I've been a Starbucks barista for over 10 years, and I love sharing my coffee knowledge with anyone who will listen.
How Do I Make a Frappuccino?
I love working as a barista at Starbucks, and I've spent my time on Delishably writing a series of guides to help customers order the perfect drink. This guide covers how to make homemade, copycat Starbucks frappuccinos.
In this guide, I'll talk cover Starbucks' standard recipes for frappuccinos and make some suggestions for recipes to try at home. Starbucks' ingredients are so specialized that it's hard to copy them exactly, but you can get pretty close. So, let's get to talking about these frappes!
The Basic Recipe
Starbucks Copycat Frappuccino Recipe (With and Without Coffee)
Here, I'm going to show you how to make a close equivalent of a 16 oz (a Starbucks Grande) frappuccino. I've given you a list of ingredients to choose from, as they'll all result in a delicious, but slightly different tasting, version of the drink. Mix-and-match based on your preferences and/or what you happen to have in the kitchen.
1. 1 shot of espresso
- or 1-2 tbsp instant coffee (based on brand instructions,) mixed with just enough hot water to make it dissolve
- or 2-4 tbsp double-strength brewed coffee to taste)
2. 3/4 cup any kind of milk
- or 1 scoop ice cream
- or 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- or 3/4 cup equal mix of milk and cream or heavy whipping cream
3. 2 tbsp vanilla smoothie/vanilla soft-serve ice cream mix
- or skip this step if using ice cream, sweetened condensed milk, or cream
- or 1/2 pack of vanilla-flavored Jell-O instant pudding (other flavors are fine)
- or 2 tbsp maple syrup
4. 16 oz ice
5. Additional flavorings and toppings
Instructions for Making a Starbucks Copycat Frappuccino
This is the quick-and-dirty version of the instructions. If you're wondering what role each ingredient plays and how the substitutions affect the coffee, keep scrolling past the instructions for a detailed rundown of each ingredient, what it does, and how to accurately substitute different ingredients. I also share what my preferences are down below!
- Brew your coffee (it needs to be really strong and concentrated). If you're creating a creme frappuccino (meaning one without coffee), skip this step. Starbucks uses a concentrated coffee in their versions. Concentrated brews work well for blended drinks because you have a lot of other flavors, like milk, that soften the intense coffee flavor. I like to use one or two shots of espresso.
- If you want your drink blended, put the coffee and the ingredients that follow in a blender. If you want your drink iced without being blended, just throw everything in the cup that you want to drink it out of. You'll want to be able to stir (and perhaps vigorously shake) an unblended frappe so that you can mix up the ingredients.
- Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of milk to the coffee.
- Add your thickener (vanilla smoothie powder, Jell-o, ice cream, etc.)
- Add ice, shake or blend, and enjoy!
Step One and Two: Brew Your Coffee and Pour It in the Blender
Step Three and Four: Add Milk and Thickener
Step Five and Six: Add Ice, Blend, and Enjoy!
Start Experimenting With New Frappe Recipes!
I've gotten a lot of comments asking about how to make delicious alternatives. Most of these recipes include the somewhat vague measurement of "pump." A pump is about a tablespoon, give or take. With that said, here are some other recipes that you can try!
Ingredients (for a grande size)
- Three pumps of frappuccino roast
- Whole milk to the first line of the grande cup
- A grande sized scoop of ice
- Two pumps of mocha (I recently discovered that the retail version of the mocha powder we use in-store is only available for purchase on the Starbucks website. Certain stores used to stock this, but now you can only buy it online. Our mocha is a semi-sweet chocolate, so you could try some alternatives, but you can definitely buy it online if you want to stick to the recipe.)
- Three pumps of the frappe base
- So, to make this at home, you would want to start with your coffee first. I recommend using shots of espresso if you have access to them. A grande size would get two shots. If not, you can use 1–2 tbsp of instant coffee (depending on the instructions,) or 3–4 tbsp of regular coffee brewed at double strength.
