Ice-cold frozen blended drinks that are surprisingly easy to make at home. From Mocha Frappuccinos to vanilla bean, get tips and shortcuts to make it just like Starbucks!
- Starbucks Frappuccinos are sweet, flavored frozen drinks made in a blender. The name “Frappuccino” comes from combining the words “frappe” and “cappuccino.”
- Frappuccinos can be made with and without caffeine, depending on whether there’s any coffee or tea. But they can’t be made sugar-free since the Frappuccino base is made with sugar.
- What makes these frozen, blended drinks so special is the Frappuccino base syrup that’s added to every single Frappuccino to give it that smooth, creamy texture. Make sure to scroll down to the bottom to get the Frappuccino base syrup recipe to make your drink just like Starbucks!
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- Put ingredients into the blender as it’s shown on the ingredient list. Don’t put ice in first since you won’t get an efficient blend.
- Make a batch of Frappuccino base syrup first, so that it’s ready to use whenever you want to make any Frappuccino. It can be stored in the refrigerator.
- If you don’t want to use Frappuccino base syrup, you can just use simple syrup to sweeten but it won’t have the same smooth Frappuccino texture.
- Using a handheld milk frother is the quickest and easiest way to make homemade whipped cream. Whisk until you get peaks in the heavy cream, which should take about 30 seconds. Whisk a few seconds longer to get stiffer peaks.
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Starbucks Frappuccino Base Copycat Recipe
- Put sugar and water in a saucepan and simmer. Simmer on low heat and stir until sugar completely dissolves. Turn off heat and let it cool down to room temperature.
- Blend together cooled down simple syrup, xanthan gum powder, and vanilla extract.
- Pour Frappuccino base syrup into an airtight container.Stir well before using.Use 3 tablespoons of base syrup to make a 16 ounce cup of Frappuccino.
- The Frappuccino base syrup is thick, so it’s best to put it in a jar instead of a bottle so you can scoop it out.
- Don’t add xanthan gum powder to the saucepan with the sugar and water since it just won’t mix well and will clump. Mix it in a blender.
- Starbucks has a creme version and coffee version of the Frappuccino syrup and this one without coffee is closest to the creme base.
- Frappuccino base can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a month.
- Recipe makes 1 cup of Frappuccino base and 3 tablespoons of the base syrup can be added to make a grande (16 ounce) Frappuccino at home.
- Xanthan gum powder is the secret ingredient that’s in every Starbucks Frappuccino. It’s a common food additive that’s used to thicken and prevents ingredients from separating, like ice cream, salad dressing, yogurt, and spreads.
- Use regular white, granulated sugar or cane sugar. You can also use brown sugar if you want a richer, caramel-like syrup.
- Vanilla extract is what I consider a flavor enhancer. It’s not absolutely necessary but it adds a little something that makes it taste better.
- Turn any frozen drink with ice into a Frappuccino! Instead of adding simple syrup or sugar in blended frozen drinks, use the Frappuccino base to make it smooth and creamy.