The Charli Drink @ Dunkin Donuts – What Is All The Fuss?

There are a lot of different coffees out there, and it can be difficult to keep track. One of the most talked-about drinks at the moment is the Charli Dunkin drink which has been trending all over social media. 

I'm sure you don't want to be the only one missing out on this new Dunkin drink, so in this guide, we'll give you all the information about The Charli, and how you get hold of one.  

The Charli is a Dunkin Donuts drink that has been created in collaboration with Charli D'Amelio. I'm sure you've already heard of Charli D'Amelio, but just in case, she is the global social media superstar who has taken TikTok by storm. She has over 140 million followers, so when she makes a drink, people take notice.  

The Dunkin Donuts Charli is inspired by all of Charli D’Amelio’s favorite ingredients and what was her go to Dunkin drink growing up. It’s made with a cold brew base mixed with whole milk and 3 pumps of caramel syrup (or a caramel swirl), and while it definitely is a coffee drink, it's smoother and sweeter than your regular cappuccino. 

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It was first released in 2020 for a limited time only, and naturally, it started trending on social media. It's still a speciality Dunkin drink, but you should be able to order it year-round.  

The fact that The Charli is associated with Charli D’Amelio means that it’s always going to be popular with younger drinkers, but the taste backs this up. This isn’t a Dunkin drink for the coffee purists, but it is a real treat. 

Dunkin donuts charli drink

The Charli is most popular in the summer months as an alternative to a classic Frappuccino, but it isn’t the healthiest drink on the menu. We’ll go into that in more detail in a minute, but this probably isn’t a coffee you want to drink every day if you’re looking to stay healthy.  

You've probably seen pictures of the Dunkin Donuts Charli drink on social media without even realizing it, and if you like iced coffee, you should definitely give it a go. You should be able to get this signature drink from any Dunkin store, and if you ask for The Charli, they’ll probably know what you mean.  

How It Tastes

The Charli Drink is based on a Dunkin cold brew with sweet cold foam. 

Dunkin cold brew is made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for 12 hours. This allows the cold brew water to absorb all the ground coffee taste but keeps a lot more of the caffeine, so Dunkin cold brew packs a serious kick.

The mix of Dunkin cold brew with whole milk and a caramel swirl gives it a lot of rich sweetness, but it's not as sickly as their chocolate frosted range of drinks. It's a sweet, but strong coffee, that's really drinkable and it's a great alternative to hot coffee in the summer months. 

The cold brew and caramel flavors make it perfect for anyone who loves a sweet coffee and wants a healthy energy boost.  

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Ordering The Charli Drink At Dunkin Donuts (How-To & Cost) 

The Charli Drink was first launched by Dunkin in 2020 as a limited-edition drink made famous by Charli D'amelio. It took the world by storm, but Dunkin decided not to keep it on the regular menu all the time. It has been relaunched in 2021 for a limited period and will undoubtedly be launched again in 2022. 

How To Order

The Charli Drink is available at certain times of year from the regular menu, so you can order it in store or through the Dunkin App. The Dunkin App lets you order the drink directly, or you can select different additions and flavors to make the cold brew even more delicious. 

The good news is that when it's on the regular menu, you can just walk up and order this Charli D'amelio drink, but the bad news is that it might only be for 4 weeks a year. However, just because The Charli Drink isn't on the menu, it doesn't mean you can't get your hands on it.

Dunkin stock the ingredients for The Charli Drink year-round, so if you don’t spot it on the menu, you’ll just need to ask for a medium cold brew mixed with milk and 3 pumps of caramel syrup (caramel swirl).

You can still order the Charli and Charli Cold Foam drinks through the Dunkin App even if it's not on the regular menu. Just select the medium cold brew, whole milk, and caramel swirl to create it. You can also add sweet cold foam and cinnamon sugar to make it a Charli Cold Foam drink instead.  

You can even get Dunkin on DoorDash, so you can get your favorite Charli Drink without leaving the comfort of your own home. 

How Much It Costs

The Charli Drink at Dunkin is available in small (16 ounces), medium (24 ounces), or large (32 ounces), and a medium will cost you $3.19. Remember that you can customize your Charli Drink with different milks, sugar syrups, cinnamon sugar, sweet cold foam or other toppings.

This is a great way to put your own twist on this classic Charli D'amelio drink but may cost you extra for the additions.  

homemade charli drink

How To Make The Dunkin Donuts Charli Drink At Home? (Full Recipe) 

Many people can’t make it to Dunkin easily, and some other people just can't afford to spend money on expensive coffee shop drinks. That doesn't mean that you can't get your hands on The Charli Drink, though, because you can make your own version of this new drink at home, which is just as good.  

This new drink is essentially cold brew with whole milk, so it's one of the easiest home coffees to make because there’s no heating, boiling, or brewing involved. It takes 5 minutes, and you’ll barely need any ingredients.  

To make The Charli Drink, you'll need: 

  • 1 cup of cold brew (homemade or store-bought) 
  • Caramel syrup (any brand will do) 
  • Whole milk (or dairy-free alternative) 

Then, follow these steps: 

  • 1
    If you’ve bought cold brew, then move on to step 2. If you're making your own, take 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds and mix them with cold water in an airtight container. Leave for 12 hours, and then filter out the grounds to leave you with some fresh cold brew. 
  • 2
    Pour the cold brew into a large cup. 
  • 3
    Mix in 2 tablespoons of caramel syrup to the cold brew with whole milk combination. This will probably make the mixture lighter.
  • 4
    Add half a cup of whole milk.
  • 5
    Stir to combine.
  • 6
    Taste, and add extra sugar if needed. 
charli d'amelio drink

Questions About The Charli Drink

Is the Charli still at Dunkin Donuts in 2022? 

The Charli isn’t on the regular Dunkin Donuts in 2022, but you can still order one by asking for cold brew mixed with 3 pumps of caramel syrup and whole milk.  

What is the difference between the “Charli drink” and the “Charli Cold Foam” at Dunkin? 

The Charli Drink is the original collaboration between Charli D’Amelio and Dunkin Donuts and was created based on her favorite Dunkin drink growing up. The Charli Cold Foam took this to the next level by adding a layer of sweet cold foam and some cinnamon sugar to the top. The foam makes it smoother and more indulgent, and it’s becoming the new favorite Dunkin Donuts drink.  


The Charli Drink became a classic overnight and is one of the most popular Dunkin Donuts orders. The sweet taste combined with the high levels of caffeine makes it a hit with all types of coffee drinkers, and hopefully this guide has helped explain what The Charli Drink is and how you can get your hands on it.  

Kayla Stavridis

Kayla Stavridis

Kayla Stavridis is the Head of Marketing here at Barista HQ. While keeping up-to-date on the latest trends in coffee, you can find her sipping a cold brew with just a touch of milk on the beach in the afternoon and a Corona with lime in the evening. She is passionate about keeping you informed about what’s new in coffee.

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