Frappuccino is the name and registered trademark of Starbucks blended ice beverage and bottled coffee beverage that has different flavors. Among them are Mocha and Coconut. They are really easy to make. And, there are so many different recipes and flavors you can use to satisfy your taste.
One Homemade Version calls for 1.5 cups crushed ice, two 1 ounce shots of espresso from your espresso machine, three-fourths cup of your choice of milk or vanilla soy milk, 2 tablespoons sugar. Whipped cream and other ingredients such as cinnamon and chocolate syrup are optional additions to top them off. Place all the ingredients, except toppings, in a blender for half a minute or so. Pour into a tall narrow glass or a clear glass mug with a stand as they do in Italy and top off with your choice of the extra ingredients.
Another recipe for a Vanilla Frappuccino calls for a cup of milk, 2 teaspoons of instant coffee, 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar and an eighth teaspoon of vanilla extract. Put these ingredients into a blender for about 20 to 30 seconds. Then, add about 8 to 12 ice cubes to the blender and blend until the ice cubes are in very small pieces.
Another Homemade Version uses flavored coffee syrups, or flavored coffee creamers for a portion of the milk. Using flavored coffee syrups of your choice really makes your Frappuccino a personal drink. Adding any syrup such as Strawberry, Raspberry, Pineapple, Orange, Peach, Apple, Cherry, Passion Fruit, Coconut and other flavorings including Caramel, Amaretto, Almond, Macadamia Nut, Praline (Pecan), Toasted Marshmallow, Peppermint, Irish Creme, White Chocolate, Chocolate and Creme de Menthe do a great job to make your Frappuccinos personalized. For this recipe, I would recommend 2 shots of espresso from your machine or 2 ounces of a dark roast coffee. Add the flavored creamers for your Frappuccino. Using the same recipe for your coffee add one half cup of milk and blend for 20 seconds. Add the flavoring of your choice with 8 to 10 ice cubes and blend until the ice cubes are small pieces.
Another recipe calls for using a heavy dark Espresso Roast coffee. This recipe uses milk and sugar to offset the stronger espresso taste. Add one-half cup or a little bit more of milk, half and half or light cream along with 3 tablespoons of sugar. Put in your blender and blend for about 30 seconds. Add the ice cubes and blend again until the cubes are small pieces that will melt in your mouth.
One last thought, you can take any one of these Frappuccino recipes and add enough of your favorite drink to a dessert. I am always looking for ways to sweeten up or flavor my vanilla pudding. Instead of the usual flavorings, you can add your favorite drink to your pudding mix or a cheesecake. What a tasteful surprise for someone’s birthday or a couple’s anniversary. Be sure to watch the coffee and milk amounts of the espresso from espresso machines needed and use less or no ice.