Dutch Bros Caramelizer: Copycat Recipe For The Fans!

This is our new favorite caramel mocha! If you are sick and tired of your basic mocha and ready to take it to the next level, our copycat Dutch Bros Caramelizer recipe won’t disappoint.

The Caramelizer is a delicious beverage that will have you feeling like a million dollars from the first sip. Don’t believe us? Keep reading!

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Topics Explored

  1. Dutch Bros Caramelizer
  2. What’s In A Caramelizer?
  3. Drink Variations
  4. Dutch Bros Caramelizer Recipe
  5. Dietary Substitutions

The Dutch Bros Caramelizer

The Dutch Bros Caramelizer is a caramel mocha and a popular Dutch Bros beverage. 

Dutch Bros’ mocha is pretty rich on its own. When paired with caramel, it becomes a rather decadent beverage. The mocha itself is built with bold espresso and chocolate milk while having whipped cream on top for a fluffy finishing touch.

Homemade Caramelizer

Is the Caramelizer good at Dutch Bros?

If you enjoy sweet and decadent drinks, the Caramelizer at Dutch Bros is absolutely a beverage worth drinking. 

It is a nice treat every once in a while, though when keeping an eye on the calorie count, it’s maybe best not to have it daily.

The best thing about the Caramelizer is that it is customizable, meaning you can make your drinker more or less sweet.

Is it like a caramel macchiato?

No, the caramelizer has components similar to the caramel macchiato but doesn’t come close to it in taste.

Dutch Bros doesn’t offer straight-up caramel macchiato either but there is a beverage that is very similar in build: The Golden Eagle.

The Golden Eagle is a creamy breve built with espresso, half and half, vanilla syrup, and caramel sauce, topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle. In true Dutch Bros fashion, you can have it blended, hot, or iced.

MAKE IT AT HOME: Dutch Bros Golden Eagle

What’s In A Caramelizer From Dutch Bros?

In general, most of the ingredients from a regular mocha are also what’s in a Caramelizer from Dutch Bros. 

However, there are still key changes that keep the Dutch Bros version different from other caramel mochas. Namely, the caramelizer always uses homemade chocolate milk while other mochas may use store-bought milk.

Chocolate Milk Shaker


The general ingredients are espresso, Dutch Bros homemade chocolate milk, caramel flavoring, whipped cream, and ice (if ordered iced or blended).

The quantity of each ingredient will vary based on size and prep. For example, a small will contain less caramel syrup while a large can double in amount. 

Dutch Bros Caramelizer Calories

Calories will vary not only in size but also in preparation. When made hot, the Caramelizer contains more calories than the iced version.(1)

Small Medium Large
450 cals.
590 cals.
680 cals.
330 cals.
470 cals.
560 cals.
560 cals.
780 cals.
990 cals.

A blended Caramelizer has the most calories per size. A small (blended) has 560 calories as opposed to 450 calories (small hot) or 330 calories (small iced).

Caffeine Content

Caffeine content varies by drink size. Typically, you’ll find 2 shots in small and medium-sized drinks. A large one should contain 4 shots.

Each shot is around 45 mg, meaning that small and medium drinks will have 90 mg of caffeine and large drinks will have 180 mg of caffeine on average.

Sugar Content

The sugar count of a Dutch Bros Caramelizer is, somewhat surprisingly, higher than the recommended daily intake of 36 grams.(2)

A small Caramelizer contains 51 grams of sugar, a medium Caramelizer contains 69 g of sugar, and a large Caramelizer contains 80 g of sugar.

You can always opt for alternatives mentioned earlier, the Caramelizer also has a sugar-free version.

Caramelizer: Drink Variations

If you wish to go a step further with customizing the ultimate Caramelizer yourself, try one (or all) of these Caramelizer variations and find which beverage best suits you.

1. Sugar-Free Caramelizer

Dutch Bros Sugar-Free Caramelizer
Photo by dutchbrosarizona

For a healthier alternative get the Sugar-Free Caramelizer. The standard Caramelizer uses syrups and chocolate milk, racking up calories.

In this version, the chocolate milk is swapped for half and half. And you guessed it; all flavoring is swapped for its sugar-free counterpart.

