Introduction: Mocha Frappuccino Recipe

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Chocolate is pretty awesome and so are frappuccinos, so of course I needed to make a Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino. This delicious treat has the perfect combination of sugar and caffeine to get you through the day and is super easy to make at home. Enjoy this recipe and change it up to suit your tastes!

Find more Frappuccino recipes, and other Starbucks copycat recipes, in this collection: Starbucks Copycat Recipes

Step 1: Ingredients

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This recipe is a single serving and makes about the equivalent of a 16oz Grande from Starbucks.


  • 2c ice
  • 1/4c strong coffee - this Trader Joes cold brew coffee is my go to, but feel free to just brew up some coffee
  • 1/2c milk - use whatever type you would like; I actually used Half & Half this time and love the results
  • 3 tbsp chocolate sauce - I've also used Torani's Chocolate Milano Syrup with tasty results
  • 3 tbsp simple syrup (or 3 tbsp of sugar, but simple syrup blends in better)
  • Whipped topping
  • More chocolate sauce for topping
  • Pinch of Xantham Gum (optional)


  • Blender - I use a Magic Bullet at home, it's great for making individual drinks though doesn't blend quite as well as the Vitamix
  • Ice cube trays - small ice cubes make for even easier blending
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cups for serving
  • Straws - I'm a fan of reusable ones, but these birch pattern paper straws are cute with this drink too

*The amounts are just a suggestion. Change it up to suit your tastes; for example, I don't use a lot of coffee, but when I make one for my husband I usually put in more coffee and then decrease the amount of milk.

Step 2: Blend It Up!

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You know the drill! Throw it all in the blender and get it nice and smooth.

You can see I used big ice cubes this time instead of mini ones. My mini ones weren't frozen yet so I went for it, but I ended up with some big chunks in my cup that didn't chop right. So, I still stick to liking mini ice cubes better for blending :)

Step 3: Decorate and Enjoy!

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I like to top this frappuccino with whipped topping and chocolate sauce.

Stick a straw in it and enjoy!


Artemis Z (author)2016-02-03

Quick and delicious! tastes just like starbucks. thanks!

Glad you enjoyed it :)

TheThinker (author)2015-12-20

I ordered your suggested ingredients and tried it... excellent! Also changed to granulated Truvia and it was still very good. Thanks for sharing!

Awesome! Glad you enjoyed it :)

Armbie (author)2015-09-29

Have you tried adding xantham gum?

Penolopy Bulnick (author)Armbie2015-09-29

I have not gotten ahold of any yet, but I have heard and read that it is a good thing to add to Frappes :)

Adding just a tiny fraction of an amount will help tremendously with mouth-feel and texture. You will find yourself adding it to all kinds of things that you want thick without adding any cream or whipped topping.

My favorite thing is now I take a cup of coffee--don't matter what kind, hot or cold, flavored or not--and a 16th or 8th of a teaspoon of XGum and blend the heck out of it. It makes this deliciously creamy and silky mouth-feel with ZERO added calories. (okay, well a teensy bit... but like 1 versus 900 for a shot of whipped cream.)

Kurt_DR (author)2015-09-29

So for perspective the Starbucks recipe calls for 4 pumps each of Mocha, Frap Roast (instant coffee concentrate), . 5oz. and coffee base (thickening agent) approx 2.5oz., 2-8oz. Cups ice and about 2 inches tall of whole milk. I hope this helps.

gnach (author)2015-09-29

Horsing around for a camping recipe, I've found that hot cocoa mix AND
instant coffee will dissolve in cold water. It take a little time and
stirring tho. 2 tbls of cocoa mix, 1/2 - 1 tbl instant coffee and 6 oz of cold water is a good starting point but adjust to your tastes. Since getting older I don't like overly sweet drinks but add sugar if you do. As with any recipe, the quality (cost?) of your ingredients affects the final taste. I didn't know of the coffee concentrate, does it have to be refrigerated?

Penolopy Bulnick (author)gnach2015-09-29

Yes, the coffee I'm using has to be refrigerated. Hot cocoa and instant coffee sounds like a great camping drink :)

JeremiahB6 (author)2015-09-13

I didn't have any chocolate syrup so I used chocolate chips, but they ended up at the bottom of my cup like coffee grounds at the bottom of a stove coffee pot. It was still good though.

Hmm, yeah that's no good. I was trying to think of alternatives for you and I wondered if you could melt the chocolate and add it in? It would be a little warm and normally it would harden again, but I wonder if you mix it right away if it would stay mixed in. Also, hot chocolate mix or cocoa powder might work if you have either of them.

Go ahead and heat your milk then add your chips to it and stir until they melt and combine with the milk. Don't make it too hot or you will scald your milk. But this should keep the chips from solidifying at the bottom of your glass. Just a thought.

Jalashia89 (author)2015-09-25

yummy ???

Very yummy :)

Laral (author)2015-09-18

Brava! Looks great. I'll have to try this.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)Laral2015-09-18

Yay! I hope you like it :)

TvoAqui (author)2015-09-15

It looks delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)TvoAqui2015-09-15

You're welcome! I really need to make this one again, it's so tasty :)

laith mohamed (author)2015-09-14

Looks delicious yummm

It is pretty tasty!

Petra Silverbird (author)2015-09-14

pretty awesome! where did you come up with this?

Well, I experimented with measurements until I got the proportions I wanted and have now been experimenting with adding in different flavorings to make different frappes, chocolate is just an option that you would have to try :) and it is a type that Starbucks serves already.

JessicaMills (author)2015-09-14

The ultimate frappuccino recipe, looks to die for. Will spoil myself with it tomorrow morning.

Sounds like a plan!

jgroner (author)2015-09-12

Yum! Thanks for this!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)jgroner2015-09-13

Thanks for taking a look :)

li james (author)2015-09-11


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