- Then, you can add 3/4 cup of any kind of milk you like. We usually use whole milk in the store, but any kind is fine!
- Next, add your frappuccino base. We use three pumps in a grande. I'm not sure what the exact measurement is without a pump, but I would guess somewhere around two to three tablespoons.
- Then, add about 16oz of ice.
- Finally, add in your flavoring: semi-sweet chocolate. You can buy the mocha powder or the premixed Fontana Mocha syrup from the Starbucks store, or you could always try using semi-sweet chocolate chips for something a little different.
Chai Creme Frappe
- Milk to the first line of a grande iced cup
- Pumps of chai concentrate (one in a tall; two in a grande or venti. We actually sell the chai concentrate that we use in our stores. It's not a particularly expensive item, so I would recommend picking up a box of it if you want to try this at home.)
- Optional: Thickener (I would definitely recommend trying the vanilla pudding mix. This should serve to thicken your beverage and should also add extra vanilla for those who like that flavor).
- Start with 3/4 cup of milk (any kind of milk is fine).
- Then, you add your chai concentrate. I'd suggest starting off with two tablespoons. If it does not taste strong enough, you can always add more!
- Next, add 16oz of ice. I measure this using the same cup I'm going to pour my drink into.
- Finally, add your vanilla pudding mix. One half of a pack usually works for me.
Java Chip or Chocolate Chip Frappuccino
- Frappuccino roast
- Java chips or chocolate chips
- Mocha syrup (For the mocha syrup, Starbucks does sell this through their website, or you can use a dark chocolate syrup, like Hershey's, or maybe a dark chocolate hot chocolate powder.)
- Brew your coffee.
- Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of milk to the coffee.
- Add your thickener (vanilla smoothie powder, Jell-o, ice cream, etc.)
- Add ice.
- Dust drink with java chips.
Caramel Frappe (Thanks to Summer for sharing this)
- Half a packet of the Starbucks instant iced coffee (about 1 1/2 tbsp)
- 1 cup of milk
- Cup I'm using of ice x2 (I like mine thick)
- 3 pumps of base (can be purchased on eBay)
- 2 pumps of caramel sauce
- 1/2-1 tbsp of caramel syrup (depending on how sweet)
- Pinch of xanthan gum
- Pour ingredients into blender.
An In-Depth Look at the Ingredients, Alternatives, and Substitutions
Choosing the Right Coffee for Your Frappuccino
First, let's talk about the coffee that goes into a blended coffee frappuccino. If you're trying to recreate a creme-based frappuccino, or you just don't want to add any coffee, you can skip this info.
- SB uses a special, not-publicly-available coffee blend. If you order a coffee-based frappuccino from Starbucks, the barista will use an ingredient called "frappuccino roast." It's a special blend of coffee created specifically to be stored at room temperature and used in iced beverages. It's very concentrated and does not taste great on its own, but it works perfectly when it is blended with the other ingredients.
- Brew double-strength coffee. So, what kind of alternative can you use at home? If you have a coffee maker at home, you can to replace the frappuccino roast with double-strength, concentrated coffee. To make this, either double up on the amount of grounds you use or cut the amount of water in half. If you have to brew a full pot, you can store the extra in your fridge or at room temperature for a couple of days. For one frappe, you'll only need two to four tablespoons of the coffee that you make this way, depending on how big you want your drink to be or how much coffee flavor you like. I recommend using a darker blend of coffee if you choose this option.
- You can use espresso as a substitute. Personally, I prefer making my homemade frappes with one or two shots of espresso. Using hot espresso makes the beverage runnier, but it adds a smoky, caramelly sort of flavor that I really enjoy. In fact, when I order frappes at Starbucks, I usually sub out the frappuccino roast for espresso. If you happen to like the taste but don't like the different texture, you can simply add more ice to thicken the drink.
