Last Updated: 16th September 2021
You probably love coffee, or else you wouldn’t have ended up here. But sometimes, you may just want a change from the traditional taste of coffee.
Whether it is to add a bit of sweetness without popping in your usual two teaspoons of sugar or to make the taste a bit more mellow, syrups can alter the taste of coffee as much or as little as you wish.
But with so much variety on the market, it can be hard finding the best coffee syrup for you. Here are the ten most popular coffee syrups in the UK, including our picks for the best available:
Caramel syrup for coffee is the most popular flavour by far, as it adds some natural sweetness and packs a powerful taste. It can be mixed with other variations well, especially those which are fruit-based like apple and pear. It is also perfect in iced coffees, milkshakes, cocktails and teas for a more indulgent offering.
One of the most versatile flavours, as well as being one of the strongest. It is a flavour most commonly used in baking but also mixes very well with coffee hence why it is in the top three. Perfect paired with nut-based flavours or in alcoholic beverages.
Chocolate anything is a very popular flavour choice, so it is no surprise that chocolate coffee syrup is also popular. Perfect for a less powdery mocha or cappuccino. The cookie option has a bit of a buttery taste along with the chocolate, like a mix with caramel. The ordinary one is packed with cocoa and very strong in both smell and taste.
Providing a bit of a kick and a slightly spiced flavour, cinnamon works well with more mellow flavours such as banana and apple. Cinnamon lattes are very popular in chain coffee shops, especially in the winter time and festive period as they can create a warming feel.
Hazelnut flavouring is popular with anybody who likes to drink coffee with sweet treats such as cakes and biscuits, as it adds some richness and savoury tones to contrast. The mellow flavour also complements the intensity of coffee. When mixed with hot chocolate or chocolate syrup, you can even recreate the classic Ferrero Rocher taste in a mug if you fancy.
Fruity teas are very popular, and this is spreading to coffees too. Raspberry is one of the most popular fruity flavours as it adds sweetness and character without being overpowering. It cuts through the coffee taste well. If you’re a fan of fruit-based hot drinks, then there is a good chance you’ll be a fan.
Pumpkin spice lattes are a very seasonal thing in chain coffee shops, with many celebrating their release by rushing to purchase a daily offering until they are faded out just after Christmas. But if you’re a really big fan, then the chance to recreate them at home all year round will be a welcome option.
Another pick which is often seen as seasonal and perfect for sitting in front of a warm fire with, but can be enjoyed even in summer with the help of coffee syrup. Whether you love a gingerbread latte or want to try something different in your hot chocolate, there is no doubt it will go down a treat.
Irish whiskey coffees are a popular after-dinner treat, but for something which is a bit more suitable to be drinking at your desk, an Irish cream coffee flavouring will recreate the taste. These smell and taste a bit like Bailey’s, perfect if that is your favourite tipple.
Mint flavourings – you will either love it or hate it. Whether it be in tea, with lamb or in chocolates and sweets, it is a hit and miss flavour, but that doesn’t stop it making the top 10. Coffee has long been served with mints on the side, and mint cappuccinos, lattes and Americanos have combined the two. A fresh peppermint syrup will help you recreate the coffee shop favourite at home.
There are loads more flavours you can try, too. If you’re a fan of fruit, a banana, orange or coconut pick may tickle your taste buds. There is also Amaretto, honeycomb and popcorn varieties available for a real twist on your morning coffee.
Sugar-free coffee syrup is also available in some of the flavours above, so you can have a sweet treat without worrying about restricting yourself. We have picked out some in a handy guide.
Not sure which flavour to choose? Want to try them all? This Monin collection of mini bottles is a combination of some of the delicious popular coffee flavourings above but on a smaller scale. The perfect coffee syrup set for a gift or a bit of variation every day.
For those of us who want to learn how to enjoy the full aroma of your natural coffee, read about the naturally occurring different coffee flavours enthusiasts look for.