Going back to that blissful first time I ever went to a Dutch Bros, I remember asking the Broista what he recommended I try.

I told him I loved coffee and cream, and he told me one of their most popular drinks was the Annihilator.

From the first fateful sip of this macadamia nut-chocolate coffee masterpiece, I realized why the drink has become a kind of cult favorite.

It’s bold, packed full of flavor and caffeine, and I’m about to dive into everything one could ever want to know about the Annihilator! 

Dutch Bros has reinvented espresso-based drinks by creating various Dutch Classics, like this popular beverage, the Annihilator.[1]

Consisting of half-and-half, espresso, and chocolate macadamia nut syrup, it’s velvety and luxurious. 

It satisfies just about any taste, and I always recommend it to DB newbies.

Not to mention, it comes hot, iced, or blended - all of which are delicious. 

Whats Does It Taste Like?

On my first sip of a hot (or toasted) Annihilator, I noticed that the froth is creamier than any milk froth, which creates a nice mouthfeel.

The flavor profile is nutty, chocolatey, with the robust espresso and soft milk flavors rounding it all out perfectly.  

The flavors are all there in every sip, never watering down or becoming too bitter like so many other drinks tend to.

How Does It Look?

The Annihilator looks essentially like coffee with cream, regardless if it’s iced or toasted.

The toasted version comes with frothed milk, which is pretty standard for any hot coffee-based drink.

The Dutch Bros iced coffee drink version comes in a clear cup, with a monotone tan color throughout. 

The blended version of the Annihilator is a blended tan color, topped with whip. 

Dutch Bros Annihilator In Dallas

What’s in the Annihilator at Dutch Bros?

The Dutch Bros Annihilator includes the Dutch Classic version and the cold brew variant. Both contain the same ingredients except for the coffee added to them.

The Dutch Classic version comes with espresso shots, while the cold brew comes with cold brew.

I occasionally order the nitro-infused version instead of the regular one, as it’s super smooth and velvety. 

Ingredients List

Here are the Dutch Bros Annihilator ingredients:

  • Espresso shot (Dutch Classic version): Small and medium cups have two shots of espresso, and the large cup contains four espresso shots.
  • Breve: Half milk and half cream
  • Chocolate macadamia syrup: Also available in a sugar-free version
  • Cold brew version: Only available in a medium size

Caffeine

  • Small Size Classic: 128 mg of caffeine
  • Medium Size Classic: 128 mg of caffeine
  • Large Size Classic: 256 mg of caffeine
  • Cold Brew Version (Medium): 293 mg of caffeine

Since small and medium cups have the same amount of espresso shots, they have the same caffeine content.

Calorie Breakdown

Depending on the option you choose, the calories will vary widely, from 180 to 930 calories.

Dutch Bros Annihilator Nutritional Breakdown 

(Iced - Without Modification)

Nutrients

Small

Medium

Large

Calories

280

420

500

Total Fat

15G

27G

34G

Total Carbs

28G

32G

36G

Sugar

26G

30G

32G

Protein

6G

10G

12G

Dutch Bros Annihilator Nutritional Breakdown 

(Hot - Without Modification)

Nutrients

Small

Medium

Large

Calories

420

560

640

Total Fat

27G

39G

46G

Total Carbs

32G

36G

40G

Sugar

30G

34G

36G

Protein

10G

14G

17G

Dutch Bros Annihilator Nutritional Breakdown 

(Blended - Without Modification)

Nutrients

Small

Medium

Large

Calories

520

720

930

Total Fat

15G

21G

28G

Total Carbs

82G

112G

143G

Sugar

77G

105G

134G

Protein

11G

17G

23G

5 Ways To Order the Annihilator

At Dutch Bros, pretty much everything can be customized in any way.

Here are some of the most popular modifications: 

1. Annihilator with Soft Top

A soft top is a lightly whipped sweet cream that is poured on any hot or iced menu option.

A soft top Dutch Bros' version of cold foam (but way better, if I’m honest). 

