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Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Recipe

With this easy Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino recipe, you can skip the Starbucks drive-thru and have your favorite beverage while sitting in your pj’s in your own home!

This easy homemade caramel frappuccino recipe is just as delicious as the famous Starbucks drink, but it’s a whole lot easier on your wallet.

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino

This is my copycat version of the smooth and creamy Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino.

As much as I love treating myself to a Starbucks, those weekly visits can start to add up. This recipe fills all my caramel cravings at a fraction of the cost.

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Top it off with some whipped cream and drizzle some extra caramel sauce on top. This homemade Starbucks frappuccino is perfect on a hot, summer day.

Or if you’re like me, pretty much any day. Grab a straw and enjoy!

Best of all, you can mix up the flavors with different sauces and syrups.

Chocolate, strawberry, white chocolate, pumpkin pie, or even half-caramel, half-chocolate. Mix and match to your heart’s desire!

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino


If you’re looking for a thicker consistency, you can add more ice. Or you can use coffee ice cubes. Simply prepare your coffee.

Pour it into ice cube trays and freeze for 3 to 4 hours. Or you can simply freeze overnight.

For those who prefer a creamier drink, use half and half instead of milk. You can also add a scoop of ice cream for extra creaminess.

Want a stronger coffee? Add a teaspoon of instant espresso for an extra kick of caffeine.

If you prefer a light roast coffee, that works, too!

You can even add a sprinkle of sea salt and create your own salted caramel frappuccino.

That’s what I love about this recipe. You can customize it for your personal taste and preferences.

Starbucks Frappuccinos

Starbucks Secret Ingredient for Caramel Frappuccino

Starbucks uses an additional ingredient to make this frappuccino super creamy and smooth.

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It’s called xanthan gum. It creates a smooth consistency and keeps your drink from separating after being blended.

And although the name sounds a little strange, it’s a harmless food additive that helps turn this recipe into the real deal!

In fact, studies have shown that it may have a number of health benefits.

Without this ingredient, your drink can end up a little bit chunky.

So while this ingredient is definitely optional, I do recommend it.

I personally use Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free xantham gum. Although it may seem a bit pricey, you’ll only need a tiny bit to work its magic.

Add 1/4 tsp of xanthan gum to the blender when you mix all the ingredients for a smooth, creamy, thick frappuccino.

Caramel Frappuccino

Want a Healthier Version of Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino?

There are a number of tweaks you can make to this recipe to save some calories.

Personally, I find that this drink is plenty sweet enough without adding sugar. You can also use a packet of Truvia or Splenda.

If you want to avoid milk, you can use any sort of nut milk. Almond milk is my personal favorite. It might not be as creamy, but still delish!

You can also use low-fat milk. Again, this will be a bit less creamy and thick but still delicious.

Homemade Frappuccino

This recipe uses 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) caramel sauce. But you could easily cut that down to 2-3 tablespoons. Sugar-free caramel sauce is another option.

You could also use Hershey’s Simply 5 chocolate syrup, which has lower calories, less sugar, and no high fructose corn syrup. It also contains just five ingredients.

There are so many ways to customize this luxurious treat! I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments 🙂

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Copycat with Chocolate drizzled on top

How to Make Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino

This copycat Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino is so simple to make, you won’t believe it!

All you’ll need to do is brew your favorite coffee and blend in milk, sugar, vanilla extract, ice, and xantham gum, and you’ll have your favorite Starbucks treat at home.

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Recipe

Cuisine: American


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Make your very own Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino with just a few ingredients! With just coffee, milk, ice, sugar, vanilla extract, and xantham gum, you can have this copycat caramel frappuccino!


  • 2 cups 2 ice

  • 1 cup 1 strong brewed coffee (cooled)

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 milk (or half and half)

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 caramel sauce

  • 2 tablespoons 2 sugar (optional)

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 of xanthan gum (optional)

  • 1 tsp 1 vanilla extract

  • whipped cream and caramel sauce (to drizzle on top)


  • Make 1 cup of strong brewed coffee. You can also use a Starbucks K-Cup or your preferred coffee brand.
  • Cover and chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Put ice, cooled coffee, half & half, caramel sauce, sugar, xanthan gum and vanilla into a blender. Mix on high until smooth.
  • Pour into glasses. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Ghiradelli and Torani caramel sauce are two of my favorites. But Hershey’s Classic Caramel Sundae syrup also works really well.

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

1 thought on “Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Recipe”

  1. Wonderful recipe. Even bought the Starbucks “Vanilla Syrup”, 2 squirts and you have an iced caramel macchiato! I didn’t add the xanthum gum.


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