caramel milk tea

Caramel milk tea is a favorite among milk tea enthusiasts- and for good reason! There is nothing better than a large chilled glass of sweet caramel milk tea in the afternoon or really whenever you feel like it! This classic tea recipe is a cult favorite, and can be prepared in no time at all.

Caramel milk tea may seem like a intimidating recipe to attempt at home but it’s really simple once you have the right technique and ingredients at hand.

In this blog post, I’ll discuss what is caramel milk tea, how it tastes, how to make it, and the amount of calories.

What’s Caramel Milk Tea Made of?

Caramel milk tea is a delicious rich, sweet, and creamy tea. There are a few different varieties of this tea, but it’s commonly made with caramel, your milk of choice, and either loose leaf or black tea bags.

The great thing about this recipe is how simple it is and how quickly it comes together. Since it’s so simple it’s easily customizable- so feel free to add boba, more or less milk, fresh toppings, or even whipped cream. It can be enjoyed hot or cold, and enjoyed at any time of the day.

What Does it Taste Like?

Since black tea is used as the base of this drink, it really depends on the quality and type of black tea you are using in order to have the best taste. Black tea is earthy, rich, and bitter. The longer you steep your black tea for, the more likely it is that it will taste more bitter. Follow your brewing directions for the best results.

The creaminess of this drink is what really ties it together to give it that coffee shop feel. Although you can use any type of milk or non-dairy option, it’s recommended that you use a more creamy milk like half and half or whole milk.

If you have dairy restrictions or an allergy, the next best thing would be your favorite oat or almond milk. The creamy texture and smoothness of the milk helps alleviate some of the bitterness that comes from the black tea, without losing any of the rich flavor.

Lastly is the sweet sticky caramel flavor. Sweet, buttery, and creamy flavors of caramel bring this drink to the next level. It’s recommended that you make your own caramel when making this recipe to get the full effect and flavor instead of using a caramel syrup (you can even make some extra for caramel drizzle at the end).

How Do You Make Caramel Milk Tea?

This recipe yields 2 to 4 servings of caramel milk tea. Like mentioned earlier this recipe serves as a base and can be customized to your liking.

  1. The first step here is to make your caramel sauce. In a medium saucepan pour 2 tablespoons of granulated white sugar and turn your stove on low medium heat.
  2. Begin to slowly stir and keep an eye on it- this can turn south if unattended. For a more rich and dark caramel flavor, feel free to use brown sugar instead. This process is going to take some time and patience, but it will be well worth the wait. It might seem like you’re doing something wrong, or that nothing is happening, but once the sugar starts to liquefy that’s when things get really exciting.
  3. Continue slowly stirring until the liquid turns from translucent to the familiar caramel color. Bubbling is normal- but if you notice rapid bubbling or smoking, remove from heat immediately.
  4. After you’re confident you have reached the right color, remove from heat and gently stir in two cups of your milk of choice. This may cause the caramel to harden because it’s reacting with the coolness.
  5. When three minutes has passed remove the tea bags or strain your tea if using lose leaf into a heat safe mug, and enjoy!

If you prefer this delicious drink iced, allow for it to cool completely before pouring over ice. If you’re worried about the drink being watered down, you can save some of this tea and make tea ice cubes to use later when drinking it iced.

Caramel Milk Tea Calories

There are 440 calories in caramel milk tea. But this will vary depending on the amount of caramel, type of milk used, and other inclusions such as boba or whipped cream.


With minimal ingredients and quick preparation, it’s easy to make a delicious caramel milk tea any day of the week. Add boba and other toppings to really impress your friends and take this drink up a notch!

Let me know if you have any comments below.

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