If you’re on TikTok and Instagram, then you've probably seen pictures of the Charli cold foam. But what is it, how long is it available, and how do you get one? We don't want you to miss out, so we'll give you the full Charli cold foam breakdown in this article.
What Exactly Is Dunkin Donuts Charli Cold Foam?
The Dunkin Donuts Charli cold foam is a Dunkin’ cold brew mixed with 3 pumps of caramel and milk and topped with a unique sweet cold foam with a cinnamon sugar topping. It’s a smooth, refreshing, and sweet drink with a big hit of caffeine and a little bit of spice from the cinnamon. It’s proving popular with younger coffee lovers and is the perfect iced coffee for a hot day.
This cold foam drink is a new twist on the 'Charli drink,' which was released during Charli D’Amelio’s collab with Dunkin’ Donuts in 2020. Charli D’Amelio is a TikTok superstar with over 140 million followers, and she's become a global sensation for her videos.
Dunkin has teamed up with her to recreate her favorite drink growing up, the Charli drink which involves a mixture of cold brew, caramel, and dairy-free milk. The Charli cold foam has added sweet foam and a cinnamon topping which gives it a completely different taste and texture.
There are no two ways about it; the Charli cold foam is a strong coffee. It has the signature Dunkin Donuts cold brew as a base with over 260mg of caffeine per serving.
The sweet caramel helps to counteract some of the bitterness of the coffee, and the cold foam gives it a luxuriously smooth creaminess. The vanilla cold foam blends into the cold brew as you drink it and gives a light but very sweet taste with every sip.
Despite tasting so rich, this can actually be a dairy-free Dunkin Donut coffee because no dairy milk is used to create the cold foam. All you’ll need to do is trade out the whole milk for a plant-based alternative, and Dunkin Donuts offers coconut, almond, or soy milk.
However, even though this drink has been made suitable for those avoiding dairy, it definitely isn’t a healthy option. We’ll come onto that in a second but don't think of it as a diet drink. It works really well with a Dunkin Donut, though, and it's perfect for anyone who loves sweet coffees.
Charli has been sipping the Charli cold foam on her TikTok feed, and it's become massively popular with young people. The energy boost from the caffeine with the sweet taste from the other ingredients make it the best of both worlds, with the slightly spicy cinnamon rounding it off nicely. It works as a year-round drink, but Dunkin Donuts only tends to release it for short periods, so you'll need to check when it's coming next.
The Charli Cold Foam Nutrition Facts - How Many Calories Does It Have?
The Charli cold foam tastes amazing, but what's actually in it? Well, first and foremost, it's a variation on a regular cold brew. The cold brewing technique steeps coffee grounds in cold water for 18-24 hours which means that it keeps the coffee taste but retains a lot more of the caffeine. Cold brew is regarded as one of the strongest forms of coffee, so don’t let the sweetness fool you.
Mixed into this cold brew are 3 pumps of caramel syrup and dairy-free milk. This gives it a sugary sweetness which disguises some of the bitter coffee and makes it more enjoyable for anyone who doesn’t particularly enjoy a traditional coffee. Next, vanilla, sugar, and dairy-free milk are blended to create a cold foam which is then layered on top of the mixture. This gives it a velvet texture and makes it very indulgent. It's then topped with cinnamon sugar for some extra spicy sweetness.
As you can see from the ingredients list, there's a lot of sugar, and this is definitely not a healthy drink. There are 250 calories and 52 grams of sugar in a single serving, with over 260mg of caffeine from the cold brew. This might seem like a lot, and it is, but when you compare it to other popular cold coffees, it's not so bad.
The Starbucks Frappuccino range has 400-500 calories in a serving with over 60 grams of sugar, and other specialty drinks like Pumpkin Spiced Lattes also have over 350 calories. That doesn't mean The Charli cold foam is good for you, but it's not as bad as some other options.
The Charli cold foam makes a great occasional treat, but just make sure you enjoy them in moderation, or you could end up putting on weight.
How To Order Charli Cold Foam Drinks At Dunkin Donuts?
The Charli cold foam is available at most Dunkin Donuts but is a specialty drink which means that it isn't available all year round and may not be on the regular menu.
However, just because it isn't on the menu doesn't mean you can't order it because Dunkin Donuts will have the ingredients all year round.
Just ask for a cold brew with 3 pumps of caramel syrup, dairy or non-dairy milk, topped with vanilla cold foam and cinnamon sugar. You can order it in a small (16 ounces), medium (24 ounces), or large (32 ounces).
A medium will cost you $3, so this cold foam drink is pretty good value considering all the caffeine in it.
This drink is based on Charli's favorite Dunkin drink, but you can always customize it, so it suits your tastes. You can choose the coffee beans in the cold brew, extra syrup, or flavorings, or even add a different variety of milk if you want to. It can alter the taste and cost you extra but don't be afraid to ask for all of the additions you want.
How To Make Dunkin Donuts Charli Cold Foam Drinks At Home?
Not everyone can make it to a Dunkin Donuts, and it can be expensive to get coffees from there too often. The good news is that you can make your own Charli cold foam at home really easily, so you can enjoy this sweet foamy drink in the comfort of your own home. To make it, you'll need:
You’ll then need to follow these steps:
- 1Drizzle the caramel sauce into your cup. Make sure you get it all over the sides so that you can taste it in every sip
- 2Add the ice to the cup
- 3Pour in the cold brew and leave for a minute while you make the foam
- 4Mix your sugar with the half and half and stir together
- 5Froth up the sugar and half and half until it’s foamy
- 6Layer this on top of the cold brew mix; it should just float on the top
- 7Add the cinnamon sugar powder to the top of the cold foam
- 8Drizzle some extra caramel syrup on top if you want it even sweeter
Common Dunkin Donuts Charli Cold Foam Questions
Do any Starbucks stores have Charli Cold Foam drinks?
Only Dunkin Donuts stock the official Charli cold foam drinks, but Starbucks does have some cold foam coffees available on the menu. Starbucks has all the ingredients to make a Charli cold foam, so just ask for a venti cold brew with 3 pumps of caramel syrup, whole milk, and cold foam on top.
Can cold foam go on hot drinks?
There's no reason you can't add cold foam to a hot drink, but the heat will cause it to dissolve into the drink very quickly. This will stop you from getting the velvety texture from it and can change the drink's flavor profile.
How many pumps of syrup are in cold foam?
There are two pumps of vanilla syrup in Dunkin Donuts cold foam which is what gives it the sweet flavor.
The Dunkin Donuts Charli cold foam is the perfect drink for anyone who loves a sweet, iced coffee. It's definitely not the healthiest option out there, but if you love sugar and enjoy a big hit of caffeine, then you should definitely give it a try. Hopefully, you now know a bit more about this social media sensation of a coffee, and I bet you're now dying to try one.