- If you can't make espresso, give instant coffee a try. Of course, not everyone has an espresso machine at home. The simplest alternative to SB's proprietary blend is to use concentrated instant coffee. It's cheap, and it gets a very similar effect. The amount you use will depend on the brand of instant coffee you buy. (And it's worth mentioning that Starbucks has a line of its own instant coffee called Via.) For the frappuccino, measure out the same amount of powder you would for a normal cup of coffee. From my experience, it's usually a tablespoon or two. Instead of adding a whole cup of hot water, add just a little bit by bit until the coffee dissolves. This way, the flavor will be really concentrated. I use this same method whenever I'm baking a coffee-flavored cake.
Should I Use Whole Milk, 2%, Soy Milk, or Something Else?
The second ingredient in this drink is milk. At Starbucks, the standard is whole milk, with other options available on request (such as soy milk). You can use any kind of milk you'd like at home, including dairy substitutes. The consistency of the drink will vary a bit, but as a general rule, you can trust that the more fat in the milk, the creamier the result will be. Below is a table displaying how much milk SB put into each size; feel free to adjust according to the consistency that you prefer.
How Much Milk Is in a Starbucks Frappuccino?
|Starbucks Size||Amount of Milk|
Tall (12 oz)
Grande (16 oz)
What's the Best Way to Thicken a Frappe?
Third, and the hardest ingredient to nail down, is a thickener. The ingredient Starbucks uses is called "frappuccino base," and it adds a bit of flavor, sweetener, and thickness to the drink. This ingredient isn't available for retail sale, which is why it is difficult to create an exact duplicate of SB's frappe. Here are my suggestions for alternatives:
- Vanilla smoothie powder or vanilla soft-serve ice cream mix. These powders might be a little difficult to find, but they make up for the added sweetness and thickness of the frappe base. Any time I've used these, I've used between two and four tablespoons per drink. This is probably my favorite option. You can experiment with other flavors, but the vanilla is neutral enough that it mixes well with pretty much anything.
- Jell-O (or other brand) instant pudding. Use just half a package of any flavor you like, though I recommend vanilla. This is a great, affordable, and easy-to-find alternative to the powders listed above.
- Sweetened condensed milk. This isn't the healthiest option, but replacing the milk you'd normally use with sweetened, condensed milk will definitely make for a sweet, creamy treat. If you're using this, I would not add any other milk. If the result is too sweet, try using half regular milk and half sweetened, condensed milk. Another similar alternative is to use half milk and half cream or heavy whipping cream.
- Ice cream. Adding a scoop of ice cream to the mix instead of ice won't make you a frappuccino, per se, but it's a pretty delicious alternative. You can skip adding extra flavors or experiment however you like with ice cream.
- Maple syrup. This may sound like an odd option, but two tablespoons of maple syrup actually comes close to Starbucks' version of the drink.
How Much Ice Should I Use?
Add ice equal to the size of the drink you want. I just fill whatever glass I'll be drinking out of with ice to measure it. If you're using ice cream, I'd recommend skipping out on adding any extra ice.
What Flavors Should I Add?
Add any extra flavoring you'd like. Starbucks does offer a number of its syrups for retail sale, and they're just the same as the ones the barista uses in the store. You can also try out Torani's line of syrups. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative that you can pick up in the grocery store, Hershey's dark chocolate syrup is a great substitute for mocha.
What IS a Frappuccino Anyway?
The Definition of a Frappuccino
Wikipedia is good for a lot of things, including succinctly summarizing what a frappe is!
"Frappuccino is a portmanteau of "frappe," the New England name for a milkshake with ice cream, and "cappuccino," an espresso coffee with frothed milk."
So, now you know: a frappe (or frap or frappuccino, there's a million ways to spell it) is basically a blended ice cream/milkshake-type beverage that may or may not include coffee. Versions that don't include coffee are usually called "creme frappes."
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions about trying to duplicate specific recipes, I'd be happy to answer them. I'd also love feedback on the recipes. If one of the suggested ingredients doesn't work out quite right, I'd love to know. If you have a version that you absolutely adore, please share it with us!
