Iced Dulce De Leche Latte

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This delightfully sweet and strong iced dulce de leche latte recipe is the perfect antidote for hot Summer days.

Inspired by a simple Spanish iced coffee, this dulce de leche iced coffee has a creamy, caramel flavour that pairs perfectly with espresso.

If you enjoy flavoured iced lattes, you have to try this delicious dulce de leche iced latte recipe.

glass of homemade iced dulce de leche latte.

What Is An Iced Dulce De Leche Latte?

An iced dulce de leche latte is a iced latte coffee drink made by combining espresso with milk, dulce de leche, sweetened condensed milk and ice cubes.

Also known as a dulce de leche iced coffee, it is an espresso based drink that also uses brewed iced coffee ice cubes.

The taste is similar to an iced caramel latte or a Spanish iced coffee and has a lovely creamy, sweet flavour that is perfect for Summer drinking.

What Is Dulce De Leche?

Dulce de leche is a sweet, spreadable treat made by slowly simmering milk and sugar together until it thickens and browns.

Most commonly used in desserts and baking to top cakes, pastries and biscuits, it is also a popular breakfast spread in Latin America.

Dulce de leche is becoming easier to find in Australian supermarkets.

But if you can’t find it at your local store, you can also make dulce de leche from sweetened condensed milk or even from scratch.

Top view of spanish iced coffee with dulce de leche.

What Does Dulce De Leche Taste Like?

Dulce de leche has a caramelized, thick and sweet flavour, similar to caramel.

However if you compare caramel vs dulce de leche, dulce de leche has a richer and creamier texture and slightly less sugary sweet taste than caramel.

caramel flavored iced coffee in glass.

Dulce De Leche Iced Latte Ingredients

To make this dulce de leche coffee recipe you will need:

  • Dulce de leche
  • Milk – I use full cream milk but you can substitute your preferred milk
  • Espresso
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Brewed coffee (optional)
  • Peppermint candies (optional)

Dulce De Leche

Dulce de leche is becoming easier to find in the local supermarket.

Caramel is a possible dulce de leche substitute, but it will have a sweeter and less creamy texture.

If you can’t find it at your supermarket, specialty Spanish grocers will definitely stock it or you can find it online.

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This iced latte recipe is best made with espresso from an espresso machine.

If you don’t have an espresso machine, the best machine alternatives are a coffee pod machine or a stovetop coffee pot.

Sweetened Condensed Milk

Sweetened condensed milk is easy to find in a can at your local supermarket in the long life milk section.

Sometimes you can also find it in a tube (like this), which is perfect for storing in the fridge for coffee recipes like this one and also for this Vietnamese iced coffee recipe.

Peppermint Candies

Just for fun, the recipe below includes a teaspoon or so of crushed peppermint candy.

This is an optional ingredient and perfect for a festive Christmas coffee drink.

We always have candy canes floating around at Christmas time, so try adding a little peppermint candy to the drink if you have them on hand or feel free to skip them altogether.

How To Make Dulce De Leche Iced Coffee At Home

Be sure to scroll down to the recipe for the full ingredients list and instructions.

1. Prepare the coffee ice cubes

To make this iced coffee nice and strong, I like to use coffee ice cubes. They are super simple to make and easy to store in the freezer for when you need a caffeinated boost!

However this first step is optional, so if don’t have time or prefer not to use coffee ice cubes, feel free to use regular ice cubes and skip to step 2.

To make coffee ice cubes simply brew a pot of coffee in your filter coffee maker or french press.

Leave the brewed coffee to cool for a few minutes then pour into an ice cube tray.

I like to use an ice cube tray with a lid like this one to reduce the chance of spilling.

Place the ice cube tray in the freezer overnight or until firm.

frozen brewed coffee ice cubes in green tray.

2. Combine the ingredients

First add the dulce de leche to your glass.

The quantity is really up to you – I recommend starting with 1 tablespoon, then add more at the end if you prefer a sweeter drink.

