Indulging in a Caramel Iced Coffee is a delight to the senses. It is sweet, creamy, and invigorating, never ceasing to impress casual drinkers and connoisseurs alike. The trouble, of course, is that when you purchase one every day at your local coffee shop, the cost starts to hurt your pocket. There is an alternative: Follow our recipe for how to make Caramel Iced Coffee at home. 

Our article will first explore calorie content, caffeine and ingredients before providing straightforward step-by-step instructions. Meanwhile, we can also provide you with the finest Coffee to serve as your base. The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company takes pride in packing its products - including around 70 types of coffee - fresh to order. Doing so ensures quality and consistency.

Calories in a Caramel Iced Coffee

How Many Calories in a Caramel Iced Coffee?

Black Coffee contains no considerable amounts of macronutrients, fat, carbohydrates or protein. Therefore, when served without additions such as milk or a milk alternative for Coffee, it typically has no more than four calories per 8-oz cup. But that’s only part of the story. Indeed, unfortunately, the fact that it includes Caramel Iced Coffee syrup means that there are calories yet to be counted.

The best indicator of how many calories in a Caramel Iced Coffee to expect is the pump used by baristas at Coffee shops. A single “pump” in your brew amounts to 20 calories, which is the equivalent of 16 grams of sugar - four teaspoons’ worth. Suffice to say, then, that it isn’t a healthy option. Perhaps you should consider it a once-in-a-while treat if you’re trying to cut down your sugar intake.

Does Caramel Iced Coffee Have Caffeine

Does Caramel Iced Coffee Have Caffeine?

Now that we’ve covered Salted Caramel Iced Coffee calories, it’s time to move on to caffeine. This stimulant is perhaps most famous for helping us get out of bed in the morning. It exists in at least 60 plants, including Camellia sinensis (Tea) and Coffea (Coffee). How much caffeine in Caramel Iced Coffee, specifically, will there be? That very much depends on the variety of beans you choose.

The first consideration is between Arabica and Robusta. The former, though more popular, contains 1.2% less caffeine than the latter. Other factors, from the bean’s origins to brewing methods, influence the caffeine levels. Then there is Decaf Coffee, which has had almost all - but not 100% - of its content extracted. More information is available in our article: How much Caffeine in Coffee.

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Caramel Iced Coffee Ingredients

We’re nearly at the moment of truth of determining how to make an Iced Caramel Coffee. The last thing is to set out its ingredients, beginning with the Coffee itself. Only you will know whether you want caffeine in your cuppa. However, for the sake of our instructions, we’ve chosen caffeinated Columbia Coffee - a deep, rich and well-balanced infusion renowned for its sweet undertones.

It’s worth noting, too, that adding milk, sugar, and ice later will inevitably dilute it, so think about making it stronger to offset other ingredients. Apart from the components just mentioned, you’ll want Caramel syrup or sauce to create the all-important desired flavour. Another optional extra is whipped cream, as well as ground cinnamon, for garnish. Be creative, experimental, and, above all else, have fun!

Making Caramel Iced Coffee

How to Make Caramel Iced Coffee - Step by Step

A quick recap: We’ve talked you through its calorie content (not pretty, admittedly, but nonetheless worthwhile) and potential caffeine levels. We’ve then explained the ingredients required to make it (precise measurements of which can be found below). All that’s left, it would seem, is to show you how to make Caramel Iced Coffee at home. The simple instructions are as follows: 

Ingredients: 1½ cups of hot-brewed fresh Coffee, ¼ cup of caramel sauce/syrup (with extra for garnish), 2-3 tbsp of sugar, 1½ cups of milk or milk alternative for coffee, and ice cubes. 

Optional Extras: Whipped cream and/or ground cinnamon.

Serves: Two.  

1. Start by brewing Colombian Coffee HOT and FRESH.

Despite the name “Caramel Iced Coffee”, it begins as a steaming hot brew.

2. Transfer into a Measuring Cup for the Caramel Sauce.

Pour 1½ cups’ worth of Colombian Coffee into a measuring cup and stir in caramel syrup.

3. Next Comes the Sugar for Additional Sweetness and Flavour.

Stir both the sugar and caramel sauce enough so that they dissolve.

4. Allow it to Cool to Room Temperature.

This might take at least an hour prior to transferring it to the fridge.

5. Refrigerate the Soon-To-Be Caramel Iced Coffee.

Once cool, place the infusion in the fridge for up to two hours.

6. Divide Mixture Between Two Chilled Glasses with Ice Cubes.

We’re at the point where you can serve. Fill two glasses with ice cubes and pour in the mixture.

7. Add Milk or Milk Alternative for Coffee to the Glasses.

Suitable options include dairy, almond, coconut, soy, oat, hemp, rice and cashew milk.

8. Consider Extra Garnish for Extra Indulgence.

Whipped cream, ground cinnamon or even chocolate are excellent choices. 

Summary to Our Easy Caramel Iced Coffee Recipe

That’s everything you need for a homemade Caramel Iced Coffee. Those keen to try other recipes could explore our website for the likes of Dalgona Coffee, Lungo Coffee, Cold Brew Coffee and more. If you’re instead hungry, then why not try our recipes for Coffee and Walnut Cake, Earl Grey Loaf or Matcha Cheese Cake?

The possibilities are almost limitless with The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. 

Author: Richard Smith

Partner at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company

Richard Smith is a Tea expert, entrepreneur, and owner of The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. Part of a family of renowned Tea planters dating back four generations, he was born in Calcutta (Kolkata), India, where he spent his childhood between Tea Estates in Assam and Darjeeling.

In the late 1970s, having accumulated years of knowledge in the industry, Mr Smith and his mother, Janet Smith, moved to Kent, South East England, to establish a Tea business in the village of Pluckley. Their early days of packing Tea Bags by hand from chests of 10,000 prompted the creation of the company’s flagship infusion known as Pluckley Tea. It remains our most popular product today.

Mr Smith, who studied economics at London Polytechnic, has since specialised in over 1,000 types of Loose Leaf Tea - in addition to around 70 varieties of Roast Coffee - from around the world. These are now available at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, where everything is still packed by hand and fresh to order, not only to honour tradition but to ensure the utmost quality and consistency.