Introduction: Starbucks Fakeuccino

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I had a Starbucks Frappuccino and LOVED it the minute i had it, but it cost me about $2.50?  This does not taste like the actual Frappuccino but is a way to reuse the bottle and make your own "Fakeuccino".

Step 1: Label (optional)

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 de-cap the lid of the bottle and look closely at the bottle. de-label (back side) the bottle and take a closer look at this label (ingredients or Contains:)

The pictures will explain!

Step 2: Research

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 Who knows what Pectin or Ascorbic acid is??
Not me...

I went to and typed them in, what i found was quite interesting...

Pectin: gelling agent (thickener).
Ascorbic acid: Vitamin C

Step 3: Wash Em

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 Wash the bottles and lids.  The bottles will air dry fine, but the lids need special attention... after washing them, take a look at their undersides.  in all the groves of latex can hide little coffee bits, make sure you get them.

Step 4: Don't Cry, Its O.K.

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 No need to cry but you can put away your old Starbucks Coffee cup.

Step 5: How Much Does One Bottle Hold?

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 A bottle holds 2 cups, the picture says 1 1/2 but that is WRONG! you will see i added extra in the brewing step...

Step 6: Coffee Choice

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 You can choose many flavors, decaf, caffeinated, etc.  For this, just buy the flavorless coffee.

Step 7: I'm Making My Recipe of Coffee (last Step)

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4 TBSP hot cocoa mix.
4 TBSP half and half
2 CUPS coffee

Step 8: Close

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 Put the cap back on.  Make sure not to burn yourself!

Step 9: Chilling!

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 Pick up the bottle, you may need to use something to hold it because it is HOT!

put it in the fridge and grab it in the morning.


Step 10: Recipe!

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My recipe is:

• 1 cup coffee.
• 2 heaping tbsp hot cocoa powder.
• 2 tbsp half and half or milk.



• 1 cup hot brewed coffee.
• 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder.
• 1 tablespoon white sugar.
• 2 tablespoons milk.


• 1 cup coffee.
• ½ teaspoons vanilla extract.
• 2 tbsp milk or half and half.
• Sugar to flavor.

Chai Latte

sdhardie says:
I've been making my own versions of these for a short while now, and they do not require heating.  And they taste just as good, if not better, than the real thing!

1 level teaspoon instant coffee
9 oz skim milk
1 or 2 packets of Splenda (sweeter than sugar, so go easy)
Stir well. Add ice.  Enjoy!

Delicious and fat/sugar free!]

I make something similar.  1 Can sweetened condensed milk,  I pot of drip coffee, anywhere from 8-10 cups, depending on your taste, (you can also use flavored coffees, everyone likes the hazlenut and chocolate) 2-4 heaping tablespoons hot chocolate mix, and teaspoon of vanilla extract if you wish.  Pour the SCM into a heat-proof pitcher, let the coffee cool a couple minutes, poor on top of the SCM and stir to combine, chill and enjoy. OH YES! I also pour some of the coffee into the SCM can to melt any of the milk still stuck to the inside.  That coffee goes into the pitcher as well.  Easy and cheap.  I buy store-brand sweetened condensed milk, magnolia brand, or eagle if it's on sale.  I have also noticed that for some reason SCM targeted toward the hispanic market is cheaper and really good.  I also shop at an Asian market and get a good price there, too.

sostahoe says:
I am a bartender and have made a version that is a hit and is constantly commented as a duplicate taste to the out of the bottle product.  ingredients are half cup coffee, one instant hot coco mix , about 10 oz cup of whip cream.  Method = using (Boston style) martini  shaker fill with ice and coffee on one side and whip cream and coco on other, combine and shake. (like a martini) strain/pour , serve. 

Make and take

• Make your everyday coffee how you like it and put it in the fridge and chill it. That way you know you will like it when you wake up squinting looking in the fridge for you coffee!

Add your recipes in the comments and i will add them into the instructable!

Step 11: Live, Love, Coffee??o

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 Join the group if you Live, Love, Coffee!


Coffee, you can sleep when your dead!

Step 12: So, How Much $ Do I Actually Save a Month?

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  an average month is 30 days.  This is how much you save by using the recipe I PROVIDED.

1 pack of 12 fraps - $25.00
$25 \ 12 fraps = $2.08
$2.08 * 30 Month=

TOTAL = 62.40

1 pack of 108 K-Cups = $54.99
$54.99 \ 108 cups = $.50 per cup
$.50 * 30 = $15 month
gallon of milk = $3.50 roughly
Swis Miss hot cocoa = $19.87 - 80 ounce 
4 tbsp = 2 ounces (close enough)

TOTAL = 38.37
(this is with the whole hot cocoa container since i don't know how many tbsp is in 80 ounces!)

Although it does not taste the exact same, you save....

$24.03 every month, this could seem like a little , But...

