Your search for the perfect winter holiday drink ends with a homemade Starbucks Caramel Brulée Latte. Here is my simple recipe to give you an exact duplicate of the original Starbucks drink.
Winter can be a stressful time. Getting out is painful. Traveling is hell. Popping into your favorite Starbucks shop for a much-needed drink is a challenge. I am an apologetic fan of the caramel Brulée latte. I could not wait until the holidays to place an order at Starbucks. I looked around for the best recipe to make my drink myself. Here is what I found but before we proceed, let me share a few quick facts about the Starbucks caramel Brulée latte you should know.
Brief History of the Drink
The Starbucks Caramel Brulée latte hit the market in 2009. It hit off with Starbucks fans globally and is the 2nd best holiday drink. The latte is French-inspired. The term Brulée means burned in French. It explains the technique of creating a hardened topping by burning a layer of sugar to mimic a crème Brulée. It is the perfect drink to connect with the French experience without going to France.
Is Caramel Brulée Latte still available at Starbucks?
Yes. It is among the favorite holiday menu drinks you can order between November and January at Starbucks outlets.
What’s In A Starbucks Caramel Brulée Latte – (Ingredients)
The caramel Brulée latte is a simple drink made with brewed espresso, steamed milk and caramel Brulée syrup, caramel Brulée toppings, and whipped cream.
It contains no allergens, according to Starbucks. You can ignore the whipped cream if you are lactose intolerant or replace the cream with plant-based options like oat milk since Starbucks uses the standard 2% milk. The caramel Brulée topping is made of sugar, corn syrup, vegetable, and fruit colors, plus added natural flavors. The caramel sauce consists of skimmed milk powder, preservatives, natural flavors, sugar, and corn syrup. That is all.
Starbucks Caramel Brulée Latte: Sizes, nutrition, Caffeine & Calories
What Sizes Are Available
The caramel Brulée latte is available in 4 sizes if you want to order. Order a short size (8 fl oz), tall size (12 fl oz), grande size (16 fl oz), or a venti size (20 fl oz) any day.
The healthiness of food is a premium consideration in the world today. Dieticians accuse Starbucks of promoting unhealthy diets through their drinks. This is not advisable for anyone with underlying health conditions or on a strict diet regime. The nutrition information shared here is based on a grande-sized drink and calculated based on the standard diet of 2000 calories per day.
The caramel Brulée latte is a high-calorie drink. A grande serving packs an outstanding 410 calories. 22% of the calories are from carbs and sugar in the caramel. The fats in the milk and whipped cream contribute a further 18%. The downside is that you have to contend with 50mg of sodium and 340mg of cholesterol. 12g of proteins compensates for this.
It is not the best choice of drink if you are on a strict low-calorie diet or have underlying health issues that cholesterol may trigger or aggravate further. Reducing the size of the drink and caramel Brulée sauce pumps cut down the sugar and carb concentration and lowers the calorie threshold. Nonfat milk and plant-derived milk options significantly reduce the fat content and give you a healthier drink. The ultimate choice lies with you.
Below is a comprehensive summary of the facts that I discussed above:
|Calorie count (out of 2,000 calories daily intake)||410|
|Nutrient Content (per Grande serving)||% of Daily Value|
|Total Fat (14g)
Trans Fat (0.5g)
Saturated Fat (9g)
|Total carbohydrates (61g)
The caffeine in this drink is not as high as the sugar content. 150mg is all you will find in a grande-size drink. It is equivalent to a regular morning cup of coffee. The caffeine is enough to give you the right energy for your day and barely a quarter of the recommended 400mg for adults daily.
So, What Does Starbucks Caramel Brulée Latte drinks Taste Like?
Unique! A smoky taste combined with tantalizing sweetness sets this drink apart. It is a contrast in textures thanks to the creaminess from the whipped cream topping and the crunchiness of the caramel Brulée topping.
Ways to Customize Caramel Brulée Latte at Starbucks – Starbucks CARAMEL BRULÉE LATTE Variations
There are endless customization options. Use ice to create an iced caramel Brulée latte, swap the steamed milk with whole milk and serve over ice or replace the dairy milk options with plant kinds of milk like oat to change the flavor. Add or reduce the espresso shots, and play around with new flavors and sweeteners or create unique customizations with the toppings.
How to make your own Starbucks Caramel Brulée Latte At Home - Starbucks Caramel Brulée Latte Copycat Recipe
- Espresso machine/coffee pot/saucepan.
- Microwave or open stove
- Milk frother
- 1shot of espresso (strongly brewed coffee can also work)
- 1 cup of skimmed milk
- 2 tablespoons of Caramel Brulée sauce
- Whipped creampounded caramel candy
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened vanilla syrup
- Pour 1shot of espresso into the machine and brew the coffee independently. (Add more shots if you want a stronger-coffee drink)
- Steam and froth the milk. I used 1 cup of skimmed milk (You can go for your preferred choice)
- Pour in a mug, add the espresso together with caramel Brulée, and mix well.
- Use a topping of your choice (whipped cream, pounded caramel candy, or both.) (Optional) Flavor with unsweetened vanilla syrup
- I use the Starbucks signature espresso blend used in the original Starbucks drink. Dark roast blend options work best if brewing your own coffee.
- I frothed the milk with my hand using a whisk while warming. There are faster espressos machines with elaborate settings for frothing and steaming that you can use.
- Make your own caramel syrup/sauce to control the sweetness of your drink. Your own caramel allows you to control the amount of sugar you use. The easier option is to buy unsweetened syrup and the exact caramel Brulée sauce Starbucks uses.
- 1tablespoon of vanilla is perfect if you desire a much sweeter drink. If you only want the vanilla flavor, the unsweetened vanilla syrup is the best.
- To reduce the calorie count, avoid whipped cream or minimize the amount and use skim or no-fat milk.
How do you order Caramel Brulée Latte from the Starbucks app?
Open the Starbucks app on your handset then scroll to the menu. Switch on location and go to the drinks section. Once you click on hot drinks, scroll to caramel Brulée latte and choose it. Select drink size and customization options. Choose a store near you, submit your order and close the app.
Does Starbucks have Caramel Brulée Latte all year round?
No! The Starbucks Caramel Brulée is only sold during holidays between November and January every year.
Is the Starbucks Caramel Brulée Latte healthy?
No. The high sugar content, cholesterol, and sodium make the caramel Brulée latte slightly unhealthy.
How much is the Starbucks Caramel Brulée Latte?
A tall sized caramel Brulée latte costs $3.95, grande costs $4.65, and Venti $4.95
What flavor is caramel Brulée latte?
The caramel Brulée has a distinctively sweet and smoky taste differing from regular caramel syrup and sauce from Starbucks.
Does Starbucks sell caramel Brulée?
Yes. The Starbucks Caramel Brulée has been available at Starbucks outlets since 2009 and is among the favorite seasonal holiday handcrafted drinks.
What is Starbucks Caramel Brulée topping?
A caramel Brulée topping is a hardened topping of sugar that mimics a crème Brulée created by burning a layer of sugar.