What do you get when you cross delicious coffee with ice cubes and just a little sweetness? A McDonald’s Mocha Frappe, that’s what! This tasty drink is perfect for when you need a pick me up and want to cool down at the same time. Today we will show you our McDonald’s Mocha Frappe recipe, give you some tips and tricks, and teach you how to make it.
How To Make McDonald’s Mocha Frappe
Our McDonald’s Mocha Frappe recipe is straightforward to make, but you may need to plan ahead of time. The good news is that once you have done the prep, you can pretty much whip up a batch in an instant.
Traditionally Frappe is served over ice. In fact, you can still do this. However, if you have ever had a McDonald’s Mocha Frappe, you’ll be aware that it is super smooth and creamy, much like a milkshake. The secret is what you do with the ice.
You are going to need a blender to get a super smooth frappe. But we don’t just add ice cubes to coffee, oh no, we do something special. Ice cubes are all good and well, but you end up with a watery and diluted drink once they melt. The key to getting around this problem is to actually make the coffee into ice cubes.
This is actually great as the ice cubes will keep almost indefinitely, so if you are looking for a McDonald’s Mocha Frappe on the go, you’ll be able to make one in seconds.
You don’t need much equipment either. An ice cube tray, a blender, and a freezer are about all it takes.
The first step is making the coffee and allowing it to cool. Once it has cooled, we freeze it in the ice cube trays.
From then on, it is just a case of assembling your ingredients, giving them a whizz in a blender, and adding an optional garnish. It really is that simple.
Tips and Trick
Let the coffee cool before freezing. This isn’t so much to do with the taste. If you have plastic ice cube trays, they might crack if you add hot coffee. Also, when you put hot things into a cold freezer, you can cause steam. This will lead to frost inside your freezer, so do yourself a favor and make sure that the coffee has cooled to room temperature before placing it in the freezer.
You can use alternative kinds of milk for this McDonald’s copycat recipe. We are a huge fan of whole milk. It makes the recipe super creamy. However, you can use whatever milk you prefer. Almond milk offers a little hint of sweetness that works wonderfully.
Make sure that you add the milk just before blending. Don’t leave it to stand for too long, or your coffee cubes will melt before they should, and the drink won’t be quite as thick.
Ok, so we know McDonald’s isn’t exactly famous for cutting down on calories. However, it is possible to make a lite version of our homemade McDonald’s Mocha Frappe. Our recipe uses sugar, but you can replace the sugar with your choice of artificial sweetener if you like. Provided you get the proportions right, it should taste pretty much the same.
We love our drinks syrups. If you do too, then feel free to ‘play jazz’. The basis for a mocha frappe is coffee and chocolate. The chocolate flavor, in particular, comes from the syrup. But don’t feel limited by this. Other favorites to try could be salted caramel or hazelnut. If you shop around, you might even be able to find zero calorie syrups too!
Can I Make This Without a Blender?
We realize that not everyone has a blender. But you’ll still be able to make McDonald’s Mocha frappe without a blender. It might not be 100% authentic, but the taste will be similar. What you can do is make your coffee ice cubes and place them in a Ziploc bag. Smash the ice cubes with a rolling pin or another heavy object to create a fine crush of ice. Then add it to the recipe as usual.
Well, that was easy, wasn’t it? The hardest part is remembering to freeze the coffee ahead of time. Nobody likes waiting for a McDonald’s Mocha Frappe! What is your favorite syrup to add to your Frappe? Let us know in the comments below!