Introducing the five outstanding drinks in the Cool Caramel Challenge, presented by Ghirardelli and Barista Magazine.

From June 26–30, 2023, you can cast your vote by “liking” your favorite drink at Barista Magazine’s Instagram. The winner of the Ghirardelli Cool Caramel Challenge will receive $1000! And it’s all based on your votes!

For more information about the contest, follow this link!

The Ghirardelli Cool Caramel Challenge logo
Your votes can help a barista win $1000.00!

The five drinks featured below are the entries for the contest. Each one was created by a barista and had to include Ghirardelli Caramel Sauce or Ghirardelli Salted Caramel Sauce. Your votes (by liking the drink on Barista Magazine‘s Instagram account) will determine the winner!

The Tight Russian

Jared Truby's submission for the Ghirardelli Cool Caramel Challenge, the Tight Russian. The drink is in a short glass with ice.
Jared Truby of Cat & Cloud created the Tight Russian.

The Drink: The Tight Russian
Created by Jared Truby (he/him)
Cat & Cloud Coffee Roasters
Santa Cruz, Calif.

Caramel Popcorn Affogato

Piyapet "Flook" Lapteerawut's submission for the Ghirardelli Cool Caramel Challenge is the Caramel Popcorn Affogato. There is ice cream and popcorn in a glass with caramel sauce. Ingredients for the drink are artfully scattered around the glass.
Piyapet “Flook” Lapteerawut from Coffee Project NY invented the Caramel Popcorn Affogato.

The Drink: Caramel Popcorn Affogato
Created by Piyapet Flook Lapteerawut (he/him)
Wholesale manager + latte art trainer
Coffee Project NY
New York, N.Y.

Cinnamon Roll In a Cup

Tabitha Clarke's Cinnamon Roll in a Cup creation for the Ghirardelli Cool Caramel Challenge has whipped cream and caramel overflowing the top of a glass next to a bottle of caramel sauce.
Tabitha Clarke owner of More Than Java Café created the Cinnamon Roll In a Cup.

The Drink: Cinnamon Roll in Cup
Tabitha Clarke (she/her)
More Than Java Café
Laurel, Md.

Azizam (My Dear)

Azizam (My Dear) drink for the Ghirardelli Cool Caramel Challenge in a glass with dried petals on the top and a cloth on the counter next to the drink.
Zoee Alyeshmerni invented the Azizam (My Dear) drink for the Ghirardelli Cool Caramel Challenge.

The Drink: Azizam (My Dear)

Created by Zoee Alyeshmerni (she/her)
District manager
Equator Coffees
San Rafael, Calif.

Salted Caramel Vanilla Affogato

Cabell's drink. Espresso is being poured from a glass jar onto a scoop of ice cream and sea salt caramel sauce in another jar.
Cabell Tice created this drink.

The Drink: Salted Caramel Vanilla Affogato

Created by Cabell Tice (he/him)
Owner, Orchard Coffee
Owner, Steamline Coffee
Waynesville, N.C.

No matter what kind of drink you prepare, Ghirardelli Premium Sauces allow you to offer your customers a decadent treat. These delicious sauces are made with real chocolate, caramel, and cocoa butter for a rich flavor your customers will love. Ghirardelli Premium Sauces are non-GMO and contain no artificial flavors or colors. Click here to learn more and request a sample.

Read the rules and regulations for the Ghirardelli Cool Caramel Challenge here.