Starbucks Caramel Brulee Recipe

With a new year comes the chance to begin fresh. Kick those pesky bad habits to the curb and fill your life with renewed passion and drive. But alas, a new year also brings an end to the Starbucks holiday drink menu. No more toasted white chocolate mocha lattes. No more gingerbread lattes, or chestnut praline lattes, or eggnog lattes, or my husband’s favorite: caramel brulee lattes.

The majority of the other drinks I can live without, though I did really like the toasted white chocolate mocha latte especially when I brought it home and added one extra pump of toasted marshmallow. So yummy! I have searched online for a copycat recipe without any success. I think part of the problem is since Starbucks no longer sells their syrups or sauces it has been difficult to recreate the exact ingredients. Someone said they thought it was a mixture of white mocha and butterscotch but they weren’t 100% sure. And since white mocha can be a pain to work with due to the thickness, I’ll just enjoy my barista making mine until they run out of the syrup/sauce.

But in researching copycat Starbucks drinks I did find a caramel brulee latte recipe that you can easily make at home or if you don’t want to invest in all the necessary syrups, just order at Starbucks when you’re craving one and the caramel brulee syrup is long gone.

For a grande request: 3 pumps caramel, 2 pumps white mocha and 2 pumps toffee nut. For a venti request: 4 pumps caramel, 3 pumps white mocha and 2 pumps toffee nut.

It’s my understanding you must add the white mocha in order to recreate the creamy texture of a true caramel brulee. Also, I didn’t include the amounts for a tall because really? who orders a tall anything at Starbucks?

Because I really don’t pay attention to how much things cost at Starbucks…I want what I want, when I want it, prepared the way I want it…I don’t know the correct way to order the caramel brulee hack so that you save money. That would be something to discuss with your barista after they break the sad news that the syrup supply has once again been discontinued until next year.

Good luck and let me know how you like it! Also, if by chance you run across a toasted white chocolate mocha recipe please feel free to share.





Mango Black Tea Lemonade!

We all are aware of AA for alcoholics, NA for those dependent on drugs, Gambler’s Anonymous is for people who can’t leave the cards, lottery and horses alone, but what about us Starbucks addicts? If SA (Starbucks Anonymous) isn’t a thing it should be!

Obviously the financial impact of Starbucks does add up quickly…especially if your daily trip turns into daily trips. Plus, unless you actually work at Starbucks, it does take time out of your day to drive or walk to get your fix. Then there is that pesky habit Starbucks has of introducing a new beverage only to discontinue it.

One of their latest offerings which I really enjoyed was the Starbucks mango black tea lemonade. But alas, it is now just a distant Starbucks memory. And unlike many of their other syrups, mango was not available for sale online or at any of their stores, unless you were tight with a barista or store manager and they were willing to slip you a bottle.

Not one to do without something that makes me happy I went on a quest to make my own. That led to spending a little too much time online searching for just the perfect recipe which doesn’t exist. So I took a little bit from this one, a little bit from that one, and came up with my own, which IMHO tastes even better than what Starbucks offered. Plus it’s a heck of a lot cheaper and more convenient. Now when my craving hits all I have to do is wander into the kitchen and in less than 5 minutes I start sipping away.

Mango Black Tea Lemonade 

  • Family sized Tazo iced true black tea bags*
  • Tazo passion tea concentrate**
  • lemonade***
  • mango syrup****

Brew one family sized bag of Tazo iced true black tea in 32 oz of water. DO NOT follow the recipe on the box which calls for 64 oz of water since you will be adding other ingredients.

After the tea is steeped here are the additional ingredients needed for approximately a venti-sized (24 oz) mango black tea lemonade.

  • 6 pumps mango syrup
  • 2 oz passion tea concentrate
  • 8 oz black tea
  • 8 oz lemonade

Add ice, stir or shake to blend, drink up, then drop me a line with your thoughts!

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*The only place I have been able to purchase Tazo iced true black tea family sized bags is at Target. It is available on Amazon but is more expensive. Other bloggers have suggested using Tazo Awake English Breakfast Tea but I prefer the true black since it has less caffeine. If you look closely at the box the small circles indicate the caffeine level.

**Some recipes I found didn’t include the passion tea while others did but suggested adding a small single serving passion tea bag to the larger black tea bag while steeping. I couldn’t find any small iced passion tea bags so I bought the concentrate and played around with the amount. Feel free to adjust depending on your taste.

***Since the mango syrup is already sweetened I didn’t want to add a lot more sugar. The Florida’s Natural brand is the only one I found which did not have sugar or HFCS as the first ingredient.

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****Now let’s talk about the mango syrup. As I mentioned previously, Starbucks doesn’t sell their brand but both Monin and Torani offer a mango flavor. I ordered a bottle of Monin from Amazon and it is very good but doesn’t come with a pump like the Starbucks syrups do. I have probably a dozen extra Starbucks pumps and so rather than spend six more dollars on a Monin pump, I tried to use a Starbucks pump on a Monin bottle but it wouldn’t screw on. Blue painter’s tape to the rescue! I taped that bad boy to the top of the bottle and it works like a charm…except for the fact the pump doesn’t go all the way to the bottom of the bottle. I solved THAT problem by always keeping an extra bottle on hand. Now when the first bottle’s level gets low I just fill it back up with the new bottle. Easy-peasy!

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As much as I like the Monin brand, I am planning on trying Torani since it is less expensive and will let ya’ll know what I think.