Indulge in the Richness of Iced Vanilla Caramel Coffee

As a wise man once said, “coffee is the common man’s gold.” And I couldn’t agree more! Coffee is an essential part of our daily routine, especially for those of us who need that boost of energy to kickstart our day. But what if I told you that you could take your coffee game to the next level with just a few simple ingredients?

Introducing my Creamy Iced Vanilla Caramel Coffee Recipe – a perfect blend of creamy vanilla and bold caramel flavors that will give your taste buds the ultimate caffeine kick. This recipe is not only easy to make but also versatile enough to adapt to different dietary restrictions, making it a crowd-pleaser for everyone.

Picture this – a tall glass filled with ice, topped with whipped cream, and drizzled with homemade caramel sauce. And as you take a sip, the rich and creamy vanilla flavor combined with the sweetness of caramel dances on your tongue, leaving you feeling refreshed and satisfied.

So why settle for plain old iced coffee when you can elevate your coffee experience with this deliciously indulgent recipe? Follow along as I guide you through the steps to make your very own creamy iced vanilla caramel coffee. Get ready to impress yourself and your guests with this simple yet decadent recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Creamy Iced Vanilla Caramel Coffee
Creamy Iced Vanilla Caramel Coffee

Are you a coffee lover looking for a refreshing yet indulgent way to enjoy your caffeine fix? Look no further than this creamy iced vanilla caramel coffee recipe! Trust me, you’ll love it.

First of all, let’s talk about the mouth-watering flavors. The combination of rich caramel sauce, sweet vanilla syrup, and strong brewed coffee creates a symphony of tastes that will have your taste buds singing. It’s like a caramel latte and a vanilla latte had a delicious, creamy baby.

But it’s not just about the taste- the texture is equally important. The addition of milk and whipped cream makes this more than just your average iced coffee. It’s thick and velvety, like a decadent milkshake or a smoothie.

Another reason to love this recipe is its versatility. Don’t have dairy milk on hand? No problem- swap it out for almond milk or oat milk. Want to make it healthier? Use sugar-free syrup or substitute some of the heavy cream with half and half. And if you’re feeling extra indulgent, top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra cold and creamy treat.

Finally, let’s not forget how easy this recipe is to make. You don’t need any fancy equipment or barista-level skills- just brew your coffee, mix in the ingredients, pour over ice, and stir. Voila! A delicious and satisfying drink that you can enjoy any time of day.

So what are you waiting for? Get brewing and try this creamy iced vanilla caramel coffee recipe for yourself- I promise you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Take your coffee game to the next level with our Creamy Iced Vanilla Caramel Coffee recipe!
Take your coffee game to the next level with our Creamy Iced Vanilla Caramel Coffee recipe!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this creamy iced vanilla caramel coffee recipe:

  • 4 cups brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature
  • 1 cup milk (you can use whole milk, almond milk, oat milk or half & half)
  • 3/4 cup Carnation Caramel (or homemade caramel sauce)
  • 2 tbsp vanilla syrup
  • 2 tbsp caramel sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar (or sugar-free sweetener)
  • 1/2 cup French vanilla ice cream (optional)
  • Whipped cream, caramel syrup, and a drizzle of sweet cream for topping

Note: You can adjust the amount of milk, caramel, and sweetener according to your preference.

The Recipe How-To

 Starting the day right with a perfect cup of coffee is very important.
Starting the day right with a perfect cup of coffee is very important.

Here is how to make the creamy iced vanilla caramel coffee recipe:


  • 4 cups of strong brewed coffee cooled to room temperature
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of caramel sauce
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Whipped cream (optional)


  1. Brew the coffee using your preferred method and let it cool down to room temperature – this ensures that the ice does not melt when added to the coffee.
  2. Add ice to a tall glass, preferably halfway full.
  3. Pour the coffee over the ice, filling almost to the top of your glass.
  4. Stir well with a spoon to ensure the coffee has mixed with enough ice.
  5. Add milk: Pour in 1 cup of milk into your tall glass over the coffee and ice mixture.
  6. Add caramel sauce: Pour in about ¾ cup of homemade caramel sauce or store-bought Carnation Caramel over milk.
  7. Add flavorings: Add 1 tbsp of vanilla syrup to add sweetness and flavor.
  8. Stir well again until everything is mixed properly.
  9. Add whipped cream, if you want an extra creamy texture, then drizzle some more caramel sauce on top.

