Caramel Macchiato Coffee Chez Kathy

Total Time
Prep 3 mins
Cook 10 mins

"I like YOUR coffee best" insists DH. I developed this mixture as a copycat of Starbuck's Caramel Macchiato, but using my half-caffeinated, half-decaffeinated coffee mix (I use Chock Full O' Nuts decaf and ground Starbucks French Roast). I buy Swiss Miss No-Sugar-Added Cocoa in bulk when Costco puts it on sale at the end of the season. I squeeze the caramel topping for 5 counts for DH and 3 counts for me. When I can't find hazelnut flavored syrup, I use the vanilla flavor; we miss that flavor accent if I omit it. This recipe fills one 18-to-20-ounce travel mug. You can top with whipped cream if you wish to make a special presentation (that may be how we made it past our third date!).

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 18 ounces cold water
  • 14 cup ground decaffeinated coffee
  • 14 cup ground coffee, preferably French Roast
  • 58 ounce Swiss Miss diet cocoa mix (1 package Swiss Miss No-Sugar-Added Cocoa)
  • 12-1 tablespoon caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 teaspoon fat-free half-and-half (optional)
  • 14 teaspoon sugar-free hazelnut syrup (hazelnut or vanilla flavor)
  • sweetened whipped cream (optional)


  1. Put water in drip coffee maker.
  2. Put ground coffee in filter in coffee maker. Push button. Let drip.
  3. Meanwhile, in an 18-to-20-ounce travel mug, pour in 1 packet of Swiss Miss No-Sugar-Added cocoa.
  4. If you have a sweet tooth, squeeze about 1 tablespoon of Smuckers Caramel ice cream topping (count of 5) on top of cocoa. Otherwise, add about 1/2 tablespoon of the caramel topping (count of 3).
  5. (Optional:) Add a splash of fat-free half-and-half on top of the caramel topping. It was approximately 1 teaspoon. This is optional; it makes the coffee taste richer.
  6. Add a tiny amount of hazelnut or vanilla flavored sugar syrup. I measured this to be about 1/4 teaspoon. Don't overdo it, it's better as a mysterious accent.
  7. Pour in prepared coffee. Stir well with knife to make sure all the cocoa mix has dissolved.
  8. (Optional:) Top with whipped cream if you don't put the lid on and you want to impress.
Most Helpful

This was a wonderful wake-me-up treat this morning! I must be honest, looking at the ingredients, I was expecting this to be more like a Dunkin Donuts-type "coffee" drink than a Starbucks-like flavored COFFEE (no complaints, since I like both sweet coffee drinks and real coffee with flavors, just sayin' ). This is actually much less sweet than one would expect, considering the components. I only made half a recipe, since no one was home to share with (didn't think my crazy little terriers needed coffee, lol). I will definitely be whipping this one out as the weather gets colder. Thanks for posting! Made by a fellow Merry Maid of Mayhem for Culinary Quest I Family Picks

Muffin Goddess September 16, 2014

This was the perfect coffee drink to start my morning. I opted for the extra drizzle of caramel syrup over the cocoa mix (even though I don't usually like my coffee sweetened), and I think it was a good choice. I used Swiss Miss milk chocolate powdered mix, but I'd love to try this with the dark chocolate next time. I think it'll be fantastic. Thanks, KateL. Made for 2014 Culinary Quest (Pacific Northwest).

NorthwestGal September 04, 2014

WOW! So delicious! I love the combo of flavors and it was the perfect amount of sweetness. Frankly I think the famous one at the coffee shop is much sweeter then this version. Will be making it again soon. Made for January 2013's Casual Veggie Tag.

AcadiaTwo January 21, 2013