Sip your favorite coffeehouse drink at home with this two minute homemade Frappuccino recipe. Save money and make this fun cool treat at home!
One day I mixed some vanilla ice cream into my coffee and I realized that it tasted exactly like a vanilla frappe from a coffee shop (shocker, I know! how did I think they even made them?)!
This is now my favorite way to have coffee during the summertime.
I definitely don’t do this every morning, but every now and then (especially on those super hot days) I’ll pull out the blender to whip this up and it never disappoints!
It’s got just enough sweetness like a fancy Frappuccino from a high end coffee shop, but it actually still tastes like coffee instead of an avalanche of sweetness (no shade intended because I too enjoy my fair share of mocha-macchi-dolce-ccinos)
🥄 Why This Recipe Works
It’s cheaper than a coffee shop – You could head into your local coffee shop and pay a ton, or you can throw together this incredible drink at home instead.
Easily customizable – Customize this with some caramel or chocolate flavorings to recreate your coffee order at home. Some flavored coffee syrup or just straight-up ice cream syrup will do the trick.
It’s fast – You can quickly make this homemade frappuccino in minutes. It’s quicker to make your own than standing in line at a coffee shop.
After all, if you’re wanting to make the best possible frozen coffee drink ever, you’re going to need to know a bit about how to make it happen!
Vanilla Ice Cream – There is nothing more creamy than some tasty vanilla ice cream. It makes the perfect base for this drink.
Coffee – I recommending brewing some very strong coffee and placing it in the fridge to give it time to chill.
Milk – Use dairy milk, soy, almond, cashew, or any kind of milk alternatives you like.
Step One: Mix the ice and the ice cream together in the blender.
Step Two: Add in the coffee and the sweetener. Use a sweetener to your liking. I felt the ice cream added enough, so I didn’t add more.
Step Three: Pour this yummy coffee drink into a glass, top with whipped cream, drizzle with chocolate sauce, and enjoy!
📌 Expert Tips
- Use different ice cream to change the flavor.
- Add some caramel sauce in place of the chocolate syrup.
- The key to an intense coffee flavor is using a strong brewed coffee.
I make a fresh pot of REALLY strong coffee for this recipe. Your standard cup of joe won’t taste as strong when it is mixed with ice cream. Definitely go for the strongest coffee you can. I am not a fan of spending money for something I won’t use very often, so I steer away from using store bought coffee concentrates. I find that brewing a strong pot does the trick.
While my recipe is shown above, there are actually a few different ways to make a homemade Frappuccino.
The main components are brewed coffee and then an additive of a combination of ice, milk, sugar, and syrup. Frappuccinos are flavored using different ingredients, which just adds to the tasty fun!
Optional Sweeteners include sweetened condensed milk or agave nectar. If you don’t use vanilla ice cream (and you’d be insane not to!) add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
If you make up a Frappuccino, but don’t get the chance to enjoy it right away, why not save it overnight by sticking it in the fridge? That way, when you wake up you can easily get your fix with little to no work on your part.
The easiest way to keep a Frappuccino in the fridge overnight is to brew the coffee ahead of time and then simply let it chill. Add in the rest of the ingredients the next day when you’re ready to drink it.
Absolutely! Add them to a freezer-safe jar or container, and freeze to enjoy later. Storing them in the freezer for up to 3 months is possible! I like to use freezer safe mason jars. You’ll know that they’re freezer safe, as there is an embossed snowflake on the glass.
A lot of people actually do get the two mixed-up. (And that’s okay! We can’t all be Frappuccino experts!) The main difference between the two is that a frappe is actually made using instant coffee and a frappuccino is made using brewed coffee. Who knew, right?! Use that bit of trivia on your next girls’ breakfast out. 😇
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Homemade Frappuccino with Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1 cup Vanilla Ice Cream
- 8 oz Strong Coffee chilled
- ⅓ cup Ice
- Sweetener of Choice to taste, optional
- A bit of Almond/Soy/Dairy Milk optional, makes it creamier
- Blend ice and vanilla ice cream in the blender
- Pour in coffee and any sweetener
- Pour into a glass and enjoy.
- Add Whipped Cream and Chocolate Sauce