Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

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Introduction: Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

About: I'm a freelance illustrator who likes to make fun crafty stuff in my free time :)

After discovering, loving, then becoming totally addicted to Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino drinks, I quickly realized that I was spending way too much money on these delicious caffeinated beverages. They average about $2.50 each, and I was drinking one every morning before work, which was really starting to add up.

So I decided I was just going to start making them myself. I was shocked when I realized how easy it was to replicate. It only takes about ten minutes to make, using things I already had in my kitchen.

Step 1: Gather Your Tools

To make these drinks, you'll need the following items...

  • Coffee maker
  • Pitcher
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Empty Starbucks Frappuccino bottles (optional)

If you don't have a pitcher, you can use an empty milk jug to mix everything together.

You don't have to have the empty bottles for the drinks, but it does complete the experience.

Step 2: Double Brew Your Coffee

  • 1/3 cup coffee grounds
  • 1 cup water

Brew your coffee once like normal. When it's done, you'll have about 2/3 cup of brewed coffee.

Pour the brewed coffee back into the coffee maker where you would normally pour the water, and brew it again using the same grounds. This will give you about 1/2 cup of coffee with a more concentrated coffee flavor.

Step 3: Mix and Stir

  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix all of your ingredients together in a pitcher, and stir well.

Step 4: Pour and Chill

If you don't have empty bottles, just stick the pitcher in the fridge to cool down.

If you have the empty bottles, fill them up and put them in the fridge. They'll get cold faster when bottled individually as opposed to the entire pitcher at once. One batch makes about 4 bottles. I only had 3 bottles, so the rest went into a travel mug and popped in the fridge.

Make sure to mix well before drinking, because the sugar tends to settle at the bottom of the pitcher or the bottles.

Once it's cold, enjoy your Frappuccino! I know I'll be enjoying it just a little bit more, knowing I'm not paying $2.50 a pop anymore!

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61 Comments

I made this excellent vanilla Frappuccino regularly, then didn't, and then I wanted to start making it again for the beginning of this school year, but I could not find this specific recipe. I searched about 40 websites until I finally located this one again. Your particular blend of beans, sugar and vanilla is the best mix for us. As you described, I already have everything in my kitchen. Furthermore, it is really no trouble. I grind Mayorga organic free trade beans, and add organic whole milk, to make a maximum delicious iced coffee treat. This gets me out of bed in the morning and is a lovely way to start my day. Thank you for doing the testing until you got the just proportions right with the absolute simplest of ingredients.

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raymcgill
raymcgill

4 months ago on Introduction

Use simple syrup to prevent sugar fallout. I made a 6pack, and then haven't drank them since I realized this is just sugar milk with a splash of coffee. I can't justify the sugar.

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simpsone30
simpsone30

7 months ago

How can I make this Caramel? Add caramel syrup ?

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friendlesstrash
friendlesstrash

Reply 5 months ago

probably... Just give it a try! I can't because I'm not good at making things. I tried making rice krispy treats and I almost burned my house down! haha. But hey, I still got plenty of time to learn. I'm only 17 years young.

I have a picky 11th grader, who is a good student, and is very fond of bottled coffee, so I buy it occasionally to use as a reward. I made this recipe expecting her to reject it after 1 sip, and... She likes it! It costs me $1.60 to make one batch (4 bottles) using real Starbucks coffee, organic vanilla, and organic milk, but if I did not use organic products, it would only cost me about $1.00 to make all 4 bottles. Due to the pandemic my daughter is learning virtually for the month of January, and she hates remote learning. I am happy to have found this recipe, so that I can "treat" her every morning with a bottle of coffee... or even 2. It definitely takes some of the sting out of sitting at her computer all day. Thank you for this recipe. It actually improved my daughter and my relationship, and that's about a 90% savings. Yay

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Carissaraeee
Carissaraeee

Question 1 year ago

Okay so I think initially I posted my comment in the wrong section- sorry lol I’m new to this. But I made a batch and I think I did something wrong. Because it tastes like a regular cup of coffee with milk and sugar in it, as opposed to the Frappuccino, like I couldn’t taste the vanilla flavor at all. I used the Starbucks French roast instead of Italian roast, because they didn’t have the Italian at Walmart. I also tried it after adding the 1 tsp of vanilla, but added another 1/2 tsp because I couldn’t taste the vanilla at all. I also used “imitation vanilla flavor” because I didn’t have vanilla extract. So I don’t know if maybe any of these could possibly be the reason it tastes less like the frapp and more like reg coffee with milk and sugar. It’s in my fridge now cooling, so maybe the vanilla flavor will kick up a notch after setting for a bit. But has anybody else had this issue, and if so- any tips or ideas on how to tweak the recipe to make it have more vanilla flavor? I was wondering if maybe next time, I could use 3 cups of milk and 1 cup of French vanilla creamer. Or 3 cups of milk and 1/2 a cup of FV creamer. Or if that’ll be too sweet and too “vanilla-y” if that makes sense! Thank you for any suggestions in advance! I’ll be sure to check back daily in hopes that someone has responded! “Fingers crossed” 🖤

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Carissaraeee
Carissaraeee

Answer 1 year ago

Also to add- here is the recipe I followed... I did the French roast coffee, double brewed.
1/2 of sugar
4 cups of milk
And 1.5 tsp of imitation vanilla.