© 2012 Amanda W
Sherrie Triplitt on May 16, 2020:
Where can I get the chocolate whipped cream you use?
Serpiko from Palermo Sicily IT on May 05, 2020:
what a show for months I have been looking for the recipe for my daughter I hope to understand everything and find the ingredients. Thanks
my name is my name on April 26, 2020:
This is soooo good thank you for this!!!!
Michelle Ritchey on June 15, 2019:
I have got to try this it would save me a lot of money.
Fin from Barstow on May 10, 2019:
well this is really nice to know. I used to take the bottled drinks and mix them with ice cream to get a mocha shake. I prefer the french vanilla. Nice tips though and good thorough descriptions.
Ian on March 06, 2019:
I noticed that in Starbucks the Green Tea Frappe has Ice, Milk, Green tea powder and two ingredients I can't identify with. One could be a vanilla or caramel syrup and a powder I assume is some sort of whey powder to make the frappe thicker. Maybe you can confirm. If whey powder is it isolate or wpc?
Jennifer C on January 29, 2019:
So simple. I will definitely have to give this a try. Thanks!
Alexandre on September 10, 2018:
Amazing receipe, taste juste like starbucks !
Gina on July 09, 2018:
Thanks all great info. BUT, my frappe always ends up just cold coffee...help
JanMarie on June 11, 2018:
Great info!! The best explanation online !! TY !
Tiffany on May 10, 2018:
This post is amazing... Thank you!!
Angel on March 25, 2018:
I would like to know how to make the green tea Frappe. Please let me know how to do it.
Sherry on March 03, 2018:
How would I make an Espresso Frappuccino? They are my favorite, without additional mocha or other flavoring. I like the plain Espresso Frappuccino. Than you.
Amy on December 11, 2017:
I have always ordered a grande white chocolate mocha frappe at Starbucks. I love frappes but I also like my coffee strong so I always order to add two shots of expresso (hot) and no whip. Sometimes it’s made perfect, sometimes very sweet, and sometimes just horrible lol! I have had a few ask me if I wanted frappeshots or frappe expresso which I’m not sure if I am reacting right but you may know. I figure that would be the sweet drinks. To me it sounds simple and I understand it will cause ice to melt or not as thick. A lot of variation in employees and few have it down to the T and some not at all. I have never returned a drink because though not perfect to my taste it’s never just so bad I can’t enjoy. My question is.... is their a better way to order this drink (a frappe with a strong coffee kick) ? Or as I am? I have never ventured out from this drink either lol! Just curious since you work there and few employees act if it’s crazy order lol
Cleo Addams from USA on November 30, 2017:
I do love a good frappe, but often find that they are too sweet. Thanks for this article. Now, I can make them and substitute an ingredient with something with less sugar.
Lacy on September 30, 2017:
I just made these and they were outstanding. I eyeballed the ingredients....and used ice cream instead of any milks. Absolutely amazing. We did add caramel and chocolate syrup to the blend and also topped it with cream
Elizabeth on September 30, 2017:
I have just recently made a frappuccino but I used heavy whipping cream which helped thicken the frappe and I also added 1 tbsp of sugar to help sweeten it a little and you can use the Hershey Caramel to make a caramel frappe.
Sky on September 11, 2017:
I have a Kurig coffee machine and I can't brew "double-strength" coffee. What can I do? Thanks
Caca on August 31, 2017:
I tried to make it was ok not the best
Natalynn Varney on August 02, 2017:
I want to know how to make it without ice cream and with corn starch will that work
Liam on July 24, 2017:
interesting story. a lot of stuff to go into what I thought was a simple drink....a lot of variations too: ice cream, milk, condensed milk etc....
Kiesha on July 10, 2017:
Can you tell me how to make a Vanilla Frapp?
