipped cream as a sweetener even if the drink contains sugar used to make the Dulce de leche sauce.
- Brewed espresso: the brewed espresso used to make this drink is from Starbucks. They use natural coffee grounds to make it making it very strong.
Starbucks Dulce de Leche Latte: Sizes, nutrition, Caffeine, Dairy Content & Calories
What sizes are available?
There are three different sizes of dulce de leche lattes available at Starbucks. They include a tall size (354 ml), Grande (473 ml), and Venti size (591 ml). All the sizes cost differently and have different nutritional information. They also contain different amounts of caffeine.
It is best to start with a tall-size Starbucks Dulce de Leche latte to test whether you like it and not waste the drink if you don’t. For a person who has been having the drink, you can choose any size you like. However, it is best to have the Grande size if you have this drink daily.
Starbucks Dulce de Leche is very nutritional though it may not be for everyone. The rink is neither vegan nor gluten-free. Its calorie content is relatively high and cannot be burned quickly if consumed in high amounts. It also has dairy products that may be allergic to people that are allergic to them.
Below is the nutritional information for a tall-size of Starbucks Dulce de leche latte
|Calories (out of 2,000 daily calories intake)||290|
|Nutritional information ( serving: tall size)||% daily value|
|Total fat 23 g||25 %|
|Carbohydrates 9 g||5 %|
|Sodium 125 mg||5 %|
|Cholesterol 20 mg||7 %|
|Protein 7 g||13 %|
|Calcium 225 mg||23 %|
Below is the nutritional information for the Grande size of the Starbucks Dulce de leche latte
|Calories (out of 2,000 daily calories intake)||350|
|Nutritional information ( serving: Grande size)||% daily value|
|Total fat 35 g||40 %|
|Carbohydrates 20 g||15 %|
|Sodium 160 mg||10 %|
|Cholesterol 30 mg||10 %|
|Protein 11 g||15 %|
|Calcium 450 mg||45 %|
Below is the nutritional information for a Venti size of the Starbucks Dulce de Leche latte
|Calories (out of 2,000 daily calories intake)||440|
|Nutritional information ( serving: venti size)||% daily value|
|Total fat 42 g||48 %|
|Carbohydrates 37 g||23 %|
|Sodium 210 mg||13 %|
|Cholesterol 35 mg||12 %|
|Protein 15 g||18 %|
|Calcium 900 mg||82 %|
The caffeine varies with the size of the Starbucks dulce de leche latte. In a tall size, there is 60 mg of caffeine, 90 mg of caffeine in a Grande size, and 120 mg in a Venti size. Out of 400 daily caffeine intake, its caffeine content is healthy for adults. It also makes the drink perfect for a lazy, slow morning.
Starbucks Dulce de Leche contains high content of dairy content. The dairy content is from the whole milk used to make the drink. It is 2 % low-fat and naturally contains lactose. 75 % of dairy milk in the drink is obtained from the whole milk used in the drink and the steamed milk used to make the Dulce de Leche sauce.
So, what does the Starbucks Dulce de Leche Latte taste like?
Starbucks Dulce de Leche is lovely. It contains high sugar that is used to make the sauce and topping that make this drink. It is also creamy due to the milk, but the buttery taste is delicious and not gross. When hot, it tastes like hot chocolate, and when iced, it is like a normal chocolate bar but in a liquid form.
Ways to Customize a Starbucks Dulce de Leche Latte at Starbucks – Starbucks Dulce de Leche Latte Variations
There are many ways you can customize this drink. One way is not to add whipped cream as a topping for the drink so that you can reduce its sugar content and calorie content. Another way to customize the drink is to add caramel syrup in the drink to add more flavors in it. Also, a person who wants it super sweet can add sugar as an ingredient.
How to make Starbucks Dulce de Leche Latte at home- Starbucks Dulce de Leche Latte Copycat Recipe
Starbucks Dulce de Leche Latte Copycat Recipe
- Espresso machine
- Coffee mug
- Measuring cup
- Dulce de leche
- Coffee grounds
- Hot water
- Whipped cream
- Set up the espresso machine as required when making an espresso
- Put the 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds at the top of the espresso machine and 1 cup of pour hot water to pass through.
- Add around 2-3 tablespoons of sugar to the espresso.
- Pour half cup of espresso into a coffee mug.
- Add ½ tablespoon dulce de leche to the espresso in the coffee mug.
- Stir them until they combine
- Pour 1 cup of hot milk into the mixture in the coffee mug for a hot latte.
- Add whipped cream and dulce de leche as the topping
- If you want an iced latte, add cold milk and ice to the mixture in the coffee mug. Also, don’t forget to add the toppings.
- To buy the dulce de leche, you can get it on Amazon
- You can make the dulce de leche at home by just heating sugar and milk completely or by heating sweetened canned milk in boiling water
- If you don’t want to make the espresso at home, you can buy it from Starbucks.
- The whipped cream and dulce de Leche topping are optional.
How to order a Starbucks Dulce de Leche Latte
You can order a Starbucks Dulce de Leche latte either at a store from Starbucks or online through the Starbucks app. To order at the store, just walk to the barista and order the Dulce de Leche latte. At the Starbucks app, log into the app, choose the Latte option, choose customize, choose flavors and edit it to Dulce de Leche, choose the sauce and add dulce de leche, add milk to it, add whipped cream topping and finally add it to order. Give the barista about five minutes to make it and go pick it up.
How much is the Starbucks Dulce de Leche Latte
A Starbucks Dulce de Leche costs from $3-$6, depending on the location and size of the drink.
Is Starbucks Dulce de Leche Latte good?
Yes, Starbucks Dulce de Leche is pleasing but also nutritious and healthy. The drink is caffeinated to cure your fatigue and get you in a good mood.
Kai Jordan worked as a Certified Nutrition Specialist and now a food critic whose main objective is to provide consumers with as much information as they need to make the right choices concerning foods and drinks. Jordan is passionate about helping the public reach their health-related goals but also keen on reviewing foods and drinks offered by some of the famous restaurants the likes of Starbucks.
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