What I love about it is that it’s dense enough to sit on top of the drink, but still melts a bit down into it so you taste it with every sip. 

The Annihilator tastes amazing with the soft top, accentuating the creaminess from the half-and-half.
sugar free Annihilator with whipped cream

2. Sugar-Free Annihilator

I’ve replaced the regular chocolate macadamia nut syrup with a sugar-free version many times for a more keto-friendly Annihilator.

3. Dairy-Free Annihilator

While it’s by default made with half-and-half, the Annihilator tastes good with alternative milks, too. 

Dutch Bros currently offers three non-dairy milk: coconut, almond, and oat milk.

I prefer both the coconut and oat milk for this drink. 

The coconut goes great with the nuttiness of the macadamia, but the oat milk has a creaminess similar to half-and-half. 

4. "Picture Perfect" Annihilator

The “Picture-Perfect” is not only social media-ready, it’s super delicious and decadent.

The Picture-Perfect means that the drink will be made with chocolate and caramel sauce drizzled around it, with whip on top.

It instantly transforms the Annihilator into a candy-bar-like drink. 

5. White Coffee Annihilator

Instead of regular coffee beans, this cup uses Dutch Bros white coffee beans that contain more caffeine.[2]

This is because white coffee beans or light roast is heated at a shorter time and lower temperature than other roasts. 

It also makes its flavors more complex than other beans, making the Annihilator even more nutty and unique.

White Coffee Annihilator Dutch Bros

How To Easily Make the Annihilator At Home

I absolutely love the Annihilator, but I’m not always within driving distance of a Dutch Bros. 

Follow this copycat recipe to enjoy this delicious beverage anytime:

What You’ll Need

  • Half and half (or an alternative milk)
  • One shot of espresso (or more, if preferred) or cold brew for an energy boost
  • One tablespoon of chocolate macadamia nut syrup
  • Preferred topping (whipped cream, steamed milk, etc.)
  • Ice (for the iced version only)
  • Espresso machine
  • Frother or steam wand

Instructions

  • 1
    For the hot version, start frothing your milk. Skip this step for the iced version.
  • 2
    Add the syrup to the frothed milk. If making an iced version, directly add the syrup to the milk.
  • 3
    Prepare a shot of espresso in your espresso maker. For the iced version, prepare  cold brew ahead.
  • 4
    Then, add the coffee to the serving glass.
  • 5
    Then, add the milk mixture and the drink is ready. For the cold version, mix the coffee and milk in the glass.
Homemade Dutch Bros Annihilator

Frequently Asked Annihilator Questions

How much is Dutch Bros Annihilator?

The Dutch Bros Annihilator starts at $3.00 for a small, $3.50 for a medium, and $4.50 for a large.

How many espresso shots are in a Dutch Bros Annihilator?

The Dutch Bros Annihilator has two espresso shots in the small and medium size, while the large contains four shots of espresso.

How much sugar is in the Annihilator?

The amount of sugar in the Dutch Bros Annihilator depends on the size and the version of the drink you order, but it ranges from 23 grams to 134 grams.

Is the Annihilator vegan?

The Dutch Bros Annihilator can be vegan; simply ask to replace the breve with a plant-based milk.

What is the strongest drink at Dutch Bros?

The strongest drink at Dutch Bros is the 9-1-1, which contains six shots of espresso.


Try One Today!

I can’t elaborate on this enough: EVERYONE loves the Annihilator!

I’ve recommended it to so many people, and it’s become their go-to whenever at a Dutch Bros.

Coffee has never been the same for me since, and I simply can’t recommend this sweet, bold, nutty coffee concoction enough. 

References:

1.https://www.dutchbros.com/menu/dutch-classics
2.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33282263/

ShayAnne Weeks

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ShayAnne Weeks
Shay is a fun-loving content writer and DJ who enjoys traveling the world whenever, wherever possible. The lifeblood that makes it all attainable has always been a strong cup (or 3) of coffee.

My favorite drink? I'd go with... A Café Cubano con Leche

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