1 Month = 24.03
2 = 48.06
3 = 72.09
4 = 96.12
5 = 120.15
6 = 144.18
7 = 168.21
8 = 192.24
9 = 216.27
10 = 240.30
11 = 264.33
year = 288.36

Its not much but you still are saving little by little!


TheHumanWhiz (author)2016-01-08

Will the lid rust?

uzziah0 (author)2015-08-04

Looks good. Just got a Starbuck's Iced Coffee driving home from scout camp and needed something cold to help stay awake. Then I though, it wouldn't be hard to make more and just reuse the bottle, so to Instructibles I went.

This is good, but my only concern is putting hot coffee in the bottle and putting that in the refrigerator. Is there any chance of a broken bottle?

michael.lapaglia.3 (author)2014-11-05

BTW, If you prefer the version you get and the *bucks coffee shop, this works well.


¾ cup double
strength coffee chilled (see recipe below)

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons

3 tablespoons
Hershey’s Chocolate syrup

2 cups ice

Whipped cream

Combine all
the ingredients except whipped cream in a blender. Blend on high until the ice
is crushed and its smooth.Pour into 2
16 oz glasses. Top with whipped cream if desired. Substitute a caramel sauce
instead of the chocolate sauce for a caramel fakeuccino.

This is good.
Close enough to the “other place” that its not worth going out to get one and
it’s a lot cheaper.

Double Strength Coffee:

Using my
French press, I made the coffee with 6 scoops of a strong coffee medium coarse
ground (30 gr). Use a good dark roast coffee for this. I used the Keyna coffee My Son got me when he bought my press. Put the coffee in the press. Filled to
the top line with boiling water. Covered with the press cap and let brew for 4
minutes. Pressed the handle down and poured out all the coffee into another
container. Chill the coffee.This made
enough coffee for 2 batches of the recipe with my press. You need to adjust it
for your press. Mine holds 22oz but they call it a 17oz so you figure it out.

michael.lapaglia.3 (author)2014-11-05

FYI 4 TBSP = 1/4 cup. less measuring. (I'm lazy)

phishaday (author)2014-09-04

ExpressExpense makes it easy to replace a coffee shop receipt. Check it out.

H4x0r13 (author)2010-03-04

Not to be pedantic, but i just wanted to interject that "Chai tea" is tautology. "Chai" is Hindi for "tea", therefore the instructions are for tea tea (thanks wikipedia!). I just think that particular word we Americans use is funny.

"Would you like more tea tea, sir?" =]

But people wouldn't understand if you just said a masala or masala chai recipe

awesome 'structable btb, sounds tasty

MrMonkeyHead (author)H4x0r132014-02-16

Spent 10 years in Afghanistan and Iraq, it was Chai there. And in Thailand.

kkarn (author)H4x0r132010-03-13

I had an Armenian patient and his family left a board with words in Armenian, then the same word in English so that he could point to and make his needs known when they were not with him. Chai was the Armenian word for Tea.

In Korea the word for tea is cha.

J@50n (author)H4x0r132010-03-04

 thanks and yes tea tea would sound weird, haha.

dudaott (author)J@50n2010-03-05

 Just to add another language: the word for tea in Portuguese is "chá" - with "ch" sounding as "sh" in shave and the "a" sounding as "o" in house.

And in persian the same word means king.... crazy world of words.... 

Best Regards


thepete (author)H4x0r132010-03-05

In Japanese the word for tea is "ocha" not the same, but not too far from from chai, either :)

cmbrughnews (author)H4x0r132010-03-05

Same in Arabic as well!  chai is tea.  Small world!  :)


geekazoid (author)H4x0r132010-03-04

 same w/ russian.

divedaddy03 (author)2013-04-18

Very nice instructable. I really like this idea as I'm highly addicted to amazing coffee and GREAT IDEAS! :)

rbohringer (author)2012-01-27

Could you replace the hot coco mix and cream for chocolate milk?

Pizzapie500 (author)2012-01-27

What's a "30% Certified Blend"? I wonder why the other 70% isn't certified...

suayres (author)2011-06-06

Boy, I sure hope your coffee isn't (sic) flavorless! Don't you want it to be at least coffee-flavored?

J@50n (author)suayres2011-06-14

Nah because if you go by the instructable and use flavored coffee with hot chocolate mix that would taste pretty bad in my opinion...

suayres (author)J@50n2011-06-15

This is true. I usually use the DaVinci coffee flavorings, Irish cream or hazelnut are my favorites. I use sugar-free syrups. I was buying the creamers such as coffee mate etc, but have you ever read the ingredient list on that stuff? EWWWW! I now just have my coffee with milk & the syrup of choice. (I know, I know, what are the magic ingredients in THAT, but I have to do something.....).

supertoria12 (author)2011-05-10

oh, i thought it was caribou flavored! silly me :D

1990cujo (author)2011-04-23

I have been doing this for a while only i put coffee,milk,sugar,and some times creamer in it and put it in the fridge wait 4 hours and then drink it.

