This copycat Starbucks double chocolate chip frappuccino is the ultimate indulgence! Warning: this drink is seriously addictive.
As much as I love it, however, making a daily trip to the drive-thru is not easy on the wallet. That’s why I love this simple recipe.
One sip of this creamy, chocolatey, homemade treat makes me feel like I’m having one from Starbucks!
While many will argue that nothing beats the original, let’s be honest – Starbucks isn’t the most budget-friendly place.
With this copycat recipe, I get to enjoy one of my favorite beverages at a fraction of the cost. There’s no need to wait in line, either!
It’s also a breeze to make. You don’t need to be an expert barista to pull it off.
Just throw in all the ingredients in a blender and blend away!
Starbucks Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino
If you’re looking for a refreshing drink to cool you down, look no further.
This copycat Starbucks double chocolate chip frappuccino is all you’ll need.
It may be just a copycat, but this is the real deal. It’s ultra-rich and creamy and is loaded with decadent chocolate flavor.
Because it’s easy and affordable, you can make as many as you can drink.
Be sure to try more Starbucks copycat recipes to satisfy your cravings, too!
Plus, as long as you follow the basic formula – milk+sweetener+syrup+ice – you’re free to be as creative as you want with the ingredients.
Ingredients To Make Mocha Frappuccino
Another great thing about this copycat recipe is that it only requires six ingredients.
All of them are so basic, you most likely have them on hand.
- Milk – Starbucks offers six milk options for their frappuccino – full cream whole milk, 2% skim milk, non-fat milk, almond milk, soy milk, and coconut milk. So yeah, any kind of milk works.
- Sugar – Or any type of sweetener. I’ve tried Stevia, and it works great!
- Chocolate Chips – For that nice chocolatey flavor. You can even add more chocolate chips post-blending for a textural variety.
- Chocolate Syrup – Any brand works. You can also make your own chocolate syrup by combining cocoa powder, sugar, and water.
- Ice – Cubes, crushed, flakes, crescent – whatever type of ice you have. If you want to add caffeine to your frappuccino, try using coffee ice cubes. Just prepare your coffee, pour it into an ice cube tray, and freeze.
- Vanilla – It’s a flavor enhancer.
- Optional: whipped cream topping – no Starbucks frappuccino is complete without it!
Does the Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino Have Coffee In It?
Unexpectedly, no! I know, it came as a surprise to me, too.
While Starbucks is known for its scrumptious coffee-based beverages, they also concoct ones that don’t contain caffeine, and this one is one of them.
So if you’re looking for a delicious, chocolatey beverage for your kids, good news!
The double chocolate chip frappuccino is 100% coffee-free. This also means you can have that 2nd serving without your heart palpitating.
Although, if you’re in need of a good caffeine fix, you can always add a shot of espresso or coffee to the recipe. Mocha frappuccino for the win!
Tips & Tricks
- There are several ways to achieve a thicker frappe. The most effective technique for me is adding xanthan gum.
Xanthan gum is Starbucks’ key ingredient in making their frappes super smooth and creamy.
I know it sounds like a harmful chemical, but it’s 100% safe. In fact, it even has certain health benefits.
I use Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free xanthan gum, which is a little expensive, but you’ll only need a pinch for every serving.
- If you can’t get ahold of xanthan gum but want that thicker consistency, use cream or half-and-half instead of milk. You can also add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Sure, you’ll be crossing to milkshake territory, but who cares?
- Adding instant pudding mix also works wonders. You can also replace sugar with sweetened condensed milk or maple syrup to get a thicker consistency.
- Conversely, if you want a thinner and more wholesome frappuccino, replace milk with low-fat or any type of nut milk. I find that almond milk yields the tastiest frappuccino!
- You can also use honey, Splenda, or Truvia instead of sugar. Your frappuccino will still be wonderfully sweet, but minus the guilt.
- Use a high-powered blender. You’ll be crushing ice cubes, and only a good-quality blender can handle that.
- This double chocolate frappuccino is fantastic as-is, but this recipe is easily customizable, so you’re free to make it your own!
- For instance, instead of chocolate syrup, you can use caramel or butterscotch instead.
- Adding extracts and liqueur will add a nice layer of flavor, too. I love adding a bit of peppermint extract come Christmas time.
- You can also doll it up a bit with a dollop of whipped cream and more chocolate syrup. You can also garnish the sides of the glass with syrup to achieve that classic Starbucks look.
- If you want your frappuccino to stay colder, longer, chill the serving glass in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- This recipe calls for caramel syrup to add flavor to the frappuccino, but there are a bunch of other syrups and flavorings you can use. Hazelnut, pumpkin spice, butterscotch, chocolate, and cinnamon all make great options. Feel free to experiment.
Frappe vs. Frappuccino
Frappe (fra-pay) is a French word that translates to “beaten.” Technically, it refers to any kind of ice-blended beverage.
So yeah, even fruit shakes and slushies count as frappes. It mostly refers to coffee-blended drinks, though.
The first frappe was made by a French man, Dimitris Vakandios.
He was trying to make coffee one day, but since he didn’t have hot water, he used cold water instead and made his drink even colder with ice.
Frappuccino, on the other hand, is a trademarked product of Starbucks. It’s a portmanteau of the words “frappe” and “cappuccino.”
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