Nov 20, 2010

Review: Starbucks - Caramel Brulee Latte

Starbucks Caramel Brulee Latte is a holiday seasonal drink that takes a base of espresso and steamed milk and adds a caramel brulee sauce finishing with whipped cream and caramel pieces. Like all of Starbucks' seasonal coffee-based drinks, pricing is $3.75 for a Tall, $4.45 for a Grande, and $4.75 for a Venti.

You'll notice in the picture that I am missing some caramel pieces! Gypped!
Creme Brulee Macchiato

Where's the brulee?! The Caramel Brulee Latte had more coffee flavor to it then the usual Starbucks flavored drinks which is to say it had a distinct bitterness to it. Maybe that's the brulee I'm tasting?

Other parts of the world (first launched in Japan, but now available in a couple other countries), get a slightly different version, the Creme Brulee Macchiato which features a creme brulee flavored syrup, steamed milk, espresso, topped with with a dark caramel drizzle on top. I imagine the dark caramel gives the burnt cream taste.

It might have been different with some caramel pieces, but I don't think I'd be able to distinguish the Caramel Brulee Latte from the standard Starbucks Caramel Macchiato.

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Nutritional Info - Starbucks Grande Caramel Brulee Latte (16 oz)
Calories - 420 (130 from Fat)
Fat - 15g (Saturated Fat - 9g)
Sodium - 200mg
Carbs - 66g (Sugar - 48g)
Protein - 8g
Caffeine - 150mg


  1. I completely agree, I did not enjoy this taste at all.

  2. i tried the creme brulee machiatto today. The smell was great but boy the tast was really nasty. It had a bitter after taste of chemical. I will stick to my regular latte!


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