The Bro-ista will ask if you want whipped cream, which you can turn down to keep the drink completely sugar-free.

How To Order:

“Can I have a SF Caramelizer, Kick-me-mix with SF chocolate instead of chocolate milk and no whip, please!”

How It’s Made:

  • Espresso
  • Kick-me-mix
  • Sugar-free Chocolate Syrup
  • Sugar-free Caramel Sauce

2. Caramelizer With Almond Milk

Dutch Bros Caramelizer With Almond Milk
Photo by newportdutchbros

This is another version of the Caramelizer that substitutes ingredients to suit certain customers’ dairy preferences. 

In this version, chocolate milk is replaced with almond milk. Don’t be afraid about the mocha losing its taste, however, as a scoop of chocolate syrup is added to mimic the regular Caramelizer.

How To Order:

“A Caramelizer with almond milk and chocolate syrup, instead of chocolate milk, please!”

How It’s Made:

  • Espresso
  • Almond Milk
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Caramel Sauce

YOU MAY LIKE: Almond Milk Drinks At Starbucks

3. Nitro Caramelizer

Dutch Bros Nitro Caramelizer
Photo by MaryEllen Richardson

As the name would suggest, the Nitro Caramelizer is built with Nitro cold brew, creating a version of the Caramelizer that has a slight ‘kick’ to it.

It combines velvety caramel sauce, Dutch Bros’ exclusive chocolate milk, and ‘creamy’ Nitro cold brew.

The nitro version can be served iced or toasted which is Dutch Bros’ lingo for hot.

How To Order:

“Hey, could I get a Nitro Caramelizer, iced with soft top & caramel drizz?”

How It’s Made:

  • Nitro Cold Brew
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Soft top (optional)

4. Picture Perfect Caramelizer

Dutch Bros Picture Perfect Caramelizer
Photo by dutchbrossouthsac

The Picture Perfect Caramelizer is an extra decadent version of the Caramelizer. 

Chocolate and caramel sauce line the walls of the cup, giving the beverage a rather ‘picturesque’ appearance giving the name of the drink.

The Picture Perfect Caramelizer is only available blended.

How To Order:

“I’d love a Picture Perfect Caramelizer, blended!”

How It’s Made:

  • Espresso
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Whipped Cream
  • Caramel Drizzle
  • Chocolate Drizzle

5. Dutch Bros Keto Caramelizer

Dutch Bros Keto Caramelizer
Photo by dutchbroselkgrove

The Keto Caramelizer is a refreshing and lighter version of the Caramelizer. It also contains substantially fewer calories.

It starts with 2 simple ingredients – cold brew and a splash of heavy cream.

Sugar-free chocolate syrup and sugar-free caramel syrup are then added for flavoring.

If you’re looking for a keto-friendly refreshment without compromising on taste, this is it!

How To Order:

“A sugar-free Cold Brew Caramelizer with heavy cream, please.”

How It’s Made:

  • Cold Brew
  • Heavy Cream
  • Sugar-free Chocolate Syrup
  • Sugar-free Caramel Sauce

6. Caramelizer Freeze

Dutch Bros Caramelizer Freeze
Photo by dutchbroselkgrove

The Caramelizer Freeze is as straightforward as it comes. Caramel, espresso, and chocolate milk comes together in a delicious frozen mix. No crazy substitutes or add-ons here.

It’s icy, refreshing, and the perfect antidote when the mercury rises.

How To Order:

“Hey, can I have a Caramelizer Freeze with whip?”

How It’s Made:

  • Caramel Sauce
  • Espresso
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Whipped Cream (optional)
  • Caramel Drizzle (optional)

7. Extra Caramel Caramelizer

Extra Caramel Caramelizer
Photo by Amy Nguyen

If you’re someone who thinks the regular Caramelizer doesn’t have enough caramel in it, the Extra Caramel version pulls out all the stops.

This one takes the caramel mocha, a mix of espresso and chocolate milk, and dumps in even more caramel.

At the same time, it’s as sweet as a drink could be. So, your sweet tooth should be all over this.

How To Order:

“Hey, can I have an Iced Caramelizer with caramel walls?”

