DIY Iced Caramel Macchiato

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Iced Caramel Macchiato

Since beginning my personal challenge to eat at home for the month of March, I’ve had to adjust the way I think.  Starbucks is a very normal part of my week.  Not everyday normal, but at least 2 days per week normal.  It’s a treat I really look forward to.  For March at least, I’ve been trying to stay away from my favorite drink, the Caramel Macchiato.  Let’s just say, I’ve failed…several times…  On a quest to change my behavior for the rest of the month, I discovered that I had most of the ingredients to make the drink myself at home and am going to attempt to tame my cravings by doing it myself.  I don’t really drink hot coffee so I always make my coffee iced.  Here’s what you need if you want to give it a try too!

My DIY Caramel Machiatto Supplies


  • Espresso Roast Coffee
  • 1 cup Milk, Soy Milk or Almond Milk (your choice, I like the flavor of vanilla soy).
  • 1-2 tbs Vanilla Coffee Syrup
  • Squeezable caramel sauce (Coffee aisle or ice cream topping isle)
  • 1/2 Cup Ice

Step 1: Put 1-2 tbs vanilla coffee syrup in the bottom of your cup.

Step 2: Add 1 cup of your favorite milk product to the cup.

Step 3: Add 1/2 cup ice to cup.

Step 4: Add 2 shots of espresso coffee (or in my case I set my single serve coffee maker to the “small” cup setting).

Single Serve Coffee Heart

Step 5: Drizzle caramel sauce on top of coffee.  (If you want to be fancy, you can drizzle the caramel sauce on the sides of your cup before you add the coffee).

My coffee

Fun Fact: Caffe’ Macchiato actually means “stained coffee” because the milk looks like it stains the coffee.  Although if you ask me, I feel like the coffee stains the milk but whatever, I’m not a barista.  Please let me know if you have found a version of your own favorite drink that you can make at home in the comments section below!
Kim Anderson


  1. Sandra says

    Hey Kim! This is a great recipe for recreating the caramel “macchiato” on a budget. You mentioned the meaning of macchiato which is exactly right….stained coffee. The confusion is because an authentic macchiato is simply espresso stained with a dollop of milk froth and then there is the unauthentic but highly delicious SB version that everyone loves, including me!! Thanks for the great recipe and information…cheers!!

    • says

      Sandra, I’m really glad you mentioned that because I was sort of confused when I was researching the correct spelling/ understanding of macchiato. I couldn’t figure out if it was stained coffee or milk stained from all the sources I came across online so I really appreciate that you gave me that info on it being a Starbucks thing verses the authentic version.

  2. Sherrie says

    I loved your post and everyone’s comments about how they make their coffee. Im going to give your recipe a try. I just wanted to share the way I make my iced coffee. I brew a pot of my favorite coffee which is Foldgers Caramel Drizzle. Let it cool, then I pour it into a carafe & I put it into the refrigerator to get cold. In the morning I add ice to a pint glass canning jar, 2 packets of stevia and a spoon before I pour in the coffee or you’ll have a hard time getting the spoon in after you pour in your coffee. Pour the coffee in the glass leaving room for Carnation’s sugar free French vanilla. Stir. This is my French Vanilla Carmel Drizzle Iced Coffee and it’s is my favorite way to drink coffee. I use 4 T of the French vanilla so my glass of coffee is 60 calories.

  3. says

    Coconut palm sugar tastes just like caramel when you melt it in a saucepan with equal amounts sugar and water. Tastes awesome and is an unrefined sugar, and might even be cheaper then that caramel syrup. Also, if you like iced drinks try cold brewing coffee. Take 1 cups grounds and 4 cups water and refrigerate over night. In the morning use a cheesecloth ($2 Target cooking isle) and a mesh strainer and strain your grounds. It is the all time best iced coffee! I love it with Starbucks Kati Kati blend. Can you tell I love coffee?

    • says

      Dana, thanks so much for sharing your “healthier” take on this. I love doing stuff that’s a little better for you in the long run. Thank you so much for sharing that recipe for cold brew coffee because I’ve been wanting to try it cause all I drink is cold coffee and now I can!

    • Jen says

      Wow! Thank you for that tip! I had been wondering if I’d HAVE to invest in (yet another appliance!) a French press in order to have cold-processed coffee. You just saved me $20 and time wasted trying to find a place to put something in this already small, cluttered place. Thanks again!

  4. heather says

    I make iced starbucks mochas, less than 70 calories. 1/4 cup unsweetened plain almond milk, 1 cup starbucks iced coffee (newer in the coffee creamer fridges), 1 tablespoon of the dark chocolate coffee syrup from the coffee isle and 1/2 cup ice.

    • says

      Gonna have to try that! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. My version comes in around 230 so your recipe would save me quit a few calories.

  5. says

    Hi Kim! I love those Starbucks drinks! But I rarely get one since we have no Starbucks around here! Thanks for sharing this recipe! I might give it a try! Blessings from Bama!


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