What is in a Starbucks iced caramel macchiato? (how to order it at Starbucks + more information)

When it comes to coffee-based summer drinks, Starbucks has been at the forefront. The iced caramel macchiato is one of the best, which brings us to the question. What is in a Starbucks iced caramel macchiato?

Starbucks iced caramel macchiato has five ingredients a shot of espresso, vanilla syrup, milk, caramel sauce, and ice cubes. For many years I have enjoyed the vast array of drinks at Starbucks. From the iced drinks to the usual hot drinks. There is nothing better than a cup of iced caramel macchiato during the summer months.

In this article, I give the information you need to get yourself an iced macchiato at Starbucks restaurants, as well as how to make your own at home.

What is Starbucks iced caramel macchiato made of?

For many years I have asked myself what makes Starbucks’ iced caramel macchiato so good. It took me long to understand what goes into the drink to achieve such rich and intense flavors. But finally, my research paid off, and I cracked the code.

To make the popular iced caramel macchiato, Starbucks uses five key ingredients that play a vital role in influencing the flavor. The rich coffee flavor comes from one, two, or three shots of perfectly brewed espresso depending on the cup size, using the best blonde, medium, or dark roast coffee grounds depending on your preference.

The subtle sweetness of the drink comes from two other ingredients that give the drink its name. a generous drizzle of Starbucks’ caramel sauce and Starbucks’ vanilla syrup, which mainly contains water, sugar, vanilla flavor, and some preservatives. However, they put in one less pump of vanilla so that it cannot overpower the caramel flavor.

Starbucks also adds steamed milk to its iced macchiato. This can be substituted for plant-based milk such as soy milk or almond milk for the ones of us who are lactose intolerant. However, you can ask the barista not to add milk altogether.’

Starbucks warns that the drink is not totally allergen free because they use shared equipment to make their drinks. So, one should be careful when consuming the drink to avoid allergic reactions.

What is the nutrition of the Starbucks iced caramel macchiato?

Starbucks iced caramel macchiato

Like other Starbucks drinks, the iced caramel macchiato comes with many different nutritional benefits, which are highly dependent on the size of the drink that you choose to have from their wide selection. Starbuck’s iced caramel macchiato comes in three standard sizes; a tall cup that is twelve ounces, a Grande cup that is sixteen ounces, and the venti that is twenty-four ounces.

The following are the nutritional contents of a sixteen-ounce iced caramel macchiato.

The nutritional content for 16 ounces

Daily Value


Total Calories

2000 calories


Calories from fat



Saturated fat














Having that, the iced caramel macchiato comes in three different sizes; they all have different calories in each. The tall has 170 calories, Grande has 250 calories, and venti has 350 calories.

Since iced caramel macchiato is a coffee-based drink, it is crucial to know the amount of caffeine that you get from each cup you consume. The caffeine content in each cup is dependent on the number of espresso shots that have been put in the macchiato. The Starbucks’ iced caramel macchiato can be made as a single shot, double shot, or triple shot, the double having more caffeine than the single shot and the triple having more caffeine than the double.

The tall cup has one shot of espresso which accounts for 70mg of caffeine; the Grande has a double shot of espresso which accounts for 140mg of caffeine, and the venti has a triple shot of espresso which accounts for 210mg of caffeine. Starbucks notes that the caffeine level in the drink will differ negligibly depending on the type of roast that has been used to brew the espresso shot.

How Can I make Starbucks iced Caramel Macchiato at home?

If you are a coffee lover like me, but you are not privileged to live in the proximity of a Starbucks shop or if you just don’t have the money to go buy an iced caramel macchiato, fear not because this lovely drink can be made easily in the comfort of your home without a lot of effort.

All you need are a few inexpensive pieces of equipment; an espresso machine, but if you don’t have one, a stovetop French press, otherwise known as a Moka pot, will do just fine to brew your shot of espresso. You will also need a milk frother to give the milk a light, airy feel; this can be found at most retail stores.

For the ingredients, you will need a single shot of espresso, a cup of your preferred milk, a tablespoon of vanilla syrup, two tablespoons of caramel sauce, and ice to fill the cup.

You will first start brewing a shot of espresso using your preferred roast level of coffee. Then froth the milk in the milk frother. Now you can begin assembling your drink; add vanilla syrup to your cup then, fill up the glass with the rest of the milk then, add in the ice and let it sit for a while. Then fill the rest of the space with the milk foam. Now pour in the espresso shot gently the finally drizzle in the caramel sauce. Optionally, you can top off the cup with whipped cream for added creaminess.

The iced caramel macchiato is best enjoyed before all the ice melts into the drink.

How Can I order an iced Caramel Macchiato at Starbucks?

What is in a Starbucks iced caramel macchiato?

To order the Starbucks iced caramel macchiato, first order a single shot, double shot, or triple shot of espresso. The number of shots depends on the size of the drink that you will be having. Follow by asking them to add in your choice of milk, either plant or animal-based milk. You can either choose to have the caramel macchiato with milk or without milk. If it is with milk, ask them to add ice. Finally, it will be drizzled with caramel and topped off with a generous serving of whipped cream on request.

What does Starbucks iced caramel macchiato taste like?

The first time that I tasted Starbucks iced caramel macchiato was like getting a whole new realization for me. All the flavors complemented each other amazingly well. When you take your first sip, you are hit with the rich and bold espresso flavor that everybody likes. It’s followed by the creaminess of the milk (if you are not lactose intolerant), which is complemented perfectly by the richness of the caramel. Finally, the sweet goodness of the vanilla tops it all off. The iced caramel macchiato would be perfect for someone who is looking for a new coffee experience.


Is the iced caramel macchiato from Starbucks healthy?

Yes, the sugar content that most people are worried about is within healthy limits.

Is the iced caramel macchiato sweet?

Yes, it is.

How are you supposed to drink an iced caramel macchiato?

An iced caramel macchiato is best enjoyed alone on a hot summer afternoon.

Should you stir an iced macchiato?

Yes, to incorporate all the flavors.

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