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on May 23, 2017:
These are great questions! Thanks for pointing out details I missed. Just the brewed liquid coffee should be added to the frappuccino, not the grounds. With espresso, you can add it hot. It will make the drink a little less icy, so if you prefer, you can always chill the espresso first. If you add brewed coffee, I definitely recommend chilling it first.
doc0875 on May 22, 2017:
I'm a little confused regarding the actual coffee portion. When you say brew coffee, espresso, etc do you mean to add just the brewed liquid coffee to the blender or the grounds and all? I assume you don't blend the grounds in too. Also, doesn't the hot coffee blended with ice make for a kinda hot-kinda cold drink instead of a cold icy frozen drink like at Starbucks?
Chimere on April 22, 2017:
This was very helpful!! Could you give me the recipe for a french vanilla frappe?
Christine Schrum on April 21, 2017:
Is the Starbuck's base you refer to a liquid? If so they sell it on Amazon.
Becky on April 02, 2017:
Could you give me the recipe for a caramel frappeI have vanilla syrup caramel syrup and vanilla pudding
Sharon on March 25, 2017:
I really want to try this at home. But I love the Chai tea frapp. Could you possibly tell me what I need to do this. Thank you so much
Casey Meyer on March 22, 2017:
Hi! I am wondering how to make the double chocolately chip frappucino please and thank you :)
Chris on February 27, 2017:
Hello. Thank you for sharing. Could you please share the recipe for my favorite Frappuccino, the Mocha Cookie Crumble? It was my favorite. My email is email@example.com, if you have the time to respond. Thank you very much.
paulfrankroxx on February 16, 2017:
Hi - really enjoyed reading your article. I am an ex-partner (2005-2011), and I wanted to add to your Frapp Base/thickener section. I was with the company when they began making their Frappuccinos differently, and the Frapp Base just looked gnarly to me. I personally loved the limited edition Banana Mocha Frappuccino from the summer of 2006/2007 (?), and therefore I began using bananas in my Frappuccinos. They give that 'slip' that we need to get it up our straw, and there are NO artificial ingredients involved. Bananas act as a perfect thickener for these types of beverages...and now I am going to go make one :)
Dave on December 13, 2016:
For the peppermint mocha creme frappuccino I can't tell - is there any coffee in there? How would you make it? Its so delicious, the small one gives me the perfect boost but $3.50 a day is adding up - trying to practice fiscal responsibility here.
Thank you friend!
Raven on October 12, 2016:
Could you tell me to make a PSL?? Also for this recipe, do I just blend it all together?
EphesiansArmor on October 01, 2016:
We love Starbucks Dark Chocolate Frappuccino Mocha in the bottles. The Frappucino's in the store are too thick/creamy. Do you have any suggestions for this drink? Dark Chocolate is usually hard to find. In that case we go for Frappuccino Mocha. Thanks for a very informative hub page!!
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on September 23, 2016:
Syrups and sauces mostly have different consistencies. For example, white mocha is a sauce and it is thick and creamy. Vanilla is a syrup and it is thinner and has no dairy base - it is mostly sugar and water, with the appropriate flavors added. Which one you buy is just a matter of taste.
Melanie on September 22, 2016:
How would one make the coffee pump base for frappuccinos
Summer on September 18, 2016:
And I use a refurbished Ninja BL810 Ultimate Blender Black, and it works beautifully. Best blender I've ever owner for smoothies and frappes.
Summer on September 17, 2016:
So after using this helpful page, I expereimented. This is my caramel frapp recipe
half a packet of the starbucks instant iced coffee(about 1 1/2 tbsp)
1 cup of milk
cup im using of ice x2(i like mine thick)
3 pumps of base(i purchased on ebay)
2 pumps of caramel sauce
1/2-1 tbsp of caramel syrup(depending on how sweet)
pinch of xantham gum
jjay on September 16, 2016:
I read on another blog if you add a pinch of xanthum gum it helps make it more authentic. never tried it, just passing that along.
