How to Make a Mocha Frappuccino at Home for a Fraction of the Price

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If you’ve been spending $5 or more on fancy coffee drinks, I have the most incredible recipe that will save you TONS of money! Today I’m showing you how to make a mocha frappuccino at home for a fraction of the price that you pay at those overpriced coffee shops. Plus, you control the amount of sugar, chocolate, and coffee that you want. Fancy a little whipped cream? Add it! After all, it’s all about you. 😉

I never drank coffee until I was in my 20’s. I was getting up for culinary classes at 4:45am, going to class until 1pm and then heading to an almost-full-time job. To keep from falling asleep on the train, I started going to Starbucks every afternoon and getting frappuccinos (it was July in Chicago and about 100° so they were SUPER refreshing). By the time winter came around, I needed to switch up those icy drinks to something that would keep me from freezing my fingers off at the train stop in -0° temps. So, I switched to hot mochas, and eventually decided I liked plain ol’ coffee. Now, I’m an addict. But that’s a story for another day.

To make this amazing frappuccino, all you need is ice, milk (any kind you prefer), chocolate syrup, simple syrup, instant espresso/coffee, agar agar and a blender. These may not be ingredients you have on hand, but once you purchase them they will last quite a while so the investment is worth it!

Put all of the ingredients into the blender and let it go until the mixture is smooth and a little frothy. Taste test it to make sure it’s to your liking. I like mine on the less sweet side, but you can add more simple syrup or chocolate sauce if you want yours sweeter.

We always have simple syrup on hand for mixed drinks. It has a long shelf life and is great for alcoholic beverages, iced teas, or any cold drinks where sugar crystals are not going to dissolve. If you can’t find it in the store, you can make your own by stirring 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture has thickened slightly. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

Agar agar is a plant-based gelatin that is often used as a thickening agent in vegan foods. If you don’t use the agar agar, your frappuccino will still taste good, but it won’t have the smoothness and creaminess that you find in professional coffee drinks. Starbucks uses xanthan gum which does the same thing as agar agar but is not as readily available in supermarkets.

Happy Mixing!


How to Make a Mocha Frappuccino at Home for a Fraction of the Price

Recipe by Amanda Innes-ShareefCourse: Breakfast, DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


Prep time






  • Ice 1 cup

  • Milk 3/4 cup

  • Instant Espresso/Coffee 1 packet
    (1 1/2 tsp)

  • Chocolate Syrup 2 Tbsp

  • Simple Syrup 2 Tbsp

  • Agar Agar 1/2 tsp


  • Put all ingredients into blender and mix (I use the ice crush button on my blender) for 30-40 seconds until smooth and slightly frothy.


  • I use whole milk or oat milk, depending on my mood, but you can use any type of milk that you prefer.
  • I use Nescafe instant coffee, but again, please use your favorite brand of coffee to make this YOURS!