Caramel Frappuccino (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)

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Make this popular Starbucks favorite at home, using a Frappuccino base syrup to recreate the perfectly smooth and creamy texture. This Caramel Frappuccino recipe is so good, you’ll want to make it all year!

Drizzling caramel sauce on a Caramel Frappuccino with whipped cream.

Caramel Frappuccino

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino is a frozen drink made with ice, milk, caramel sauce, coffee, and Frappuccino base syrup. All ingredients are blended together then served with vanilla whipped cream and drizzle of caramel.

The secret to making this drink just like Starbucks is to use a Frappuccino base syrup. This ingredient is in every single Starbucks Frappuccino and it’s what gives the ice cold beverage that creamy texture.

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Recipe Highlights

  • This copycat Frappuccino recreates the Starbucks recipe so it’s as close to their version as possible, using a homemade Frappuccino base syrup.
  • A blender is needed to make this caffeinated frozen drink at home.
  • There’s no need for any fancy espresso machines since the coffee used is an instant coffee, just like how Starbucks makes it.
  • The recipe makes a grande (16 ounces) Caramel Frappuccino.

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Ingredient Notes

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino copycat recipe ingredients.
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup: Make a batch of this first and use it to make all kinds of Frappuccinos. If you don’t want to use the base, add just simple syrup, but your drink won’t have that smooth Frappuccino texture.
  • Caramel sauce: Out of all the brands, this one is my favorite.
  • Instant coffee: Starbucks uses their own Frappuccino Roast, which is an instant coffee blend. Use Starbucks VIA Instant Italian Roast, or any instant coffee you have.
  • Milk: Frappuccinos are made with whole milk but you can use any milk you like.
  • Heavy cream: This is to make the whipped cream topping.
  • Vanilla syrup: The syrup flavors the whipped cream.
  • Ice: Make ice using filtered water for a better tasting Frappuccino.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Whipped cream in a measuring cup.

Step 1: Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup to make whipped cream. Set aside.

Use a handheld milk frother to make whipped cream in seconds.

Caramel sauce, instant coffee, milk, ice, and homemade Frappuccino base syrup in a blender.

Step 2: Blend milk, caramel sauce, homemade Frappuccino base syrup, instant coffee, and ice until smooth.

Start the blender on low, then turn it up to high. Use a tamper tool to make sure the ice gets blended evenly.

Frappuccino being poured into a cup.

Step 3: Pour Frappuccino into a cup.

Caramel being drizzled onto whipped cream.

Step 4: Top drink with whipped cream and caramel drizzle.

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Recipe Notes

The order of ingredients into the blender matters.

Put ingredients into the blender as it’s in the recipe. Don’t put ice in first since you won’t get an efficient blend since there will be air pockets. Always add the liquids in first (milk) and put the hardest or heaviest ingredients in last (ice).

No Frappuccino base syrup?

Homemade Frappuccino base syrup is made of sugar, water, and xanthan gum (the secret to creating the Frappuccino texture). If you don’t want to use the base syrup, you can add simple syrup instead to match the sweetness but you won’t get the same texture.

Make it caffeine-free.

Caramel Frappuccino can be made caffeine-free by taking out the instant coffee in the recipe.

Expert Tips

  • The vanilla syrup in the recipe is used in the whipped cream, just like Starbucks, but you can take it out and replace it with 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  • The longer you whisk the heavy cream to make whipped cream, the stiffer it’ll get. It should take less than a minute, using a handheld milk frother, to get soft peaks. Spoon the whipped cream on top of your drink.
  • Starbucks uses both caramel syrup, which doesn’t have dairy, and caramel sauce, which does have dairy, to make their Caramel Frappuccino. This recipe uses caramel sauce, which contains dairy, for both.

Questions You May Have

Is there a difference between caramel sauce and caramel syrup?

Yes, caramel sauce is made with dairy and caramel syrup is usually made without dairy.

Is there caffeine in a Caramel Frappuccino?

Yes, the instant coffee in the recipe makes the drink caffeinated.

Can I buy the Frappuccino base syrup instead of making it?

Starbucks won’t sell you their Frappuccino base syrup but you can find it sold by other sellers on Amazon and Ebay.

Dripping Caramel Frappuccino in a cup with whipped cream.

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Caramel Frappuccino (Starbucks Copycat)

Author: Jee Choe
A delicious Starbucks copycat recipe, made just like the original!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

Caramel Frappuccino

Vanilla Whipped Cream

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup to make whipped cream. Set aside.
    Use a handheld milk frother to make whipped cream in seconds. The longer you whisk, the stiffer the whipped cream. It should take about 30 seconds to get peaks.
  • Blend milk, caramel sauce, homemade Frappuccino base syrup, instant coffee, and ice until smooth.
    Put ingredients into the blender in the order listed.
    Start the blender on low, then turn it up to high speed. Use a tamper tool to make sure the ice gets blended evenly.
  • Pour Caramel Frappuccino into a cup. Top drink with whipped cream and caramel drizzle.
    Serve immediately.

NOTES

  • The homemade Frappuccino base syrup recipe is the star of this recipe since it’s what creates that smooth texture. Make a batch of this first.
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup is made of sugar, water, and xanthan gum (the secret to creating the Frappuccino texture). If you don’t want to use the base syrup, you can add simple syrup instead to match the sweetness but you won’t get the same texture.
  • Frappuccinos are made with whole milk but you can use any milk you like.
  • The vanilla syrup in the recipe is used in the whipped cream, just like Starbucks, but you can take it out and replace it with 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  • The longer you whisk the heavy cream, the stiffer it’ll get. It should take less than a minute, using a handheld milk frother, to get soft peaks. Spoon the whipped cream on top of your drink.
  • You can make a caffeine-free Caramel Frappuccino by taking out the instant coffee in the recipe.

NUTRITION

Calories: 651 | Carbohydrates: 107g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 65g | Vitamin A: 1126IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 228mg | Iron: 3mg

5 thoughts on “Caramel Frappuccino (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)”

  1. 5 stars
    Love this drink I do have a question do I have to put instant coffee in hot water or no or just instant coffee and blend it ? Thanks

    Reply

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