Awhile back I taste-tested a bunch of Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee drinks and rounded up my 6 favorites. One of them, in particular, was my favorite and it’s haunted me every since. I don’t live close to a DD, so getting there is a major commitment. That means, it only happens on the rarest of occasions. The only problem with that is the Iced Butter Pecan Swirl is amazing and I think about it all the time.
So, of course, that got me thinking: I should be able to cobble something together that’s close enough at home, right? I started by looking up reviews for various butter pecan syrups and ended up settling on Torani. Personally, I find that I gravitate towards the flavor profiles in their syrups more than other brands I’ve tried. This could just be personal preference, so be sure to check out other butter pecan syrups, too. I found my syrup at Homegoods.
Sure, there is a Dunkin’ Donuts Butter Pecan swirl syrup you can buy on some sites, but it doesn’t look like something Dunkin has released themselves and I am always wary of things like that. Now, Dunkin HAS released a pre-mixed butter pecan iced coffee that you can just serve over ice. This is always an option, too, and a really easy one at that. Since I already keep cold brew and other milks at home, I wanted to get the syrup and make my own. It was surprisingly easy to get a very similar flavor and now I can make it whenever I want. Big win.
Ingredients: Iced Butter Pecan Coffee (Dunkin’ Donuts Copycat:
If you’d like to make your own, rather than buy the pre-made mix, here are the few ingredients that you will need. It’s a super short list and the coffee will come together really quickly.
- Butter Pecan Syrup: I bought Torani and I really like it. It has a great flavor, similar to what I tasted in the DD coffee and butter pecan ice cream. I do find it is a more mild flavor than other syrups from them, so my normal 2 tablespoons did not taste flavorful enough (it was still good, though). 3 or 4 tablespoons was just right (4 when I want it sweeter).
- Cold Brew/Iced Coffee: Use whatever type of cold brew or iced coffee you like. I did a taste test of pre-made store bought cold brew and came up with one clear winner that we now stock in bulk. Read that post here. For the phase of life we are in with kids, it’s easier to buy it than to make it. Although, making cold brew is quite easy one you find the beans and measurements that you like. Or, you can make a strong pot of coffee and put it in the fridge overnight. Another option is concentrated coffees you mix with water. I did a full review of the ones on the market, from Jot Coffee to Chameleon. Check out that post here.
- Half ‘n Half: Dunkin’ Donuts uses a milk mix called “cream” in their coffees. For example, in the Iced Butter Pecan Swirl I ordered, it came with “2 parts cream”. To me, half ‘n half tastes the closest to this and I like the consistency that half ‘n half gives to my coffees. A little bit creamier than regular milk, but not too thick like heavy whipping cream. Use the milk of choice that you like here. I am almost dairy free in most areas, but splurge on half ‘n half in my coffee sometimes.
- Ice: Ice, ice baby.
Just four ingredients, folks. That’s it. Let’s talk about how to put it together.
How To Make an Iced Butter Pecan Coffee:
I made a video that I shared on my Instagram that walks you through it. Check that out here (and follow me on instagram to see new coffee videos. I usually post them before they end up on the blog):
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Now, let’s walk through the simple steps I used to make this sweet and creamy Dunkin’ iced coffee copycat:
- Add about a cup of ice to a glass.
- Add 2-4tbsp of butter pecan syrup (2 is going to be lightly sweetened and flavored, 4 will be similar to DD)
- Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup half ‘n half over the top. More is creamier. Less is more coffee flavor.
- Stir or add a straw to stir.
- Drink up!
That’s it, folks. It’s super easy to make these drinks at home and I love that I can customize ingredients and amounts to my preference. Over time, you’ll save so much money doing this, too. Just one coffee is $5 or more and a bottle of Torani syrup cost me $7. If I add up the ingredients I used, it was maybe $1-2 ($2 on the high end). So, it really adds up over time.
I hope you’ll try this easy Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Butter Pecan Swirl copycat and come back to tell me what you think. For more copycat recipes, check out these posts:
- Starbucks Iced Caramel Brulee Latte Copycat
- Starbucks Iced Peppermint Mocha
- Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso
- Starbucks Iced Caramel White Mocha
- Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato Copycat