The Caramel Brulee Latte is my favorite drink at Starbucks and I wish they had it year-round. The warmth of the caramel brulee syrup is just richer and more flavorful than a traditional caramel sauce and I am here. for. it.
Although, this year, I drove through and the girl talked me into trying it iced – and that was a gamechanger, friends. A gamechanger. I love iced coffee pretty much all year, but had never ordered the Caramel Brulee Latte iced and now I’m never going back.
But, when I drove through recently, because I’m addicted y’all, they were OUT of the caramel brulee syrup and it broke my heart. I immediately went home and started trying to whip up my own version of it. I ended up finding some different recipes online and tweaked them until it had that same rich, caramelly flavor.
So, if you’ve been looking to make a Caramel Brulee latte, hot or cold, at home or maybe just to save money on your addiction, then give this recipe a chance. It might just rock your world.
Caramel Brulee Sauce: Ingredients
- Brown Sugar – Yup, the depth in the flavor of brown sugar helps give this that brulee, smoky flavor. You need 1/2 cup.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk – This is going to give it that sauce like texture. You need a whole 14oz. can.
- Water – Easy. You need one cup.
- Vanilla Extract – 2 tsp. or more. I love vanilla flavor.
- Salt – 1/2 tsp gets the job done
- Strainer – I had one that recently got destroyed, so I didn’t use one. That just means I have to stir before using it now. It would be smoother and easier to use if I had strained it. So, if you have one – great. If you don’t, it’s not the end of the world.
- Jar for storage. It’s going to make a full mason jar or so of sauce. Store it in the fridge, folks.
That’s it. Really not that many ingredients. Once you get started, though, stay present and focus, because it can seize up on you pretty quickly. Let’s make it.
How To Make Caramel Brulee Sauce:
I recently shared this recipe on Instagram and I walk you through the steps. Seeing it in video is a big help, for me anyway, so make sure to check it out with the sound on.
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Here are the steps spelled out with ideas on time to guide you through it.
- Add 1/2 cup brown sugar to sauce pan on medium to high heat. Let it melt all the way down, stirring occasionally. It’ll melt down to a sauce and then you want to turn the heat down a little bit more. This takes about 10 minutes or so.
- Add 1 cup of water. It’ll seize. It’s ok.
- Add whole can of sweetened condensed milk.
- Stir and then switch to a whisk. If it starts to boil over, turn heat down more.
- Keep whisking until all the sugar is melted off the bottom and mixed back in.
- Add 2 tsp. of vanilla. Stir more.
- Add 1/2 tsp. of salt. Keep stirring.
- Once it’s all mixed and sugar is melted back in, turn it to a simmer and let it sit for about 10 minutes. You can stir occasionally.
- Once it smells nice and rich and smoky, pull it off the heat. Strain it or not into a glass for storage.
- Allow it to cool before refrigerating, but you can use it warm with your espresso right away.
How To Make a Starbucks Caramel Brulee Latte:
I’m going to do a full post on this, but here’s a snapshot of the recipe if you are making it right now
- Add 2 tbsp caramel brulee sauce to glass.
- Add 2 shots of espresso, stir.
- Add a cup of milk to a frother, add 2 tbsp brulee sauce and froth.
- Add to glass.
- Add whip – or not – your choice.
- Drink and enjoy! Yum!
For the Iced Caramel Brulee Latte recipe like Starbucks, head to this post.
The sauce is not the easiest to make, compared to the super easy simple syrup recipes I usually share, but the whole thing takes about 20 minutes. You might think it’s ruined if the sugar gets stuck to the pan or seizes, but you can likely save it by just whisking and letting it melt back in.
I hope you’ll try this out and let me know what you think!