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Homemade Starbucks Frappuccino Recipe

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The Frappuccino changed the way we see coffee. Actually, the frosty drink has surpassed regular coffee’s popularity in some circles — some flavored frapps don’t even have coffee in them!

I’m not judgy. I appreciate a Frappuccino from time to time, but let’s start from the beginning and talk a bit about this trendy drink. Then I’ll show you how I make mine.

By the way, the Frappuccino, which is a Starbucks trademark, wasn’t invented by the Seattle chain. Its authentic version was created in 1994 in Massachusetts by the Coffee Connection Company, but people already blended coffee, milk, sugar and ice long before that. 

The blended, icy coffee might actually come from Greece in 1957. That’s where the café frappé was born, and baristas shook it like a cocktail. Decades later, the slushy machine was invented, and the rest is history. Luckily, you can make a meat Frappuccino at home with your kitchen blender.


Of course, not all blenders can blend ice, so make sure yours can, or you’ll either break its blades or burn its motor. Most modern blenders, though, and the very old ones, like those rusty Oster blenders, can take care of the ice.

Now for our recipe. We’re using two espresso shots for each frapp, but don’t worry, it gets diluted with all those ice shards. We also need milk, and although you can use any type of milk or milk alternative, I use half & half because it’s thick and creamy. It won’t be diluted as much.

Finally, a secret of mine, a squirt of chocolate syrup. It makes all the difference and makes your Frappuccino taste just like the one in your local coffee shop. 

The rest is up to the blender. With the right ingredients in hand, making a Frappuccino is super easy. You know what else? It’s customizable too. Top it with whipped cream, add caramel sauce, crushed Oreos, chocolate chips or a teaspoon of matcha — there’s no way of getting a Frappuccino wrong.

Allow me to show you how I make mine and start from there. Let this one be the foundation for your wildest Frappuccino dreams!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Total Time10 min
  • Serving Size1
  • Energy483 cal




Brew your espresso and reserve until it cools down to room temperature. You can use an ice bath to cool it down faster.


In a blender, add the ice, espresso, chocolate syrup and half & half.


Blend until smooth. Add a splash of half & half if the blender doesn’t run smoothly.


Serve immediately and top with whipped cream.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size1
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories483
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat30.8 g78 g39.49%
  • Saturated Fat19.1 g20 g95.5%
  • Cholesterol100 mg300 mg33.33%
  • Sodium133 mg2300 mg5.78%
  • Total Carbohydrate45.6 g275 g16.58%
  • Dietary Fiber1.5 g28 g5.36%
  • Total Sugars28.5 g
  • Protein7.3 g50 g14.6%
  • Calcium220 mg1300 mg16.92%
  • Iron1 mg18 mg5.56%
  • Potassium457 mg4700 mg9.72%
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