Add the coffee ice cubes (or regular ice cubes) to your glass – 3 or 4 is my normal number.

dulce de leche and coffee ice cubes in glass.

Next add the milk and give the drink a stir to combine the caramel dulce de leche with the milk.

Process step to make iced dulce de leche coffee recipe at home.

Then pour your shot of espresso over the milk.

Tip: If you are using regular ice cubes, double the espresso to 2 shots.

3. Prepare your coffee

Finally for an extra bit of creamy sweetness, we are going to top the drink the sweetened condensed milk to the glass and stir to combine.

You will notice in the recipe below there is an optional step to add some crushed peppermint candies to the sweetened condensed milk.

This is an idea for those who love mint flavoured coffee or want to make their coffee drink a little more festive at Christmas, but it is completely optional.

Serve and enjoy!

Closeup of iced caramel latte with dulce de leche.

Your Iced Dulce De Leche Coffee Questions Answered

Where Can I Buy Dulce De Leche?

Dulce de leche can be found in some supermarkets and online. The best dulce de leche brands come from Central and South America and can be found at Spanish speciality grocers.

What Is Dulce De Leche In English?

The literal translation of dulce de leche in English is sweet from milk. Dulce de leche is a Spanish term for the sweet treat that originates from Latin America.

What Flavor Is Dulce De Leche?

Dulce de leche has a sweet, creamy and slightly nutty caramel flavor. It is the perfect pairing for milk based coffee drinks, desserts and baking recipes.

What Is The Difference Between Caramel vs Dulce De Leche?

Caramel is made by heating water and sugar together until caramelized. Whereas dulce de leche is made by heating sweetened milk.

As a result dulce de leche has a creamier texture than caramel and is slightly less sweet than caramel.

Top view of dulce de leche iced latte in glass.

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glass of homemade iced dulce de leche latte.

Iced Dulce De Leche Latte

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Enjoy a Spanish inspired iced caramel latte with this iced dulce de leche latte recipe. Sweet, strong and icy cold, a dulce de leche iced coffee is the perfect choice for caramel lovers.


Coffee Ice Cubes (Optional)

  • 2 cups brewed coffee

Dulce De Leche Iced Latte

  • Coffee Ice Cubes (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons dulce de leche
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 shot (30 ml) espresso coffee
  • 1-2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon crushed peppermint candies (optional)


Coffee Ice Cubes

  1. This is an optional step and can be substituted with regular ice cubes if preferred (note 1).
  2. To make coffee ice cubes brew a pot of coffee in your coffee maker. Leave to cool then pour the coffee into an ice cube tray.
  3. Place tray in the freezer to firm up overnight.

Iced Dulce De Leche Latte

  1. Add dulce de leche to your glass and place coffee ice cubes (or regular ice cubes) on top to half fill the glass.
  2. Pour milk into the glass and then add your shot(s) of espresso on top.
  3. Mix sweetened condensed milk with crushed peppermint candies (if using) and drizzle over the top of the iced coffee (note 2).
  4. Serve and enjoy!


  1. Coffee ice cubes make this drink stronger, but they are not essential. If you don't have time, simply substitute regular ice cubes, and increase the espresso quantity to 2 shots.
  2. The peppermint candies give this drink a subtle peppermint flavour and a festive twist but they are not essential. At Christmas time you could use crushed candy canes. If not using, simply add the sweetened condensed milk on its own.
  3. If you don't have an espresso machine, good machine substitutes are a moka pot or a coffee pod machine.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 26gProtein: 8g

Please note that nutrition information is a computer generated estimate and should not be interpreted as a dietitian's advice. Values can vary greatly among brands, amounts and ingredients used.

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Rachel Rodda

Founder of Coffeewise, Rachel is a passionate coffee drinker, Specialty Coffee Association member and former barista who loves to research and share practical tips on brewing great coffee at home. Read more about me here.

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