Make Your Frappuccinos at Home and Save Money


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The Fundamentals

The Frappuccino you purchase at your local coffee shop might be difficult to replicate because they use their specific Frappuccino base. However, this doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

A Frappuccino usually consists of an iced cappuccino and it is topped with whipped cream.  It usually contains espresso, coffee, whipped cream, sweeteners, and milk. The following recipes use Frappuccino base alternatives such as ice cream or condensed milk to thicken and sweeten the Frappuccino.

The Espresso Part

Two of the recipes below use coffee. Coffee shops usually use a mixture of coffee and espresso.  For the espresso you can either use an espresso machine or instant coffee.  If you have an espresso machine definitely use it. The powerful taste of the espresso pairs nicely with the other ingredients.

For those of you who do not have an espresso machine, you can use instant coffee.  There are several options to choose from and should work just fine in the recipes.  Using instant coffee is extremely handy and low cost, but the downside is it has a lot less caffeine so your drink might lack the kick you require.

Recipe: Espresso-based Homemade Mocha Frappuccino

  • Serves: 1 large glass
  • Time: 5 Minutes


  • 1 shot of espresso
  • ¾ cup of sweetened condensed milk (add more to thicken)
  • 1 cup ice
  • ¾ cup of chocolate syrup
  • Whipped cream


  1. Add all of the ingredients except the whipped cream to a blender with the ice on top.
  2. Blend on medium-low until your drink is smooth (or the ice is fully blended).
  3. Depending on the consistency you prefer, you might need to add more condensed milk or ice.
  4. Add your favorite flavorings.
  5. Serve in a glass and top with whipped cream
  6. Enjoy!


Feel free to experiment with your favorite flavorings and toppings. Dark chocolate syrup would go great with this recipe.

Recipe: Homemade Vanilla Frappuccino

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Serving: 1
  • Items needed: Blender, Glass


  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup of milk (whole milk is best)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey (or syrup)
  • Espresso shot or Instant coffee as an alternative


  1. Add milk, ice cubes and vanilla extract to a glass.
  2. Pour this into your blender and pour the contents of 1 instant coffee sachet or your espresso shot.
  3. Add the honey.
  4. For every additional serving, add an additional sachet of instant coffeeo or espresso shot, a tablespoon of vanilla extract, and a glass of the iced milk
  5. Set your blender to medium speed then whip it until the combination is creamy or icy
  6. Serve in your glass and enjoy!


The potency of the espresso brew will determine the final taste so make it strong because it will be diluted with ice, milk and other liquids.  You can always add more coffee to make it stronger.  You can also make it thicker by adding more ice and using whole milk.  For a final touch you can top your drink whipped cream and other flavorings.

Recipe: Cream-based Homemade Caramel Frappuccino

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Serves: 1


  • 2 large scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2/3 cup Milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon caramel sauce (extra for topping)
  • 3 tablespoons caramel syrup
  • Whipped cream


  1. Add  milk, ice cubes, caramel syrup, 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce and ice cream to a blender.
  2. Mix for about 30 seconds and remove. The mixture should be smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass and add whipped cream.
  4. You can drizzle the rest of the remaining caramel sauce on top.


Coffee shops can definitely make amazing tasting Frappuccino’s, but they can get pricey, especially if you have a daily habit of drinking them.  These 3 recipes should serve as a great alternative.  You most likely have the ingredients at home, the customizations are endless, they taste great, they are definitely cheaper and you can either drink them at home or take them on the go.


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Michael Hibbs is a “self-made barista” and at present shares his love for espresso on his web site Little Espresso Place. Espresso is his ardour and he cannot spend a day with no sizzling and scrumptious cup of joe.

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