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I spend so much money on coffee, and my favorite coffee is Starbucks Caramel Macchiato. After much experimentation, I have come up with a pretty close dupe!

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In order to make most specialty coffees, you will need an espresso machine. You can get these for pretty cheap, and they are worth every single penny! I have this espresso maker by Mr. Coffee.

I use two shots of espresso for this recipe, but before I had an espresso maker, I used a strong, Colombian half cup of coffee. The coffee trick was discernible from the original, in my opinion, so I prefer espresso!

You will need these ingredients to make this recipe:
– 2 shots espresso or 1/2 c. strong coffee
– 2 TBS Torani salted chocolate caramel sauce
– 4 TBS Torani vanilla syrup
– milk

With this recipe, you can make an iced Caramel Macciato or a hot Caramel Macciato!

TIP: You want a high quality espresso ground coffee. I buy mine from a local coffee shop, but you can also use get yours here.

Iced Caramel Macchiato

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In a tall cup with a straw, drizzle 2 TBS caramel sauce in the bottom of cup. Add 4 TBS or pumps of vanilla syrup. Fill cup with ice up to the brim. Add hot espresso and fill the rest of the cup with milk. Stir and enjoy!

You can top with whipped cream and caramel if you like!

Hot Caramel Macchiato

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In a 32 oz. thermos, drizzle 2 TBS caramel sauce in the bottom of mug. Add 4 pumps of vanilla syrup. Add hot espresso.

You will need to froth your milk for the fluffy topping. To do this, purchase a simple handheld milk frother or use the frother on your espresso machine. I have both a simple frother and the frother on my espresso machine, and to be honest, I use the simple frother way more than the “fancy” frother. I use 1 cup of milk because I like a lot of coffee, but you can use less based on the size of your mug.

To froth milk with a simple frother, you will warm your milk in the microwave for about 1 minute, depending on how hot you want it. Once your milk is warmed, you will froth your milk, or stir it, with the frothing device. You will want to do this for at least 2 minutes.

To froth milk with your espresso frother, you will pour cold milk into a mug or measuring cup. You will move your mug up and down on the frother. Unlike the simple frother, your espresso machine will steam the milk, causing it to heat up and bubble at the same time. You will still want to froth your milk for at least 2 minutes. In my experience, the espresso frother takes longer to warm up.

Once your milk is frothy and delicious, pour it into your thermos. Stir your coffee and milk together and enjoy!

If you have tried this, comment what you did similarly or differently!

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3 thoughts on “DIY Starbucks Caramel Macchiato

  1. I’m not a coffee connoisseur but this sounds so yummy! 🙂

    1. It tastes more like a dessert than coffee, to me!

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