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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70 Comments

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ZuulG
ZuulG

5 years ago

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

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Janettej4
Janettej4

Reply 3 years ago

I experimented with my Keurig...
I used my k-cup reusable filter and put 2 tablespoons of Folgers coffee made 8 oz
Pour into pitcher
Then 3/4 cup of sugar
7 cups of milk
2 tsp of vanilla
And mix
Makes about 5to 6 glass containers
It taste just like it I loved it

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Jenns_paradise
Jenns_paradise

Reply 6 weeks ago

Thanks! Ever try a K cup? I have dozens if varietied, but not yet a reusable one..buying soon now lol

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raymcgill
raymcgill

1 year 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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Jenns_paradise
Jenns_paradise

Reply 6 weeks ago

Could you tell me how much simple syrup? Is yours the 1 to 1 ratio ? Thanks in advance

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zotto1q
zotto1q

Reply 1 year ago

Use liquid Splenda instead.

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ron2370
ron2370

5 months ago

How long does this last in fridge, does the milk go sour?

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TerrorKitties
TerrorKitties

7 years ago

how does on make this decaf.

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PeggyM91
PeggyM91

Reply 9 months ago

Use decaf coffee

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RonneyG
RonneyG

Tip 9 months ago on Step 3

I mix the sugar in with the hot coffee before adding the milk and vanilla. The hot coffee dissolves the sugar.

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PeggyM91
PeggyM91

Tip 10 months ago on Step 3

For the milk, I used half evaporated milk and half water-makes it creamier (plus it was all I had).
Instead of coffee, I had some instant espresso powder in the cabinet so used that.
Perfect.

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Carissaraeee
Carissaraeee

Question 2 years 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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JohnE105
JohnE105

Answer 1 year ago

You can’t change the recipe and expect the same results. That French roast is WAY too dark. Italian roast or even a decent Sumatra would be better. I don’t agree with double brewing the coffee, just use better coffee. And you simply must invest in real vanilla. Imitation won’t do. I only use Nielsen-Massey Madagascar vanilla extract for all my cooking. You’ll see a huge difference.

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Carissaraeee
Carissaraeee

Answer 2 years 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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FrappeAddict
FrappeAddict

4 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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ChrisT13
ChrisT13

Reply 1 year ago

I just use Folgers Classic Roast, 2% milk, granulated sugar and vanilla extract. Tastes exactly like the real thing!

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GrimWolf912
GrimWolf912

Reply 2 years 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

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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simpsone30
simpsone30

1 year ago

How can I make this Caramel? Add caramel syrup ?

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friendlesstrash
friendlesstrash

Reply 1 year 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.