Cpknightly1@gmail.com on September 13, 2016:
Just a quick question. In the Mocha Frappuccino I can't seem to capture the "frozen part" of the drink. I've tried using cubes then crushed but neither give me that texture. I'm using a smoothie maker but it's not mixing it all together .
Can you please help?
Chris on LI
Drazzit on July 22, 2016:
Wondering how much of the jello vanilla pudding mix to toss into a grande size frapp (in lieu of the frapp base)? So glad I found this site -- learning lots!
Fran on July 11, 2016:
I'd love to be able to make a venti green tea frappechino at home. Please tell me what I can use to replicate this in my kitchen?? What can I use to replace the matcha powder?? And what is the best alternative to the Creme base? Lastly, how much ice would I use for a venti frappechino? Thanks so much for your help!!
Katya on July 10, 2016:
S'mores Frappuccino Recipe (venti):
Cover bottom of cup with marshmallow whipped cream
Cover whipped cream with 4 pumps milk chocolate sauce
Place 1 cup of ice, 1 cup whole milk 4 pumps graham cracker syrup, and 4 pumps coffee syrup sauce in Blendtec and blitz.
Pour into cup.
Add whipped cream, sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs.
Summer Collman on July 07, 2016:
I purchased a Frappuccino Syrup Coffee base on ebay and the caramel syrup from a SB. I'm having a hard time figuring out the best way to make a caramel or even a vanilla frappe. Is the syrup coffee base to be used with milk and the frappe roast coffee? Or is the frapp roast the syrup base? Much confused lol. Any help would be appreciated.
g marco on May 17, 2016:
what is the recipe for a s'mores frappucino?
Laura on March 31, 2016:
Hi! Great post! What's the difference between a sauce and a syrup? Which one should I buy?
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 04, 2016:
Great hub, Mandination. I have an Oster blender and a Keurig K-cup brewer. I would love to try to make my own frappuccinos someday this winter. Perfect timing for it, too!
Bobbie on September 05, 2015:
I've been making my Frappaccinos based on a reversed engineered recipe, that I worked out using the package ingredients from the original creme base that the baristas would mix up at the start of the day, before Starbucks changed over to the shelf ready cream ice. For a grande Frappaccino; I mix 1 oz of sugar (I like to substitute 3 packets of Splenda), 2 oz of non-fat milk, with 1/3 cup of Carnation instant non-fat dry milk. When I blend this formula with the rest of a Frappuccino recipe, I use 8 oz of ice (by weight not volumn) and this gives me the perfect blend of ice & milk to produce an unwatered down Frappuccino. Since you're the expert, I'd appreciate opinion on this.
Aaron on August 04, 2015:
For all you non-employees just remember 2-3-4 when making Frapps. So for the Tall (small) 2 pumps of frapp roast, 2 pumps of syrup or 2 scoops of the inclusions, 2 pumps of the coffee base. From there it just scales up with each size.
If you can find a bottle of flavoring syrup at the store use it's full pump as a guide for the base and frapp roast as they should be near the same.
Only reason why I came to this site was because I had a craving for a frapp but didn't want go to work on my day off and I needed to know a good substituent for the base which is needed to make it smooth and not super thick. I think I'll try the pudding method.
Nasik on July 26, 2015:
hi I would like to know about N&NI what is that please kindly send to my e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on June 29, 2015:
Hi Janet! The semi-sweet mocha sauce that Starbucks sells is actually the same chocolate we use in the Frappuccinos. It is also actually what we would use as a topping, to drizzle on top of some of the Frappuccinos and other beverages.
Janet on June 29, 2015:
Thanks so much for all the info! I have purchased the base and frap roast from eBay. I was wondering what kind of chocolate goes into a mocha frap light? I see that Starbucks sells semi sweet, bittersweet and mocha sauce(which looks like a topping).
