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Be Your Own Barista: Caramel Macchiato

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |

This isn’t a traditional caramel macchiato, but it’s still a tasty drink that you can enjoy in your own home even if you don’t have an espresso machine. It’s easy to toss together with everyday ingredients, and soon you’ll be satisfying your craving for the coffee shop without spending the $5 in your back pocket.

Recently on a trip to Smucker’s headquarters in Orrville, Ohio, I had the pleasure of trying out a few of their test kitchen recipes. This was one of them, adapted to suit my personal preference a bit.

Easy Caramel Macchiato
1/2 cup whole milk
1-2 tablespoons vanilla syrup
1/2 cup hot, fresh strong brewed coffee (Like Folgers French Roast or Black Silk)
Caramel Ice Cream Topping (like Smucker’s Sundae Syrup), to garnish

Pour milk into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until hot but not boiling. Beat the milk with electric beaters until the milk is thick and the foam doubles on top. The foamed milk will separate from the steamed milk, which will settle on the bottom.

In a cup, combine coffee and vanilla syrup. Add 1/4 cup steamed milk and spoon foamed milk to the brim of the cup. Drizzle with caramel syrup and serve.

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About Ole & Shaina Olmanson


Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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0 thoughts on “Be Your Own Barista: Caramel Macchiato

  1. elendy says:

    i just have to share this – i got a tiny little milk frother from IKEA a few weeks back and, for less than the cost of 1 coffee drink from Starbucks, I can make any cup of coffee into something wonderful. It is awesome!!!

  2. Betsey Terry says:

    a true macchiato has the espresso/coffee poured on top of the milk/syrup, and then the caramel drizzled over the top.

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