How to Make Frappuccino At Home
Milk-based coffee drinks are easily the favorite and most popular drinks at any coffee shop. Starbucks sells more Frappuccinos than almost any of their other specialty drinks — and they clean up on them. Depending where you get your Starbucks frappuccino fix, you can pay more than $5 for a big cup of icy coffee with milk and some flavoring. If you buy one for your sweet tooth every workday, you’re spending — are you ready for this? $1,300 a year on coffee whirled in a blender with some ice and flavoring. You can save close to $1,000 a year if you learn how to make coffee frappuccino at home.
This coffee Frappuccino Recipe uses about 75 cents worth of milk and 65 cents worth of coffee. The vanilla and sugar add about another 5 cents to the cost bringing the grand total for a 16-ounce coffee frappe to $1.45. If you have one of these coffee shakes at home instead of buying a Frappuccino, you could save over $900 a year! Why keep spending all that money at the coffee shop when you can learn how to make a frappuccino and use the extra cash for something fun?
Why pay big bucks at the coffee shop when it’s so easy
to make Frappuccino just the way you like it at home?
Recipes – How to Make a Frappuccino Drink
- 8 coffee ice cubes
- 1 cup milk, 1%, 2% or whole milk as desired
- Sugar to taste
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Ice cube tray
- Personal drink blender
Gather your ingredients. I tend to keep an ice cube tray full of coffee ice cubes in the freezer at all times. I just make a pot of coffee in the morning, pour myself a cup and pour the rest of it into an ice cube tray. That way, the coffee ice cubes are there and ready for iced coffee (they don’t dilute your drink!) or for recipes like this. If you’re concerned about transfer of odors from other foods in your freezer, let the coffee cool to room temperature and cover the tray with plastic wrap before freezing.
Put about 6 coffee ice cubes into the 16-ounce mix cup of your personal drink blender. You can use a regular size blender, of course, but the drink blender is just the perfect size for mixing up a coffee frappe this way.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla to the drink container. If you’re not a fan of vanilla, you can always substitute another kind of flavor for the vanilla extract. Try it with two tablespoons of chocolate syrup for a Mochaccino or two teaspoons of maple syrup for a Vermont flavor treat. For a truly luxurious treat, drop in a broken up chocolate-covered peppermint patties.
Add sugar to taste. Superfine sugar will dissolve quickly even in cold liquid. If you prefer the taste of raw sugar as I do, stir the turbinado into the milk to dissolve it before adding your milk to the coffee ice cubes in your blender container.
Pour 1 cup of milk into the drink container. I use whole milk, but you don’t have to. If you’re concerned about calories or fat, you can substitute 2% milk or even 1% milk for the whole milk. You can even make it with soy milk if that’s your preference. One of the biggest advantages of making coffee frappuccino at home is that you can control how many calories are in a coffee frappuccino by choosing your own ingredients.
Screw on the blender blade. The Elite personal blender that I use has a choice of blades. I use the angled blades that dig into the ice cubes and chop them up nicely. See how quickly the coffee starts infiltrating the milk?
Put the blender cup onto the blender base and turn it to lock it into place. Pulse the blender in ten second bursts until the coffee cubes are completely pulverized and mixed in with the milk. You’re more than halfway to making coffee frappuccino at home.
That’s all there is to it. It takes about six minutes from start to finish using the above Frappuccino recipe — unless you’re taking pictures of each step! You can drink it directly out of your blender cup if you like, or pour it out into a serving glass or travel cup to take your frappuccino with you as you head out the door.
Of course, you can dress up your homemade frappuccino with a yummy topping of whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup and enjoy a truly decadent treat.