How It’s Made:

  • Caramelizer Freeze
  • Caramel Walls

7. Caramelizer with Raspberry Soft Top

Caramelizer with Raspberry Soft Top
Photo by Liliana Flores

Someone’s got the right idea with the Caramelizer with Raspberry Soft Top, a drink created by a Dutch Bros regular, Liliana Flores.

A caramel mocha smoothie with raspberry might seem a bit odd, but this mix just, well, it just works.

Finish it off with a raspberry soft top, taking the fruity part to the max, and it’s just… chef’s kiss. If you’re looking for something a little bit out there, believe me, this is it.

How To Order:

“I’d love an Iced Caramelizer with raspberry soft top, picture-perfect style, please!”

How It’s Made:

  • Caramelizer
  • Espresso shot
  • Raspberry syrup
  • Raspberry soft top
  • Optional: Order it Picture Perfect

Dutch Bros Caramelizer Recipe

Due to how delicious the Caramelizer tastes, you may think the Dutch Bros Caramelizer recipe is quite complex and that only bro-istas can pull it off successfully. Fear not, this copycat recipe is much easier than you think.

Dutch Bros Caramelizer Recipe

Dutch Bros Caramelizer Copycat Recipe

Yield: 1 serving (~10 oz)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

With our copycat Dutch Bros Caramelizer recipe, you don’t need to be a bro-ista. All you need is the ingredients listed and follow these simple steps..


  • Espresso: 2 shots
  • Caramel Sauce*: 2 tbsp
  • Chocolate Milk: 1 cup
  • Ice
  • Whipped Cream
  • Caramel Drizzle (Optional)


  1. In a glass, brew your 2 shots of espresso and add your tablespoon of caramel sauce. Stir both ingredients to combine.Syrup In Espresso
  2. Grab your empty shaker. Take your cup of chocolate milk and pour all of it into the shaker. Now, take the espresso mix and add it to the chocolate milk in the shaker.Chocolate Milk Shaker
  3. Put the lid on the shaker and shake the mix well. For best results, shake for roughly 30 seconds to ensure the mix has a smooth consistency. Shake for longer if needed.Shake Drink
  4. If the ingredients have combined properly, you should currently have a creamy-brown bubbly mix in your shaker.Well Combined Drink
  5. Take an empty glass and scoop ice in it. Then, pour the entire mix directly from the shaker into the glass.Pour Shaker Contents
  6. Top your beverage with whipped cream and add caramel drizzle afterwards. And there you have it: Your very own homemade Dutch Bros Caramelizer. Whipped Cream Caramel Top


Use Torani brand syrups and sauces to replicate the true taste of Dutch Bros

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Recipe Substitutions For Your Diet

Naturally, many coffee drinkers have dietary requirements that mean certain modifications have to be made.

Don’t worry, we have substitutions for most diets so that we can all enjoy the Caramelizer.

Almond Milk

1. Sugar-free

For a sugar-free option, several adjustments can be made.

Firstly, substitute the chocolate milk with almond milk. You should also use sugar-free syrups and sauces where required in the recipe, namely for the caramel drizzle.

When it comes to whipped cream, you can either make it at home and omit sugar when doing so, or you can just exclude whipped cream from the Caramelizer entirely. 

2. Dairy-free

It should be noted that the Caramelizer is not dairy-free and that it is important to make certain changes should you need the mocha to suit this dietary requirement.

When brewing the drink, be sure to use plant milk instead of chocolate milk. Also to use dairy-free syrups, which Torani conveniently carries.

Despite these changes, the taste should ultimately remain similar enough for you to enjoy the Caramelizer as if it were unchanged.

Final Words

Dutch Bros Caramelizer

The Dutch Bros Caramelizer is regarded as a Dutch Bros classic and it’s easy to understand why.

Its chocolatey flavor combined with the buttery taste of caramel easily sets it up above a standard mocha. And we hope that you will think so as well.

Verified Sources

Wondering where your info comes from? We totally understand. Hey Joe only obtains our information from reputable sources. Contents from this article are sourced from the following publications:

  1. Dutchbros: https://www.dutchbros.com/menu/dutch-classics/caramelizer
  2. American Heart Association: https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/sugar/how-much-sugar-is-too-much
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