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As some of you know, I recently switched schools and now work where the boys go. Moving was a hard decision, and my pro/con list looked something like this:


4 minute drive to work

Be on the same campus as my boys

Have lunch with Michael on work days

My classroom would be bigger


Nowhere to stop for coffee on the drive to work

Yup. That was the only con.

Just kidding.

(I was super sad to leave the amazing people at my other school. Hi guys!)

It’s funny that coffee was an issue for me…

-I only drink coffee 2-3 times per week (I work 2 days a week).

-Until this month, I never made my own.

-I don’t know how to use my coffee maker (I bought it for company).

-I like to drink what I call “girly coffee” (blended or iced, and always with caramel, chocolate, or peanut butter).

I was bummed that I wouldn’t have that fanciness when starting my day at work after switching schools.


Because we live in the middle of nowhere.

25 minutes from the nearest coffee shop.

But then? Then I found Via.

Iced Via.

*cue angels singing*

I should also mention that I am saving a bundle of money, too.

The wonderful woman behind the Starbucks counter taught me how to make my own Iced Caramel Coffee.

I perfected the recipe.

And now, my friends, I am passing my recipe on to you.

May I present…

Becca’s Amazingly Amazing Cheap {and oh-so-yummy} Iced Caramel Coffee

It has a ring to it, right?

You’ll need:

Starbucks Via Iced Coffee packets ($5.95 for 5 packets. Each packet makes 2 servings)

Starbucks Caramel Syrup ($10ish for one bottle)



Cold water


Each packet has 2 tblsp. of powder in it. I measure out 1 tblsp. and put it in my drink shaker (a.k.a. Martini shaker).

Add 8 oz. cold water

And 1 tblsp. caramel syrup. (More or less to taste, of course)

Mix it all together in your fancy shaker and pour over ice. I’m telling you – starting your day with something from a martini shaker makes all the difference in the world.

Add milk to taste – extra cool points if you have one of the hard to find reusuable Starbucks cups.


I picked up coffee for a friend the other day at Starbucks and order an iced caramel coffee and honestly?

It wasn’t nearly as good.

And it cost twice as much.

{you’re welcome}

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Cheap {and oh-so-yummy} Iced Caramel Coffee

Created by: Becca Ludlum
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1 person
Cheap and yummy iced caramel coffee recipe


  • Starbucks Via Iced Coffee packets
  • Starbucks Caramel Syrup
  • milk
  • ice
  • water cold


  • Each packet has 2 tablespoons of powder in it. I measure out 1 tablespoon and put it in my drink shaker (a.k.a. Martini shaker).
  • Add 8 oz. cold water
  • And 1 tablespoon caramel syrup. (More or less to taste, of course)
  • Mix it all together in your fancy shaker and pour over ice.


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.8g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 22.7g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0mg

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  1. I loved this recipe! I didn’t have caramel syrup, but I added some chocolate malt powder and it was DELICIOUS! It was almost like a caramel mocha type of drink! Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe!

  2. Thanks so much for posting this. I was looking for a way to make my white mocha, soy iced coffees at home. There is not a Starbucks convenient for my drive work. :-(. I have also used day old, chilled coffee with soy and white mocha.

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