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Cotton Candy Frappuccino Recipe

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One of the most Instagrammable Starbucks secret menu items, the cotton candy Frappuccino, is a crowd-pleaser. You won’t find this one on the menu, but it exists, and you can order yours from a local barista.

The only thing better than paying five bucks for a cotton candy Frappuccino at Starbucks is making your own for a fraction of that. The flavor, though, is just the same, if not better. 

So, what makes the cotton candy Frappuccino so special? For starters, the looks and looks matter. Other than that, this is actually a vanilla bean Frappuccino flavored with a splash of raspberry syrup.

You can use any berry syrup you have in hand, and you’ll find them in the milk chocolate aisle in the supermarket. Hershey’s makes a nice one, but there are many others.

Can you use fresh fruit instead? Of course you can. Blend frozen strawberries or raspberries with a few tablespoons of sugar to make your own berry purée. Then simply add a few tablespoons to the Frappuccino recipe below.

For the Frappuccino base, we’re using espresso, cooled down to room temperature (we don’t want steaming hot coffee diluting our drink). We also need whole milk or any other milk alternative, a sweetener, in case the raspberry syrup is not enough, a dash of vanilla extract and ice.

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I top my cotton candy Frappuccino with whipped cream, and you can too. You can even combine it with a few drops of red food coloring to give the pink drink a pink topping.

How about the blue cotton candy Frappuccino? If you’ve been browsing Pinterest for this drink, you’ve undoubtedly seen the blue version of it. It’s even prettier. 

To make it, just substitute the raspberry syrup with blueberry syrup or blend some frozen blueberries with sugar. It’s harder to find in stores, so you might need to make yours with frozen blueberries — it’s worth the trouble.

What makes the cotton candy Frappuccino taste like cotton candy? I’ll be straight with you. Cotton candy is just spun sugar. It has no flavor. What I’m trying to say is it’s all on our heads! That means you’ll have no trouble finding that cotton candy flavor in the Frappuccino. Isn’t that cool?

How to Make It

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Total Time5 min
  • Serving Size1
  • Energy332 cal




Brew the espresso and cool it down at room temperature or in an ice bath.


In a blender, add the ice, espresso, milk, vanilla extract, simple syrup and raspberry syrup. Blend until smooth.


Top with whipped cream.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size1
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories332
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat9 g78 g11.54%
  • Saturated Fat5.3 g20 g26.5%
  • Cholesterol29 mg300 mg9.67%
  • Sodium115 mg2300 mg5%
  • Total Carbohydrate57 g275 g20.73%
  • Dietary Fiber0.5 g28 g1.79%
  • Total Sugars32.9 g
  • Protein6.6 g50 g13.2%
  • Calcium238 mg1300 mg18.31%
  • Iron1 mg18 mg5.56%
  • Potassium330 mg4700 mg7.02%