In less than 5 minutes, this at-home copycat version of Starbuck’s popular Caramel Frappuccino could be all yours. Think about it – no line up, no drive thru, and no putting on pants to go out! That’s all the reason I need!
I’m sharing this Starbucks Copycat Caramel Frappuccino with you in hopes that I will encourage McKenna to make them at home more often. Let me explain. I swear to you, Dear Reader, she has spent enough money at Starbucks in the past four or five years to pay for her first year in university. I really don’t think I’m exaggerating!
It used to be that a caramel frap was a treat, but I think I’m to blame for her being addicted to them. You see, I’m addicted to the green tea frap, and I used to use her to get my fix. Ha! Before the pandemic, when we were all going to work and school like normal folk – that’s when it started. I used to finish work at three and I’d usually arrive home before she did.
Her school was only a short walk from our apartment, but to get home, she had to walk past a Starbucks. She always texted me when she was leaving school, so that I would know she was on her way. So, I would text her back and say, “Hey, wanna pick up Starbucks on your way?” I would put through the order on my mobile and buy a green tea frap for myself and a caramel frap for her, of course. Therefore, I’m to blame.
Two years ago, we bought a house outside the city. When the first lockdown happened, we decided to spend our time at the house instead of our Toronto apartment. As hard as it was to get through each pandemic-related lockdown, it was not having everything close by that was the hardest to deal with. Over a year later, we still spend most of our time at the house, and the closest Starbucks is just over 30 minutes drive.
WE GET OUR FIX
John.e is not a fan of fraps. And, he doesn’t drink coffee, so being so far from a Starbucks location doesn’t affect him at all. McKenna, on the other hand, can live off Starbucks’ Caramel Frappuccino. So, whenever we go into town for groceries, we get a frap. Whenever we go for a doctor’s appointment, or to see the optometrist, we get a frap.
When John.e runs into town to look at a lawn tractor or to fetch a bag of cover seed from TSC, he brings us home a frap. Any excuse we can find to get into town, we’re on it! “I need a glue stick. Let’s go to town. We can get Starbucks!” That’s an example of how many excursions to town will start.
By the way, John.e doesn’t go away empty-handed. He used to love their peach drink, but it was discontinued. Now, he’s addicted to their chocolate chip cookies. And, McKenna loves to pair her caramel frap with the brownie, but I still prefer my homemade brownies. Still, I do enjoy a Starbucks cream cheese Danish every chance I get!
So, if I’m being honest here, I should start by saying that I’m a responsible adult. I don’t love the idea of wasting gas money just to get a Starbucks. It was time to make my own. I have seen versions of copycat Starbucks menu items online for years, but had never tried to recreate a Caramel Frap for McKenna.
She takes after me in the sense that she loves coffee, so she always has a supply of cold brew on hand. And, since she loves caramel so much, we always have caramel sauce too. After success with my green tea frap, I knew I could whip up a caramel version for her that would get her approval. So, I did it. I blended it all together and topped it with lots of whipped cream. It looks delicious, right?
And, guess what!? She loved it! Does that mean that she will never go to Starbucks again? Most definitely not! She said it was great, but it wasn’t Cali style! She’s hard to please, folks. Anyway, I hope that when she goes off to university in the fall, she will realize that when she’s student broke, she can get her fix by making a frap at home!
Starbucks Copycat Caramel Frappuccino
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup cold brewed coffee
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup
- 1/4 cup caramel sauce, plus more to drizzle over top
- whipped cream (optional)
- Add the first five ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.
- Pour into glass and top with whipped cream. Drizzle over more caramel sauce.
- Serve immediately.