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Copycat Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino

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We love a good copycat, where we attempt to replicate recipes from our favorite restaurants and cafes. Some of our most popular include our Starbucks drinks, and for good reason. No matter how you feel about the company, it’s hard to deny that they’re a major player in the creative, fun coffee beverage scene. We’ve made everything from their Iced Guava Passion Fruit Drink to their cranberry bliss bars, but our favorite copycat has got to be the Frappuccino®. Whether you’re all in on Starbucks or haven’t been inside one in years, it’s hard to resist the allure of a creamy, frozen coffee topped with whipped cream. 😍 Lucky for you, they’re also so achievable at home.

Starbucks Frappuccinos® have been around since the mid '90s, though it wasn’t until 1999 that the Caramel Frappuccino hit the scene. Prior to then, the drinks were just blended coffee and milk, so the addition of caramel and whipped cream was a HUGE deal. It also meant they could market their beverages to more than just die-hard coffee drinkers, and was one of the things that shot them to the insane popularity they have today.

The same goes for this copycat Frappuccino—because of the high ratio of coffee to milk, it shouldn’t be too crazy caffeinated. If you’re really sensitive, though, try our copycat Vanilla Bean Frappuccino instead (it swaps coffee for vanilla ice cream to great effect).

You can use store-bought caramel and whipped cream for this recipe: for crazy mornings or that true Starbucks taste, we even recommend it. But, if you want to take this over the top (or are using higher-end home brewed coffee, maybe?), try making your own homemade caramel and whipped cream. They’re not that difficult, and can turn this copycat into something even greater than its inspiration.

Made this? Let us know how it went in the comments below.

Editor's Note: This recipe was updated on August 4, 2022.

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Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 5 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 10 mins
1 c.

cold, strong-brewed coffee

1 c.

(or more) ice

3/4 c.

whole milk

1/2 c.

caramel, plus more for serving

Whipped cream, for serving

  1. In a blender, blend coffee, ice, milk, and caramel until smooth, thick, and icey. Add more ice, if necessary, to reach desired consistency. 
  2. Divide between glasses and top with whipped cream. Drizzle with more caramel sauce. 

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