Maybe I’m just being impatient, I see others saying it tastes so much better after sitting over night. So I’ll try again in the morning to see if the vanilla flavor has kicked up or not because right now all I taste is the milk and sugar 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

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wsbnfm
wsbnfm

1 year ago

I calculated the cost of each item to make and fill 4 of the 9.5 ounce bottles and here is what was discovered. First, I am comparing apples to apples because the finished home made project is a "dead ringer" for the store bought finished product. The prices are based on purchases from "your friendly neighborhood America's largest department store chain on September 17, 2020." The cost for each ingredient: $0.78 2% low fat milk, 0.11 sugar, coffee 0.38, vanilla 0.7, water and electricity nil, Georgia state tax $0.06 or for a grand total of about $1.40. Note: we saved our frap bottles for little more than 2 weeks. The purchase of (4) 9.5 ounces bottles of the name brand 4 pack carton was $5.88, per my receipt, plus $0.25 cents Georgia state tax or $6.14 from the store. If you purchased 1 carton, as noted above, every week (4.3 weeks average per month) out of every month or $26.40 vs. $6.02. That savings equals the purchase to 2 beautiful rib eye angus beef steaks free each month, or $20 in your pocket or purse or $120.00 a year, by making your own fraps and especially when the fraps taste really, really great. We invited friends to play our weekly evening cards and we always drink a bottle of fraps while playing cards and they could not tell the fraps were home made. Didn't let them in on the secret until they were leaving for home. They were amazed.

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FrappeAddict
FrappeAddict

3 years ago

I’m SO happy I found this recipe! I’m addicted fo these and realized how much money I was spending, so I desperately needed this! And all the comments helped answer my questions! Just curious what brand of coffee everyone used? Starbucks? I saw that they make a Vanilla Bean coffee grains and didn’t know how that would taste by just adding milk? Thank again!

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GrimWolf912
GrimWolf912

Reply 1 year ago

The original bottles used the Starbucks brand italian toast grounds. That's all I know. I just used dunkin donuts grounds and it tasted good either way

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GrimWolf912
GrimWolf912

1 year ago

I made a batch and I liked it so much I am making a double batch to last longer

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TanyaG20
TanyaG20

5 years ago

I only like the vanilla light version and apparently its not being sold anywhere anymore. I actually called Starbucks and they claim its still being made but Pepsi distributes it. I have looked all over for it including out west while on vacation. I think its off the shelf...Anyway I need the 100 calorie light version. I just cant being myself to drink 200+ calories at a time. Even the regular vanilla that is 200 calories for the 8 oz serving says it uses reduced fat milk. So I think i will try this with Stevia instead of sugar and 1% milk. Had anyone else tried to make the light version??

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MariaHelen
MariaHelen

Reply 1 year ago

I tried making it with Stevia and almondmilk and would not recommend it. The stevia flavor is very very noticeable, especially after the first day of sitting in the fridge. I ended up dumping out most of the pitcher. I would just make it with regular sugar, even if it is a little unhealthy.

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katdelisle
katdelisle

Reply 1 year ago

I tried it the same way you described and would suggest using 1/2 the amount of Stevie that is equal to regular sugar. 1/2 cup sugar is equal to 12 packets of Stevie. Hope this is helpful.

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J ED
J ED

Reply 4 years ago

Some WinCo foods stores and 7-11's in Texas have the vanilla light version

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aishayellow123
aishayellow123

1 year ago

These Taste EXACTLY the same. WOW, I’m going to keep on using this recipe.

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dschmaeng
dschmaeng

4 years ago

any advisde on making the smores version?

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Katattackackack
Katattackackack

Reply 1 year ago

I would probably use Torani Sugar Free S'Mores Syrup in place of some of the sugar. But I would have to experiment to see the right amount

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AmonRa
AmonRa

Question 2 years ago

Anyone ever tried cold brewing the italian blend? Tried it with the cold brew instructions and it wasn't quite right. I'll try leaving the coffee twice as long to steep and see if that get's the more concentrated mix.

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ZuulG
ZuulG

4 years ago

would love Keurig instructions but beggars cant be choosers, so I love this recipe because it tastes exactly the same