One of my favorite drinks at Starbucks is their Caramel Frappuccino Recipe. I could literally have two a day and never get tired of them.
So I figured out how to make one at home and it’s so similar–but also, in many ways, better. Let’s get started.
When I decided to embark on the effort of figuring out how to make a Caramel Frappuccino, I didn’t realize how simple it would really be.
I mean, I watch the baristas at Starbucks, sure. And I know that it takes them less than 5 minutes to whip-up one of my favorite frozen drinks, but I had no idea I could recreate that at home…I mean, surely there’s some magic there?
No magic–just awesomely tasty and super few ingredients–I had no idea.
What is a Caramel Frappuccino?
For those of you who aren’t quite sure what a caramel frappuccino is, Starbucks describes it as “caramel syrup meets coffee, milk and ice…while whipped cream and buttery caramel sauce layer the love on top.”
Sounds devilish, right? Exactly.
It’s basically liquid dessert which is why I decided to own that in my version and omit the coffee altogether. Trust me, you don’t want to start your day out with a sugar rush like this!
Instead, enjoy it in place of dessert. For most of us, that’s going to be later in the day. Don’t worry — if you really want the caffeinated version, I’ll share my tip on how to work the coffee back in.
What You Need
Because, seriously, this is all I used to make this awesome caramel flavored frappuccino:
- 4 cups ice
- 4 tablespoons caramel sauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 2 cups milk or cream
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons caramel sauce for garnish
Yeah, and the execution? Just as simple.
How to Make a Caramel Frappuccino
Combine milk, sugar, vanilla bean paste and caramel sauce. Stir to combine.
Add caramel milk mixture to ice.
Blend. Now, this sounds simple enough, but you want to blend really well. I used my trusty immersion blender. Cheap little workhorse makes perfectly crushed ice for frappuccinos every time.
Rim glass with caramel sauce.
Pour blended mixture into glass. No tricks here, just get ready.
Kick your feet back and enjoy!
For those of you who want the caffeine kick on top of the sugar rush, substitute one cup of strong coffee for one of the cups of milk. Everything else is the same.
- 4 cups ice
- 4 Tbs caramel sauce
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 2 cups milk or cream
- 3 Tbs sugar
- 2 Tbs caramel sauce for garnish
- Combine milk, sugar, vanilla bean paste and caramel sauce. Stir to combine.
- Add caramel milk mixture to ice and blend until well combined.
- Rim glass with caramel sauce.
Wan coffee in your frappuccino? Replace half of the milk with one cup of coffee.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 466Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 556mgCarbohydrates: 89gFiber: 0gSugar: 77gProtein: 10g
Other Great Frappuccino Recipes
Can’t get enough of frappuccinos? Me neither!
Check out some of my other favorite frappuccino recipes:
- Mermaid Frappuccino – Love the idea of a swirled frappuccino? Well, here’s another great one for you. Blackberries and machta–yum!
- Unicorn Frappuccino – The ultimate in tasty swirled frappuccino goodness. It’s pink, it’s blue, it’s chocolate and sour…so much to unpack.
- Vanilla Bean Frappuccino – The basic building block of every tasty frappuccino recipe ever made. You just have to try it.
If you love this Caramel Frappuccino Recipe, but you’re not quite ready to pull out the caramel sauce, just pin this to your icy drinks cocktails board on Pinterest so you can find it quick later!