McDonald's Vanilla Iced Coffee copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur

McDonald's Vanilla Iced Coffee

Score: 4.67 (votes: 15)
Reviews: 15
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In the coffee war that's been brewing since 2007, McDonald's is emerging victorious by snagging a significant chunk of the $11 billion coffee market away from sector-leader Starbucks. The hamburger chain's McCafe offerings, which include premium cappuccinos, lattes, and iced coffees, scored higher in taste tests according to Consumer Reports magazine, and the drinks come with a lower price tag than comparable beverages at the coffeehouse chain. 

The Vanilla Iced Coffee appears to be a standout selection at The Golden Arches, and a home clone is simple using my McDonald's Vanilla Iced Coffee copycat recipe below. Get your hands on some Torani vanilla syrup. Brew up some coffee, chill it, then pour these three ingredients over ice in a 16-ounce glass. The taste of your finished drink will be determined by the quality of your coffee (McDonald's has its own beans), so be sure to brew your best stuff. The better the coffee you start with, the better your clone will taste.

Some petite vanilla scones would be pretty tasty right about now. Check out all my Starbucks clone recipes here.

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Get This

  • 1/4 cup Torani vanilla syrup
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup cold coffee
Do This

1. Fill a 16-ounce cup with ice.

2. Pour the  vanilla syrup over the ice, followed by the half-and-half and cold coffee. Serve with a straw.

Makes one 16-ounce serving.

Tidbits: You can find Torani vanilla syrup in many grocery stores near the coffee, or at well-stocked liquor and bar supply stores.

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Jan 25, 2022, 20:31
I created an account JUST so I could leave a review for this recipe. My custom McCafe order is a large vanilla iced coffee, extra cream, extra syrup. I cannot believe that this recipe tastes EXACTLY like it! At first, I thought "wow, thats a lot of sugar", so I put about half as much but it wasnt enough...1/4 cup is perfect. I use the "iced" feature on my keurig with an official McDonalds k-cup, but I think you can use the "strong brew" button (so it doesnt dilute the coffee flavor). Thank you for this recipe. Its soooo easy, that my 12-year old daughter is now my barista!
Priscilla Miranda
Apr 9, 2011, 22:00
This taste JUST like the McD's version! So good! I love that I can make it decaf too! Perfect for our Sunday morning summer breakfasts at home!
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