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How to Make Caramel Milk Tea at Home: The Simple Recipe

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Caramel milk tea combines the traditional milk tea recipe with the added flavor of caramel. This delicious and decadent topping is a popular choice for beverages across the globe. It’s a great option for milk tea and works great with other flavor combinations. There is no surprise that you’re looking for a caramel option for milk tea and this simple recipe will teach you how to make it at home!

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What You’ll Need

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tea bags or loose-leaf tea
  • Saucepan or pot
  • Sifter (optional)

1. Make the caramel.

Make caramel by adding sugar to your pot or pan. Stir slowly until it melts into a caramel consistency.

2. Add the milk.

Stir in your choice of milk to the pan slowly.

3. Add the tea to the pan.

Add your tea bags or loose leaves to the pan. Stir until caramel dissolves fully.

4. Steep the tea.

Remove from heat, cover, and allow the tea to steep.

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What are the Different Types of Caramel Milk Teas?

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Image Credit: Dovile Ramoskaite, Unsplash

Making caramel milk tea is relatively simple compared to some other recipes. Alternatives for this milk tea recipe allow for using different types of tea bags, switching tea bags out for loose-leaf tea, or steeping the tea much longer for a bolder flavor.

You can even choose to use other toppers besides caramel. Maybe you want to add an extra spice to your sugar, like cinnamon or nutmeg. You can incorporate just about any topping or flavors into this recipe.

This recipe can be served both cold and hot. For a cold drink, leave the mixture out for some time, or add some ice cubes to your beverage for quicker cooling. This milk tea recipe can be even better by adding regular toppings to milk tea recipes like fruit jellies, tapioca pearls, and more. You can add vanilla, pumpkin spice, add some salt to your caramel, etc. Crafting this recipe to your liking is easy.

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Simple Caramel Milk Tea Recipe

Make this quick and easy caramel milk tea recipe at home in a flash! Make it custom by adding your own ingredients too.
5 star average
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 drink(s)
Calories 250 kcal


  • Saucepan or pot


  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups your choice of milk
  • 2 tea bags or loose-leaf tea


  • Melt sugar in a pan on low heat until a caramel texture is formed.
  • Stir in your choice of milk slowly until combined.
  • Add your choice of teabags or loose-leaf tea (use a sifter if loose).
  • Stir all ingredients until fully dissolved into the caramel mixture.


Calories: 250kcal
Keyword simple caramel milk tea recipe

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This fully customizable and unique caramel milk tea recipe is a simple way to upgrade your morning beverage. Making your own caramel is surprisingly easy and quick! You can add or remove ingredients as you see fit too. Caramel is a favorite across tea beverages, and combined with your favorite milk and boosted with sugar results in a simple and extra tasty milk tea drink.

You may also be interested in: Okinawa Milk Tea Recipe (Authentic & Delicious)

Featured Image Credit: JIMBO EKAPAT, Shutterstock


Ollie Jones

Oliver (Ollie) Jones is a zoologist and freelance writer living in South Australia. Originally from the US, he thought he loved coffee before his big move down under, but his discovery of the flat white and the cafe on every corner has taken his coffee passion to a whole new level. He's so excited to share his knowledge and experience with readers worldwide (and keep testing coffee drinks while he's at it).

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