How to make a Delicious Caramel Frappuccino at Home

Even if you love having your coffee black (like I do), every once in a while you might want a sweet and creamy caffeinated drink. The Caramel Frappuccino, is one of my guilty pleasures that I love making at home from time to time. Of course, I first had this drink at Starbucks as per my dad’s recommendation and I liked it quite a lot (but not as much as he does, as it’s his favorite). A while after I came up with my own copycat Caramel Frappuccino recipe that my father loves. I don’t think that he’s ever seemed more proud to call me his daughter than after taking a sip from my homemade version.

In terms of calories, a glass of this Caramel Frappuccino contains 275 kcal, without the whipped cream on top. If you add this cream topping and finish off your drink with caramel drizzle, the calorie count will go up to around 320 kcal (50 less than what’s in a grande Caramel Frappuccino at Starbucks).

Now, let’s continue.

Ingredients for the Caramel Frappuccino recipe

To make a Caramel Frappuccino at home you need the following ingredients:

  • Ice Cubes. For a proper Frappuccino texture you have to fill up your serving glass to the top with ice cubes. This is the amount you’re going to need.
  • Caramel Syrup or Sauce – 2 tablespoons. My favorite caramel sauce is Monin’s gourmet one. It’s also perfect for toppings, as it’s more viscous and doesn’t run down the sides of your glass, making a mess on the table.

    I was out of the gourmet sauce when making this particular Caramel Frappuccino that you see on the photos, so I used this Monin syrup instead. It’s more affordable and it’s also perfect for homemade frappuccinos.
  • Half-and-half: 3 fl oz (90 ml).

    You may want to substitute it with whole or even nonfat milk to get more of a skinny Caramel Frappuccino with a lower calorie count (though this will alter the viscosity, making the beverage more watery).

    On the other hand, you might want your drink to be creamier, and use 3 fl oz (90 ml) of heavy cream instead.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: 1 tablespoon (around 10-15 g). I add it for a bit of extra sweetness.
  • Instant coffee: 2 teaspoons. You may want to add espresso or brewed coffee instead – that’s fine, but this might make your drink a bit more watery.

    At Starbucks they use something called Frap Roast for their frappuccinos (except the Espresso Frappuccino). It’s actually instant coffee powder dissolved in room temperature water. They use a certain number of pumps for each blended drink. So even in terms of taste, your homemade drink will be closer to the original if you use instant coffee.
  • Whipped Cream/ caramel drizzle (optional toppings). The drink is quite delicious on its own, but if you want you can add the aforementioned toppings.


To make a Caramel Frappuccino you need a blender. For smoothies and such blended beverages, I use a NutriBullet, which is the best blender that I’ve had so far at its price range. It’s also quite cheap, considering what it does and its overall quality.

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How to make a Caramel Frappuccino?

To make a Caramel Frappuccino, you should:

  1. Pour all of the ingredients (except toppings) in the blender.
  2. Blend until you get the smooth Frappuccino texture you’re aiming for.
  3. Pour Frappuccino in a glass and enjoy.

When I have this homemade drink, I just top it off with a bit of caramel sauce or syrup, nothing else, as seen on the following photo:

Of course, you might want to do what a Starbucks barista would and add whipped cream and caramel drizzle on top of your DIY Caramel Frappuccino:

One time I didn’t have any whipped cream spray, and I didn’t have the time to whip the heavy cream I have in the fridge, so my father told me to just pour heavy cream on top of the frappuccino that I had just prepared for him. I did, and I also had it decorated with a bit of caramel sauce. Ever since this is the way he wants me to have his copycat Caramel Frappuccino made:

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Over to you

I hope you like my take on this recipe. Let me know whether you’ve tried it out at home. And most importantly – did you like how your homemade Caramel Frappuccino turned out? Drop me a comment below and let me know.

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