Caffeine and sugar rush? Our favorite Frappuccino recipes

Written by: Smilla H.



Time to read 5 min

The Frappuccino - an iconic cold drink for hot summer days that will definitely not let you slip into hypoglycemia! The proper name is closely linked to the world-famous coffee chain Starbucks, which actually had the brand name “Frappuccino” legally protected. But did you know that the Frappuccino recipe wasn't originally created by Starbucks?

Now let’s get to the drink itself! You don't have to run to Starbucks to get that sweet caffeine kick! In the following post I will introduce you to my favorite Frappuccino recipes that you can make quickly and easily at home!

A cold coffee - a thousand variations

Boredom is impossible with these delicious Frappuccino recipes, because the possibilities for variation are endless and there are practically no limits to your imagination! In addition to chocolate or colorful sprinkles, you can also use fresh fruit or crunchy cookie crumbs as toppings. If you're looking for an alternative to traditional sugar, simply sweeten your creation with honey or agave syrup! Passionate chocolate fans are guaranteed to love my favorite Java Chip Frappuccino! And for all coffee lovers who like it fruity, I also tried a variation of the Frappucino recipe with bananas.

Let's mix!

On the history of the Frappucino recipe

In 1992, George Howell, proud owner of the Coffee-Connection café, followed the emerging trend of mixing chilled coffee drinks. Inspired by this idea, he commissioned his young marketing manager to develop a summer coffee mix for their own café.
The barista managed to create a unique blend of espresso, milk, sugar and ice. This groundbreaking creation was named the “Frappuccino.”

Not only did the drink prove to be a success for Howell, who was able to expand his business to 23 cafes, but it also impressed the Starbucks chain so much that they decided to purchase the Coffee Connection chain in 1994. With the purchase, the rights to the name "Frappuccino" were also transferred to Starbucks. After a slight revision of the Frappuccino recipe, Starbucks achieved annual sales of $52 million from the sale of Frappuccinos in 1996 alone. Since then, the Frappuccino has enjoyed popularity worldwide great popularity.

Frappuccino basic recipe: What you need.

In contrast to the Greek-Style Frappe recipe, you only work with a mixer and don't have to do the shaking yourself.
You also ideally need a tall glass and a long spoon as well as the following ingredients: approx. 60 ml of espresso (that corresponds to approx. a double plus a single cup with the portafilter or a small espresso maker), 150 ml of milk or plant-based milk substitute, 10 ice cubes , 2 tablespoons of your favorite syrup (e.g. chocolate, vanilla or caramel), 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and if you want it a little creamier: whipped cream .

Frappucino recipe - step by step.

Step 1 : Prepare your espresso and let it cool. Best at room temperature.

Step 2 : Pour the cooled espresso into a blender. If you can't make espresso at home, you can alternatively use strongly brewed filter coffee.

Step 3 : Add the 150 ml milk of your choice and all the sweet ingredients, 2 tablespoons of syrup and 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder to the coffee and mix everything together with your mixer.

Step 4 : At the very end, the 10 ice cubes are placed in the blender and are processed with many revolutions into very small, even “crushed ice”. This should take about 30 seconds. If you want your Frappuccino to be a little thicker, you can try it with less ice.

Step 5 : Then fill the coffee mix into a tall glass and serve your Frappuccino as desired with a dollop of whipped cream and cocoa powder on top! Optionally, you can also garnish your Frappuccino with other sweet toppings.

Frappuccino Recipe Variations

Frappuccino recipe variation caramel:
Prepare your Frappuccino according to the recipe above and add a teaspoon of caramel sauce as a sweetener and use a delicious caramel syrup as a syrup alternative.

Frappuccino Recipe Variation world famous Java Chip:
This is my absolute favorite recipe and generally very popular worldwide: the Java Chip Frappuccino recipe. Chocolate and coffee simply belong together.
For this Frappuccino recipe, also use the basic recipe above and add 2 teaspoons of chocolate syrup and 2 teaspoons of chocolate chips (e.g. dark chocolate) for sweetness. Top your drink with cream and chocolate syrup for the beautiful look! Yummy!

Frappuccino Recipe Variation Banana & Beans:
Now it's getting a little more exotic. Take the basic Frappuccino recipe and add a ripe banana to the blender. You can get creative again with the syrup - I particularly like chocolaty notes with the sweet banana.

By the way: coffee beans can also be used as a topping, it looks great! Have fun mixing and HAPPY SUMMER DAYS!

FAQ Frappuccino

What exactly is a Frappuccino?

The Frappuccino is a delicious mix of espresso, milk, sugar and ice cubes and has won the hearts of many sugar and coffee fans worldwide. The Frappuccino recipe was not originally created by Starbucks, although the name is closely associated with the world-famous coffee chain.

Are there variations in Frappuccino recipes?

Yes, and some of them! The possibilities for variation are endless. You can use toppings like chocolate, sprinkles, fresh fruit, or crunchy cookie crumbs. As an alternative to traditional sugar, you can use honey or agave syrup. There are also special variations such as the Java Chip Frappuccino with chocolate or the Banana & Beans Frappuccino with bananas.

How do I prepare the basic recipe for a Frappuccino?

For the basic recipe you need approx. 60 ml of espresso (corresponds to a double plus a single brew), 150 ml of milk or plant-based milk substitute, 10 ice cubes, 2 tablespoons of syrup (e.g. chocolate, vanilla or caramel), 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and optionally whipped cream. You can find the exact preparation in the article.

Which coffee is suitable for the Frappuccino recipe?

For the Frappuccino recipe, you can either use around 60 ml of espresso, which corresponds to a double plus a single brew, or alternatively strong brewed filter coffee. You can choose your favorite coffee, but it's better to choose a darker roasted bean!

Can I also prepare the recipe without espresso?

Yes, if you can't make espresso, you can also use strong brewed filter coffee as an alternative.

What toppings can I use for my Frappuccino?

You can garnish your Frappuccino with toppings as desired. In addition to cream and cocoa powder, you can also use other sweet toppings like chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, or even coffee beans.