Copycat Recipe: Starbucks Caramel Brulee Latte {Holiday Drink!}

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I have a confession.
I'm not a huge Starbucks fan.
I've had so many people look at me like I'm crazy when I've said that, but it's true! Sorry Sbux fans but I think their coffee is too bitter & sometimes burnt tasting.

I do, however, enjoy their seasonal holiday beverages!
 My favorite has to be the Caramel Brulee Latte one, and I may or may not be guilty of buying one almost every single day in November & December. (At $4.45 for a grande I don't even want to think of what the math is on that). 

Luckily I did some researching and figured out what exactly is in the caramel brulee latte that gives it it's signature flavor. It's not just caramel, because I've had a caramel latte before.

Here's the {not so}secret ingredients:
Lulu & Sweet Pea

It's vanilla syrup and caramel sauce (like caramel ice cream topping). 
Here's how you can make your own at home:

1. Drizzle 2 Tbsp caramel sauce around inside of mug
2. Add 1-2oz of Torani vanilla syrup
3. Add 2-4oz espresso or strongly brewed coffee
4. Fill the rest of the mug with about 8-10oz of steamed milk.
Stir & enjoy! 

Lulu & Sweet Pea

These measurements are not exact because they could vary depending on the size of the drink you make & how strong you like your lattes. I used a fairly large mug & I like double shots, so I probably used the larger measurements from above. You can also adjust the vanilla & caramel to your desired sweetness too, of course.

The first one I made tasted exactly like the ones at Starbucks, except I used my favorite brand of coffee so it wasn't as bitter. So all in all, I think my version is better! And it's a fraction of the cost. Can't beat that.

Lulu & Sweet Pea


  1. Yay SBux is lame!!! :) LOL
    I can't wait to try this. It's pretty similar to the Milky Way Mocha I posted (which btw, you'd probably love). :)

  2. I am a huge Starbucks fan... but in all honesty I can't drink some of their stronger coffee drinks because of the bitterness.... Thanks for the copycat... definitely going to try to save some money with this =)

  3. I'm your newest follower and I think I'm in blog love. lol

  4. Yum! This is my favorite Holiday drink and I saw a similar recipe on Pinterest the other day! Can't wait to try it out!

  5. I made this today!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

  6. ohhhh that looks sooo good and I agree NOT a STarbucks fan at all!!!

  7. This looks amazing! Can't wait to try it. Hoping over from the I love my post weekend blog hop! Can't wait to follow. I would love it if you followed me too!

  8. Oh yummm! This looks delicious!! Found you through a linky party and excited to be a new follower! :) I hope you will stop by my blog if you get a chance.

  9. Yum...i want to try this with hot chocolate!

  10. This looks delish, now i want one! Your blog is super cute. I'm stopping by from Loving my post hop. I'm following ya on twitter & pinterest. I hope your having a great Monday.


  11. Yummy!!!! I pinned for future reference!

  12. OMG! Thank you! ...and my daughter thanks you! lol

  13. So excited for this! I'm not the biggest fan of pumpkin drinks, but holiday drinks are so my thing!

  14. This looks super yummy! Thank you for sharing!

  15. There has to be something else because all you made was a caramel macchiato? (Barista)


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