Best Caramel Sauce for Coffee


The best caramel sauce for coffee is our recipe for homemade caramel sauce. If you’ve come looking for a recommendation for store-bought caramel syrup, this post isn’t going to answer your question. 

We’ll show you how to make your own caramel sauce that’s rich, full of flavor, is smooth in texture, and is absolutely the best. Let’s get started. 

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How to Use Caramel Sauce Recipe

Whether you’re a coffee lover who appreciates cold brew, hot coffee, or an iced coffee on a hot day, there are a variety of coffee drinks that are delicious with the addition of caramel flavor. 

Caramel macchiato and caramel latte are classic drinks that include a nice caramel drizzle or caramel flavoring. This sauce is the perfect addition to those coffee specialties as well as potentially used in your morning coffee. 

Hot chocolate is also delicious with caramel flavoring. If you want to change things up or if you’re not a big coffee drinker, using it in hot chocolate is a wonderful experience.

We also like it on a bowl of vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream too. It’s that good.    

Caramel Sauce Recipe

Following are step-by-step instructions for our easy caramel sauce recipe using simple ingredients.

This recipe is the best caramel sauce for coffee because it’s rich, flavorful, and top-notch. Our recipe has no artificial flavors. Printable instructions are in the recipe card below. 

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small saucepan or medium saucepan


1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons water
½ cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt, sea salt can be used, if desired


To create your salted caramel sauce, melt the butter, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat to medium-low heat. Stir the golden color brown sugar mixture and bring to a boil and let boil for about 1 minute until browned and it becomes a corn syrup like mixture.
Reduce heat and stir in cream. 
Stir in vanilla and salt. Remove from heat. Serve warm or let cool to room temperature and enjoy.

How to Store Homemade Caramel Sauce

The best way to store homemade caramel sauce is in the refrigerator. This will help to keep unwanted bacteria from growing.  By storing it in the refrigerator, it will allow it to last for up to 2 weeks.  

Simply transfer your caramel sauce to an airtight container such as a glass jar with a lid or a plastic food storage container. A mason jar with a lid makes a perfect storage and dispensing container for the storage of caramel sauce for coffee. 

Pouring is simplified and storage, whether hot or cold, works well for this type of container. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Following are frequently asked questions that relate to the best caramel sauce for coffee. If you have a question that’s not answered here, please feel free to drop it to us in the comments box below and we’ll be happy to answer it.

Which caramel sauce is better for coffee?

We believe that the best caramel sauce for coffee is a homemade caramel sauce. This is better than any brand of store-bought caramel sauce for coffee because of its flavor and freshness. 

Which caramel syrup is best for iced coffee?

Caramel syrup is a little bit better than caramel sauce because it’s not made with milk. Instead, it’s made with a simple syrup base. In our opinion, this recipe is one of the best caramel syrups for iced coffee. 

What caramel sauce does Starbucks use?

Starbucks uses Fontana caramel syrups and sauces for their coffee drinks. This gives their beverages the rich flavor that they’re known for. Our homemade caramel sauce recipe gives this brand some stiff competition as far as flavor is concerned. 

Is caramel sauce or syrup better for coffee?

Whether you prefer caramel sauce or caramel syrup in your coffee is a matter of personal preference. The main difference between the two is that caramel sauce is richer and generally thicker because it’s made with milk. 

But homemade caramel syrup is traditionally clearer in appearance and doesn’t have milk in it. It’s mainly caramelized sugar. 

Related Ideas:

Starbucks Caramel Sauce Copycat Recipe

Caramel Dip

Caramel Syrup for Coffee

Caramel Iced Coffee

Iced Caramel Latte

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