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Best Coffee Syrups to add some zing to your coffee(Brands and flavors)

Unless you are an absolute coffee PURIST, then you don’t mind adding a shot of flavor to your coffee every now and then. Coffee is incredibly versatile in that sense – just a few squirts of coffee syrup and the rich flavor and aroma of the coffee combines flawlessly with what you put in it. So in this post, we’ll take a look at some of the best coffee syrups.

Of course, the flavor profiles have to match in some way, but that goes without saying.

If you’ve picked up a flavored latte or iced coffee from your favorite coffee shop, you probably have seen the barista squirting a syrup into your coffee after pouring the frothed or iced milk on the espresso shot.

Because the liquid is so hot, the syrup dissipates quite quickly throughout the mixture, but I have experienced that the bottom of the cup is always much more strongly flavored than the first few sips. A quick stir would fix that, of course, but don’t destroy the bubbles and froth!

You don’t have to go to a coffee shop to enjoy these kinds beverages, though.

The awesome thing is that you can pick up coffee syrups from Amazon or your supermarket(if they stock them) and make flavored coffee at home, too!

If you’re a coffee shop owner looking to see what to stock, this list will help you too.

Coffee syrup brands

There are 5 major brands as far as coffee syrups go:

  • Ghirardelli: The famous Italian chocolatier Ghirardelli makes unmistakably delicious syrups you can use in coffee to give them an instant burst of flavor
  • Monin: Another big name in syrups, Monin also have a line of organic and all natural syrups
  • DolceThe Italian company Dolce makes sweet coffee syrups to add a depth of love and sweetness to your coffees
  • DaVinci Gourmet: DaVinci Gourmet offers sugar free and all natural syrups
  • Torani: Torani syrups are a mix of traditional flavors you’d expect to find everywhere and some truly unique ones(which you may not find too appetizing in coffee! Chicken n’ waffles, anyone?)

Note: I have personally used Torani and quite enjoyed the coffee – the syrup I was using was caramel.

Bestseller No. 1
Torani Variety Pack Caramel, French Vanilla, Vanilla & Hazelnut, 25.4 Ounces (Pack of 4)
  • COFFEE FLAVOR VARIETY PACK: Perfect for making your own flavored lattes, mochas & cappuccinos, this variety pack includes 1 bottle of each: Caramel Classic, French Vanilla, Vanilla & Hazelnut Classic.
  • GOLD STANDARD OF FLAVOR: Made with pure cane sugar, natural flavors & cold-filtered water, Torani Original Syrups provide gold-standard flavors & vibrant colors to create amazing drink experiences. Comes in a shatterproof plastic bottle.
  • EMBRACE YOUR INNER FLAVORISTA: We make a wide array of syrups & sauces in tantalizing flavors to help you create your own homemade coffeehouse favorites, fruity delights & custom soda creations.
  • AUTHENTIC COFFEEHOUSE FLAVOR: From caramel to French vanilla to hazelnut—& everything in between—our syrups & sauces are here to help you create tantalizing lattes, cappuccinos, cold brews & frappes.
  • MIX UP SOME MAGIC: Discover how our syrups can help you make truly creative flavored teas, lemonades, smoothies, Italian sodas, coffees, cocktails, mocktails, snow cones, sparkling waters & more!
Bestseller No. 2
Monin - 5 Flavor Gourmet Coffee Collection
  • GREAT FOR COFFEE, TEA, AND LATTES: Be your own barista and make café-quality coffee at home! Sample 5 of Monin’s best sellers for coffee with this gourmet collection and make your favorite flavored specialty coffee beverages right at home.
  • Entice your senses with Caramel, Amaretto, Hazelnut, Irish Cream, & Vanilla in your favorite hot or cold drinks, desserts, and more.
  • SPECIFICATIONS: Made with Pure Cane Sugar and Natural Flavors. GMO Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, and Kosher.
  • SYRUP TO SUPPORT BEE COLONIES: Colony Collapse Disorder is greatly reducing bee populations worldwide. Our syrup recycling initiative has been sending waste syrup to feed bees since 2008, and has fed over 374 billion bees!
  • GREEN PACKAGING & LABELING: With BPA free bottles, 100% recyclable boxes comprised of 30% recycled content, printed with biodegradable water-based ink containing zero pollutants, and pulp inserts, we’re doing our part for the environment.
Bestseller No. 3
Torani Coffee Syrup Variety Pack - Vanilla, Caramel, Hazelnut, 3-Count, 25.4-Ounce Bottles
  • 3 Wonderful Flavors - Vanilla, Caramel, & Hazelnut
  • Country of origin is United States
  • The package dimension of the product is 15.8cmL x 16.5cmW x 30.5cmH
  • The package weight of the product is 7.1 pounds
Bestseller No. 4
Jordan’s Skinny Syrups | Classic Syrup Sampler| Healthy Flavors with 0 Calories, 0 Sugar, 0 Carbs | 750ml/25.4oz Bottles - Pack of 6
  • Delicious assortment of our best selling Skinny Syrups. It includes Caramel, Butter Toffee (formerly English Toffee), Vanilla, Hazelnut, Salted Caramel
  • 0 Calories. 0 Sugar. 0 Carbs. Keto Friendly. Gluten Free. Kosher
  • PERFECT ADDITION TO: Coffees, lattes, mochas,cappuccinos, desserts, oatmeal or just about anything
  • HEALTHY DRINK RECIPES: Simply add Skinny Syrup to your coffee of choice for the perfect, guilt-free drink
  • Served hot or cold

