Despite the fact that creating Starbucks copycat recipes is part of my job, I still can't help but indulge in the real thing now and then. However, with my daughter joining my habit, the cost has skyrocketed. Although we do enjoy a priceless stroll afterward, usually to the park where we sip our treat while watching playful duck families, something has got to give. The experience and the drink have become synonymous. It finally dawned on me that we can have our cake and eat it too by creating a whole new experience- time in the kitchen together.
Our time will, of course, be spent creating unique coffee concoctions. With my young one's influence, they will most likely be a little sweet and involve the word frappuccino. You see, she is a kid after my own heart. She is flat out obsessed with these babies. Any type will do but, if they are from the Starbucks secret menu, all the better. I thought we should begin our endeavor a little more on the simple side with a basic Starbucks mocha frappuccino, made at home with our Keurig® brewer.
The mocha frappuccino is one of my favorites because it gives the ol' sweet tooth a little satisfaction but, it is not over done. After all, my mother always says, "everything in moderation." Mocha frappuccino fits that motto perfectly with a little sugar, a little chocolate, and a little coffee (3 of life's simple pleasures by the way). What it does have a lot of is flavor. The chocolate and coffee complement and amplify each other leaving your taste buds tingling.
Frappuccinos are best over ice but, I am certain it would taste just as heavenly warm. There are a few simple ingredients that you may already have on hand.
You will need:
- 1 cup of ice
- 1 Tbsp of sugar
- 2 Tbsp of chocolate syrup
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1 extra bold K-Cup® coffee pod
Just as with most of my coffee recipes, I used Newman's Special Blend Keurig® K-Cup® coffee pods in this mocha frappuccino. This roast always supplies the needed oomph to maintain a presence in a frappuccino. It is labeled a medium roast coffee, however, I would beg to differ. Newman's is a dark coffee, packed with depth and body. Just right for homemade frappuccinos.
- Start by brewing your Newman's Special Blend K-Cup® coffee pods on the lowest water setting of your Keurig® brewer. This will help avoid a watered down taste when added to the ice.
- Next, allow the coffee to cool to at least room temperature, preferably chilled.
- Then add all of the ingredients to a blender.
- Blend until the ice is chopped to small pieces.
- Pour into a tall glass and top with whipped cream.
You now have a coffee house quality frappuccino achieved in a matter of minutes with your Keurig® brewer. No need to leave your house and the cost savings is astronomical. This homemade version comes in well under $1.00, compared to an average of $4.00 at Starbucks. Also, I love the ability to control what goes into my drinks. I can adjust the sugar content to suit my tastes and pile on the whipped cream for my daughter.
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