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on June 06, 2015:
The Smores Frappuccino is a tough one! The Starbucks recipe includes a milk chocolate sauce, graham cracker flavored syrup and marshmallow whipped cream. I think that blending graham crackers right into it would be an interesting idea. Maybe there is marshmallow flavored ice cream you could use in place of the whipped cream, too. I think a milk chocolate ice cream topping would work in place of the milk chocolate syrup Starbucks uses in store.
Phil on June 02, 2015:
Great info. Can't believe I have only just come into contact frappuccinos in particular s'mores
I have bought a blender, what else do I need to make this. Can you advise what I would need to buy.
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on June 01, 2015:
The coffee and creme syrups that you have are probably what we call the base. These thicken the Frappuccinos and add some sweetness. We don't use both of them together; the coffee base is used for all coffee flavored Frappuccinos and the creme is used in stuff like the Vanilla Bean.
In a medium Caramel Frappuccino, you would do 3 pumps of the coffee base. You can put the caramel on however you like! The standard is it goes on top of the whip, but whenever people like extra caramel, I usually start by putting some under and on top.
The Frappuccino Roast comes in packets and is mixed with water. It is a cold coffee and it's what provides the caffeine and some extra coffee flavor for the Frappuccino. This can be subbed out in a lot of ways. My favorite thing to do is to use instant coffee powder mixed with just a little water.
Emil K on May 27, 2015:
Ok so I found the actual frap coffee syrup and creme syrup but the coffee syrup is not the same as frappuccino roast (packets)? Can you tell me the actual # of pumps when making a medium size caramel frap? I think it's 2-3 pumps coffee, 1 pump creme syrup, milk & ice plus caramel / whipping cream. Lastly I have seen caramel put on before the whip and after, what is correct? Much appreciated!
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on May 05, 2015:
There's definitely a lot on the Starbucks menu that I consider a 'sometimes' treat, even with my employee discount! It's so easy to get carried away with all the things you can add to a frappuccino, too.
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on May 05, 2015:
Sometimes, you can find the actual Creme base for sale on eBay, Amazon, or Starbucks' website. If you can't find it, I recommend trying to use a vanilla smoothie powder or a vanilla instant pudding mix.
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on May 05, 2015:
My two favorite substitutes are vanilla smoothie powder and vanilla instant pudding. I like the smoothie powder best, but the pudding might be easier to find!
Mafalda on May 05, 2015:
Has anyone tried the Monin vanilla frappe powder for a vanilla frappuccino? I am trying to make an exact copy of it and was wondering if that powder would work.
Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on March 27, 2015:
Thank you for sharing these recipes. I am going to give them a try. I love Starbucks, but it is so expensive.
email@example.com on March 25, 2015:
I need the creme base for a green tea frab where can I get something similar
Saeful on March 15, 2015:
Hi mandination, very nice to meet you...
i like your page about starbucks and i m interesting to try frappucino at home but im not yet decide what the best thing to subtitute a base frappucino (which not sell grocery and "starbucks secret")...
what your recommendation for subtitute a base from 5 option above which very close a starbucks frappucino (for my first experiment :) )
thanks a lot and sory if my english too bad :(
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on January 06, 2015:
I think vanilla protein powder would work great. We have an unflavored protein powder we use in the store to thicken our smoothies, and it creates a very creamy texture.
Ryan on August 24, 2014:
For a cold Frappuccino, can vanilla protein powder be used instead of vanilla smoothie powder?
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on April 21, 2014:
We actually use Vita-mix! I've had this problem at other jobs and at home, though. If you are thinking of using your blender to crush ice often, it might be worth it to invest in a slightly more expensive bar blender (blenders marketed towards making mixed drinks generally crush ice well.) Another option is to pre-crush the ice a bit. Just throw it in a plastic bag and hit it with something to break it up to help out the blender. Our ice cubes at Starbucks are very small, which I bet helps the blending.
hortyboy on March 06, 2014:
My old Vita-Mix doesn't finely grind the ice, which then floats to the top. What brand of blending machine does Starbucks now use (used to be BlendTex) for consistent, smooth, iced texture?
loveandhappiness on December 02, 2013:
What would I need to replicate the caramel Frappuccino?
