Since its founding in 1971, Starbucks has become the world's go-to coffee source. With its ever-changing menu and rotating seasonal specialties, the chain is known for its pumpkin spice lattes, cold brew coffees and its famous Frappuccinos.
The Frappuccino was created in 1993 to combat the California summer heat and has become a staple drink of summer. The Frappuccino is relatively simple -- it's a blended, iced beverage, with a coffee or crème base, topped with whipped cream or a flavored drizzle.
There are a ton of Frappuccino flavors, with more being added to the menu all the time. Popular choices include mocha, caramel, vanilla bean, strawberries and crème and cinnamon roll. But if you're a Frappuccino lover on a budget, daily trips to Starbucks can quickly add up and have a not-so-great impact on your bank account. But we have a solution -- make your own mock Frappuccinos at home. Here are some easy recipes that will please not only your taste buds, but your wallet as well:
This recipe for a basic mocha Frappuccino is a simple, one-step process that only requires five ingredients. Just add ice, milk, sweetened condensed milk, espresso powder and chocolate syrup into a blender and blend until smooth.
One of the most popular flavored Frappuccinos, this sweet iced drink blends together caramel syrup, milk and espresso. Just top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel sauce and enjoy. For a salted caramel flavor, top with half a teaspoon of sea salt.
The vanilla bean Frappuccino is a creamy blend of vanilla bean ice cream, vanilla extract, sugar and milk. It has a lighter feel than some other Frappuccinos, such as the heavier double chocolate chip Frappuccino or s'mores Frappuccino, which makes it a perfect and refreshing summer iced treat.
With its sweet, fruity taste, the strawberries and crème Frappuccino is another perfect summer drink. To make the strawberries and crème Frappuccino, combine vanilla ice cream and milk with strawberries and strawberry syrup, top with whipped cream and garnish with sliced strawberries.
This s'mores Frappuccino combines everything found in the favorite campfire treat into a iced coffee blend. Once it's blended, you can top it in a layer of graham cracker crumbs and mini marshmallows.
The cinnamon roll Frappuccino is a Starbucks secret menu item. You can easily make it at home by making a vanilla bean Frappuccino and adding mocha syrup and cinnamon syrup. For an extra kick of cinnamon flavor, top the drink with the sweet spice.