I've been a Starbucks barista for over 10 years, and I love sharing my coffee knowledge with anyone who will listen.
For those who would like to know how Starbucks baristas make a Frappuccino, specifically a coffee-based one, here is a step-by-step guide to the ingredients in a standard drink plus ways you can customize your order.
Frappuccinos are unlike anything else on the Starbucks menu. These iced, blended beverages underwent a huge recipe change in recent history, and as a barista who was there when the swap took place, I can honestly say it was all for the better. Now, every step of making a Frappuccino can be customized to fit a customer's particular preferences.
Step One: The Coffee
The best way to explain what goes into a Starbucks Frappuccino Blended Coffee beverage is to break it down by component. The first and perhaps most obvious ingredient is the actual coffee. Starbucks developed a unique blend called Frappuccino Roast. It's a special blend that comes in a powder form, which is specifically formulated to be used cold. By itself, Frapp Roast is strong and doesn't taste that great, but when it is combined with other Frappucinno ingredients, it's delicious.
When Starbucks rolled out the new Frapp Roast, it became possible for customers to order extra coffee in their Frappiccinos. In a standard drink, there are 2, 3, or 4 (Tall, Grande, Venti) pumps of coffee. If the customer asks for extra coffee, their drink receives 3, 5, or 7 pumps. You can still have as many or as few pumps as you'd like, but that's what you'll get if you just ask for extra.
You can also substitute the Frapp Roast with shots of espresso. This table shows how many pumps of Frapp Roast or shots of espresso go into each Frappuccino size.
|Size||Frapp Roast (Pumps)||Shots of Espresso|
Since there is no decaf version of Frapp Roast, baristas use decaf espresso to make a decaf coffee-based Frappuccino. A very common spin on this recipe is to add shots of espresso along with the Frapp Roast for a little extra kick of caffeine and stronger coffee flavor.
Keep in mind that espresso is hot, while the Frapp Roast is designed to be used cold. The addition or substitution of espresso to a Frappuccino does change the consistency of the drink. It also alters the taste of the beverage a good deal. Espresso is much smokier and a bit sweeter than Frapp Roast. Personally, I enjoy a Frappuccino made with either ingredient, but I prefer the stronger coffee flavor that comes with adding espresso to the recipe.
There's a unique term that applies to how barista adds the espresso—affogato. Instead of blending the espresso with the rest of the drink, a barista making an affogato frappuccino pours the espresso down over the top as a last step. The hot espresso melts down through the drink and creates a new texture as well as a very strong, smoky flavor.
Step Two: The Milk
The second major ingredient in a coffee-based Frappuccino is the milk. Baristas will use whole milk unless you request otherwise. I rarely drink my Frappuccinos with whole milk and usually opt for skim instead. Given the other components, I don't find that the type of milk affects the taste quite as much as it does in other coffee drinks. Granted, the whole beverage is a little bit less creamy if the milk has less fat, but that difference has never bothered me. Swapping the type of milk is the first thing I suggest for people looking to cut back on calories.
On the other hand, if you're looking for the creamiest, most ice cream-like Frappuccino possible, try substituting the whole milk for heavy cream. It might sound a little gross, but the result is a lot like a milkshake.
People with dairy allergies, or those who are looking to cut down on dairy, can request vanilla soy milk. The consistency of a soy Frappuccino is just a little bit different from one made with cow’s milk and is still quite delicious. In fact, the unique vanilla flavor enhances some of the Frappuccinos.
Step Three: The Base
The third ingredient in a Frappuccino is the base. Frappuccino bases are a line of syrups that Starbucks uses specifically in these beverages to thicken the drink and add sweetness. There are two types of base that can be used to make a coffee-based Frappuccino: regular and light. The regular base is made with sugar. By itself, it tastes like maple syrup. Asking for fewer pumps of regular base will alter the texture of the drink, making it less smooth and also reducing the sugar content.
