Save Money and Cool Off: 7 Homemade Frappe Recipes

The only thing worse than the heat is shelling out money day after day for frozen coffees as you try to keep cool. Instead of forking over your hard earned cash to Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, or any other popular coffee chains, stock up on the necessary ingredients and blend you own frozen coffee drinks at home. You’ll spend more at first, but in the long run your wallet or pocketbook will thank you. Here are seven popular drinks you can make in your blender, enjoy!

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1. Coffee Coolatta

Todd Wilbur of Top Secret Recipes set out to recreate the Coffee Coolatta at Dunkin Donuts and came up with this recipe via the Miami New Times. The frozen coffee drink has just a touch of hazelnut and makes two, 12-ounce servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ cups strong coffee, brewed and chilled
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup (example: Hershey’s)
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnut syrup (example: Torani)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2½ cups ice cubes

Directions: Brew strong coffee by using twice the amount of grounds required by your coffee maker. That should be 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per each cup of coffee. Chill before using. Combine the cold coffee, milk, sugar, chocolate syrup, hazelnut syrup, vanilla, and almond extract in a blender and blend for 1 minute on low to dissolve sugar. Add the ice and blend on high until ice is crushed and drink is smooth. Pour into a tall 24-ounce glass or two 12-ounce glasses, and serve with straws.

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2. Caramel Frappuccino 

This Starbucks copycat recipe comes from AllRecipes.com. Serve the drinks garnished with whipped cream, and drizzled with extra caramel sauce if that is how you typically order the drink.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • ⅓ cup caramel sauce
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

Directions: Blend ice, coffee, milk, caramel sauce, and sugar together in a blender on high until smooth. Pour drink into two 16-ounce glasses.

 

 

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3. Vanilla Bean Frappuccino 

Described by Starbucks as creamy blend of milk, vanilla bean, and ice there is nothing complicated about the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino. To make your own version of this drink, follow the recipe from Food.com. Any remaining syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Ingredients:

Vanilla Syrup

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

Drink

  • 2 cups ice, crushed
  • 1 cup milk
  • ⅓ cup vanilla-flavored syrup
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream, for garnish (optional)

Directions: First make the syrup. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla paste, cool completely.

For the drink, place ice in blender, chop. Add milk and vanilla syrup then blend until smooth. Stop the blender and scrape down the sides as necessary. Pour into chilled 8 ounce glasses; top with whipped cream, if desired.

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4. Iced Mocha Frappe

In order to add a dose of chocolate to this frozen coffee drink, Paula Deen’s frappe recipe for Food Network uses packaged hot cocoa mix. Unlike other frappe recipes, you’ll use the coffee while it is still hot.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups brewed coffee, hot
  • 4 (1-ounce) packages hot chocolate mix (¾ cup mix)
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • whipped cream, for serving

Directions: In a heat-proof bowl or pitcher, add the coffee, hot chocolate mix, and sugar. Stir until well combined. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze, covered, for at least 3 hours and up to 1 week.

Put the frozen cubes in a blender. Add the cream and vanilla and puree until smooth. Divide the frappe into tall glasses and top with whipped cream.

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5. Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino

It won’t give you a caffeine buzz, but the strawberries and cream copycat Frappuccino from Cincy Shopper will cool you down. This sweet beverage will quench your thirst and your cravings for Starbucks.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon Xanthan Gum (optional)
  • whipped cream (optional)

Directions: Combine all ingredients except whipped cream in blender. Blend until smooth. Transfer to serving glass and top with whipped cream.

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6. Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino

To make a salted caramel mocha Frappuccino, Girl Cooks World came up with this recipe which has a basic coffee base, that is then drizzled it with two sauces to bring in the mocha and salted caramel elements.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup very strong coffee, chilled
  • 1½ cups ice
  • milk or cream, to taste
  • sugar, to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • whipped cream, for garnish

Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce

  • ⅔ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream, heated on the stovetop or microwave until very warm

Directions: To make the chocolate sauce, place the chocolate chips in a microwave save bowl and microwave in 30-second intervals until soft. Stir until smooth. Whisk in the warm heavy cream until smooth.

To make the salted caramel sauce, combine the sugar and water in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil without stirring, washing down any crystals on the side of the pan with a wet silicone or pastry brush. Boil until the syrup is a deep amber/caramel color. Remove the mixture from the heat and carefully whisk in the heavy cream (the mixture will bubble). Stir in the butter and salt.

For the drink, combine the coffee, ice, milk, sugar, and xanthan gum in a blender. Blend until smooth. Top with whipped cream, salted caramel sauce, and bittersweet chocolate sauce.

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7. Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino 

Making this popular Starbucks Frappuccino at home saves you money, and lets you add Oreos instead of regular old chocolate wafers to your Frappuccino. Use this recipe from Brewed Daily, which also doubles as a mocha Frappuccino recipe if you skip adding the wafer cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces strong coffee, cold
  • 4 ounces cold milk
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3-4 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup crushed chocolate wafer cookies (or Oreos)
  • 1½ – 2 cups ice
  • whipped cream, for garnish
  • crushed chocolate wafer cookies, for garnish

 

Directions: In a blender, combine coffee, milk, cocoa powder, sugar, chocolate wafer cookies (or Oreos) and ice. Add slightly more ice for a thicker drink. Blend at low speed until ice is crushed, then turn up blender speed to high until drink is smooth and creamy, about 30-40 seconds. Serve immediately, topped with whipped cream and crushed chocolate wafer cookies.

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