Several weeks ago after enjoying a peppermint mocha frappe at Starbucks, I decided it was time to figure out how to make my own at home. I’m fine with spending the occasional $4 to enjoy the pleasure of sipping on one of my favorite drinks. But the thing is, I really wanted to be able to enjoy a peppermint mocha frappe any time that I wanted to. And the prospect of being able to do that for a mere fraction of what I typically spend at Starbucks was just icing on the cake!
So I got to work, using my easy Caramel Frappe recipe as a starting point. It was a tough job….you know, having to drink multiple glasses of frappuccinos for taste testing. Yup, totally a hardship. 🙂
I first tried chocolate syrup to get the chocolate-y flavor I was looking for, but it was just way too sweet and much too mild. I knew that wasn’t going to cut it, so I grabbed the cocoa. Whohoo! It was the perfect, rich depth of flavor that I was looking for! After a few more experiments to find the right amount of peppermint extract, I finally was satisfied that I had created a homemade Peppermint Mocha Frappe that even Starbucks would be proud of! In fact, my husband and I both agreed that this homemade version is actually tastier than Starbucks. But don’t just take our word for it, be the judge and try it for yourself!
Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino
- 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. (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!)
- Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
YIELDS: 2 small servings or one generous serving