Always popular, the Dunkin Donuts Coffee Coolatta is an easy way to enjoy a frozen coffee drink at home.
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What Makes the Dunkin Coffee Coolatta So Special?
Way back in the late nineties, when Dunkin was still Dunkin Donuts, a new type of coffee drink appeared on the chain’s menu: The Coolatta. The Dunkin Donuts Coffee Coolatta was a coffee base blended with ice, hazelnut, and vanilla flavoring. Unique for its time, it was not quite a coffee and not quite a milkshake.
Over the years, Dunkin experimented with over twenty varieties of Coolatta flavors, many of which were available for only a limited time. However, many people still preferred the original. In 2017, Dunkin introduced Frozen Coffee, and the Coolatta that started it all was taken off the menu.
Why Should You Try This Recipe?
Not everyone was pleased with the discontinuation of the original coffee-flavored Coolatta. For those who miss it, making this Dunkin Coolatta is the only way to satisfy your craving.
Even if you don’t remember drinking Coffee Coolattas but want something cold, sweet, and deliciously unique that’s so easy to make, try this recipe.
Ingredients to Make a Dunkin Coffee Coolatta
To make this icy drink, you’ll need:
- Coffee, well chilled
- Vanilla syrup
- Hazelnut syrup
- Whipped cream
Use regular-strength coffee for the authentic taste, or opt for a double-strength cold brew for a smoother but more intensive coffee flavor.
You can use sugar-free versions of the flavoring syrups to cut back on calories.
How To Make This Dunkin Frozen Coffee
To make a copycat recipe of the original Dunkin Coolatta:
- Add the cold coffee, milk, vanilla syrup, hazelnut syrup, and ice to the jar of a blender. Use a powerful blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec for the best results. If you don’t have a commercial-quality blender, you can still make this drink, but you may have to use a spoon to remove some of the larger chunks of ice.
- Start blending the drink on the CRUSH ICE setting and switch to the SMOOTHIE setting once the larger pieces of ice break up.
- Continue to blend until you can’t hear any large chunks of ice rattling around in the blender jar.
- Pour the mixture into the serving glass. You may need to use a rubber spatula to scrape out of the Coolatta.
- Add a swirl of whipped cream on top and serve with a thick straw.
What To Serve With a Dunkin Donuts Coffee Coolatta
You may want to sprinkle a few mini chocolate chips or chocolate curls on top of the whipped cream as a garnish. A swirl of chocolate or caramel sauce on top is also a welcomed addition.
There are almost endless ways to customize this drink. Here are just a few:
- Use coffee ice cubes instead of regular ice.
- Swap out the hazelnut and vanilla syrups for other or additional flavors. Chocolate and caramel-flavored syrups are natural choices, but you can get a little more exotic with French Vanilla, Brown Sugar Cinnamon, Brown Butter Toffee, or Irish Cream syrups.
- Make it a Chocolate Raspberry Coolatta. Use chilled hot chocolate to replace the coffee, two tablespoons of Creme de Cacao, and a tablespoon of Raspberry or Blue Raspberry syrup for a fruity finish.
- Make it dairy free and use plant-based milk such as almond or coconut milk.
- A shot of your favorite alcohol turns this refreshing drink into a delicious adult beverage. Rumchata makes a particularly good addition.
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Dunkin Donuts Coffee Coolatta
- 1 cup coffee cold
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons vanilla syrup
- 1 tablespoon hazelnut syrup
- 2 cups ice
- 2 tablespoons whipped cream
- Toss everything except whipped cream in your blender, starting with the liquids first. Add in the ice and blend.
- Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream. Enjoy!
Tried. Does not come out like Dunkins. I will keep trying. Next time I will not add milk because it makes it foam up. The ice does not have the consistency of Dunkins. Again, may have to alter it. More ice, less coffee. I will add milk to finished product. Basically, there is a reason a frappe machine costs a lot of money. Can’t 100% duplicate it.
I don’t know if you have a Vitamix or not, these do a good job of blending everything together.
This is the perfect way to cool off in the summer!
it tasted pretty good after i made it
How do you make the banbamilla bean?
Sorry the vanilla bean
is there any way to make this without the sugar in the syrups? i l Love coolattas, but i am on a forever diet.
I altered this recipe a bit.I found vanilla sugar free syrup at market and blend w/ frozen ff coolwhip, and add hazelnut creamer instead of syrup. Do Follow the general recipe given .delicious!
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This combination will bring me significant innovation. It’s simple but impressive. I like the idea form you suggested! Thanks a lot.
Was truly addicted to the dunkin donut coolatta and this week they discontinued making them.I ordered the syrups from amazon( they actually came as a set)and I tried it out today.I really liked it.Thank you so much for the recipe
I’m going to try it.looks so good.
Can I use another flavour syrup than the hazelnut one as I have a nut allergy?
Would love to give this a go as very few dunkins in the uk 🙁
This recipe sounds great. Can I use hazelnut spread instead of hazelnut extract?
The flavor should be ok, but the spread would add a texture to the coffee you may not want.
That sounds sooooooooo good!!! I used to have one every afternoon but haven’t had one in 6 years since retiring. Sadly, we moved and there is no Dunkin in the vicinity or a decent cafe! Now I can make one myself even though it is only 27F!!!! LOL!!! I will definitely keep the recipe for the dog days of summer which I can hardly wait! Thanks for the recipe
Looks so scrumptious. Will give it a try.
This look amazing and I love how easy it is too. Also, I so could have used this this morning. Monday was rough! Oy!
I want some now! this looks so delicious that is a must have. I will be printing out the recipe to make it myself. Thanks for letting us know about this amazing yummy drink.
Amy @ Frugale.org
I love these recipes, nothing worse than chemical laced, over priced drinks.
This sounds so delicious and refreshing! I want to try this recipe!
Maria @ closetohome
We just got a bunch of snow so this is a recipe I will be pinning for later. It looks so refreshing and great use of left over coffee.
This is a dangerous recipe to look at in the morning when you haven’t had breakfast yet. Now my stomach is rumbling.
This recipe sounds so good. I can’t wait to try it tomorrow morning!