Serve your delicious creamy iced vanilla caramel coffee and enjoy it!

Substitutions and Variations

 Ready to turn your average cup of coffee into a gourmet treat?
Ready to turn your average cup of coffee into a gourmet treat?

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to switch things up a bit, here are some substitutions and variations that you can try to customize your creamy iced vanilla caramel coffee:

– Milk: If you’re lactose intolerant or vegan, you can substitute the milk with almond milk or oat milk for a dairy-free version. You can also use half and half for a creamier version.

– Coffee: You can use any type of brewed coffee that you prefer – whether it’s strong or mild, black or flavored. You can also use cold brew for a smoother taste.

– Caramel Sauce: Instead of using homemade caramel sauce, you can use Carnation Caramel or any store-bought caramel sauce of your choice.

– Vanilla Syrup: You can substitute vanilla syrup with vanilla extract for a more intense flavor. Just add 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the recipe instead of 2 tbsp of vanilla syrup.

– Whipped Cream: Top off your drink with whipped cream for an extra creaminess. You can also use sweet cream or sugar-free whipped cream for a healthier option.

– Ice Cream: Add a scoop of ice cream to your drink for an indulgent treat. Vanilla or caramel ice cream would complement the flavors well.

– Caramel Syrup: Drizzle some caramel syrup on top for an extra burst of sweetness. You can also use salted caramel syrup for a bit of contrast in flavors.

Remember, these substitutions and variations are just suggestions – feel free to experiment and create your own unique twist on this recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 This delicious drink is the perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day.
This delicious drink is the perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day.

When it comes to serving and pairing this delicious creamy iced vanilla caramel coffee recipe, you have plenty of choices available to you. This drink is already quite rich and flavorful on its own, but if you’re looking for a little something extra to go with it, we have some suggestions.

One great way to serve this drink is in a tall glass over ice. Simply pour the iced coffee into the glass over a generous amount of ice, stir well, and enjoy. If you’d like to add a little extra sweetness, top each glass with a dollop of whipped cream and drizzle some caramel syrup over the top.

If you’re looking for something more indulgent, why not try serving this creamy caramel iced coffee alongside a sweet dessert? It pairs beautifully with anything from chocolate cake to fruit tarts. The combination of rich, creamy coffee and sweet treats is hard to resist.

For those who want to keep things a little lighter, this drink also pairs well with fresh fruit or a light salad. The creaminess of the coffee complements the freshness of the fruit or greens perfectly, making for a balanced and satisfying meal.

No matter how you choose to serve or pair this delicious iced vanilla caramel coffee recipe, one thing is for sure: your taste buds will be treated to a decadent experience that’s hard to forget.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Can't decide between a rich vanilla taste and a buttery caramel flavor? You don't have to choose with our recipe!
Can’t decide between a rich vanilla taste and a buttery caramel flavor? You don’t have to choose with our recipe!

I understand that sometimes you might crave a comforting and delicious iced coffee but don’t have the time to prepare it from scratch whenever you want it. Luckily, this creamy iced vanilla caramel coffee recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in your fridge for those busy mornings.

To make the most out of your batch, let the coffee cool at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes before transferring it to an airtight container. Place it in the refrigerator and it will keep fresh for up to 3-4 days. Whenever you’re ready for a cup, simply pour your desired amount into a glass filled with ice, stir well and top with whipped cream and caramel sauce for extra indulgence.

When reheating the coffee, I recommend pouring it into a microwave-safe cup or mug and heating it up in 20-second intervals, stirring between each one, until it reaches your desired temperature. You can also reheat it on the stove in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently until heated through.

Remember that adding ice cubes to already chilled coffee will dilute its flavor, so try brewing a strong batch of coffee beforehand or using ice cubes made of leftover coffee or milk.

Enjoy your creamy vanilla caramel iced coffee anytime you want by making a big batch ahead of time and storing it properly!

Tips for Perfect Results

 It's iced coffee season, and this drink will be a new favorite to add to your rotation.
It’s iced coffee season, and this drink will be a new favorite to add to your rotation.

Now that you have the recipe for the creamy iced vanilla caramel coffee, let’s talk about some tips to ensure that you get the perfect results every time.

Tip #1: Brew Strong Coffee

To achieve a good coffee flavor for your iced vanilla caramel coffee, start with a strong brew. I recommend using at least 4 cups of brewed coffee to get that rich, full-bodied taste.

