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What Does Dulce De Leche Coffee Taste Like?

Dulce de leche is a delicious Spanish dessert. It is a staple in many Hispanic households. There are several theories suggesting where and when it was invented. Most of these theories agree that this dessert was invented in the 19th century.

However, it is not yet clear how dulce de leche became so popular in South America. Also, its exact origin is not clear. Regardless, many people love it. That is why it is often included in many coffees and cakes. But what does dulce de leche coffee taste like? Let’s find out.

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What Exactly Is Dulce De Leche Coffee?

Dulce de leche coffee is a type of coffee drink prepared with brewed coffee, whipped cream, sugar, and dulce de leche sauce. Dulce de leche is often confused with caramel. But what is the difference between caramel and dulce de leche? Caramel refers to a mixture of water and sugar. On the other hand, dulce de leche is a mixture of milk and sugar. Dulce de leche means “sweet milk” in English, which indicates how it is made.

Dulce de leche goes by the name arequipe in Colombia. It is known as manjar or manjar blanco in Chile, Argentina, Peru, and Chile. Although it is traditionally made of milk and sugar, it is also made with sweetened condensed milk. Dulce de leche is known as cajeta when made with goat’s milk instead of cow’s milk.


What Does Dulce De Leche Coffee Taste Like

It is sweet, delicious, and decadent. It is sugary and thick due to the added dulce de leche sauce. Although it is often likened to caramel, it gives coffee a unique flavor profile. When making dulce de leche sauce, caramelization does not occur. Instead, there is a Maillard reaction that gives it a lovely, mellow, nutty flavor comparable to butterscotch or toffee.


How to Make Dulce De Leche Coffee

Now that you know what dulce de leche coffee tastes like, you probably want to try it out. Thus, it will help to know how to make it at home.

Ingredients required:

  • 6 fl oz dulce de leche
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups of strong coffee
  • 6 tbsp. grated chocolate
  • 2 tbsp. sugar


Step 1- You can buy readymade dulce de leche from a Hispanic specialty market or supermarket. Alternatively, you can make some at home using sweetened condensed milk. To do this, boil a can of sweetened condensed milk in a large pot. The can should be covered with at least 1 inch of water throughout the process.

Once boiled, simmer it for about 2 to 3 hours. Then remove the can from the water and let it cool before opening. Now you have ready dulce de leche.

Step 2- Add the dulce de leche sauce to the hot coffee. Stir thoroughly until fully combined and dissolved. Keep the mixture hot.

Step 3- Combine the heavy cream with sugar in a mixing bowl. Whip the mixture until stiff. Serve the dulce de leche and coffee mixture in 6 glasses. Top each glass with a tablespoon of the whipped cream and a tablespoon of grated chocolate. Enjoy your dulce de leche coffee.