how to make a frappuccino

The Best Caramel, Mocha & Vanilla Frappuccino Recipe

Posted on 11. Sep, 2012 by in Articles, Coffee Recipes, How-To

Here’s a great recipe that you can use to make your very own version of a Caramel Frappuccino. The term frappuccino is owned by Starbucks and it describes their range of coffee and crushed ice drinks but you can make your own version with a few simple ingredients and a decent blender.

The basic frappuccino recipe

As we described in our article how to make a frappuccino  a short while ago, there is a standard method that you can follow to create your own “base” frappuccino. To summarise, here are the steps:


  • A double-shot espresso
  • A blender capable of blending ice
  • Ice
  • Milk
  • Sugar / sweetener
  • Cream
  • Add the espresso, milk and sweetener to the blender and give a quick mix. Add more sweetener to taste.
  • Add a cup of ice to the blender and blend until smooth
  • Pour into a glass and top with your cream of choice
The amounts of each ingredient you will use can be tinkered with and altered as you find your own perfect recipe, but a double shot espresso with one cup of milk and one cup of ice will be a great starting point for a single serving.
Your choice of skim/full cream milk, sweetener/sugar and cream to top it with can also be adapted to your tastes.

How to make a caramel frappuccino

Our caramel frappuccino recipe is based on the above base frappuccino.

You will need some caramel topping or sauce to add to the recipe at two stages. First, add 2-3 tablespoons of caramel to the first stage when adding the espresso, milk and sugar.

Note that the caramel will bring a lot of sweetness to the drink so you might not actually need any sugar or sweetener, so add the caramel first, give it a taste and then decide on the sugar.

Blend the ingredients, add the ice and then pour as per the rest of the base instructions. Top the drink with a dollop of cream and then drizzle another tablespoon over the cream to complete your caramel frappuccino recipe!

How to make a mocha frappuccino

Again, this mocha frappuccino recipe uses the base recipe from above. The extra ingredients this time are: chocolate syrup and cocoa powder.

Add two or three tablespoons of your favourite chocolate syrup to the blender when adding the espresso and milk. As with the caramel version, check for sweetness before adding any further sugar because the chocolate syrup itself is bound to be quite sweet.

Continue blending all the ingredients together, pour your frappuccino into a glass, top with cream and then either drizzle some more chocolate syrup over the cream topping or dust with some cocoa powder – or if you are feeling adventurous do both!

For an even more chocolatey version, instead of using chocolate syrup you could try melting a bar of your favourite chocolate into your recipe! Use a bain marie to melt the chocolate and then mix in some single cream to create a chocolate sauce that will not set when it gets cold.

To really choc-it-up, add a bar of chocolate to the blender when you add the ice and it will break up into flakes to give you some mini chocolate hits with every sip.

Vanilla bean frappuccino recipe

There are a number of vanilla frappuccino recipe variations that you can choose from depending on what you can find at your local supermarket.

As with both of the above variations on the base recipe, you will need to add an extra ingredient into the blender. You can choose from any of the following:

  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla creme powder plus two scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • Vanilla bean syrup plus  two scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • Vanilla extract or vanilla essence plus two scoops of vanilla ice cream

If you are feeling really adventurous and you can find some vanilla beans, scrape out the seeds of half a bean into the blender for the best, least artificial vanilla flavour.


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