Enjoy the delicious combination of coffee's aromatic richness and a refreshing, icy texture with a homemade version of Starbucks' Frappuccino. Skip the trip to Starbucks and follow this easy recipe to make it right in the comfort of your own home.
What is Frappuccino
A Frappuccino is a beverage that combines the elements of a Frappe and a Cappuccino.
A Frappe refers to a French icy dessert made by finely crushing ice and adding liqueur or syrup, while a Cappuccino is an Italian drink made by pouring steamed milk over espresso. The combination of these two creates a refreshing blended beverage known as a Frappuccino, which is a trademarked drink exclusive to Starbucks.
- Espresso - Approximately 2 shots' worth. Alternatively, you can use a strong brew of coffee.
- Sugar - Use your preferred type of sugar, such as white sugar, granulated sugar, or brown sugar.
- Milk - You can also make it with almond milk, soy milk, or other alternatives.
Add espresso. When hot, add sugar and stir to dissolve.
Pour into a freezable container and place in the freezer.
Chill for 1-2 hours to harden, depending on the freezer. It should harden just enough so that one part of it has hardened and the whole thing is still liquid.
Put it in a glass and it is ready to serve!
While it's already delicious on its own, adding toppings takes it to the next level and gives it that Starbucks-like vibe, making it even more enjoyable.
- Whipped Cream - Adding a generous amount of whipped cream to your Frappuccino gives it a dessert-like touch. The combination of the creamy whipped topping with the chilled Frappuccino creates a delightful texture and enhances the overall flavor.
- Chocolate Sauce - You can use store-bought chocolate sauce, but in this case, I used leftover chocolate sauce from another cake I made.
- Caramel Sauce - If you would like to make your own, please refer to our recipe for salted caramel sauce with 3 ingredients and 10 minutes
- Cocoa powder and cinnamon powder - A simple sprinkle of cocoa powder or cinnamon powder on whipped cream is also recommended.
Vary the time to freeze in the freezer
If you let the coffee mixture solidify completely instead of mixing it when it's halfway solidified, the result may vary.
It will result in an icy dessert with a firmer and crunchier texture, similar to granita.
So the texture will vary considerably depending on how long you freeze it in the freezer, so you can make it look very different with the same ingredients.
In Italian bars, especially in the southern regions like Sicily, you can find various flavors of granita being churned in machines. When you order, they pour it into a cup.
In bars or restaurants without such machines, when you order a frappuccino (coffee-based granita), they use a blender to mix together ice, espresso, milk, sugar, and other sweeteners. They blend it until the ice is finely crushed, and then serve it to you.
There is a recipe for using a blender to make frappuccinos on a website of Coffee Affection. The recipe calls for 2 cups of ice, 1 cup of espresso coffee, ¾ cup of milk, and 2 tablespoons of sweetener. You simply blend these ingredients together in a blender.
While the recipe that doesn't use a blender may seem more convenient, using a blender allows you to skip the waiting time for freezing the coffee mixture. Some people might find this recipe easier to follow.
As a side note, when I initially tried a recipe without a blender, I substituted water for ice and combined it with espresso, milk, and sugar in a container to freeze. However, the taste was diluted, the texture was watery, and it wasn't delicious at all. Eventually, I switched to a recipe that freezes espresso, milk, and sugar, essentially making a "cafe au lait" style frozen treat.
I believe that using a blender with ice gives the drink its desired texture while combining the flavors of espresso and creamy milk, resulting in a delicious frappuccino.
So, although the recipe without a blender is slightly different, both methods allow for easy preparation.
- 60ml Espresso (about 2 shots)
- 2 tablespoons Sugar
- 240ml milk
- Add espresso. When hot, add sugar and stir to dissolve.
- Add milk.
- Pour into a freezable container and place in the freezer.
- Chill for 1-2 hours to harden, depending on the freezer. It should harden just enough so that one part of it has hardened and the whole thing is still liquid.
- Pour the mixture into a glass, and it's ready to enjoy. Feel free to top it with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, or any other toppings of your choice. Enjoy!
If using instant coffee, dissolve 1 tablespoon of instant coffee in 60ml of hot water. Then, follow the same steps to make the Frappuccino.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g