Copycat McDonald’s Vanilla Iced Coffee

6-1/3 cups cold water
6 teaspoons fresh ground coffee
1-(14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
ice cubes

Prepare coffee using your coffee maker.
After coffee’s done brewing, set pot aside and allow the coffee to cool somewhat.
Combine brewed coffee and sweetened condensed milk into a large pitcher; stir thoroughly until coffee and condensed milk is blended together.
Stir in the vanilla extract.
Refrigerate until coffee is chilled, then serve with glasses filled with ice.

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  1. Domestic Goddess April 23, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    This coffee is better than Mc Donald’s Vanilla Iced Coffee.
    I know this, cause it’s my recipe, and one which I’ve posted at many other websites. I hope others will enjoy it as much as I have.

  2. Dorys May 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Great Recipe to enjoy. I enjoy your Recipe!

  3. Marilyn October 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I would like to know the sugar free version of the vanilla sugar free iced coffee.

  4. Jerry November 28, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Are you sure it’s tablespoons and not teaspoons? seems like that’s an awfule lot of coffee for 6 cups and a lot of vanilla.

  5. Rebecca January 17, 2010 at 8:38 am

    I worked my way through college at McDonald’s and a more accurate way to make this would be:

    Brew coffee at double strength.
    Fill glass with ice. All the way.
    Put in 4 tsp of liquid half and half
    Add 4 pumps of a french vanilla syrup (found in drink aisle used for making italian sodas)
    Add in coffee and stir.

    To make it sugar free, use a sugar free flavored syrup.

  6. Rebecca January 17, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Oh a pump of syrup is about 1 Tbs. And yes it has a lot of sugar.

  7. doris January 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    thanks Rebecca yours is the closest I have come to Mcdonalds iced coffee

  8. Domestic Goddess May 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Yes Jerry, it’s 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract (not teaspoons), but if you prefer adding less vanilla, than add 1 tablespoon, but I did a taste comparison with McDonalds vanilla iced coffee, and found my copycat version tastes close to their’s (with the 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract, plus the 6 and 1/3 cup(s) of coffee). One other thing… you can add coffee flavored ice cubes to your beverage, in place of regular ice cubes. The coffee flavored ice cubes helps to keep the coffee cold and with out diluting the coffee like regular ice cubes do, or add both types of ice cubes to your iced coffee.

  9. Jennifer July 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I work for McDonalds and for the ice coffee we use brewed coffee, ice, cream and vanilla sugar syrup.

  10. Brian July 10, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Rebecca, can you put the left over coffee in the fridge for the next day to use or does it have to be hot?

  11. Florence August 4, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Hi if i like the reg McDonalds ice coffee What do i do just leave out the syrup? If i use ice cream would it not curdle ? Where would i get a vanilla sugar syrup? And for the reg ice coffee do i use much less syrup ? I hope you can help me Thank You

  12. tara January 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I just used Rebecca’s guidelines to make my own super low calorie version at home.

    1 Newman’s Own Extra Bold Coffee KCup brewed extra strength with only 4 oz water

    Filled up a cup completely with ice, added:
    1/4 cup sugar free vanilla syrup
    1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

    Stirred, added brewed coffee.. stirred again.. BAM! DELISH!

  13. Erika March 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    this was ok..a little flat like it needed more coffee..but good

  14. jennifer August 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I love mc Ds Iced vanilla coffee, so I think I will go with the girls that actually work or worked at Mc Ds. No offense to any other versions,I am sure they taste good also.

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