Iced Coffee

2016-08-08
  • Yield : 1
  • Servings : 1
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 12:0 h

Americans love iced coffee. But unlike iced tea, many iced coffees are loaded with sugar, calories and saturate fat. One 13.7 oz. (400 ml) bottle of prepared coffee you can buy chilled and ready to drink or at room temperature to chill at home or serve over ice has between 250 and 300 calories per serving.

A 16 oz. (475 ml) serving of Starbuck’s® caramel Frappuccino® has 420 calories, 9 grams of saturated fat and 66 grams of sugar (about 12.5 tsps.). That’s 2 days worth of sugar in one 16 oz. drink.

This homemade version has half the calories, saturated fat and sugar without sacrificing flavor. Of course, you can adjust the flavor to taste by adding more caramel or other flavors and more sugar depending on the type of coffee you brew. Double strength drip coffee is weaker than espresso.

Depending on the ingredients you use, sugar comes from four sources; milk, whipped cream, caramel and added sugar.

The simplest version is chilled coffee with milk, cream or half & half. Adding vanilla extract or other flavorings adds about 12 calories per teaspoon due to the alcohol. Unless you are making enough for your family or a party, you only need a dash of extract.

The following table compares 16 ounce chilled coffee with 2% milk (reduced fat) and with caramel and whipped cream. Both have 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of sugar.

Chilled Coffee
Nutrition Milk Only Milk Caramel Cream
Serving Size 16 fl-oz 16 fl-oz
Calories 125 225
Calories from Fat 3g 110g
Total Fat 3g 11g
Saturated Fat 2g 8g
Cholesterol 10mg 50mg
Sodium 130mg 130mg
Carbohydrates 14g 29g
Dietary Fiber 0g 0g
Sugar 19g 26g
Added Sugar 12g 12g
Protein 4g 4g

Additional or Substitute Ingredients

Add any of the following ingredients to taste. For the cinnamon stick, add it to the hot coffee with other ingredients and remove before serving.

  • Almond extract
  • Any liquor
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Vanilla bean
  • Vanilla extract

Cook’s Tip

  • Dilute coffee to taste. Especially if drinking chilled without ice.
  • Adjust the ratio of coffee to milk to taste.
  • Adjust flavoring to taste.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) espresso or 1 cup (240 ml) double strength coffee
  • 3 teaspoons (15 ml) sugar or to taste
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) cold water
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) caramel sauce
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) milk
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup (30 - 60 ml) prepared or fresh whipped heavy cream
  • Ice cubes (optional)

Method of Preparation

Step 1

Make coffee or espresso. Pour into a heat proof glass or mug. Flavor with sugar and stir in about 2 tsp (10 ml) of caramel. Refrigerate until cold.

Step 2

Use water to dilute espresso to taste. Dilute coffee if desired. Stir in milk to taste. Add ice if desired. Top with whipped cream and remaining caramel sauce. Serve immediately.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    225
  • Calories From Fat

    110
  • Total Fat

    11g
  • Saturated Fat

    8g
  • Trans Fat

    0g
  • Cholesterol

    50mg
  • Sodium

    130g
  • Carbohydrates

    29g
  • Dietary Fiber

    0g
  • Sugar

    26g
  • Added Sugar

    12g
  • Protein

    4g
  • Serving Size:

    16 fl. oz, (475 ml)