Easy Homemade Caramel Frappe

Make your own caramel frappuccino with this delicious, easy recipe. Not only will it save you money, it’s also a great way to use up leftover coffee!

Make your own caramel frappuccino with this delicious, easy recipe. Not only will it save you money, it's also a great way to use up leftover coffee!

I am a sucker for beverages, especially coffee beverages.  But since I believe that homemade is usually better and since I’m frugal and hate parting with $4 every time I want to quench my craving, I’ve been on a mission to figure out how to make my own homemade coffee drinks that mimic the ones I love at coffee shops.

I found a great iced coffee recipe years ago, but up until now, I just couldn’t find a homemade frappe that I truly loved.  That changed recently when I discovered the trick of using coffee ice cubes.  Suddenly I could make a frappe that wasn’t mediocre!  In my opinion, the problem with using regular ice cubes to get that slushy frappe texture is that it also ends up making the drink much too watery and weak.  By subbing coffee ice cubes, you suddenly get a nice, strong coffee flavor- just the way it should be!

I’ll warn you though, this recipe makes a very thick frappe.  If you want it a bit thinner you’ll probably need to add more milk or brewed coffee.  And if you think the coffee flavor should be stronger, feel free to sprinkle in a bit of instant coffee!

Homemade Caramel Frappe



  • 1 cup strong, good quality coffee, frozen into cubes*
    (this is the brand we love and use regularly)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar or more to taste (see Notes below for a calorie free option)
  • 2 tablespoons caramel syrup (something like this)
  • whipped cream and caramel syrup for top
  1. Place all ingredients except whipped cream in blender. Blend until ice cubes are crushed. If you have trouble getting it thoroughly blended, let it sit for a couple of minutes and try again.**
  2. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel syrup.
* For me, 1 cup is 8 ice cubes
** After several months of making this, I’ve discovered that if you let it set for 15 to 20 minutes before blending it works much better!  I just get it ready as soon as I get up in the morning and by the time I get dressed and eat my breakfast, it’s ready to blend!)
*** To cut calories a bit, I subbing some of my favorite stevia for part of the sugar.  By using some sugar, I don’t notice that unique stevia taste, but still get the benefit of less calories.
UPDATE: I finally got smart and started defrosting the ice cubes in the microwave for about 45 seconds.  I do it just long enough that it softens them a bit, but not long enough to melt them and lose the slushiness that they give the frappe.  It works like a charm!
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Make your own caramel frappuccino with this delicious, easy recipe. Not only will it save you money, it's also a great way to use up leftover coffee!


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    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      I take it you enjoy coffee beverages as much as I do? Since, I’ve been making my own frappes, I seriously no longer am tempted to stop at Starbucks.

  1. says

    This looks delicious and just happens to be my favorite Starbucks flavor (although I’m also too frugal to pay for them very often). I’ve heard of freezing the coffee in an ice cube tray before, but I really need to give that a try. It sounds like it would make the beverage much better. Thanks for the recipe and tips.

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Yes, the frozen coffee makes a HUGE difference! I tried for a long time to make homemade frappes using just ice and regular coffee and it just didn’t cut it for me. It also helps if you use good quality strong brewed coffee- give it a much better flavor!

  2. Jamie says

    I’m going to have to try this out. One question – what is leftover coffee? Just kidding but I love it too much to have any leftover.

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Sounds like you’ll have to make a pot just for this, then! :) Hope you enjoy it. Making myself a homemade frappe has become one of the bright spots in my morning!

  3. says

    Thanks for sharing! Caramel isn’t my favorite, but I think it would be easy enough to change that part. This will be a perfect surprise for my husband though!

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      I hope your hubby enjoys the surprise, Steph! :) And actually, you might surprise yourself by liking this too. I’m not a huge caramel fan and often avoid it, but I don’t find the flavor overpowering in this frappe and therefore like it. But like you said, you can easily add chocolate syrup instead or tweak it to create other flavors too! Blessings!

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Making my own frappes at home has been one of my favorite money saving discoveries. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Thanks, Tasha! I think it is. 😉 And I love that it’s simple to make and allows me the chance to enjoy a delicious beverage without shelling out $5!

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Patrice, thanks for letting me know how much you loved it! Your comment made my day. :) Love that you were creative and made your own version. If you like peppermint, try adding a little bit of extract for a Peppermint Mocha frappe. So yummy!

      And I have to agree that once you start making these, you just aren’t very tempted to buy frappes anymore. Pretty much the only time I buy one now is if I’m out with friends and we are actually at a coffee shop to hang out.


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