The light base is not 100% sugar-free but is mostly sweetened with Splenda. Choosing a light base will cut calories and change the taste drastically. Usually, I don't taste much of a difference in the light or skinny versions of Starbucks beverages, but the light Frappuccino is very noticeably different. It's worth a try if you want to cut back on your calories, but be prepared for an entirely different beverage.
|Size||Pumps of Base||Pumps of Syrup (ex. Raspberry, Caramel)||Pumps of Sauce (ex. Mocha, White Mocha)||Scoops of Inclusion (ex. Java Chips, Vanilla Bean)|
Step Four: Ice
The fourth component of a blended coffee Frappuccino is the ice. It might not seem worth mentioning, but the amount of ice in these drinks can actually change the whole experience. Usually, a barista adds an amount of ice equal to the size of the beverage. There are special ice scoops that Starbucks uses that come in the same sizes as the beverages. If you want a thicker or thinner Frappuccino, the first thing the barista will adjust is the amount of ice.
There are some terms that are specific to Frappuccinos. We say "light" instead of "skinny," for example, and "affogato" for poured, not blended, espresso. A Frappuccino can also be made "double-blended" if requested.
Step Five: The Flavors
Before the Frappuccino is blended, baristas add the flavoring ingredients. Any syrups and inclusions (dry ingredients/toppings) can be mixed for a unique Frappuccino.
Here's a list of Starbucks syrups and inclusions. Keep in mind that you can try any combination of these. (Raspberry, Mocha, and java chips? Mmm.)
- Vanilla (available sugar-free)
- Caramel (available sugar-free)
- Cinnamon Dolce (available sugar-free)
- Hazelnut (available sugar-free)
- Toffee Nut
- Peppermint (available sugar-free, seasonally)
- Mocha (available sugar-free)
- White Mocha
- Gingerbread (seasonal)
- Caramel Brulee (seasonal)
- Pumpkin Spice (seasonal)
- Peach (seasonal)
- Blackberry (seasonal)
- Dark Caramel Sauce (seasonal, and usually used as a topping rather than blended in)
- Tazo Chai
- Teavana Oprah Chai
- Vanilla Bean Powder
- Java Chips (or Frappuccino chips, which are chocolate chips specially made for Starbucks blended beverages)
Step Six: The Toppings
Unless you order a regular coffee Frappuccino or another other Frappuccino “light,” your drink will come topped with whipped cream. Baristas can add caramel drizzle to any beverage (for an additional cost) but it comes standard on the Caramel Frappuccino. It is much the same with mocha drizzle, but the only coffee Frappuccino that comes with a mocha drizzle standard is the Java Chip.
Seasonal Holiday Toppings
Salted Caramel Mocha
Caramel drizzle and sea salt
Mocha Cookie Crumble
Chocolate whipped cream and cookie crumble
Pumpkin Spice powder
Spiced whipped cream and molasses drizzle
Carmel Ribbon Crunch (summer only for this one)
Seasoned dark caramel sauce and caramel crunchies
Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino Recipes
No extra ingredients
One shot of espresso
White mocha syrup
Vanilla bean powder
Mocha syrup and java chips
Toffee nut syrup, whipped cream, hazelnut drizzle
Peppermint and mocha syrups
Mocha Cookie Crumble
Mocha and vanilla syrups, java chips, seasonal toppings, chocolate whipped cream, cookie crumbles
Caramel Ribbon Crunch
Caramel syrup, seasonal dark caramel sauce, whipped cream, caramel drizzle, seasonal caramel crunchies
Seasonal gingerbread syrup
Seasonal caramel brulee syrup
Eggnog instead of milk
Seasonal pumpkin spice syrup
Salted Caramel Mocha
Toffee nut and mocha syrups
Questions & Answers
Question: If I add more pumps of frappuccino roast but cut the syrup base in half, could I reduce the calories in my drink?
Answer: Coffee, in general, has very few calories. A cup of coffee is generally estimated at five calories. The frappuccino roast wouldn't be totally calorie free, but it would be very few calories. Cutting the syrup base in half and adding more frappuccino roast will absolutely save you calories.
