Frankly speaking, Frappuccino treat is one of the reasons we love summer. Forget about heading to Starbucks for coffee fix and make your own copycat Starbucks caramel Frappuccino at home!
Caramel Frappuccino! Convenient homemade Starbucks fix at home. Icy Frappuccinos are the best summer treat. * Starbucks at home recipes are copycat clones, not Starbucks propriety recipes.
What Is Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino?
Not all Frappuccino has coffee but caramel Frappuccino is made with coffee. It is a Starbuck’s coffee beverage blended with milk, caramel sauce, and ice decorated with whipped cream and again thick caramel sauce on top. Caramel Frappuccino is one of the two best selling beverages at Starbucks, the other best seller is Mocha Frappuccino.
Difference Between Frappuccino and Frappe
The name “Frappuccino” is created and trademarked by Starbucks company. On the other hand, Frappe is more general term for ice blended foamy and milky drinks with or without coffee.
How to Make Starbucks Iced Caramel Frappuccino
To make caramel Frappuccinos, just add all the ingredients in the blender and blend. A heavy duty blender or an ice blender would be great for Frappuccinos. For this recipe you will need:
- Coffee: You will need 2 shots of espresso coffee, or 1/3 cup of strongly brewed coffee. If you want to avoid caffeine, decaffeinated coffee also works. Instant coffee might be not the best choice but it also can be used if you prefer.
- Milk: Starbucks has wide range of milk options for Caramel Frappuccino. So at home also you can use your favorite milk. Six Starbucks milk options are: dairy (whole milk, 2% fat milk, non-fat milk) and non dairy (soy, coconut, almond milk).
- Caramel sauce: Caramel sauce is real ‘caramel’ in liquid form. The ingredients for salted caramel and caramel sauce are the same. Caramel syrup products sold at markets could mean either caramel sauce or simple syrup flavored with caramel flavor. For this DIY Frappuccino recipe, we use caramel sauce, not flavored syrup. If you don’t have any store-bought sauce at home, check out my caramel sauce recipe.
- Ice: Large ice cubes in size of 1 inch by 1 inch are easy for measurement. It takes about 8 cubes.
* This recipe was featured on ABC Good Morning America 10/29/2014.
Add in ice cubs in the blender.
Add in coffee and milk of your choice.
Add in caramel sauce.
Blend the iced coffee mixture until smooth and frothy.
Decorate with Dairy Whip whipped cream and caramel sauce and serve immediately.
- 1 cup large ice cubes
- 2 shots espresso, cooled (or 1/3 cup strongly brewed coffee, cooled)
- ½ cup milk, cold
- 3 tablespoons caramel syrup/sauce (45ml)
- Whipped cream
- Caramel sauce
- In a blender, add in 1 cup of large ice cubes and 2 shots of espresso. You can also use 1/3 cup of strongly brewed coffee. If you use Nespresso capsules like me, I recommend that you use capsules of mild intensity. Then ½ cup of cold milk, any milk as you want. And add in 3 tablespoons of caramel sauce/syrup.
- Pulse and blend. It should take about 30 seconds.
- For finishing touch, top with whipped cream and drizzle homemade caramel sauce/syrup.
A pinch of xanthan gum is optional. Xanthan gum is a byproduct of fermentation of glucose or sucrose. When it’s added into liquid, it will form the ‘gum’ which will thicken the drink. I use Xanthan gum quite frequently because it is also used in milkshake, ice cream, and gluten-free cooking for better texture.
When large ice cubes are used, there will be about 8 cubes for 1 grande cup (16oz).