Do you like iced coffee? I didn’t think I would like it. After attending a baby shower where coffee punch was served (and I swooned), I decided iced coffee might taste good, too.
Soon after, I ordered a caramel iced coffee at McDonald’s. I was hooked. Except, sometimes they get the flavoring too strong. I was also pretty sure it was loaded with calories and fat.
If you’re interested, here’s a nutrition chart for all McDonald’s food and drink items. (Scroll, scroll, scroll down for the beverage section.)
These days, I like to make my own iced coffee. (That’s what we do in The Land of Making Do, right? Ha!)
Almond Breeze almond milk has 80 calories per cup, 25 calories from fat. I use 1/3 cup, but you might like more, so we’ll calculate using 1/2 cup for your iced coffee
I have no idea how many calories are in 1/2 teaspoon of Starbucks Caramel Syrup, but this site has a helpful nutrition chart. One pump is 20 calories, no fat, yada-yada. How much is one pump? I don’t know, but it’s at least a teaspoon, I’d say. To keep things simple, let’s use the full 20 calories.
Of course, you might use a different brand of syrup, and a different flavor.
Here are my calculations:
- 1 cup black coffee = 0 calories, 0 from fat
- 1/2 cup almond milk = 40 calories, 12.5 from fat
- 1/2 teaspoon Starbuck’s Caramel Syrup = 20 calories, 0 from fat
- 4 or more cubes of ice = 0, 0
Drum roll, please…
That’s 60 calories, 12.5 calories from fat, for this 16-ounce cup of home-made caramel iced coffee.
McDonald’s 16-ounce (small) caramel iced coffee is 130 calories, 40 calories from fat.
So, my knock-off version saves you 70 calories and 27.5 calories from fat.
As far as price, the Starbuck’s Caramel Syrup cost me $10 for eight ounces, and the almond milk was $3 for a half of a gallon. With the milk alone, you’d get 16 iced coffee servings from the carton at 19 cents. You’d get 48 (1-teaspoon) servings from the syrup at 21 cents each.
We all use different types and prices of coffee, and some like it strong, some like it weak. Using my personal choice, we spend about 20 cents per cup of coffee (yes, we’re a pod-less household).
That’s a whopper savings at 60 cents for each 16-ounce iced coffee. Last time I checked, McD’s price was $1.49, which isn’t all that bad in itself, compared to places like Starbucks.
That’s a lot of servings and savings for 13 bucks!
Here’s your printable recipe:
- 1 cup strong black coffee, chilled
- ⅓ - ½ cup almond milk
- ½ - 1 teaspoon caramel syrup
- 4 or more cubes of ice, your choice
- Place all ingredients into a lidded, shakeable container. Add 4+ cubes of ice, and shake!
- Pour into your cup of choice, and enjoy!
By the way, HH and I really like McDonald’s coffee. It’s much better than, ahem, some others that taste burned.
It’s a happy day when you can save yourself a trip to “town” just for coffee. 😉
Do you make iced coffee at home? If not, do you think you’ll try it now?
I’m sharing today at Metamorphosis Monday.