Question: Does extra ice make a Frappuccino thicker?
Answer: Extra ice makes a Frappuccino chunkier. In a way, it's thicker, but not creamy thick. Extra base and a heavier milk (like half-and-half or heavy cream instead of whole milk) will make it thicker and more ice cream like.
Question: what are the electrical requirements for the Starbucks frappuccino machine?
Answer: Starbucks doesn't use a Frappuccino machine. They have blenders that the ingredients are mixed into. I am not sure about the electrical requirements, but I think if you research restaurant grade blenders, that might answer your question!
© 2012 Amanda W
Traci on August 12, 2020:
How much sugar is in the sweetening base?
Jack on January 24, 2020:
Decaf coffee Frap with the fewest calories and sugar content for a diabetic
Myra on June 13, 2019:
Can you ask for a Frappuccino iced instead of blended? Blended ice gives me major headaches :(
Judy Shuman on May 08, 2019:
I love Starbuck drinks but had a difficult evening last night after drinking an Americano that contained Aspartame which I am allergic to. How can I prevent this from happening again? Thank you. :)
Kenny on March 14, 2019:
Does the vanilla bean frappe taste like coffee?
Puneet Rawal on January 11, 2019:
Why frapuccino should be poured in a cup in 10 seconds not more than that?
Jesson Milton from UAS on November 14, 2018:
I absolutely have to try this. You have my mouth watering. Awesome. Thank you for this
Bethanny Lohhan on October 24, 2018:
When it says # of Frappuccino chips does it mean by a scoop?
Noemi Babaan on August 23, 2018:
where to buy some milkshake powder
Mary on July 31, 2018:
Since Starbucks dumped the light base I am trying to make it myself but I am challenged in the food/beverage area. I mainly buy pre-made food or stuff microwaveable. Is there a very basic step by step guide (like a kindergartener couldn't screw up)? I don't want all of the calories even with skim milk and no whip. I need help.
Megan on June 15, 2018:
What would happen flavor wise if you asked them to make it without a base just to use milk ice coffee chocolate and Carmel(I like the mocha carmal frappee but am trying to cut calories)
Dusty107 on May 11, 2018:
Where do I purchase all the ingredients to make a Java Chip Frappuccino? Is it only available on the Starbucks online?
Mirdreams on May 02, 2018:
Now that they've discontinued the light base how can a person get a venti coffee frappuccino under 200 calories? Ask for less base? How much less?
Yvonnee1950 on September 09, 2017:
I sure hope someone can help me!! I am not a coffee drinker, however, I LOVE Mocha Frappaccino from Starbucks. I really like the "bite" and bitterness from the expresso shots. I order a medium with 4 shots of expresso. The past 4 orders I have gotten have had no expresso taste which is precisely why I get this drink. They changed the barista or something!!!!!! What can I do to get this drink to my liking???? Please help....
Elizabeth on September 05, 2017:
Wow, I work at Starbucks and never have I been given such a good explanation. Thank you for your work. I will go back to it for future reference.
Marcel on July 30, 2017:
In Japan they cannot alter the base recipe for frapuccinos even if the customer asks for one less pumphey wont do it .
Jill on June 25, 2017:
Hello again Amanda,
I have another question, a practical one this time.
I wasn't sure if I should contact you via email your addy, as I did a few days ago. I didn't want to abuse your personal addy. So I figured I'd use this thread. Esp. since its a frappuccino /beverage question.
Here it goes; Why is it that when I'm blending the directed amounts of ingredients, my mixture is coming to almost a thin foam consistentcy? I'm using a Ninja blender, which usually does nicely for me, with smoothies & the like. I'd say better than the average household blender. To get a venti sized drink, I'm using: 2shots:concentrated homemade Espresso, equaling about a total of 3oz liquid, give or take .
