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How to Make a Salted Caramel Latte at Home

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Salted caramel seems to be popping up everywhere these days. The salty-sweet combo has become so popular that even pointing it out may seem strange, but it started making it big in American food relatively recently. Only in the late 1990s did American chefs and foodies start getting a taste for salted caramel, according to The New York Times, when a French pastry maker introduced it. For years, salted caramel slowly worked its way through the specialty food scene in the U.S. before arriving at national restaurant and coffeehouse chains. As the Times reported, the treat got a boost when President Barack Obama mentioned his favorite salted caramels, and before long they became mainstream. Salted caramel has now become a popular menu item at some coffeehouses, so it's worth examining how you can make the decadent drink in your own kitchen.

Why Make Your Own?
Salted caramel isn't going to top anyone's list of the healthiest coffee drinks you can make, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't aim to make it as wholesome as possible. As with most other flavored drinks, it's hard to know exactly what you're getting when you order one at a coffeehouse. Some shops may use syrups made mostly from lab-created ingredients, while others could load their drinks up with more fat, sugar, salt or calories than you want to consume in an entire day. By making a batch of salted caramel in your own kitchen, you can control exactly what goes into it, and it also means you get to decide exactly how to use it in your latte.

Salted Caramel


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter, salted or unsalted, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt

Heat sugar over medium heat in a saucepan while stirring, until sugar melts. Once sugar melts and achieves an amber color, or when it reaches 350 degrees as measured by a candy thermometer, add the butter. The sugar should begin to bubble. Stir butter into the sugar until it melts completely, then remove from heat. Slowly pour in cream and stir until mixed completely. Whisk in salt. Once the mixture cools, it's ready to use.

Putting it Together
Now that you have your caramel ready, making your latte is a breeze. Using the Mr. Coffee® Café Barista, you can froth milk and make espresso for your latte with no hassle. Simply add the caramel to the bottom of your mug before you pour in the espresso milk and give it a stir to mix everything together.