Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino Copycat

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Coffee, chocolate syrup, and chocolate chips are blended with ice and a homemade Frappuccino base syrup to create this delicious Java Chip Frappuccino frozen drink, just like the one at Starbucks!

Java Chip Frappuccino in a cup with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

Recipe Highlights

  • Java Chip Frappuccino is a Starbucks frozen drink that’s made in a blender. Ice, whole milk, coffee Frappuccino base syrup, instant coffee, mocha sauce, and Starbucks Frappuccino chips are blended together then the drink is topped with whipped cream. Frappuccino chips aren’t regular chocolate chips in that they contain cookie crumble.
  • All Frappuccinos are made with a Frappuccino base syrup that gives the drink the smooth texture. Without it, the drink won’t be smooth or creamy. This recipe uses a homemade Frappuccino base syrup to give it the same texture.
  • This copycat Frappuccino recreates the Starbucks recipe (including the quick homemade vanilla whipped cream) so it’s as close to their version as possible. This recipe makes a grande (16 ounces) Java Chip Frappuccino.
  • The coffee portion of this drink comes from instant coffee, so there’s no need to make espresso or brewed coffee.

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Ingredient Notes

Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino copycat recipe ingredients.
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup
    To get that perfect Frappuccino texture, you’ll need this base syrup. Make a batch of this and use it to make a few more Frappuccinos.
  • Chocolate syrup
    Use store-bought or homemade chocolate syrup, but homemade is recommended since it’s easy and tastes so good, without any artificial flavors.
  • Chocolate chips
    Since Frappuccino chips are hard to track down and purchase, I’m using mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, which break down easier in the blender. You can also use regular chocolate chips, milk chocolate or semi-sweet.
  • Instant coffee
    Starbucks uses a coffee blend that’s made with Italian Roast instant coffee and their Signature Espresso. Use VIA Instant Italian Roast to get the closest flavor but you can also use any kind of instant coffee.
  • Milk
    Frappuccinos are made with whole milk but you can use any kind of milk you like.
  • Heavy cream
    This is to make the vanilla whipped cream topping.
  • Vanilla syrup
    The whipped cream is sweetened and flavored with vanilla syrup. Store-bought or homemade vanilla syrup can be used.
  • Ice
    Use ice made with filtered water for a better tasting drink.

Step-by-Step Instructions

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  1. Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup to make whipped cream. Set aside.
    Use a handheld milk frother to make whipped cream in seconds.
  2. Blend chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, 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.
  3. Pour Frappuccino into a cup.
  4. Top drink with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.
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Expert Tips

  • To get an efficient blend, 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 a simple syrup and xanthan gum. If you don’t want to use the base syrup, you can use simple syrup instead to match the sweetness but you won’t get that smooth Frappuccino texture without the xanthan gum.
  • The longer you whisk the heavy cream, the stiffer it’ll get. My trick to making quick and easy whipped cream is to use a handheld milk frother. It should take less than a minute to get medium peaks. Spoon the whipped cream on top of your drink.
  • Instead of vanilla syrup, you can use regular white sugar to make whipped cream. Use 2 teaspoons of sugar and ¼ cup heavy cream.
  • The Frappuccino base syrup can be made ahead of time along with the homemade chocolate syrup and the homemade vanilla syrup.

Questions You May Have

How are Frappuccino chips different from chocolate chips?

Frappuccino chips are cookie crumbs covered in chocolate and sugar so they have a different texture than regular chocolate chips. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find the Frappuccino chips online so my recipe replaces it with chocolate chips.

Does Java Chip Frappuccino taste like Mocha Frappuccino?

Yes! Java Chip Frappuccino is a dressed up Mocha Frappuccino with Frappuccino chips and a drizzle of mocha.

Can I buy Frappuccino base syrup instead of making it?

The Frappuccino base syrup isn’t sold by Starbucks but you can find it on Amazon and Ebay.

Homemade Java Chip Frappuccino in a cup with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

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Java Chip Frappuccino

Author: Jee Choe
A delicious tasty drink made with coffee, chocolate chips, and chocolate sauce.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

Java Chip Frappuccino

Vanilla Whipped Cream

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup to make whipped cream. Set aside.
    A handheld milk frother whisks up whipped cream in seconds.
  • Blend chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, 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. It should take about 15 – 30 seconds depending on the blender.
  • Pour Frappuccino into a cup.
    The drink makes 16 ounces (grande size) of Frappuccino.
  • Top drink with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.

NOTES

  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup is a simple syrup with xanthan gum. Make a batch of this first.
  • If you don’t want to use the base syrup, you can use simple syrup instead to match the sweetness but you won’t get that smooth Frappuccino texture without the xanthan gum.
  • To get an efficient blend, don’t put ice in first into the blender. Put ingredients into the blender as it’s in the recipe.
  • The longer you whisk the heavy cream, the stiffer it’ll get. My trick to making quick and easy whipped cream is to use a handheld milk frother. It should take less than a minute to get medium peaks. Spoon the whipped cream on top of your drink.
  • Instead of vanilla syrup, you can use regular white sugar to make whipped cream. Use 2 teaspoons of sugar and ¼ cup heavy cream.
  • The Frappuccino base syrup can be made ahead of time along with the homemade chocolate syrup and the homemade vanilla syrup.
  • There’s no brewed coffee in the Starbucks Frappuccino either. They use a Frappuccino Roast, which is made with instant coffee. Use VIA Instant Italian Roast, or any instant coffee you have.
  • Frappuccinos are made with whole milk but you can use any milk you like.

NUTRITION

Calories: 753 | Carbohydrates: 114g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 527mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 100g | Vitamin A: 1080IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 5mg
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1 thought on “Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino Copycat”

  1. I have NOT made your copy cat recipe, but the Original Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino was made with chocolate covered coffee beans and was AWESOME. I wish they would bring back the OriginalšŸ„° It was much betterā¤ļø

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