Best Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Recipe

On a warm and hot sunny day, how can anyone resist the cooling and refreshing flavors of a caramel frappuccino?

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No place makes them better than the king of coffee, Starbucks, so this Starbucks frappuccino recipe is the perfect option to make right in your home.

Cup of Caramel Frappuchino Coffee

You don’t have to dish out tons of money every month just to get your favorite Starbucks caramel frappuccino on a weekly basis.

As long as you have a blender and the right ingredients, you can learn how to make a frappuccino from the comforts of home.

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino

If you’re looking to save a little money this month but still gotta have that sweet tooth satisfied, you need to try out this copycat Starbucks caramel frappuccino recipe.

When you’re done you can put even more whipped cream on it than what Starbucks puts on. Just don’t forget to top it all off with some caramel drizzle all over the whipped cream!

You don’t have to have this on a summer day but nothing will cool you down faster and taste this good.

If you don’t like caramel drizzling you could even add some chocolate or raspberry drizzle. You can even try a flavored whipped cream to match the season.

If you’re ready to learn how to make a Starbucks frappuccino, then keep reading to find out all the secrets to making it better than the original.

Mixing it Up

Iced coffee in glasses with milk and straws on board over rustic wooden table

The best part about making your own Starbucks Frappuccino is that you can switch up the recipe to your exact preferences.

You don’t just have to follow the recipe blindly, you can tweak it to add a little more of the ingredients you love and prefer.

Some people like their frappuccinos to be so thick that it takes a while to even get a taste through the straw. This helps the frappe stay cold longer and it won’t melt nearly as fast.

If you’re looking to get that thick consistency, you need to add some more ice cubes to the blender.

You can really add a ton of coffee flavor but making your own ice cubes out of coffee.

Simply make some coffee, let it cool for a bit, and then pour it into an ice cube tray.

Let it stay overnight and then in the morning you can use these to make your caramel frappe.

A thicker frappuccino might be your preference but you don’t want to wait until you can actually drink it from a straw. If that’s the case, you can use half and half instead of milk in your frappe.

The thicker dairy product will help make the frappe a lot creamier instead of just thick.

A scoop of some ice cream will also do the trick and make your frappuccino even sweeter.

You can also mess with the amount of caffeine your frappe has instead of relying on Starbucks to feed your needs.

If you aren’t looking for too much caffeine you can use a light roast coffee or make yourself a half and half coffee to pour in.

For those late nights where you need to finish some extra errands, you can add in a shot of espresso to give you a late-night boost.

You know what goes really well with a caramel frappuccino? A touch of sea salt!

The sea salt really brings out the flavors just like it does on any salted caramel candy.

If you’re going to take the time to make your own Starbucks caramel frappuccino at home, then you might as well make it exactly how you want it.

The Secret Caramel Frappuccino Ingredient

Caramel frappuchino

You probably don’t know it but Starbucks actually adds a secret ingredient they don’t tell you about.

Xanthan Gum helps to make the frappe a lot smoother and helps to keep it from separating once it starts warming up.

The name makes it sounds a little dangerous but it’s entirely safe to use and approved by the FDA.

It’s a great way to make your drinks smoother and creamier.

Xanthan gum actually has some health benefits too, so it’s not a bad idea to throw a little in the next time you’re making this recipe.

This ingredient doesn’t really change the taste at all, just the consistency, so it’s not required but it can definitely help you get a better frappe.

There are a bunch of different kinds of xanthan gum you can try and some of them will be a little more expensive than others but you won’t need a lot to mix in your drink.

Only ¼ of a teaspoon is needed for your entire mixture.

The Healthy Version

The caramel frappuccino isn’t exactly known for being a healthy drink but there are some substitutions you can make that will take down the calorie count significantly.

The sugar amount is the first thing you can take a look at to see if there are any changes you can make to this drink.

Instead of adding additional sugar, just rely on your caramel to bring most of the sweets. You’ll notice a slightly different taste, but it will be worth it not to overload on sugar.

You can also try putting in Truvia or Splenda instead of real sugar, but this will definitely alter the taste.

Milk is another ingredient that can be substituted if your stomach doesn’t agree with dairy or you just don’t want that much fat. Try using low-fat milk or get rid of dairy milk altogether and go with almond or coconut milk.

Just keep in mind the less fat you have the less creamy texture and feel your caramel frappe will have.

The caramel sauce is another unhealthy culprit that makes the frappe taste delicious, but it can be reduced if you’re looking to make a slightly healthier drink.

Instead of going with the full amount of caramel, turn it down and only add 2 or 3 tablespoons instead.

There are also sugar-free syrups you can use as an alternative. They typically have fewer calories and sugar so it will go a long way if you make a lot of frappes.

Making a Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino

Making this frappuccino drink is easy because all you have to do is toss all the ingredients into a blender and start mixing it all together.

You can even make a big batch to stick in the freezer and pull out throughout the week.

Once you have your favorite choice of coffee ready you’ll toss in some milk, vanilla extract, sugar, xantham gum, and ice to have your own Starbucks frappuccino ready to go.

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Recipe

Servings: 2

Prep time: 6 minutes

Calories: 210 calories

With a hand full of ingredients you can make your very own Starbucks caramel frappuccino and have this delicious treat anytime you want. It will taste just like the real thing except you can make this one any way you like.

Your Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups of ice
  • 1 cup of coffe of your choice (cooled down)
  • 1 cup milk (use half and half for thicker consistency)
  • 1/4 cup of caramel sauce
  • 1.5 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum
  • 1.5 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Toppings: whipped cream and caramel sauce drizzled on top

Your Directions:

  1. Start by making yourself a cup of coffee that you will use. You can choose any flavor or caffeine amount you want.
  2. Throw the coffee into a container and let it chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Pour your coffee in the blender along with some ice, caramel sauce, half and half, sugar, vanilla extract, and xanthan gum. Blend it all on high until you have a smooth consistency.
  4. Neatly pour your caramel frappuccino into any drink container and top it off with a generous portion of whipped cream. Drizzle some caramel sauce on top of the whipped cream.

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