6oz Skim Milk
4 Tbl light Frapp. Base
Venti sz. Cup of Ice Cubes,Filled 2/3 way full= Almost 1 Full Tray of Cubes
When blended together, I'm getting 2 giant cups of foam basically.
Any idea why, what I'm doing wrong? Perhaps blending too long? Too much ice, etc? Too BIG of pieces of ice?
I'm waiting for my order of Starbucks Espresso Base granules, to come in the mail. Which I've read, get mixed with 1 liter water. Though I don't know if Espresso base granules, will fix it.
Any suggestions you might have, would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you kindly, for your time!
Nick on April 09, 2017:
thank you for sharing all this with us, it is very informative. I'm trying to modify a frappuccino to obtain a slushie texture, do you have any advice for me? Does a frappuccino without any base will do the trick or do I need to adjust the ice/milk also ?
Do you know if the flavors syrups play any role in the texture of the frappuccino? can I use only the flavors syrup to sweeten the frappuccino?
Thanks once again !
Chef on November 17, 2016:
Does the vanilla bean frap come with the cream base? Or is it just the milk, ice and vanilla powder?
Andy on July 30, 2016:
About the powder roast, how would you use it? Do you need hot water? Or do you mix it all cold in a blender? I found some of the roast on Amazon
Mia D on July 22, 2016:
Thank you for the detailed explanation! When I was pregnant and needed a decaf frapp I kept getting different answers from different locations about whether they can or can make frapps decaf! Now I know. Decaf espresso afogato! Thanks!
antonio on June 30, 2016:
i was recently hired and lost my training manual to embarrassed to ask for another these articles are pretty helpful
ZeroCarbMel on June 22, 2016:
I follow a strict low carb/high fat diet... Is it possible to order a frap without the base? I know the base is used to thicken, so what if I ordered a coffee frappucino with heavy cream, sugar free caramel and no frap base? Would the addition of heavy cream help replace the frap base?
Jeanette Harris from 11996 Valley Falls Loop Spring Hill Florida, 34609 on June 09, 2016:
Once in while I enjoy a Starbucks coffees but to it every day its too expense and too many calorie
Ursula Guthrie on June 06, 2016:
What can I order using de caf coffee???
Joe on May 26, 2016:
Hi, quick question! If I order a coffee frappe and I modify the milk and syrup to my liking, what are the nutrition facts for just the coffee "frapp roast" alone?
Doc Shashasnk on February 08, 2016:
Wow thanks.. May be a different experience to go for..
Simon slater on January 07, 2016:
Hi. Thank you for the information. When ive had frappucino drinks in starbucks ive seen them add a powder but i don't see any mention of this above and im wondering what it is, Im in the u.k. Maybe its diffrent here.
Alyssa on November 15, 2015:
Peppermint is year round, they just don't advertise it!
Em on July 30, 2015:
Great info! Do you by any chance know how many grams of sugar are in one pump of regular base? I'm trying to piece out how many grams of sugar are in each component of the frappuccino so I can customize my sugar-per-frappuccino (without adding any artificial sugar, so just replacing with "sugar-free" options won't work) but haven't been able to find this information anywhere.
Terminationshok on July 28, 2015:
Thanks for this in depth description. This explains quite a bit about how the drink is made.
Angel on July 13, 2015:
Hello Mandination I'm trying to make chocolate chip frappuccino. I think I have everything that starbuck uses but don't know how to put it in measurement. If you can please tell me how to measure the syrups and ice into the be lender. For an example Frappuccino roast how much, milk how much, syrup what kinds and how much, ice cubes how much, chocolate chip how much? Thank you Mandination!!!!
Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on June 25, 2015:
I absolutely have to try this. You have my mouth watering. Awesome.
Alicia on June 20, 2015:
Hey Mandination, thanks very much for these instructions. I've been a barista at another coffee chain for about two months and we don't have iced drinks in our menu. However, in summer lots of people are coming in and asking for them and with your help I can try to provide!
