What Is A Frappuccino

Even though Frappuccinos and frappes are often mistaken for one another, the truth is that these are two very different drinks. Sure, they may superficially resemble one another, but once you drill down into it, they’re not the same drink. We should know because we dug deep into the subject. The following article should help everyone distinguish between these two drinks.

What’s a Frappuccino?

A Frappuccino is a drink that was invented by Starbucks and is trademarked under their name. It is made with a coffee base that’s blended with an assortment of other ingredients including ice and flavored syrups. It’s then usually topped with whipped cream. Starbucks sells frappuccinos in their coffee shops, but they’ve also developed a bottle version of the drink that’s more like a traditional frappe.

The Frappuccino was originally created, named, and trademarked by the Coffee Coffee Connection, an Eastern Massachusetts coffee shop chain. Starbucks acquired ownership of the drink when they purchased the chain in 1994. A year later, Starbucks reinvented the drink using the same name and that is the recipe that they currently make.

What’s A Frappe Then?

Well, that depends on whether you’re talking about a modern preparation or the classic preparation of the frappe. The classic version was invented by the Greeks during the 1950s and is very simple to make. Modern versions tend to make the frappe more like the Frappuccino using whipped creams, syrups, and sometimes ice cream to make them more like a coffee shake than a coffee drink.

How To Make A Homemade Frappuccino Drink

We’re going to preface this section by saying that you really can’t make a frappuccino at home because that’s a proprietary drink created by Starbucks. What you can do, however, is to make a “Frappuccino-Like” drink that’s very similar to what they make. Want to know how? Well, if you do, then read on because we’re going to tell you how to make a good faux frappuccino that you’re going to love.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1-Cup Of Strong Coffee (6-Ounces)
  • 1-Cup Low-Fat Milk
  • 2-Cups Of Ice
  • 1/2-Cup Of Caramel Sauce
  • 3-Tablespoons Of White Sugar
  • Whipped Cream
  • A Blender


This is an easy recipe to make, so all you have to do is to place the ice, coffee, milk, caramel sauce, and sugar together in the blender. Blend the ingredients using either the Frappe Setting or if that isn’t available, then put the blender on a High Setting. Do this until the mixture is smooth. Now pour the mixture into two 16-ounce chilled glasses and top them with whipped cream. If you want, you can also drizzle a bit of caramel sauce over the whipped cream to make for a more attractive presentation.

Additional Frappuccino Versions

If you don’t like our version of the Frappucino, then you can create variations on the recipe. Below are some suggestions that you may want to consider. Most of them can be made in the same way as the above recipe, except the caramel sauce is swapped out for something else such as chocolate syrup. And before you even ask the question, we would like to say that it’s possible to purchase a wide variety of different coffee syrup flavors online. That includes the gingerbread and pumpkin spice syrups.

Different Types Of Frappuccinos:

  • Iced Strawberry
  • Chocolate Mocha
  • Hazelnut & Chocolate
  • Vanilla Caramel
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Gingerbread
  • Blackberry
  • Raspberry
  • White Mocha
  • English Toffee

Additional Ingredients & Toppings To Try

If you’re making your own homemade Frappuccino versions, then you might want to consider making them fit your style a little bit better. Besides swapping out different coffee syrups to make a unique coffee drink, you can also try out different ingredients that will either amplify the coffee drink’s flavors or make them into even better versions of themselves. Below are some of the ingredients that can be used to take your homemade Frappuccino to a whole new level.

  • Coconut Flakes
  • Different Flavored Whipped Creams
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Cookie Crumbles
  • Coconut Milk
  • Oat Milk
  • Soy Milk
  • Protein Powders
  • Peanut Butter Powder
  • Matcha Powder
  • Assorted Cut Up Fruit
  • Assorted Nuts