Homemade Frappuccino

Homemade Frappuccino

The Spruce / Chelsea Ross

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Chill Time: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 2 quarts
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
31 Calories
1g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 28mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 97mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Frappuccinos are the ultimate Starbucks indulgence. They are full of calories and they also cost a fortune (for something that is mostly ice!!) BUT, when you make them at home, you can control the calorie content and they are far more cost effective. They still might be an indulgence, but at least it's one you can feel better about because you made it yourself!

This recipe makes a whopping 8 frappuccinos. Now I personally cannot drink 8 frappuccinos in one sitting, nor are there enough people in my house to enjoy said frappuccinos. So I found out that they can be frozen in mason jars, thawed, and enjoyed when you want! 

If you are freezing the frappuccinos and are ready to thaw them, just take them out of the freezer and leave them someplace warm for about 20 minutes. It's great to do this as you are getting into the shower or are doing some other morning routines. By the time you are ready to run out of the house with your grab and go breakfast, just grab a large straw, stir the frappuccino a bit and it will be back to its original glory. The sugar will settle, so make sure to mix it up well! 

I love using vanilla beans in this recipe, but if you don't have them on hand, just use a little more vanilla extract. You can also substitute a little chocolate syrup and chocolate chips for a mocha chip frappuccino. Or use caramel syrup for a caramel frappuccino. But, there is something so delicious about the flavor of vanilla with coffee! The sweetened condensed milk means you don't have to worry about dissolving any sugar. It's the perfect easy way to add sweetness!

You want to make sure to brew extra strong coffee because all of the milk and ice will dilute the coffee flavor. It's best to brew the coffee the day before and let it chill in the refrigerator. 


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"The frappuccino came out refreshingly delicious. The 2/3 can of sweetened condensed milk is about 9 1/2 ounces or just under 1 cup. It was sweet enough for me, but you can add more sweetened condensed milk for a sweeter drink. I topped it off with some whipped cream and cinnamon sugar. It was excellent!" —Diana Rattray

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A Note From Our Recipe Tester


  • 3 cups strong coffee

  • 2/3 can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1/2 vanilla bean

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 8 cups ice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Homemade Frappuccino ingredients

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  2. Brew the strong coffee and let it chill.  Use a refrigerator or freezer to speed up the process, or just let it chill in the fridge overnight. 

     Brew the strong coffee and let it chill

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  3. Add the strong chilled coffee, milk, and sweetened condensed milk to a blender.

    Add the strong chilled coffee, milk, and sweetened condensed milk to a blender

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  4. Split the vanilla bean.  Use half of the split bean and scrape the seeds out. Place the seeds in the blender. Add in the vanilla extract. Fill the blender the rest of the way with ice (leaving a little room at the top for blending)

    Fill the blender the rest of the way with ice

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  5. Blend until smooth. Serve with whipped cream. Frappuccinos can also be frozen in mason jars and kept in the freezer for up to 3 months!

    Homemade Frappuccino in a blender

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Recipe Variations

  • Mocha Frappuccino: Add 1/3 cup of chocolate syrup and top the whipped cream with shaved chocolate.
  • Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino: Add 3 tablespoons of peppermint flavored syrup and 1/3 cup of chocolate syrup. top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate or crushed candy canes.
  • Top the Frappuccino with chocolate whipped cream.

What Is a Frappuccino?

The Frappuccino is a Starbucks branded drink consisting of coffee, ice, a creamy base, and other ingredients.