Caramel Syrup For Coffee


Caramel Syrup For Coffee

Homemade caramel syrup for coffee adds a tasty start to your morning cup of coffee. There are only a few ingredients needed in order to make this delicious caramel syrup, which helps to enhance the overall flavor of your coffee, starting your day off in a very tasty way. Check out our recipe below with step-by-step instructions on how you can easily make this delicious caramel syrup for coffee. 

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Easy Homemade Caramel Coffee Syrup

Making easy homemade caramel coffee syrup is a simple process and tastes amazing. With our easy caramel syrup for coffee, you can enjoy caramel-flavored coffee anytime you want. You only need a few ingredients in a couple of minutes of time to make this delicious syrup. 

Homemade Caramel Syrup for Coffee

Homemade caramel syrup for your coffee makes a delicious addition to your morning brew. You can use caramel syrup to flavor your coffee, simply to decorate your coffee, or both! Caramel syrup is a perfect addition to flavor and jazz up your morning. 

What is the difference between caramel sauce and caramel syrup?

Whether you are aware of it or not, there is a difference between caramel sauce and caramel syrup. To flavor your coffee, caramel syrup works the best as it has a richer flavor, and mixes into your coffee better. In general caramel syrup is thinner and made without butter. Caramel sauce on the other hand is a thicker caramel and is generally made using butter. 

Why this is the best caramel syrup for coffee:

We are excited to share a recipe on how to make caramel syrup for coffee with you because it is the perfect caramel syrup for your coffee. It works so well because it mixes into your drink, without any clumps remaining, adds a delicious caramel flavor, and gives you that overall caramel goodness in your cup of coffee, which helps you start the day off right. 

Use this DIY caramel syrup for iced coffee OR hot coffee!

Caramel syrup is great because you can add it to hot coffee or iced coffee. In both types of coffee, it adds a delicious flavor and mixes in well. For an awesome Caramel Iced Coffee recipe, be sure to check out this delicious recipe!

Easy Caramel Syrup Recipe

Making caramel syrup for coffee is easy to do. There are only three basic ingredients that you need to make this syrup recipe, and it only takes a few minutes to make the syrup. Let’s look at a basic overview and how you too can easily make caramel syrup for coffee at home. 

First, a very important note on safety:

Before we began, it is important to point out that this mixture can become very hot, and you can easily burn yourself. Please use extreme caution when you begin making the caramel syrup. Please be sure you allow the caramel syrup to cool before adding it to your drink so that you avoid harm. 

Caramel Syrup Ingredients

Granulated Sugar 


Sea salt (optional)

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How to Make Caramel Syrup

Cook Your Sugar

To begin making your caramel syrup, start off by taking your granulated sugar and water and place them into a nonstick saucepan, and cover. Cook your sugar over medium-low heat until it starts to brown. Be careful to stir your sugar mixture often so that it does not burn, and only becomes caramelized

Add Salt and Water

When your sugar mixture has begun to turn golden, remove it from heat right away. Sprinkle with salt as desired and stir until combined. Add additional water and bring back to a boil, then remove from the burner. Allow the mixture to cool. 

Let Cool and Enjoy!

After your caramel syrup has had time to cool off, you can add it to your coffee, or beverage of your choice. Then serve and enjoy! 

Using Your Caramel Syrup in Coffee

Caramel syrup is the perfect addition to your coffee. It makes it sweet and gives it a hint of caramel flavor making it taste amazing. No matter if you prefer hot or cold coffee, it’s a great syrup for your drink. 

How to Store Caramel Syrup

Although caramel syrup can be left at room temperature to cool, it should not be left at room temperature for an extended amount of time. The best way to store carmel syrup is to keep it in the refrigerator.

We like to transfer the caramel syrup into an airtight container, or a glass jar and store it in the refrigerator. When sealed properly it can last up to a couple of months in the refrigerator if you haven’t devoured it by then. 

