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How To Make a Caramel Frappe

How To Make a Caramel Frappe

Last Updated on 17th December 2021 by

You can make a delicious caramel Frappuccino at home using just a handful of ingredients and it can come out tasting just as good as if you got it from your favorite coffee shops. You will pay a lot less for it by making a frappe at home. Of course, if you make it yourself, you can adjust all the ingredients and proportions so that they are just the way you like.

If you keep the few ingredients you need on hand and you know how to make a caramel frappe, you will be able to enjoy this drink anytime you want. You don’t have to wait until the next time you go out to the coffee shop to get it.

I love the decadence and sweetness of the caramel frappe, and I really enjoy garnishing my own and giving it a distinctive look. There’s definitely a sense of accomplishment in knowing how to make a caramel frappe at home. I love that fraction of the price of what I pay at McDonald’s or Starbucks.

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How To Make Caramel Frappe Like Starbucks

This copycat drink is very easy to make and takes just a few ingredients.


  • 1 cup of low fat milk
  • 1 cup of strong brewed coffee, allowed to cool
  • cup of caramel sauce
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 3 tbsp of sugar
  • Whipped topping


  • Take all of your ingredients and blend them together in a blender on high. Keep blending until they are smooth. Serve cold.
  • Top with whipped topping and drizzle with caramel sauce for that authentic Starbucks look and taste.

If you want to know how to make a Starbucks caramel frappe and you want the coffee to come out strong, you can make your coffee with two tablespoons of ground coffee beans for each cup of coffee you’re making. This should make a fresh cup of coffee that tastes as strong as what you get at Starbucks. But you have to have the right strength of coffee to get the same flavor balance between sweetness and bitterness as well as the same amount of caffeine. You can modify it, of course, but it won’t be the same. I’m just giving you the directions necessary for how to make a caramel frappe at home like Starbucks.

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How to Make a McDonald's Caramel Frappe

McDonald's and Starbucks versions of the caramel frappe are very similar. The ingredients are nearly identical, but the proportions are slightly different. So, if you want the authentic method for how to make a caramel frappe like McDonald's, follow the directions here precisely.


  • ½ cup of strongly brewed coffee, allowed to cool
  • 4 cups of ice
  • 3 tsp of caramel syrup
  • ½ cup of whole milk
  • 2 tsp of white sugar
  • of white sugar


  • Mix coffee and caramel syrup together and add it to your blender.
  • Add in your milk and blend on medium to high speed. Your blender may have a frappe speed that you can use. If the mixture is too thick, you can add more milk.
  • Add in the ice and sugar and blend until the mixture is smooth as you want it. You can add more ice if the frappe is too watery.
  • Top with whipped cream and caramel.

Having the right blender is essential to get the proper texture. If you’re having trouble and you want to know how to make a McDonald’s caramel frappe at home, know that it’s important to have a nice blender or smoothie maker for the proper texture. If you use a regular blender, you will end up with large chunks of ice. What you’ll get is more of an iced coffee than a frappe. You want a blender that can handle ice affectively and that can make smoothies fairly well.

Tips for How to Make a Homemade Caramel Frappe

There are some different substitutions you can make with this drink to make it just the way you want it. You may want to substitute some low calorie sugar instead of the regular granulated sugar. You can also use a variety of different coffees for your caramel frappe. You can use instant coffee or make up freshly brewed coffee from ground coffee beans and then store that in your freezer or fridge. Since the coffee needs to cool before you use it, it can be made up and stored well ahead of time.

You can also garnish your coffee drink in different ways, like using cinnamon or chocolate syrup. You can flavor the drink with vanilla, pumpkin spice, hazelnut, and more. Of course, it won’t taste like Starbucks or McDonald’s frappe once you modify the flavor.

How to Make a Caramel Frappe without Coffee

If you want to make a caffeine free or coffee free version of this drink, you can do that as well. The most obvious choice of coffee replacement would be milk chocolate. This will give you a similar flavor but a bit different, and of course it will have much less caffeine. You can also use ice cream, particularly caramel ice cream or chocolate ice cream to make this drink. That’s a great substitute, and you can make it with less ice if you’re using ice cream.

Additionally, you can add more caramel syrup or make this with chocolate syrup. If you want to keep that great caramel flavor, just add some extra caramel syrup when you make it and leave the coffee out.

If you are using ice cream as a substitute for coffee, you can use all sorts of different ice cream flavors. It’s up to you how you want to flavor this, but if you use ice cream instead of coffee, you will end up with a caramel frappe that is very creamy, sweet, and delicious.

If you’re using ice cream in your Frappuccino, you probably won’t need to add any sugar and you may not need much milk either. Ice cream is already rich in milk and sugar, so you won’t need as much of those. Keep that in mind as you try to make the proportions just right and adjust for the addition of ice cream and removal of coffee. Remember that coffee is bitter and needs more sugar to balance that out, but the ice cream won’t need that.

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I'm Pauline, a mother of four grown children, my passion for cooking stemmed from the joy i get cooking for my family. I love to try new dishes, especially when dining out but creating and sharing my own recipes is my favourite thing to do!

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