Caramel in coffee is one of those everlasting flavors that never goes wrong and getting caramel syrup for your coffee should be your priority if you love the flavor.
If you have picked out caramel to be your poison of choice then continue reading to find out the best way you can get your desired flavor in your daily cup of coffee.
Caramel is paired with a number of other flavors hence, there is a great variety of syrups you can choose from.
You can make a lot of syrups at home with only a few ingredients but that depends on one’s preferences and priorities.
Let’s get started!
Simple Caramel Syrup for Coffee Recipe
The easiest way to incorporate caramel in your coffee is to buy any caramel syrup from your local grocery store. Add in a teaspoon or two – however sweet you like and go about your day.
Now, you can experiment with the different brands of syrups available and see which suits your tastebuds the best.
Another thing you can do is to make the syrup from scratch. It is not as difficult as making caramel syrup for your dessert because it doesn’t have to be perfect.
The easiest way to make your homemade caramel syrup for coffee is to take equal parts sugar and water. Put it on low heat and wait for the sugar to dissolve then crank up the heat until it thickens. Turn off the heat, wait for it to cool down, then pour it into a container. Tada! It’s ready.
Again, you can experiment with different variations and settle on whichever one you like best.
Salted Caramel Syrup
As the name suggests, it’s basically just caramel syrup with a bit of salt topping it off.
Some people do not like the instant sweetness of caramel syrup so salt is a great way to balance that flavor.
You can get a salted caramel syrup as-is from a grocery store. Or you can add a pinch of sea salt to your homemade caramel syrup.
You can also add a dollop of vanilla essence to stabilize that flavor.
Creme Caramel Syrup
Jumping to the fancy stuff now, a great option can be creme caramel syrup.
Although it wouldn’t be a healthy choice, you can use it occasionally to treat yourself.
It’s inspired by a dessert of the same name. It’s a more rich, buttery version of the regular caramel syrup.
And if you are treating yourself, why not go all out and make a frappe with this syrup!
Caramel Toffee Coffee
Caramel was probably popularized by candies so it makes sense that caramel toffee is a flavor that exists to be put into your coffee.
You can find caramel toffee syrups in stores and just add them to your coffee.
A way to jazz it up would be to add crushed caramel toffee either before adding in hot coffee so that it has a chance to dissolve or adding it on top of some whipped cream as a cherry on top.
Syrup Alternatives – Caramel Sauces & Creamers
Another category of caramel extras for your coffee is sauces and creamers. They aren’t actually syrups because they are not as liquidy and they aren’t really used in the same way.
Here are a few of those miscellaneous caramel condiments:
You may be wondering how much of a difference can the thickness of the ‘syrup make? The answer is A LOT.
Caramel sauce is like the hotter, richer, and overall better version of the caramel syrup. That also means that it’s a lot unhealthier as compared to the regular syrup.
Usually, sauces pair well with warm drinks like cappuccinos or mochas, or lattes because the warmth can dissolve them easily. They also work well with shakes and fancy drinks because you can use them as decoration and they will stay, unlike syrups which instantly dissolve.
You can actually make caramel sauce at home. Like the syrup, you can choose whether to add salt or not according to your taste.
It’s a little harder to make compared to the syrup but nonetheless, it’s worth it. First, take about a cup of sugar and heat it until it crystallizes. When it caramelizes, add in butter and heavy cream then stir and allow it to boil. Finally, turn off the stove and allow it to cool. Top it off with salt if you want, otherwise just store it in a container and use it whenever needed.
Creamers are usually added to coffee in place of milk. They are usually sweet and made up of milk and cream so they add richness to your coffee.
Caramel creamers are another way to spruce up your coffee. The most popular is the caramel macchiato creamer thanks to Starbucks.
Again, this is something you can make at home. But I have to say, it works best with store-bought ones like this.
If you want to though, you can just start out by making caramel sauce. Instead of adding butter, add in equal parts milk and heavy cream. Stir until it’s smooth and creamy. If it feels too thick then add in more milk otherwise take it off the heat, allow it to cool, and store it in the refrigerator.
There are still many caramel syrups out there for your coffee but these are the primary ones on which the new ones are based.
If you are in the mood to experiment with various varieties, you can browse through a general store’s aisle and find syrups that you didn’t think existed.
For now, sit back and relax with your favorite version of caramel coffee. Or explore other variations of flavored coffee.