Sunday, April 18, 2010

DIY Frappaccuino

Did you know that you can make a Starbucks Frappaccuino at home? Save yourself the $4! Probably some calories, too. It's easy. You have to plan ahead a little bit and make some extra coffee and pour it into two ice cube trays. Freeze it.

Then gather your other ingredients:
ingredients to make frappaccuinos at home1 cup half and half
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup non-fat dry milk
1 tsp vanilla
a few extra ice cubes (use approx. 4 cups of ice total with the coffee ice cubes)

Add the ingredients to your blender and make sure you add the ice last. We have a Vita-Mix blender (it is a wedding gift we've used a lot!) Blend for about 30 seconds to 1 minute starting on low and switching to the high setting. You will need to 'tamp' or force the ice down toward the blades. If you blend too long, you'll have it too melted.
Then you just pour and enjoy!
DIY FrappiccuinoMy husband prefers to eat his with a spoon with various toppings, like (???) cereal (???):So easy. This recipe will make about 3-4 small Frappaccuinos. I think this is probably healthier than Starbucks, too, because they tend to use artificial sweeteners in the syrups or flavorings. "Sugar-free" anything is almost always a bad idea. If you don't want sugar in your frappaccuino, you could use honey or molasses. We haven't tried that yet.

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