NatureGeek24 (author)2010-03-01

Great instructable!  I always need more excuses to drink coffee. 

Pectin is usually sold in little liquid pouches for canning jellies.  Interesting it's in coffee.  I wonder what "xanthan gum" would do as the missing "gelling agent" in the original formula.  I buy it in powdered format at health food stores- used to replace the "gluten" properties in wheat free breads.  I'll post the results if I try it out soon.

J@50n (author)NatureGeek242010-03-01

 ok, please share your results!

NatureGeek24 (author)J@50n2011-03-09

I could not get the xanthan gum to work as a thickener. It clumped and was not a tasty result.

imajem (author)2010-08-27

It would be nice if your pictures were big enough to see!!! Why so small???

J@50n (author)imajem2010-08-28

my pictures are normal sized...?

imajem (author)J@50n2010-09-01

Your pictures are too small to see!!!!!!!

beehard44 (author)imajem2011-01-19

maybe you're looking at the thumbnails

imajem (author)beehard442011-01-19

That's all I see....

counterpoint621 (author)imajem2011-01-22

Did you try clicking on the thumbnail?

apolo1 (author)2010-07-28

i tried this with my parents espresso machine, and it was sooo good. - by the way you can get Starbucks fraps at costco 12 for $14

jcudal32 (author)apolo12010-08-18

wow what a waste of money O_O

Because getting them for $.85 each is really a waste when you could just pay $2.50 instead. I TOTALLY follow your logic there...

shostakovich (author)2010-06-24

thanks...have a nice day

timothymh (author)2010-03-27

 The thumbnail image looks like you're using a paper towel to shield your hand from the heat. :)

J@50n (author)timothymh2010-06-18

i spilled coffee on the sides of the bottle and it was still burning hot and i didnt want to burn my hand :P

timothymh (author)J@50n2010-06-19

...he says, 2 1/2 months later. :) just kidding. I understand now.

J@50n (author)timothymh2010-06-23

ya sorry i haven't gone on instructables in like ever haha even the update is new to me :P

eulaliaaaa! (author)2010-06-16

I made one for my mom for Mother's Day, and she said that it was better than a Starbucks frappuccino. I have to agree, because when I made the coffee, there was a little extra, so I tried some. It was great!

J@50n (author)eulaliaaaa!2010-06-18

Glad she and you liked it!

eulaliaaaa! (author)2010-05-04

Great idea! I am going to make this for my friends, because I don't like coffee! 

J@50n (author)eulaliaaaa!2010-06-18

Haha thanks!

Onkei (author)2010-03-15

Hey, just wondering why you used hot cocoa mix instead of just plain cocoa? I just made some with it, but it's in it's cooling stage. I tried a few different things. I will tell you if it came out good.

J@50n (author)Onkei2010-06-18

Hot cocoa mix has sweeteners already in it.

eel laup (author)2010-03-13

yeah good job n nice tutorial :)

J@50n (author)eel laup2010-06-18


the_kcar (author)2010-06-16

Double-strength coffee in standard coffee maker. While that's brewing, make a double-strength dose of cocoa [2 parts coffee to one part cocoa], using powdered cocoa, sugar or sweetener of choice, vanilla extract, and milk [microwave ovens are *so* much easier to deal with!] The vanilla extract - and I don't know why - just makes it taste better. Both are going to be thick. Sick thick. Put in coffee creamer to the coffee - enough that it will turn the approximate shade that you are accustomed to in your regular cup of coffee. As it's a doubled recipe, double your sugar or sweetener of choice. You have two doubled concoctions. Fill a pitcher with ice, to the top, and pour both hot containers together atop the ice. Refrigerate. You can reuse your standard Starbuck's bottles, your favorite go-cups, or whatever your choice of container.

KillerNathan96 (author)2010-05-15

late at night so I didnt really feel like going througha ll the exact measurements or finding my grandmas coffee maker from when she was here last summer so i grab some filters microwaved some water and make coffee that way. then I added about 2 heaping tbs of Tim Hortons hot cocao mix. 1tbs of sugar and around a cup of milk. by the time it was all done i tasted it and it was good luke warm! Cant wait until tomarrow morning to drink it! Thanks Alot!

Phydeaux (author)2010-03-26

Economics of scale:

We've been making cold coffee for a while now... brew an entire pot, put in a big pitcher, mix in milk and sugar, and put it in the fridge overnight.  Can be easily distributed from there into spent frap bottles, or to-go mugs or whatever.  Great for a summer afternoon!

StratosVX (author)2010-03-17

I've found a simple combination that gives a taste similar to the bottled stuff, but it is a different consistency. Just mix coffee flavored ice cream with non-flavored coffee. Not a very original idea, but it tastes great.

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