Frappuccino Ideas

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Frappuccino Ideas
Make your own frappuccino at home for a fraction of the price. (Donald Bowers/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Surprise your friends with an icy homemade frappuccino the next time they're over. Personalise each drink to your friends' tastes by adding extra ingredients like vanilla, chocolate chips, strawberries or caramel. Starbucks' iconic drink is perfect to serve on a hot summer day. Not only is it refreshing and gives that caffeine hit, but you'll also save money making it yourself.

The Base

The base for a frappuccino is a blended combination of 1 1/2 cups of crushed ice, a 3/4 cup of milk, 3 tbsp of sugar and two 28.4gr. shots of espresso. If you don't have an espresso maker then use a 3/4 cup of strong coffee -- double strength -- mixed with 1/2 a cup of milk and 1 3/4 cups of crushed ice instead. Blend them together for about 30 to 45 seconds.

Personalise your Frappuccino

Use the base recipe as the foundation for the frappuccino then personalise it to suit your taste. Don't add sugar and use milk with a lower fat content if you prefer a lighter drink. Switch to decaffeinated coffee or a speciality blend like vanilla roast or hazelnut to change the flavour. For an extra kick of sweetness, add two scoops of your favourite ice cream into the blender and serve with a straw and whipped cream on top.

Flavoured Frappuccino

Add a little something extra to the base of your frappuccino for a different flavour. There are many flavoured syrups available. To make a mocha, use the base recipe but add 2 tbsp of chocolate syrup and only 1 tbsp of sugar. You can do the same with other syrups by adding a touch of vanilla or white chocolate, hazelnut, caramel, cinnamon or toffee. Chocolate chip pieces, your favourite chocolate bar or Java chips can also be thrown into the blender.

Fruity Frappuccino

Not all Starbucks frappuccinos are coffee blends. If you leave the coffee out of the base recipe, you can create any flavour you like. Add fruit like strawberries, raspberries, bananas, kiwis or mango into the blender. Create a tropical fusion frappuccino by adding half of a banana, three strawberries, half a mango and a kiwi. Add yoghurt and a handful of assorted berries for a fruit-of-the-forest mix.

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