Thank you! :)
Jeanette Harris from 11996 Valley Falls Loop Spring Hill Florida, 34609 on May 09, 2015:
I have to say I tried this strabuck coffee and I like it. I some time will have a small bottle of it.
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on May 05, 2015:
On our Starbucks iced cups, the mixture of milk and coffee together is filled up to the bottom line on the cup.
Cornelio on March 09, 2015:
Hello how much milk should you put on the recipe? Thanks
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on December 06, 2014:
I do not believe there is actual coffee contained in the coffee base ingredient. These are both flavored with 'natural flavors,' so it is difficult to tell what all is in the bases. The caffeine in a coffee based Frappuccino comes from the Frappuccino roast and/or shots of espresso. The bases are different flavors, though, so the coffee base is coffee flavored and the creme base is a general creme flavor.
Anonymous on December 05, 2014:
What is the difference between the coffee base and the crème base in terms of ingredients? Is there coffee in the coffee base and then creamer in the creamer base?
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on August 01, 2014:
The Strawberries and Creme actually gets 2-3-4 pumps of Classic in the Tall, Grande, and Venti. It's a common misconception to think of it the other way, because this is really a lot of extra sugar. The Mocha Cookie Crumble is supposed to get both Mocha and Vanilla, using 1-2-2 from standard pumps. Some stores have special cold bar pumps for the Vanilla which use 2-3-4, but there is a huge difference between these pumps and the normal pumps, so I think you should be able to tell the difference. I hope this helps!
Tom on July 23, 2014:
Hi Mandination! Thank you for your wonderful guides on Starbucks drinks. Your writing is a joy to read! I have a question regarding the recipes for certain frappuccinos. I am currently employed as a Starbucks barista for a Super Target. I'm still in training, and I'm in urgent need of help! When we make the STCF (Strawberries & Creme Frap), does it get less CL syrup (IE. 1 pump for Tall and Grande, 2 for Venti)? Does this apply with the MCCF as well? I'm a bit confused. My training thus far has been quite hectic.
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on July 09, 2014:
Sorry for the wait for a response! Yes, there is base used in every frappuccino. There is a separate light base we use for lighter versions - if you ordered, for example, a mocha frappuccino as skinny as we can get it, we would use sugar-free mocha, non-fat milk and the light base. (Of course it would still have the coffee, too :).) The light base still contains sugar, but it has 1/3 of the sugar of the regular coffee base.
Toni Anderson from Richmond, VA on May 10, 2014:
I'm confused. So a base is or isn't used now? I thought it wasn't. But your last comment confused me. Lol. Sorry. I'm doing weight watchers and am trying to figure out if I had a Fat free, sugar free, Venti frappucino, the only calories would be the milk?
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on April 21, 2014:
The Frapp Roast, which is the coffee ingredient, has very little calories, just like a cup of coffee. However, most of the calories come from the bases (Coffee, Light or Creme). These are the thickening ingredients and have a lot of sugar. I am not sure the exact count per pump, but I know that by substituting the Light base instead of the regular Coffee, the calories are drastically cut.
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on April 21, 2014:
One packet of the Frapp Roast is made with 1 liter of cold water when we do it in stores. Sorry for the late response!
david on February 23, 2014:
Quick questions - do you have any idea the calories per shot of coffee frappuccino pump? The tall has two, Grande three etc?
Rich on January 27, 2014:
Thanks and final someone that knows what they are talking about. I got everything down for a frap expect the amount on cold water one would add to the 2 OZ package of SB Frapp roast. Would you know the water ratio to 2 OZ package of the Frapp roast?
Also, all of these item can be purchased on eBay at one time or another. I am guessing they go out the back door when no one is watching.
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on January 16, 2014:
It's so hard to go in every day and not drink a ton of coffee! I try to look for alternatives in teas. We're actually launching a whole new line of teas this years, too.
cjarosz on January 09, 2014:
This is not helping me kick my coffee addiction. Its actually making me want to buy it all up.
