How To Make Starbucks Caramel Cream?

You’ve probably seen caramel cream in your favorite coffee shop. It’s a delicious topping that adds a sweet and creamy boost to your coffee or cappuccino. Caramel cream is like ice cream in coffee—but better. It’s made by blending cream with caramel syrup, then adding extra cream to make it the right consistency.

If a caramel frappuccino wasn’t sweet enough, the Starbucks Caramel Cream Frappuccino is your drink. The beverage kicked off the chain’s recent caramel craze with its addition of caramel cream to the drink instead of the more traditional caramel drizzle. If you like caramel, you should try the caramel cream instead of the drizzle. It’s thicker and creamier than the drizzle.

One of the most popular drinks at Starbucks is the Salted Caramel Cold Brew. However, not everyone can afford it. If you are one of them, you have just found the right place!

This post will teach you the most basic recipe to create a homemade Starbucks caramel cream using the ingredients you can mostly find in your kitchen. So, keep on reading to find out more!

What is a caramel cream?

Caramel cream is a sweet, thick sauce usually served over ice cream and other desserts. It is made by heating cream until it begins to caramelize. The caramel is then cooled and added to the cream, which is then whipped until it forms soft peaks. Caramel cream can also be found in ice cream shops and grocery stores.

What Caramel Sauce Does Starbucks Use?

Starbucks uses caramel sauce in its coffee drinks and desserts. They use a specific brand of caramel sauce that is sweeter and thicker than other types of caramel sauce. The thicker and stickier it is, the better it helps the dessert or drink retain its shape. The caramel sauce is also sweetened with cane sugar and contains caramel coloring.

Generally, they use Fontana Caramel as their primary caramel sauce.

Does Starbucks Use Caramel Sauce Or Syrup?

Starbucks uses both caramel syrup and sauce in their drinks. Over time, the caramel syrup has become synonymous with the Starbucks name, while the sauce has become a secondary ingredient added to certain drinks. Many people order their drinks without the sauce so that they may enjoy the inherent flavor of the caramel. Other people enjoy the additional flavor the sauce provides, which is why most of the company’s sales are of drinks with the sauce.

Starbucks uses caramel syrup, not sauce, to make their signature drinks and pastries. Caramel syrup is a thick, opaque liquid usually made from sugar, water, and caramel colorant. It is used in a variety of ways in cooking and is especially popular in baking and dessert making. Caramel sauce is a thicker, more opaque version of caramel syrup and is usually made by cooking caramel until it becomes a thick liquid.

What Are the Ingredients Needed for Starbucks Caramel Cream?

Here are the few ingredients you need to prepare to achieve a perfect and tasty Starbucks caramel cream:

Syrup: First is the syrup. You can use either salted caramel sauce or caramel syrup for this recipe. Starbucks measures its liquid ingredients by pumps. Generally, one pump is equivalent to one-half tablespoon.

If you want unsweetened caramel cream, you may also use a sugar-free syrup. This is recommended for those who have high sugar levels or cannot tolerate sweet beverages.

Cream: Cream is the star ingredient in this recipe. You can use either heavy cream or your chosen milk. If you prefer milk to cream, it would be best to stick with either skim or unsweetened almond milk.

Salt: If you use a salted caramel syrup, you don’t need to add salt. However, if your syrup is salt-free, you can sprinkle it through the cream once it is done.

Cold Brew Coffee: Caramel creams are mostly used as toppings in coffees and other beverages that contain caffeine. You can use any type of cold brew coffee, but we personally use Stocks Cold Brew coffee. On the other hand, you can make your own cold brew if you have the ingredients. You can also use espresso as an alternative to cold brew coffee.

What Do You Need?

Aside from the ingredients mentioned above, you also need to prepare some tools to make a Starbucks-inspired caramel cream. Here are the simple tools we will use to make a homemade caramel cream:


We recommend you purchase a frother you can use for making cold and warm foam creams. In some cases, other models of Nespresso machines feature a pre-built frother. If your coffee maker has this feature, you don’t have to purchase another one.

Using a frother alone is the easiest way to make caramel cream. All you have to do is combine all the ingredients outlined above based on your desired measurements. After that, turn on the frother and let it create a foamy, sweet caramel cream that you can add to your favorite beverage.

Nespresso Machine

A Nespresso machine is the most important tool to prepare. It is a standard coffee maker, mostly used for preparing espresso shots. One of the most commonly used Nespresso machines on the market is the Nespresso Pixie, because of its capability to make at least two shots of espresso.

This Nespresso machine is perfect for those who want to combine their coffee drinks with protein. But remember to consider the espresso pods you will be using when buying a Nespresso machine.

Final Thoughts

Starbucks has a long-term reputation for being one of the best makers of delicious desserts and caffeinated beverages. But not all of us can afford their drinks. Thus, many may want to create Starbucks caramel cream in the comfort of their home.

Making a Starbucks caramel cream requires a few ingredients but can be done within a few minutes. Because of its tasty and creamier texture, Starbucks caramel cream has been patronized by many as toppings for their favorite desserts and drinks.

We hope this blog has helped you prepare a perfect and aesthetically-pleasing caramel cream like the one at Starbucks.

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