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on October 26, 2013:
The Java Chip Frappuccino in our store is made with Frappuccino Roast, Whole Milk, Java Chips, Mocha Syrup and ice. You can substitute any kind of milk you like, of course. For the Mocha Syrup, Starbucks does sell this through their website, or you can use a dark chocolate syrup (like Hershey's,) or maybe a dark chocolate hot chocolate powder. For the Java chips, I recommend dark chocolate chips. You can find the appropriate portions in my article.
jen on October 19, 2013:
what is the recipe for a java chip frappucino?
Liz on September 16, 2013:
Thank you so much for this! I used Target brand vanilla protein powder for my base and it worked perfectly! I made a mocha frappuccino by adding a few squirts of Hershey's chocolate syrup and it tasted just like Starbucks! I'm thrilled!
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on August 31, 2013:
A Chai Creme frappuccino made at Starbucks gets milk to the first line of a grande iced cup, then pumps of chai concentrate - one in a tall, two in a grande or venti, then ice and base. Recreating this at home might take a little experimentation to get the amounts exact, because I'm not positive how much chai is in a pump. I would start with trying a tablespoon per pump.
We actually sell the Chai concentrate we use in our stores. It's not a particularly expensive item, so I would recommend picking up a box of it if you want to try this at home.
Since you like to have vanilla added to your frappucino, I would definitely recommend trying the vanilla pudding mix. This should serve to thicken your beverage, and should also add that extra flavor for you.
So, for a grande Chai frappuccino, you would start with 3/4 cup of milk. We use whole milk as the default in store, but any kind of milk is fine. Then, you add your chai. I'd suggest starting off with two tablespoons. If it does not taste strong enough, you can always add more! Next, add 16oz of ice. I measure this using the same cup I'm going to pour my drink into. Finally, add your vanilla pudding mix - one half of a pack usually works for me.
Amanda W (author) from Pittsburgh on August 31, 2013:
I recently discovered that the retail version of the mocha powder we use in store is only available for purchase on the Starbucks website. Certain stores used to stock this, but now you can only buy it online. Our mocha is a semi-sweet chocolate, so you could try some alternatives, but you can definitely buy it online if you want to stick to the recipe.
For a grande mocha frappuccino, our recipe is three pumps of frappuccino roast, whole milk to the first line of the grande cup, a grande sized scoop of ice, two pumps of mocha (or three in stores that carry a different pump,) and three pumps of base.
So, to make this at home, you would want to start with your coffee first. I recommend using shots of espresso if you have access to them. A grande size would get two. If not, you can use 1-2 tbsp of instant coffee (depending on the instructions,) or 3-4 tbsp of regular coffee brewed double strength. Then, you can add 3/4 cup of any kind of milk you like. We usually use whole milk in the store, but any kind is fine! Next, add your frappuccino base. We use three pumps in a grande. I'm not sure what the exact measurement is without a pump, but I would guess somewhere around two to three tablespoons. Then, add about 16oz of ice. Finally, add in your flavoring - semi-sweet chocolate. You can buy the mocha powder or the premixed Fontana Mocha syrup from the Starbucks store, or you could always try using semi-sweet chocolate chips for something a little different.
Lee on May 27, 2013:
Thanks so much for putting this here. What's the specific recipe for a Chai Creme Frapp? Also when I order it from starbucks I have them add the vanilla bean powder. Would the vanilla pudding mix be the same thing and how much would you add to say a grande?
Julie on April 30, 2013:
Thanks for your blog! I was able to purchase from a Starbucks store the Frapp base and would like to know how to make a mocha frapp using the base. Thanks!
monica on February 08, 2013:
Thank you for this. I ordered this frappe base called Frozen x-plosion and i can't wait to get it, so i can try making my own Frappucino.