This is my copycat version of the smooth and creamy Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino.
As much as I love treating myself to a Starbucks, those weekly visits can start to add up. This recipe fills all my caramel cravings at a fraction of the cost.
Top it off with some whipped cream and drizzle some extra caramel sauce on top. This homemade frappuccino is perfect on a hot, summer day. Or if you’re like me, pretty much any day. Grab a straw and enjoy!
Best of all, you can mix up the flavors with different sauces and syrups. Chocolate, strawberry, white chocolate, pumpkin pie, or even half caramel, half chocolate. Mix and match to your hearts desire.
How to Make Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino
2 cups ice
1 cup strong brewed coffee (cooled)
3/4 cup milk (or half and half)
1/4 cup caramel sauce
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
1/4 tsp of xanthan gum (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
whipped cream and caramel sauce (to drizzle on top)
1. Make 1 cup of strong brewed coffee. You can also use a Starbucks K-Cup or your preferred coffee brand.
2. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
3. Put ice, cooled coffee, half & half, caramel sauce, sugar, xanthan gum and vanilla into a blender. Mix on high until smooth.
4. Pour into glasses. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
Ghiradelli and Torani caramel sauce are two of my favorites. But Hershey’s Classic Caramel Sundae syrup also works really well.
Here are some fun variations.
If you’re looking for a thicker consistency, you can add more ice. Or you can use coffee ice cubes. Simply prepare your coffee. Pour into ice cube tray and freeze for 3 to 4 hours. Or you can simply freeze overnight.
For those who prefer a creamier drink, use half and half instead of milk. You can also add a scoop of ice cream for extra creaminess.
Want a stronger coffee? Add 1 tsp of instant espresso for an extra kick of caffeine.
If you prefer a light roast coffee, that works too!
You can even add a sprinkle of sea salt and create your own Salted Caramel Frappuccino.
That’s what I love about this recipe. You can customize it for your personal taste and preferences.
An Extra Secret Ingredient?
Starbucks uses an additional ingredient to make this frappuccino super creamy and smooth.
It’s called xanthan gum. Which creates a smooth consistency and keeps your drink from separating after being blended.
And although the name sounds a little strange, it’s a harmless food additive that helps turn this recipe into the real deal! In fact, studies have shown that it may have a number of health benefits.
Without this ingredient, your drink can end up a little bit chunky.
So while this ingredient is definitely optional, I do recommend it.
I personally use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Xantham Gum. Although it may seem a bit pricey, you only need a tiny bit work its’ magic.
Add 1/4 tsp of Xanthan Gum to the blender when you mix all the ingredients for a smooth, creamy, thick frappuccino.
Want a healthier version of this Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino?
There are a number of tweaks you can make to this recipe to save some calories.
Personally, I find that this drink is plenty sweet enough without adding sugar. You can also use a packet of Truvia or Splenda.
If you want to avoid milk, you can use any sort of nut milk. Almond milk is my personal favorite. It might not be as creamy, but still delish!
You can also use low-fat milk. Again this will be a bit less creamy and thick but still delicious.
This recipe uses 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) caramel sauce. But you could easily cut that down to 2-3 tablespoons. Cutting down the sugar and the calories. Sugar free
caramel sauce is another option.
You could also use Hershey’s Simply 5 chocolate syrup which has lower calories. Less sugar. No high fructose corn syrup. And just 5 ingredients.
There are so many ways to customize this luxurious treat! I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments 🙂
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