McDonald’s Caramel Frappe Recipe


Imagine sipping on a luxurious, ice-cold blend of rich caramel and bold coffee, a drink so indulgent it feels like a mini-vacation in a cup. That’s exactly what I experienced when I first whipped up McDonald’s Caramel Frappe at home. Let me take you through this blissful journey, where every sip promises a delightful escape from the ordinary.

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What is a Frappe?

Pronounced frap-pay, it is an iced drink that is blended, beaten, or shaken to come up with a foamy, tasty, and refreshing beverage. The frappe is served cold with whipped cream as the topping. The ice can be added after or before the coffee is beaten and the additives like vanilla, milk, sugar, and the sweet sauces are added.

The name has a French connection and there is an interesting story of how the beverage was first made. Dimitris Vakondios was trying to make his usual instant coffee, but he didn’t have any hot water. Dimitris came up with a unique idea. He mixed his coffee with cold water and added ice cubes in his shaker.

Difference Between Frappe and Frappuccino

Frappe refers to a setting on many blenders. So, making a frappe actually means that you are blending a beverage. Of course, it has now evolved to mean the blending of a coffee beverage. Frappuccino, on the other hand, is the cold blended coffee drink of Starbucks. It is a protected name, so other companies cannot use it.

Difference Between Latte and Frappe

There is a difference between the two. A frappe is made from flavored syrup, milk, and ice cream. It also has coffee or in some instances a coffee flavoring. However, a latte is half espresso and half milk. A frappe is iced. Mocha has chocolate.

Is Frappe a Milkshake?

A milkshake is a beverage made of ice cream and milk, and sometimes it has a flavoring. It is whipped or blended until the beverage becomes foamy. In New England, however, there is no ice cream in the milkshake. The beverage becomes a frappe drink traditionally when you add ice cream to it.

How to Make McDonald’s Caramel Frappe

McDonald’s Caramel Frappe is made with a rich caramel flavor, a hint of coffee, and is blended with ice. Additionally, there is an added extra of whipped topping and a drizzle of caramel. So this is a drink where coffee meets caramel, ice, and milk. The buttery caramel and whipped cream on top makes it a combination you’re going to love. The coffee used is mostly pre-mixed, like it is in your mocha frappe.

At McDonald’s, the caramel frappe is available in 3 sizes – large, medium, and small. You can now make it easily at home, and it will be even tastier than the McDonald restaurant-made frappe.

The small McDonald’s caramel frappe costs $2.39, while the large version costs $3.39. They use the Torani Caramel Sauce in the beverage.

You can now make the same caramel frappe beverage at home. It is easy to make as well and it will taste just like the one you can buy at your local McDonald’s store. Here’s how you can make it.


Strong Coffee: Provides the base flavor and caffeine kick of the frappe.

Caramel Syrup: Adds the rich, sweet caramel flavor that is central to the drink.

Granulated Sugar: Enhances the sweetness of the frappe.

Whole or Skim Milk: Contributes to the creamy texture and balances the coffee’s bitterness.

Whipped Cream: Used as a topping to add a light, creamy texture and visual appeal.

Ice: Creates the cold, slushy consistency typical of a frappe.

McDonald’s Caramel Frappe Recipe

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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McDonald’s Caramel Frappe is a drink you can only dream about knowing how to make. Lucky for you the recipe is outlined down below.


  • ½ cup of strong coffee

  • 3 teaspoons 3 of caramel syrup

  • 2 teaspoons 2 of granulated sugar

  • ½ cup of whole milk or skim milk

  • Whipped cream

  • 4 cups 4 of ice


  • Begin by pouring the coffee, milk, caramel syrup, sugar, and ice cubes into your blender.
  • Pulse the blender until the frappe is ready to be poured but still remains thick.
  • Mix another small amount of caramel syrup with your coffee if desired. It should dissolve completely. (Optional, depending on how much you like the caramel flavor)
  • Blend on medium to high speed until you reach the consistency you like. Some blenders have a frappe speed.
  • Add more milk if you find that the mixture is very thick. You can adjust according to your liking.
  • Add the caramel and whipped cream on top.


  • You will need a smoothie maker or ice blender to have the right texture. An ordinary blender will leave large ice chunks, which means your drink will taste more like an iced coffee instead of a frappe. So you need a machine that deals with ice efficiently and is good for making smoothies.

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Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 53, Carbohydrates 7g, Cholesterol 3mg, Total Fat 1g, Protein 5g, Sugar 0g, Fiber 0g, Sodium 103mg

Tips & Tricks

  1. Perfect Coffee Concentration: The secret to replicating that authentic McDonald’s taste lies in the strength of your coffee. Brew it stronger than you normally would. I recommend using a dark roast for a deeper flavor and chilling it before blending. This ensures your frappe doesn’t get watered down as the ice melts, maintaining that robust coffee flavor from the first sip to the last.
  2. Caramel Syrup Quality and Application: Don’t just choose any caramel syrup; opt for a high-quality one like Torani, which McDonald’s uses. For an extra gourmet touch, drizzle the inside of the glass with caramel syrup before pouring in the frappe. This not only enhances the flavor but also gives it that professional, visually appealing swirl effect, just like you get at McDonald’s.
  3. Ice Matters: The texture of your frappe is crucial. Use crushed ice instead of whole cubes for a smoother blend. If your blender struggles with ice, let the cubes sit out for about 5 minutes to slightly soften. This trick helps in achieving that perfectly smooth, creamy consistency without overworking your blender, ensuring your frappe is never grainy but always luxuriously smooth.

You can use any caramel ice cream topping as well. Hershey’s is a good option. You can also use Mrs. Richardson’s butterscotch caramel. It is tasty and thick. As you reach the bottom of your frappe, the straw will begin to suck up the thick, nice, and mouthfuls of caramel. It will be a wonderful experience.

What does it taste like?

It is mostly like coffee ice cream, it’s a light and frothy drink. There are many fast food companies that make this drink, such as Starbucks and Dunkin‘. But many believe that McDonald’s makes the best frappes. This popular fast-food company based out of Chicago in the United States, has almost 39,000 outlets around the world and employs more than 1.9 million people. Caramel frappe is available at many of their locations.

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McDonald’s caramel frappe is a wonderful beverage. The rich caramel flavor and hint of coffee makes it really yummy and perfect for a hot day. This beverage is easy and quick to make at home too. Follow the recipe and it should be very easy. You can prepare this drink for family and guests.

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  1. Barbara LaPenna

    Can you make the mocha frappe the same way just add chocolate syrup instead of the caramel syrup?

  2. This looks really yummy, can’t wait to try!

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