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Salted Caramel Syrup Recipe

Apr 29, 2022

Salted Caramel Syrup Recipe


            Car-a-mel. Car-mel. Caaaraaamel. However you say the word “caramel” is up for debate, the one thing that is not is how deliciously wonderful it is — especially in our coffee! Caramel has been a coffee staple for ages and we aren’t mad about it. There’s something about that subtly sweet syrup that has us coming back for more. So, what if you could make it at home? Well here is your new go-to recipe on how to make the perfect caramel syrup and salted caramel syrup. 

            So there’s no confusion about what you are about to make, there is a difference between caramel syrup and a caramel sauce.  Caramel sauce is a thicker consistency while caramel syrup is thinner and a lot more like the caramel syrup that you would find at a coffee shop. While delicious, caramel sauce isn’t as potent in flavor when adding it to your coffee. So, we are going to be showing you how to make the classic caramel syrup to ensure your morning coffee is so much sweeter. And for all of those coffee lovers who like salty and sweet, we are going to show you how to make a salted caramel syrup as well. 

            First off, you will need to have all of your ingredients prepped out and easy to grab because once you start the cooking process your whole focus will need to stay on your stovetop. If not, you will have quite the mess to clean up. So, make sure you have everything within an arm's reach. Secondly, caramel isn’t the simplest thing to make. It is a very finicky recipe and can burn very easily so make sure that you are able to give your full attention to the process. Other than those two things, here we go!


Caramel Syrup


The ingredients are simple, all you need is:

- Sugar (either white granulated or raw sugar)

- Water

- Vanilla extract


The type of sugar that you choose to use determines how dark your syrup comes out. If you are using raw sugar then your syrup with have a darker, richer color to it.  We recommend you use dark raw sugar as it gives a deep amber color and is overall a richer tasting syrup.  Here is what you will need.


  • 1 Cup of raw or white granulated sugar
  • ½ Cup of water (divided into two)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract



1) Gather all of your ingredients together and have them close by.

2) In a small saucepan combine the sugar and ¼ cup of water and cook over low heat. You will need to stir the mixture consistently for 8 to 10 minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved.

3) Once dissolved, turn up to medium-high heat and cook until it reaches boiling. (You don’t need to store during this time.) This should take about 15 minutes.

4) After 15 minutes keep a close eye on it. Once it begins to change colors set a time for 3 minutes and allow it to boil.

5) After 3 minutes remove from heat.

** BE VERY CAREFUL when pouring in the remaining water as the hot mixture may pop out at you.**

6) Take the remaining ¼ cup of water and slowly stream it into the saucepan.

(Do not stop stirring during this process. The liquid needs constant movement while pouring into the water)

7) Once all the remaining water has been dispersed, add in your vanilla extract.

8) Let the liquid completely cool before transferring it to a sealed container.


Salted Caramel Alteration: To make things salty AND sweet, you will be following the above recipe except when you are pouring in your vanilla extract you will also add 1tsp of sea salt to your syrup recipe. If you like things a little saltier you can add more in but we recommend only 1tsp.


So now that you have your syrup made, let's get to the coffee making. Here are two different ways to use your freshly made salted caramel syrup.



Salted Caramel Latte

The best way to add this syrup to your coffee routine is with our Real Good Coffee Co. Espresso pods. So here is what you will need to do.


1) Brew a Real Good Coffee espresso pod (the strong pod is recommended) in a small glass  

2) Add in 2oz of salted caramel syrup (or desired amount) with the freshly brewed espresso and mix

3) Pour espresso and syrup mixture into a mug

4) Froth milk of your choice and top off

**For a little extra fun continue with step 5**

5) Drizzle caramel sauce on top (either store-bought or homemade) and add a pinch of sea salt on top


Iced Salted Caramel Cold Brew



Summer is coming quickly and here is the best way to keep your caffeinated this summer.

Brew your Real Good Coffee Co. Cold Brew per instructions, then let's get to the good stuff.


1) Add 2oz of your salted caramel syrup into desired glass

2) Add in 2oz of Real Good Coffee cold brew (we recommend the breakfast blend) and stir them together

3) Once sufficiently mixed add in ice halfway

4) Top off with cold brew to the top and give the whole drink a little stir

**For a little extra fun continue with step 5**

5) Top off your cold brew with whipped cream, caramel sauce (either store-bought or homemade), and a pinch of sea salt


Hot or cold, car-a-mel or cara-mel, these recipes are sure to have you waking up every morning excited for your next cup of coffee.