Caramel Frappe Recipe – Tastes Like McDonald’s

by Jenni on January 14, 2013

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I’m a frappe lover and I got tired of paying a fortune for my habit at McDonald’s. I still treat myself every once and again when we’re out but I much prefer to make them at home! If you prefer Mocha over Caramel, read my Mocha Frappe Recipe post!!

Caramel Frappe

Caramel Frappe Recipe

I initially started making the mocha frappes but every now and again I get bored and want something different like Caramel. I basically use the same recipe only switch out the mocha syrup for the caramel…easy peasy! Keep reading to find out how!!

You can hardly mess this recipe up! I mean, we’re talking about coffee, milk, caramel topping syrup, sugar, and ice right??!!  If you’re more of a “tear open a pouch” kind of person you can try the Mocafe Frappe Caramel Ice Blended Coffee from Amazon. It’s great for a quick fix!

HomeMade Caramel Frappe Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Cold Coffee
2 Cups Milk
1/4 Cup Caramel Syrup (I used Hershey’s)
1/4 Cup Sugar
Redi-whip for the top if you prefer

Directions: Freeze the coffee in ice cube trays. Once frozen, blend everything until smooth and enjoy!! You don’t have to have a super awesome blender, I just use my cheapie Hamilton Beach Blender. I got a great deal on it at less than $30, and it does the job wonderfully!  Yes, really…that’s all there is to it!  Make sure to look below for variations!! This makes enough that you can share!



1.  I don’t normally have whipped cream but I did this time! It’s not really necessary unless you just really want it or are serving it for friends or at a party.

2.  I’m not great at following recipes, so I don’t really follow the recipe to a T. That’s the great thing about this recipe though…it’s totally easy to make a little more or less sweet depending on your taste. The same with the thickness. You can thicken with milk or thin with more ice or coffee.

3.  You can make this a sugar free variety if you’d like. Just use Splenda instead of sugar and use sugar free syrup or flavoring. I’m not sure how many calories are in this recipe…I don’t think I’d want to know ;)!

5.  This tastes just as good if you add ice to the drink instead of blending. It’s more like a sweet iced coffee. Sometimes I do this when I don’t feel like dragging my blender out.

I’d love to know what you think.  After you’ve tried it out, please come back and let me know!!!



Jenni here! I'm the owner and primary blogger here at Sweet Pennies from Heaven. Married to my better half for 17 years and mom to one awesome little boy. We have 2 dogs, Pepper and Izzy. My favorite thing to do is nap. I love sweets and coffee. Sweet coffee.

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Krista January 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm

This look amazing! Bookmarking!! Thanks!


Crystal @ Color Me Crystal January 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I saw this on Pinterest and now I am reading it here. I love this Caramel Frappe recipe. I will have to toy with it and see if I can come up with something using my Visalus shake mix!


Jenni January 17, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Crystal – the great thing about this recipe is that it’s totally customizable so you can make it work with protein powders, sugar free things (for diabetics), etc. I’ve found that most people can enjoy it by just changing up a few things that suits their needs!!


Cristine January 18, 2013 at 8:19 am

What a great idea. I love these types of drinks but I can’t justify the cost of getting them often. Thanks for sharing.


Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers January 19, 2013 at 1:30 am

This looks delicious! I can going to be doing a round up of recipes to use up leftover coffee next week and will link to this post.


Jenni January 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Wow…thanks Alea! I can’t wait to read your round up and get more ideas! Thanks for the link up…I appreciate it :)


Brenda February 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

Just made this. Very good. I will be sharing recipe with my friends !


Jenni February 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Brenda, I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! I hope your friends love it too ;)


shannon March 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

My daughter loves getting a Frappe. It would be nice if she would make these at home instead of spending all her money at McDonald’s.


Wendy March 8, 2014 at 8:59 pm

What coffee is recommended? What type is used in McDonalds?


Jenni Jenni March 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Wendy, you can use any coffee. I just use whatever we have at the moment. I don’t know what type is used in McDonald’s.


Katherine Varela June 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm

McDonalds doesn’t actually use coffee in their frappe. Go figure.


Alice February 28, 2015 at 8:58 pm

I use pretty much the same recipe except I don’t put the sugar in, I use powder Nestle Quick. I have come to like mine even better than McD’s. I also don’t measure any of the ingredients, the only thing I am consistent on is using 1/2 tray of ice cubes. LOVE CARAMEL!!


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