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McDonald's Vanilla Iced Coffee Recipe
McDonald's Vanilla Iced Coffee
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Drink
Calories: 269
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.5 (11 reviews)

In the coffee war that's been brewing since 2007, McDonald's is emerging victorious by snagging a significant chunk of the $11-billion coffee market away from sector-leader Starbucks. The hamburger chain's McCafe offerings, which include premium cappuccinos, lattes, and iced coffees, scored higher in taste tests according to Consumer Reports magazine, and the drinks come with a lower price tag than comparable beverages at the coffeehouse chain. The Vanilla Iced Coffee appears to be a standout selection at Mickey D's, and a home clone is simple after you get your hands on some Torani vanilla syrup. Brew up some coffee, chill it, then pour these three ingredients over ice in a 16-ounce glass. The taste of your finished drink will be determined by the quality of your coffee (McDonald's has its own beans), so be sure to brew your best stuff. The better the coffee you start with, the better your clone will taste.

Source: "Top Secret Recipes Unlocked" by Todd Wilbur.

1/4 cup Torani vanilla syrup
1/4 cup half-and-half
1 cup cold coffee

1. Fill a 16-ounce cup with ice.

2. Pourthe  vanilla syrup over the ice, followed by the half-and-half and cold coffee. Serve with a straw.

Makes one 16-ounce serving.

Tidbits: You can find Torani vanilla syrup in many grocery stores near the coffee, or at well-stocked liquor and bar supply stores.

double brew
Submitted on: 01/23/14
The secret to theirs is they double the grounds when brewing then add ice way faster and it really kicks out that mocha bean flavor you crave!
Thank you!!
Submitted on: 11/14/13
Finally I can save the $2 a day habit, I replaced the Vanilla with Torani Hazelnut sugar free and used same amount stated and it tastes just like like McDonald's iced hazelnut coffee, after all if you watch them make it its exactly what they put in just never knew how much!! But now I do thanks!
Submitted on: 09/08/13
This taste exactally like Mcdonalds! I did use sugar free vanilla syrup, but in the amount stated! I am so glad I can make this at home and save $2 each drink!!
Submitted on: 05/10/13
A great recipe! I make this during the summer and it tastes just like mcdonalds....I get the best of both worlds by getting what i want and saving money :)
Priscilla Miranda  
Submitted on: 04/10/11
This taste JUST like the McD's version! So good! I love that I can make it decaf too! Perfect for our Sunday morning summer breakfasts at home! Great because you can "lighten" it up w/ the sugar-free vanilla syrup and fat free half and half. I tried it as written so not sure how accurate the lighter version would be, but an option! Yum!
Connie M  
Submitted on: 05/28/09
I make mine with the decaffinated Folgers bag and it is absolutely delicious. I also use fat-free half and half and Torani sugar free vanilla syrup. I do try to limit it to one drink a day though.
Submitted on: 04/30/09
This looks good and I'm going to try it, but there are sugar-free vanilla syrups so you don't have to load up on sugar. If someone finds one that tastes like the McDonalds version, could you include it here? The DaVinci is ok, but it's not the same. Also, you can use liquid coffee creamer instead of half-n-half, but it has sugar, too.
Submitted on: 04/29/09
Now I can make it in DECAF! I love this coffee, but can't handle the caffeine!
Submitted on: 04/29/09
This version tasted even better than McDonald's! Thank you!
Linda M  
Submitted on: 04/28/09
WAY too much syrup! There is enough sugar in this recipe to put you into a coma! DO NOT use this much sugar in ANYTHING you eat or drink!
Jaclyn Nieves  
Submitted on: 04/28/09
I buy one of these daily. Now I can make my own...thanks.