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on December 18, 2013:
It seems obvious to recommend the hot Mocha, but it is not quite as sweet as the Frappuccino. Instead, I would encourage you to try some of the seasonal drinks - specifically the Peppermint Mocha or the Salted Caramel Mocha. These are both chocolatey, caffeinated and sweet.
Alternatively, you could try adding some sweetness to a standard Mocha. You could try adding pumps of White Mocha or Vanilla to get closer to a warm version of the Frappuccino.
Hannah on December 12, 2013:
I love the mocha frappuccino, but when it is 20 degrees outside and I don't want to make myself freeze even more, I don't know what to order. Is there anything on the Starbucks menu that tastes close to the same or something you recommend that is just as good?
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on November 26, 2013:
Don't worry! You can still order it as a Frappuccino without adding all the extra lingo. The best way to differentiate between the two is to specify that you want the Cafe Vanilla Frappuccino, which is the technical name for it. Or, you could just make sure your barista knows you want the version with coffee instead of without.
Greyhorne on November 11, 2013:
From it's inception back in the mid 90's the Vanilla Frappuccino, or rather Blended Coffee beverage if you will, has long served as my drink of choice, on the occasional visit to the local Starbucks. But ever since the introduction of the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino-(coffee-less) theres been frequent confusions between the two. If I have to order it now as "Blended Coffee beverage"? In a coffee house? I simply won't be ordering anything period. Let the milkshake lovers specify their order, as a "Blended non-coffee beverage"!
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on August 31, 2013:
We use a special ingredient called Frappuccinno Coffee Base. It's a mixture of sugar and a thickening agent. You can find this exact ingredient online at sites like Amazon and eBay sometimes. I've heard that people use mixtures of xantham gum and sugar to recreate this at home. Personally, I like to look for smoothie and drink mix powders. These powders often come flavored (I prefer vanilla because it goes with most other flavors,) but they work really well to thicken a drink up, since they are usually used to thicken smoothies or milkshakes.
Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on August 28, 2013:
I used to always order the java chip frapp. Haven't been there in a while, but this was interesting to know!
Jessica on August 23, 2013:
I'm in love with the white choc mocha frapp. I bought the white choc sauce. But there are so many other suggestions for the coffee base. What does starbucks use?
Francisco on August 15, 2013:
Omg, I love you! I'm a new barista and all this information is a bit hard to grasp in a few minutes of training). I'm going to review everything and then put it to use. Thank you so much!!
Brenda from Springfield, MO on July 09, 2013:
Thanks for this, I'm looking forward to trying to make a Mocha Frappuccino at home with that mocha powder you talked about in the comments.
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on July 08, 2013:
Unfortunately, I'm not sure if any of the stores carry Mocha Powder. It's worth checking out any stores in your are that have a lot of retail items to offer.
You CAN buy canister of Starbucks Mocha Powder from starbuckstore.com ($7.95) - it is the same powder we use in the store, just packaged for retail. You could use hot chocolate powder in its place, but keep in mind that Mocha is more of a dark chocolate flavor than a milk chocolate!
Also, places like Amazon and eBay sometimes carry bigger bags of the Mocha Powder.
Anna on July 03, 2013:
Anna on July 03, 2013:
I went to starbucks today to buy the toffee but syrup so that I could try to make the salted caramel mocha frappuccinos at home. The barista said that I could make the mocha syrup with hot chocolate power and warm water. I don't know how that would taste but is there a place I could buy the mocha syrup?
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on April 25, 2013:
The hazelnut sauce/drizzle WOULD be an extra charge, but extra of anything that already comes in the drink would not be. I once made someone a caramel drizzle frappuccino, with just LOADS of the caramel sauce/drizzle, and there wasn't any extra charge. The simplest way to think of it is that anything that doesn't come standard with the drink will be extra - with the exception of milk type (soy IS extra, but everything else is fine including heavy whipping cream,) whipped cream (always free,) and the powders that should be available on the condiment bar (cinnamon dolce, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and chocolate.)
