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Starbucks Caramel Brulée Crème (What’s in it)

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See exactly what's in a Starbucks Caramel Brulée Crème and why this holiday drink is such a decadent treat. If you want a festive drink without coffee, then this caramel brulée flavored steamer is a must-try.
Caramel Brulee Creme steamer in a Starbucks red cup for the holidays.

Starbucks Caramel Brulée Crème

Starbucks Caramel Brulée Crème is a delicious seasonal sip that swirls together rich and creamy steamed milk, and caramel brulée sauce.

Like all Starbucks steamers, this cozy hot drink is topped with sweetened whipped cream and caramel brulée bits that actually sparkle in the light.

If you want to enjoy a non-coffee Starbucks holiday drink, Caramel Brulée Crème is a delicious option from first sip to last.

If you prefer a more toffee-like flavor, opt for Chestnut Praline Crème. It’s the only other hot steamer on the official Starbucks holiday menu that does not have coffee in it.

The limited-time Pumpkin Spice Crème is also available through Thanksgiving (or until your Starbucks runs out of pumpkin spice sauce).

Caramel Brulée Crème in a red holiday cup sitting on a table inside Starbucks with the sugary caramel brulée topping shining in the light.
A caffeine-free Caramel Brulée Crème doesn’t contain coffee and is a great Starbucks holiday drink option for kids.

Drink Overview

  • Starbucks Caramel Brulée Crème is a hot, milk-based steamer. It combines steamed milk with caramel brulée sauce. It’s topped with whipped cream and sugary bits of caramel brulée topping.
  • Caramel Brulée Crème, is the same thing as a regular Starbucks Caramel Brulée Latte, but without espresso.
  • Starbucks also has a caramel brulée flavored crème frappuccino on the list of holiday drinks. Just like the hot steamer, the cold blended beverage doesn’t have coffee in it.
  • This caffeine-free steamer is a great option for parents since it comes in kids size and can be steamed to a cooler kids temp.

Starbucks Drink Description

Here’s the Starbucks menu description for a Caramel Brulée steamer.

Steamed milk and rich caramel brulée sauce deliciously finished with whipped cream and a caramel brulée topping—an ode to holiday sweetness.


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What’s in a Caramel Brulée Crème

Two Starbucks holiday drinks with a caramel brulee creme in front and a chart listing its four ingredients.
A Caramel Brulée Crème has just a few ingredients like all whipped cream topped steamers at Starbucks.

A Starbucks Caramel Brulée Crème has four ingredients.

  1. Caramel Brulée Sauce
  2. Steamed 2% Milk
  3. Whipped Cream
  4. Caramel Brulée Topping
A tall size Starbucks caramel brulee latte in a holiday cup with the order sticker showing.
A Caramel Brulée Crème is also called a “syrup crème” since the drink is a mix of flavored syrup and steamed milk.

Caramel Brulée Sauce: Starbucks has sugar-based syrups and cream-based sauces.

Caramel brulée sauce is cream-based and contains skim milk powder, as listed on the Starbucks website.

This means it’s not possible to custom order a non-dairy caramel brulée drink at Starbucks.

Steamed 2% Milk: Steamed milk is what makes Starbucks drinks like lattes, hot chocolate and steamers so creamy and full-bodied.

The steaming process warms the milk to 160°F, brings out its natural sweetness, and creates a frothy layer of microfoam.

Whipped Cream: Sweetened with vanilla syrup, Starbucks whipped cream, looks and tastes decadent.

Caramel Brulée Topping: My favorite part of caramel brulée drinks at Starbucks is the oh-so-sweet and festive sugary topping.

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What a Caramel Brulée Crème Tastes Like

Top view of a caramel brulee creme steamer showing the whipped cream and the sugary creme brulee topping.
The sugary bits of caramel brulée topping have a butterscotch flavor.

Don’t confuse this drink with its espresso-based latte cousin.

Caramel Brulée Crème and Caramel Brulée Latte don’t taste the same at all.

Sans strong espresso, all the caramel brulée flavors in the crème steamer really come to the forefront.

So, what does a Caramel Brulée Crème tastes like?

Starbucks caramel brulée is often described as sweet and smoky, which makes sense since brulée means burnt or scorched in french.

However, when it comes to this steamer beverage, I think the sweet stands out far more than the smoky.

Overall, it has a melted butterscotch flavor. And it’s absolutely delicious.

I especially love when the sugary topping dissolves into the cream.

Drink Sizes

Caramel Brulée Crème is a hot drink that comes in four sizes, in addition to kids size.

  • Short (8 fl oz)
  • Tall (12 fl oz)
  • Grande (16 fl oz)
  • Venti (20 fl oz)

What is kids size at Starbucks?

A kids size drink at Starbucks is served in an 8-ounce hot cup. Drinks ordered as kids size are steamed to a lower temperature (130°F) and usually cost a little less than a regular short.

Just like the holiday classic Starbucks peppermint hot chocolate, this drink is a great option for kids.

In fact, it basically is a hot chocolate that’s flavored with caramel brulée sauce in place of mocha sauce.

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Caffeine Content

All Starbucks steamers, like caramel brulée, and crème frappuccinos (the ones without chocolate), are completely caffeine-free Starbucks drinks!


A tall size caramel brulee creme steamer in a red holiday cup.
A 12 ounce tall Caramel Brulée Crème packs has an astounding 420 calories.

Caramel Brulée Crème is a decadent holiday treat that’s mostly milk, cream and sugar. You’re certainly not going to find it on this list of sugar-free Starbucks drinks.

The drink with toppings averages 26 calories per ounce across all sizes.

If you want to cut off approximately 100 calories, leave off the whipped cream.

Calories in Caramel Brulée Crème, according to Starbucks:

  • Short and Kids Size: 220 calories
  • Tall: 320 calories
  • Grande: 420 calories
  • Venti 510 calories

Questions You May Have

Do Starbucks caramel brulée drinks taste like regular caramel?

Caramel brulée drinks are smoky sweet, whereas the regular caramel syrup and caramel sauce at Stabucks is buttery sweet.

What Starbucks holiday drinks have caramel brulée?

The official holiday menu at Starbucks has four caramel brulée drinks: a latte, a coffee-based frappuccino, a crème-based frappuccino, and the Caramel Brulée Crème milk steamer.


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