Tip #2: Keep Your Ingredients at Room Temperature

Before combining your ingredients, make sure they are all at room temperature. Using cold milk or chilled brewed coffee can result in a less creamy texture and can affect the overall flavor.

Tip #3: Use Homemade Caramel Sauce

While store-bought caramel sauce can work in this recipe, I highly recommend making your own homemade caramel sauce if possible. It’s easy to make and provides a rich, authentic caramel flavor that can take your iced vanilla caramel coffee to the next level.

Tip #4: Add Whipped Cream and Caramel Drizzle

To give your iced vanilla caramel coffee a touch of decadence, add whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce on top. This will not only add flavor but also create an aesthetically pleasing presentation.

Tip #5: Experiment with Substitutions

Feel free to experiment with different types of milk such as almond milk or oat milk instead of regular or half-and-half. You can also try sugar-free syrups or sweeteners for a healthier twist on this indulgent drink.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect creamy iced vanilla caramel coffee every time.


As a barista, I understand that you may have some questions about making this creamy iced vanilla caramel coffee recipe. Don’t worry, I have compiled some frequently asked questions and provided detailed answers to ensure that you can make the perfect cup of this delicious beverage.

What does McDonald’s put in their caramel iced coffee?

This product is comprised of a blend of sweet ingredients, including sugar, sweetened condensed skim milk, water, corn syrup, natural flavors, brown sugar, propylene glycol, sea salt, disodium phosphate, and potassium sorbate. It is important to note that this beverage contains milk and should be consumed accordingly by those with dietary restrictions.

Should I use caramel sauce or syrup for iced coffee?

When it comes to coffee, the thickness of the sauce and syrup differs, with sauces having a thicker consistency. However, in cold drinks like iced coffee, using syrup is more suitable. Moreover, syrups are more versatile as you can use them in other applications besides coffee, such as toppings for your favorite baked goods and ice cream.

How to make your own iced coffee?

To make a refreshing iced coffee, start by brewing a fresh pot. Once brewed, let it cool down by placing it in the freezer for around 30 to 45 minutes, or leave it in the fridge overnight. You can then add your preferred amount of sugar and milk to the cooled coffee, followed by filling a tall glass with ice. Stir the mixture well until it’s combined, and you’re ready to enjoy a delicious iced coffee. Don’t let it sit too long, enjoy it immediately while it’s nice and cold.

Can you use Carnation caramel drizzle for coffee?

When it comes to caramel sauce, you have a lot of options to choose from. In my opinion, the Carnation Caramel available at most supermarkets is a solid choice. However, it is worth noting that the texture may be a bit too thick if you’re looking to drizzle it over your beverage.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Creamy Iced Vanilla Caramel Coffee Recipe is a fantastic way to enjoy coffee during hot summer days. It’s easy to prepare, incredibly flavorful, and can be customized to suit your preferences. Whether you prefer almond milk or heavy whipping cream, this recipe can accommodate a variety of dietary needs and personal tastes. Plus, with so many variations and substitutions available, it’s easy to make this recipe your own.

So why not try this recipe today? Instead of spending your money on expensive iced coffee drinks at cafes, make your own at home! Not only will you save money, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that you made something delicious with your own two hands. Trust me; there’s nothing quite like sipping on a refreshing iced coffee that you made yourself.

So go ahead and gather the ingredients, brew some coffee, add some ice and enjoy the Creamy Iced Vanilla Caramel Coffee Recipe. I guarantee you won’t regret it!

Creamy Iced Vanilla Caramel Coffee

Creamy Iced Vanilla Caramel Coffee Recipe

Cooled brewed coffee is combined in the blender with milk, nondairy creamer, caramel topping and ice and blended until smooth.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Course Beverage
Cuisine Coffee
Calories 93.1 kcal


  • 4 cups brewed coffee (cold or room temperature)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup french vanilla non-dairy coffee creamer
  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 3 cups crushed ice
  • canned whipped cream (optional)


  • Place all ingredients into blender and blend on high until the ice is completely smooth.
  • Pour into four glasses and top with a dollop of whipped cream. Serve immediately.
  • Notes: Chilled day-old brewed coffee works well in this recipe. Or save the leftover from your morning pot for an afternoon treat!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 496gCalories: 93.1kcalCarbohydrates: 16.4gProtein: 2.6gFat: 2.3gSaturated Fat: 1.4gCholesterol: 8.7mgSodium: 109.7mgFiber: 0.2g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy, Small Appliance
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