Abby on March 09, 2013:
If I wanted to order a caramel frapp but wanted to get not only caramel sauce but hazelnut sauce would that be extra? Also if I wanted to get more pumps of caramel sauce and carmel sauce on the inside sides of my cup would those be extra too?
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on February 14, 2013:
Yes, that is the Frappuccino base. There are three kinds of it used in the stores; Coffee (which you linked), Coffee Light and Creme.
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on December 07, 2012:
I've made a hub discussing how to make Frappuccinos at home! It has specific amounts and recipes for you to try. http://hub.me/aezJ2
You're close on the recipes, but Classic syrup isn't added to most Frappuccinos. A Mocha Frappuccino, for example, contains coffee, milk, base and mocha sauce. A Vanilla Bean (with no coffee) contains milk, vanilla powder and base. The bases thicken and add extra sweetener to the Frappuccinos.
Caro Re on November 20, 2012:
Hey, in my country i don have Starbucks but I plan getting as much as possible all the ingredients for the original frap recipe, can you help me with the recipes? Exactly how do I make the fraps, for example I believe for coffee frap is milk, coffee, ice, coffee sauce and classic syrup, it's more or less like that? And what about the others? When do I use others syrups and not classic? For mocca frap I know it has mocha syrup, but it has coffe sauce, and has classic syrup too?? And would it be with a vanilla no coffee frap??
Can you be a little bit more specific about what to use and how much please?? I'd very very grateful..
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on November 08, 2012:
That is a tough one! I've had the bottled frappuccinos before, and it's not entirely like anything on the menu. It's definitely not like the frappuccinos served in the stores - the bottled ones are (or I guess were) much milkier and obviously not blended.
When I've talked about the bottled frapps before, I've said they're closer to a latte than a frappuccino. If you've never tried an iced mocha (which is just a specialty latte, really,) I'd recommend starting there. If I recall correctly, the bottled frapps tend to be a bit sweeter than that. So, I'd advise you to try adding some vanilla. It'd basically be a hot chocolate with espresso added, though, so it might not be quite what you're looking for. Adding extra shots can add more of that coffee flavor.
I do have another suggestion. It'll definitely be different, but it might be something you enjoy all the same. Try getting an iced coffee and adding some mocha and a decent amount of milk. I think this will give you a much stronger coffee flavor than the bottled frappuccino, but the amount of milk is a bit more adjustable than in a mocha or a latte - in those, you have to add shots of espresso to get more coffee flavor, which unfortunately costs more money.
Erica on October 12, 2012:
Starbucks has recently discontinued the bottled mocha fraps...the only thing I drink there...and I have one a day. My baristas have been trying to replicate as closely as possible the recipe. So far, I feel like I'm paying $5 for a chocolate milk with a kick that I can't even taste. Any suggestions for getting close to the taste of the bottles? I don't drink coffee, except for the little amount in the bottles. It's mostly milk, sugar, and a splash of coffee...and cocoa. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!
Dantex460 from England on September 29, 2012:
I love you.
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on September 20, 2012:
For the thicker sauces, each pump equals about 1 oz, which is equal to one tablespoon. I have not measured out the Frappuccino base to see how much exactly it is, but I think it is about the same.
Kristen on September 19, 2012:
About how many tablespoons do you think is in a "pump" of base, or a thick sauce like the pumpkin sauce?
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on September 02, 2012:
I'm not positive how many ounces per size of milk are in frappuccinos, but the milk is added second, after the Frappuccino Roast, and it is measured to the bottom black line of the iced cups. If I had to make an exact guess, I'd say there's about 4 oz of milk in a Grande coffee-based frappuccino, so probably about 3 oz in a Tall and 5 or 6 oz in a Venti.