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Best coffee syrups and flavors

Flavors are a matter of personal preference, but these flavors are evergreen and enjoyed almost universally, so they get honorable mention at the very start of our list:

1) Vanilla

Vanilla is the “classic” flavor for everything, be it ice cream, chocolate, or coffee! Tim Horton’s of Canada has become legendary for it’s maybe-not-so-French Vanilla coffee, and almost all coffee shops utilize the rich, soothing taste of vanilla in one way or another.

The best thing about vanilla is that it’s a starter flavor and can be combined with other flavors to create even more depth and texture. Try mixing it with chocolate or strawberries and your coffee will taste like a cake!

Torani Vanilla Syrup (750 mL /25.4 oz )
  • VANILLA SYRUP: There's nothing ho-hum about this original leading lady—nothing beats the original. Inspired by premium vanilla flavor, it’s clean, pure & creamy, & that spells delicious every time.
  • GOLD STANDARD OF FLAVOR: Made with pure cane sugar, natural flavors & cold-filtered water, Torani Original Syrups provide gold-standard flavors & vibrant colors to create amazing drink experiences. Comes in a shatterproof plastic bottle.
  • EMBRACE YOUR INNER FLAVORISTA: We make a wide array of syrups & sauces in tantalizing flavors to help you create your own homemade coffeehouse favorites, fruity delights & custom soda creations.
  • AUTHENTIC COFFEEHOUSE FLAVOR: From caramel to French vanilla to hazelnut—& everything in between—our syrups & sauces are here to help you create tantalizing lattes, cappuccinos, cold brews & frappes.
  • MIX UP SOME MAGIC: Discover how our syrups can help you make truly creative flavored teas, lemonades, smoothies, Italian sodas, coffees, cocktails, mocktails, snow cones, sparkling waters & more!

2) Caramel

Coming in at a close second, almost neck and neck with vanilla is caramel. There is a coffee chain called Second Cup who make a latte called the caramel coretto – that coffee is my FAVORITE latte and I’d take a Caramel Coretto any day over any other chain-bought coffee.

Caramel syrups are usually classic caramel and salted caramel, which has an added kick when you feel the salty and sweet dance on your tongue. If you like salted caramel chocolate, you will most likely enjoy a hint of salted caramel in your coffee, too.

DaVinci Gourmet Classic Syrup, Caramel, 25.4-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 3)
  • Tastes just like the classic flavor of buttery toasted sugar, with a touch of vanilla
  • Turn any menu item into an indulgent experience with this timeless dessert syrup
  • Made from pure cane sugar
  • Specially formulated not to curdle milk and to hold up well under heat
  • Delicious flavor boosts to coffee, cafe drinks, tea, lemonades, shakes, frappes, desserts and recipes

3) Hazelnut

Finally, we have hazelnut – the nut in the list! Hazelnut has a very creamy, chocolatey flavor as it is – look at how popular Nutella and Ferrero Rochers are! Hazelnut coffee adds hint of nuttiness to your coffee and if you like their flavor profile, hazelnut coffee can really perk you up. Personally, I find hazelnut to be a little too strong when mixed with coffee.

Torani Hazelnut Syrup, 750 ml
  • 1 Torani Hazelnut Syrup Bottle, 25.4 Fl oz (750 mL)
  • Delicious refreshing Hazelnut taste
  • Made with pure cane sugar
  • Easy-pour bottle has an attractive shelf presence
  • Great for desserts, mixed drinks, teas, coffee, milk shakes, cold and hot beverages.

4) Butterscotch

Butterscotch is quite similar to caramel, but it has that distinct buttery, dairy depth to it that caramel just doesn’t have. If you give me a choice between butterscotch and caramel on an ice cream, I’d prefer butterscotch any day! Butter coffee seems to be quite the rage these days, so perhaps butterscotch syrup may be a cool thing to try.