Recipe: Homemade Caramel Syrup for Coffee


1 cup granulated sugar

1 1/4 cup water, divided

½ tsp sea salt (or to taste)


Step 1

In a medium saucepan, add sugar and water. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring consistently, until your mixture begins to turn a light golden color, remove from heat. This typically takes approximately 8 minutes. 

Step 2

Add ½ tsp salt (or to taste). Carefully stir to combine. Add additional water, and bring the mixture back to a boil. Remove your mixture from the heat and allow it to cool. 

Step 3

Once cooled, store your caramel syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or add it to your coffee right away. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Don’t Burn It. When making this recipe, it is important that you keep a very close eye on your water and sugar mixture so that it does not burn. When it starts to turn golden, only let it cook for a few more seconds, then remove from the heat when your mixture is a light amber color. 

Add More Water. You may find that your mixture starts to harden when you remove it from the heat. In this case, you may need to add additional water and boil it the second time. After more water is added, and your mix boils the second time around, you are left with a lovely syrup that easily mixes into your drink. 

Safety Tips for working with caramel or caramel syrup

Use Heat Resistant Utensils. When stirring this mixture it is important that you use a heat-resistant utensil. We highly recommend using a rubber spoon or spatula, or wooden utensil. Using metal kitchen utensils is not recommended as they will pick up the heat from your mixture. 

Keep A Close Eye On It. When you’re cooking your sugar it is important that you keep a very close eye on it as you run the risk of burning your sugar easily. This is a very crucial step and requires close supervision. 

Don’t Get Close. Your mixture can get very hot and so it is important that you do not get close to it. When adding ingredients, we recommend that you add them very carefully and then back up. If you need to add extra water at the end, you may even want to place your pan in the sink then pour in your milk so that you do not run the risk of burning yourself.  

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Tips for Making and Storing this Caramel Coffee Syrup Recipe

Tip 1: It’s a very good idea to allow your caramel syrup to cool before transferring it to an airtight container and storing it in the refrigerator.

How do I Know When the Caramel is Ready?

Knowing when your caramel is ready can be a tricky question. The main thing you are looking for is that your white sugar mixture turns a golden caramel color and is melted, then add more water.

When you add the additional water and salt, stir it until it combines, then boil it so that you are sure your mixture will not separate. Remove it from the heat, allow to cool and then you are done.

Is caramel syrup the same as simple syrup?

Caramel syrup can be very similar to simple syrup. You can make caramel syrup in a very liquid form by boiling together water and sugar. Then add a pinch of salt. This is very much a form of simple syrup that has been boiled to become caramelized. 

Other ways to use caramel syrup, in addition to caramel coffee

Not only can you use caramel syrup for coffee, but you can also use caramel syrup for pancakes or waffles, as well as ice cream topping. These are just a few of the more common uses for caramel syrup. 

Recipe Variations

Sugar Free Caramel Syrup / Sauce

You can make a sugar-free caramel syrup by using allulose to replace your sugar if desired. To do this it is a simple 1:1 substitute. 

Ingredient Substitutions 

Sugar-Free Sweetener Options

If you are looking to make your caramel syrup sugar-free, there are several sweetener substitutions we may choose from. Some of these include allulose, stevia, aspartame, saccharine, sucralose, and neotame. 

Milk Substitutions

There are also various types of milk you can use in place of your regular dairy. These include coconut, almond, soy, oat, goat, hemp, rice, cashew, macadamia, banana, and vegan nut milk. 

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How long do coffee syrups last?

Caramel syrup is best when used right away, it can last a couple of weeks when stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator. 

What is simple syrup?

Simple syrup is water and sugar that are boiled together then used as a sweetener in many different types of drinks. 

How are coffee syrups used?

These syrups are typically used to help flavor your coffee or other types of drinks. Caramel syrup can also be used on pancakes and waffles if desired as well. 

Caramel Syrup for Coffee

Caramel syrup for coffee is easy to make at home. You only need a few basic ingredients in order to make the delicious syrup, they can add amazing flavor to your morning brew. Give this recipe a try with your next cup of coffee, and let us know what you think about it! We think that it makes a delicious start to your day. 

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