Michael B on September 02, 2012:
Hi, How much milk is used in the frappuccino drinks? Thanks
Katie L on August 25, 2012:
Thank you @mandination!! :) I'll search for some kind of vanilla powder. I used to make one similar with coffee and Visalus (protein) shake mix. And milk. And ice of course. It was okay, but wasn't the deliciousness of Starbucks! Lol but when I make them without the protein powder, I do use a little vanilla extract. And I even added some non-dairy powdered coffee creamer (plain) to give it more texture, but it still wasn't enough. But I do for sure use Starbucks coffee from Starbucks!! I buy caffe Verona. It's my favorite!!! :)) thank you for your reply!!!
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on August 24, 2012:
You've got the recipe right for coffee based frappuccinos. The base is something that comes to us pre-bottled, and it's an ingredient that adds extra sweetness and thickness to the beverages. It's hard to find a substitute when making these types of drinks at home; eventually, I'd like to post up some hubs with homemade frappuccino recipes, but I'm sure you could look around here or even on google to find a suitable substitute. Again, I'd recommend some sort of vanilla powder or even just browsing through drink powders in general. Some brands make things specifically for blended drinks.
The Cafe Vanilla Frappuccino is made with vanilla bean powder at Starbucks. You could probably come up with something close at home using vanilla extract, but it wouldn't be quite as sweet - you could probably just add a bit of straight sugar to the mix, but it depends on what sort of ingredient you're using to thicken the mixture.
If you can find a vanilla smoothie powder, then you could just use that in place of both the base and the flavoring. My recommended recipe would be: milk, ice, coffee and vanilla powder for the Cafe Vanilla.
I'm not sure if I've mentioned it in a previous comment, but when I make blended coffee drinks at home, I like to use double strength coffee. I would use espresso, but I don't have access to it at home. Sometimes, I'll even use instant and just double the recommended amount. :)
Katie L on August 24, 2012:
My favorite drink ever is the Starbucks cafe vanilla light frappuccino with 2% or skim. This summer I've probably drank 70 something. Not exaggerating! Lol and I'm dying to know how to make it. I've tried making them at home an get close, but can't make it exactly. Lol I don't have vanilla powder or vanilla syrup. Does that drink have only vanilla syrup, only vanilla powder, or both? So pretty much coffee based frappuccinos have coffee, milk, (light) frappuccino base, ice and flavorings? So is the frappuccino base premade or do y'all make it? I am sorry for so many questions. Lol
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on July 23, 2012:
Unfortunately, so far as I'm aware, these items aren't available. However, I've had a lot of fun trying to replicate these recipes at home (I plan to share some 'homemade' Starbucks recipes when I have the time!)
Having worked at cafes where we tried to come up with our own version of the Frappuccino, I can make a couple of suggestions. First, in place of the frap roast, I recommend shots of espresso if you have access to them. If not, a concentrated coffee will do fine - I've even used instant with just a bit of hot water in a pinch, though the fresher the coffee, the better the results. Second, in place of the coffee base, I've actually found that vanilla flavored powders like you can find labeled as smoothie mix or soft-serve ice cream mix work quite well. I'm not really sure where you can buy these, but with so many kitchen gadgets around, I can't imagine they're only available to restaurant owners.
I've gotten pretty close in taste to Starbucks Frappuccinos using these ingredients, but the texture is always something I have to play with. Using a powder instead of a syrup can make it a little tricky, but you get a delicious frozen beverage either way. :)
Also, I'd recommend checking out Starbucks' online store before going out and buying anything. Sometimes, they make ingredients available seasonally and the store I work in doesn't carry very much retail, so I'm not the biggest authority on what's for sale at the moment. Still, I can say for sure that if there's ever any home Frappuccino stuff available, it'd only be during the summer.
Gary on July 23, 2012:
Great guide, thanks a lot! Do you know if Frap Roast mix and coffee base is available to the general public to buy as an ingredient? Or even if there are equivalent products on the market? Thanks again
kelly on July 14, 2012:
thanksss a million for ur detailed introduction to starbucks frappucino, it's sooo useful for those people have special dietary requirement like me (vegan). many many thnaks again!!! :)
kelly on July 14, 2012: