How to Make a Frappe Like McDonalds

The McDonalds frappe is a wonderful combination of cold, coffee, sweet, and either caramel or mocha flavors. However, a small won’t get you very far and will set you back about $3.50. A larger one will be enjoyed longer, but also make a larger dent in your wallet. Plus going into McDonald’s is likely to tempt you with food while you are there. You can learn how to make a frappe like McDonalds or at least one that tastes just as good.

What Is a Frappe?
McDonalds doesn’t hold the corner to the frappe market. A frappe is any blended coffee drink. There are countless recipes and a variety of options that you can choose to make great summer drinks with. Don’t be afraid to get creative and to have fun with it.

Delicious Homemade Frappe Like McDonalds

McDonalds Frappe Ingredients
Many people at home want a simple recipe that will be the exact McDonalds frappe ingredients. They want to be told to add a, b, and c and in the appropriate quantities. The problem is that coffee shops and restaurants don’t make the items from scratch. Instead they have a pre-made base from which they blend your drink. Here’s what it contains:

McDonalds Mocha Frappe
The McDonalds mocha frappe base has water, cream, sugar, milk, high fructose corn syrup, coffee extract, natural and artificial flavors, cocoa, mono- and diglcyerides, guar gum, potassium citrate, disodium phosphate, carrageenan, carob bean gum, colored with (red 40, yellow 5, blue 1).

McDonalds Caramel Frappe
If you order a caramel frappe you get slightly different ingredients with water, cream, sugar, milk, high fructose corn syrup, coffee extract, natural and artificial flavors, mono- and diglycerides, guar gum, potassium citrate, disodium phosphate, carrageenan, and carob bean gum. Interestingly enough there aren’t artificial colors in this one.

In both cases the base is blended with ice, topped with whipped cream, and drizzled with the matching syrup. Of course the whipped cream and the syrup add calories to the beverage.

How to Make a Frappe Like McDonalds
There are many different recipes that will bring you results that are similar to the McDonalds frappe. You will have to try and a few and see which one you like. Here are a few to get you started.

You will need a blender. Combine the ingredients together and blend them. Here are a few options for blending into that great frappe.

  • Ice. You can either take coffee and freeze it into ice cubes or just use regular ice.
  • Milk or cream. Skim milk will certainly be the option with the least amount of calories, but cream or half and half will be a creamier feel.
  • Coffee or cappuccino Mix. With the coffee ice cubes you don’t have to use a coffee or cappuccino mix, but this is a quick and easy way to get the flavor that you want. Just add 2 tablespoons of powdered cappuccino mix in the flavor of your choice. Another option is to use 1/2 cup of coffee instead. Cooling it first will give the best results.
  • Flavored syrup. You can add chocolate syrup or caramel syrup as you desire. Usually 2 tablespoons is enough to boost the flavor of the cappuccino mix, but you can use 4 tablespoons and skip the cappuccino mix altogether.

Here’s an example of a great creamy frappe.

  • 8 coffee ice cubes
  • ½ cup of cream
  • 2 tablespoons of caramel cappuccino mix
  • 2 tablespoons of caramel syrup

Blend it all together until nice and smooth and pour into a tall glass. If you want, top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel syrup.

Want a lighter version?

  • 8 coffee ice cubes
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon of caramel cappuccino mix
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 1 tablespoon of lite caramel syrup

Blend it all together until nice and smooth. Pour into a tall glass. Sprinkle with sugar, sugar substitute, or a bit of cappuccino mix for a added excitement.

McDonalds Frappe Nutrition
A medium McDonalds frappe offers you a dreamy 16 ounces of delicious sugary cold coffee blended drink. This delicious treat is definitely full of calories thought. Just how many calories in a McDonalds frappe?

Mocha
For a medium mocha you are looking at 470 calories without the whipped cream or chocolate drizzle. If you get it the way it comes standard then you are looking at 560 calories with 24 grames of fat and 78 grams of carbohydrates.

Caramel
There are 470 calories in the medium caramel frappe if you don’t get the whipped cream and the caramel drizzle. If you get both of those then you are looking at 550 calories. It also contains 24 grams of fat and 76 grams of carbohydrates.

With this many calories, that much fat, and that much sugar it is a good idea to make your own at home. Not only are you saving money, but you are also saving a lot of calories. If you get a medium mocha or caramel frappe then you are consuming about 25% of the recommended daily calories and all you are getting for it is a single cup of cold coffee. While it is tasty it isn’t likely to be worth it. There are a lot of different frappe recipes out there and you might want to consider spending time to experiment.

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