Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino Copycat

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The simplest Frappuccino to make at home with just 4 ingredients, all you need is a blender to whip this up in seconds! This recipe uses a Frappuccino base, just like Starbucks, to create the smoothest, perfectly sweet frozen drink.

Coffee Frappuccino in a tall cup.

Recipe Highlights

  • Coffee Frappuccino is a Starbucks frozen drink made with ice, whole milk, instant coffee, and a Frappuccino base syrup. It’s a blended drink in that it’s made in a blender.
  • The key ingredient to making this drink just like the one at Starbucks is the homemade Frappuccino base syrup. It turns a slushy drink into a smooth, almost like melting ice cream texture that the Frappuccinos are known for.
  • This copycat Frappuccino recreates the Starbucks recipe so it’s as close to their version as possible. This recipe makes a grande (16 ounces) Coffee Frappuccino.
  • There’s no need for espresso or brewed coffee for this drink. All you need is instant coffee, which is how Starbucks makes their Coffee Frappuccinos.

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Ingredient Notes

Coffee Frappuccino ingredients.
  • Instant coffee
    Starbucks uses their Frappuccino Roast coffee which is an instant coffee blend made of Italian Roast and Signature Espresso mixed in water. Use VIA Instant Italian Roast to get the closest flavor. Or, you can use whatever instant coffee you have.
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup
    To get that smooth Frappuccino texture, you’ll need to use this Frappuccino base syrup. Make a batch or two and use it to make Frappuccinos all week!
  • Milk
    Starbucks uses whole milk in their Frappuccinos but you can use any kind of milk you like.
  • Ice
    Use ice made with filtered water for a better tasting Frappuccino.

Step-by-Step Instructions

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  1. Blend instant coffee, milk, ice, and homemade Frappuccino base syrup 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.
  2. Pour Frappuccino into a cup.
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Expert Tips

  • Starbucks makes Coffee Frappuccinos without whipped cream, but you can easily whip some up by whisking 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1 tablespoon sugar together until it forms peaks. It should take less than a minute using a handheld milk frother.
  • Don’t put ice in first into the blender. Put ingredients into the blender as it’s in the recipe.
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup is made of sugar, water, and xanthan gum. If you don’t want to use the base syrup, you can add simple syrup instead to match the sweetness.
  • If you add a shot or 2 of espresso, you’ve made yourself a Starbucks Espresso Frappuccino.

Questions You May Have

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.

What’s in Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino?

Starbucks makes the Coffee Frappuccino with Starbucks brand Frappuccino Roast soluble coffee, whole milk, ice, and Starbucks brand Coffee Frappuccino syrup, which is the base syrup.

Can I make this drink without the Frappuccino base syrup?

You can, but it won’t have the signature Frappuccino texture. If you don’t use the Frappuccino base syrup, make sure to add simple syrup to sweeten the drink.

Coffee Frappuccinos in cups.

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Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

Author: Jee Choe
Make your own Coffee Frappuccinos at home with this easy recipe!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Blend instant coffee, milk, ice, and homemade Frappuccino base syrup 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.
  • Pour Frappuccino into a cup.

EQUIPMENT

NOTES

  • Starbucks makes Coffee Frappuccinos without whipped cream, but you can easily whip some up by whisking 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1 tablespoon sugar together until it forms peaks. It should take less than a minute using a handheld milk frother.
  • Frappuccino base syrup is the secret ingredient that turns a frozen, slushy drink into a smooth Frappuccino. This recipe is made with a homemade Frappuccino base syrup to give it that same texture. 
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup is made of sugar, water, and xanthan gum. If you don’t want to use the base syrup, you can add simple syrup instead to match the sweetness.
  • Starbucks won’t sell you their Frappuccino base syrup but you can find it sold by other sellers on Amazon and Ebay.
  • Starbucks uses their Frappuccino Roast coffee which is an instant coffee blend made of Italian Roast and Signature Espresso mixed in water. Use VIA Instant Italian Roast to get the closest flavor. Or, you can use whatever instant coffee you have.
  • Starbucks uses whole milk in their Frappuccinos but you can use any kind of milk you like.
  • Don’t put ice in first into the blender. Put ingredients into the blender as it’s in the recipe.
  • If you add a shot or 2 of espresso, you’ve made yourself a Starbucks Espresso Frappuccino.

NUTRITION

Calories: 241 | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 252mg | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 2mg
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1 thought on “Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino Copycat”

  1. 5 stars
    Love the recipe can’t wait to try it tomorrow!! Thank you!’ It’s my favorite drink at Starbucks!! Thanks a Million!!!

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