Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino

Who doesn’t love a frappuccino? This Copycat Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino may be the best way to enjoy a delicious frozen coffee drink without actually going to Starbucks.

homemade Starbucks caramel frappuccino with whipped cream and caramel sauce.

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Why This Frappuccino Recipe Works

I always joke that it’s the sugar in my coffee that gets me going way before the caffeine. I like my coffee sweet with just a hint of coffee flavor. To be fair though, I don’t drink coffee often, it’s usually a treat. You can also give yourself a treat by recreating this famous Starbucks taste at home with this homemade frappuccino recipe.

Starbucks caramel drinks are the best, and the caramel frappuccino has been one of the most popular since its introduction. In fact, Starbucks’ website tells us that it’s “hands down” the most popular. You just have to drink one and it’s easy to understand why!

Now you can have a Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino any time you want with this easy copycat frappuccino recipe.

What Is a Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino?

A Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino is made by blending espresso with caramel syrup, milk, and ice until it becomes a chunky, icy drink. A swirl of whipped cream on top gives it a decadent finish, along with a drizzle of caramel sauce.

How Does a Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Taste?

In a word, heavenly! If you like sweet drinks, you will love the buttery caramel-syrupy taste of this frappuccino. And, the taste of the caramel drizzled cream on top will stay with you long after your drink is finished. One thing you won’t get is a strong taste of coffee.

How Much Caffeine Is in a Starbucks Frappuccino?

Starbucks frappuccinos do not contain as much caffeine as drinking regular coffee. A caramel frappuccino has about 100mg of caffeine compared to 182mg in a regular-sized cup of coffee.

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

Starbucks caramel frappuccino ingredients.

How to Make Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino

You start with a coffee base, add in some caramel for sweet, delicious flavoring, a little milk, some ice. You blend the ingredients together well, and top with whipped cream. And more caramel on top, of course. It’s easy to make at home and a perfect way to treat yourself without going through the drive-thru line.

Here are the recipe steps:

  1. Put milk and coffee in a blender.
  2. Add caramel syrup and ice. Blend until smooth.
collage of Starbucks caramel frappuccino recipe steps 1 to 4.
  1. Drizzle caramel sauce around the inside of a glass.
  2. Pour the blended frappuccino into the glass.
  3. Top with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Enjoy!
collage of Starbucks caramel frappuccino recipe steps 5 to 8

Recipe Notes and Variations

  • Keep some caramel syrup and caramel sauce on hand. Caramel is not only great in the caramel frappuccino, but also any coffee drink and quite a few caramel recipes. Some people think it’s sweetened condensed milk that makes this drink thick, but actually it’s the caramel syrup.
  • This recipe does not contain any chocolate syrup. Feel free to add some if you want to make a mocha frappuccino.
  • You can add a shot of espresso, instant espresso, instant coffee, cold brew coffee, or use your day-old coffee.
two homemade Starbucks caramel frappuccino drinks topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce.

Freezing Your Frappuccino

Why not make extra caramel frappuccino and put the excess in the freezer (minus the topping)? The next time you want a frappuccino, it’s ready! – no need to dirty your blender.

All you have to do is allow it to defrost a bit – 30 minutes at room temperature or about 1 minute in the microwave. Top it with whipped topping and caramel sauce just before you’re ready to enjoy it. 

Making a Stronger Frappuccino

If you want more of a coffee taste, you can freeze any leftover coffee in an ice cube tray and use coffee cubes instead of some or all the ice cubes in your frappuccino.

How to Make a Healthier Version of Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino

If you want a lighter version, you can use skim milk. You can also go with almond milk or cashew milk (my new favorite).

Would you like a skinny caramel frappuccino? Sounds too good to be true? Well, think again! You can create a cold, rich, creamy, and satisfying drink with only around 50 calories per single serving.

Keep in mind that a 16 oz size (Grande) of Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino adds up to approximately 380 calories. Here’s what you’ll need:

Feel free to add extra whipped topping and caramel. Even if you double the recipe amounts, we’re still only talking 100 calories.

How to Make Espresso at Home

If you don’t have an espresso maker, you can use instant espresso such as Medaglia D’Oro. Espresso is slightly different than regular drips coffee as the water is steamed through the coffee, making it a little stronger.

You may also consider using a Bialetti Moka Pot which Italians use to make espresso at home and costs under 30 dollars.

two homemade Starbucks caramel frappuccino drinks.

I can’t wait for you to try this recipe, it is one of my favorite Starbucks recipes. When you make this at home you can add extra caramel sauce, and go to town with the caramel drizzle. Best of all you can make this luxurious treat for a fraction of the cost.

Love Starbucks food and drinks? Try these copycat recipes!

More Coffee Recipes

Be sure to check out more of my easy drinks and delicious Starbucks drinks to make at home.

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homemade Starbucks caramel frappuccino and coffee beans beside it.

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino

You can make your own Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino at home with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Frappuccino, Starbucks Recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 325kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coffee cold or room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons caramel syrup
  • 1-2 cups ice more ice if you want it less thick
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream
  • 1 tablespoon caramel sauce plus more for drizzling in the glass if desired

Instructions

  • Place coffee and milk in a blender.
  • Add caramel syrup and ice. Blend until smooth.
  • Drizzle caramel sauce around the inside of a glass if desired.
  • Pour the blended frappuccino into the glass.
  • Top with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

Notes:
  • I suggest getting some caramel syrup to have on hand. It’s great in the caramel frappuccino, but also any coffee drink. Some people think it is sweetened condensed milk that makes this drink thick, but I think it is caramel syrup.
  • This recipe does not contain any chocolate syrup. If you want to add some, feel free to do so.
  • You can also use a shot of espresso, instant espresso, instant coffee, cold brew coffee, or use day old coffee like I did!
  • If you want a lighter version, you can use skim milk. You can also use almond milk or cashew milk.

Equipment

Bialetti Moka Express

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 438mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Calcium: 308mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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