Amoretti Premium Syrup, Butterscotch, 25.4 Ounce
  • Made with natural flavor
  • Only 35 calories per serving and 62 servings per bottle
  • Free pump included
  • Delicious syrup for latte, tea, coffee, smoothies, Italian soda and desserts
  • Proudly made in Southern California

5) Chocolate

Chocolate syrups may seem like a strange addition to a hot coffee, but they’re a neat way to top up a mocha iced coffee.

6) Mint

Mint syrups add a icy, cool hint to your coffee. Starbucks does quite well with their popular peppermint iced coffees in the winter season! They would certainly spruce up a cold or iced coffee, but for me, it was hit or miss in hot coffee. Mint by nature is a cool sensation, so the mixing of hot and cool was a little neutralizing.

Starbucks Peppermint Syrup (1-L.)
  • The authentic syrup used at Starbucks
  • Makes dozens of beverages

7) Dessert

Dessert flavored syrups include gingerbread, pumpkin spice, and other popular desserts – personally, I am not a huge fan of these flavors, as I enjoy the dessert itself more! But if you like your coffee tasting like your favorite dessert, then there’s certainly nothing wrong with trying these out!

Torani Gingerbread Syrup
  • Torani Gingerbread Syrup
  • Torani Gingerbread Syrup
  • Torani Gingerbread Syrup

Can you use other kinds of syrups in coffee?

Now that we’ve talked about what we feel are the best coffee syrups, one question obviously remains: there is a pretty good chance that your personal preference for syrups or sweeteners falls outside the ones we listed above.

In that case, you may be wondering if you can get away with using any kind of syrup in your coffee. After all, syrups are essentially the same, are they not?

While the concept of a syrup is basically a reduction of sugar and water with some flavoring, not all syrups are created the same and some will actually end up ruining your coffee rather than improving it.

Coffee syrups

This goes without saying, but syrups that are specifically made for coffee are the best kinds to use in your coffee. These are made specifically so that they complement the flavor of your coffee and enhance it rather than overpowering it or ruining it.

Maple syrup

You can put maple syrup in coffee if that’s your thing! Maple syrup is not very viscous, and the flavor is usually quite mild, so it makes a great addition if you want a natural way to sweeten your coffee and want to avoid processed sugar. Bear in mind that maple syrup is still sugar, so if you are avoiding sugar for any reason, maple syrup is a no go.

Also, by maple syrup, we mean the real stuff, NOT American pancake syrup!

Agave nectar

Agave nectar is much like maple syrup in that it is a naturally occurring sweetener and is not very processed. It has a gently sweet flavor and adds a nice kick of caramel, which actually makes for a great tasting cappuccino or latte.

Are coffee syrups healthy?

Did you know that a typical Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino is just shy of 400 calories?

400 calories is a lot, considering that a large chunk of those calories are coming from sugar. Too much sugar is never a good thing, and in some cases, people may choose to avoid sugar as much as they can.

That’s where we run into a bit of an issue, and you need to be careful.

When you buy your syrup, make sure to check the label to see if it contains sugar or is sugar free. Even if it is sugar free, some sweeteners are not exactly good for you, and other sweeteners are slightly better.

Some sweeteners are also gluten free, which should be written on the label or in the product description if you are buying online.

Adding syrups can quickly skyrocket the calories in your coffee from near zero to over a couple of hundred, so it’s best to decide wisely whether you can a) afford to have the calories and b) you want to have so many calories.

For most people, moderation will be fine.

However, this is not medical advice! You should consult your doctor or healthcare provider if you have any doubts, questions, or before making any major lifestyle changes.

Making coffee syrup at home

In case you run out of coffee syrup and need a fix, or if you prefer going the natural way and avoiding processed foods as much as possible, you can easily make coffee syrup at home.

The most popular homemade coffee syrup is probably french vanilla, but the basic idea behind a syrup is the same, and if you want to mix things up, just replace the vanilla with a dash of peppermint concentrate or whatever other flavor you want.

Making syrup is really easy: you just need to combine sugar and water(some use a 1:1 ratio, others use slightly more sugar) and toss in a vanilla bean as you whisk it over a flame until the sugar dissolves and you’re left with a syrup.

Then you just remove it from the heat, add a touch of vanilla flavor, and let it cool before pouring it into a mason jar. Syrups like these will usually keep for a week.

You can even use them for making vanilla sodas and other concoctions, too!

For a good vanilla coffee syrup recipe, check out this one from My Baking Addiction.

Last update on 2020-08-07 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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About Shabbir

Shabbir is the Chief Caffeine Officer at Coffee In My Veins. When he's not weighing out coffee beans for his next brew, you can find him writing about his passion: coffee.

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