Frappuccino alternatives

When it’s hot, I love cold coffee drinks: iced lattes and sugary Frappuccino style coffee drinks. While I enjoy an occasional Starbucks Frappuccino®, I don’t make it a regular thing. Instead, I make Frappuccino-style drinks at home using a mix from Mocafe. OR – you can bag the mix and make your own Frappuccino-style beverage. Try a variation of the following recipe…


When it’s hot, I love cold coffee drinks: iced lattes and sugary Frappuccino-style coffee drinks. While I enjoy an occasional Starbucks Frappuccino®, I don’t make it a regular thing. Instead, I make Frappuccino-style drinks at home using a mix from Mocafé.


I’ve tried a couple different mixes and so far Mocafé is my favorite – with it’s Trinidad cocoa, Brazillian Arabica coffee, and a dash of cinnamon. I buy Original Mocafe Frappe mix at a restaurant supply store called Cash & Carry.

A 3 lb container makes 35 servings if you use the 2 scoop serving size, but I use 1 1/2 scoops so I get 46 servings. Using 1 1/2 scoops started as a calorie saving measure, and I found 1 1/2 scoops was sweet enough. So let’s see… $14 for 46 servings, or 31 cents per drink + the cost of milk (19 cents). 50 cents per Mocafe vs $4 per Frappuccino. 


Making a Mocafé Frappé

  1. Add 1 1/2 scoops of Mocafé Frappé to your blender.
  2. Fill a 12 oz glass with ice cubes and then fill the glass with milk.
  3. Pour the milk and ice into your blender and blend ’til smooth.

If you can’t find Mocafe locally, Amazon sells it. Another frapp mix I’ve seen locally is Big Train.

OR – bag the mix and make your own Frappuccino-style beverages. Try a variation of this recipe:

 Do-It-Yourself Frapp

  • A 12 ounce glass filled with ice (about 2 cups)
  • ½ cup espresso or strong coffee
  • 3/4 cup milk or use a mix of milk and half-n-half 
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or whatever your sweet tooth desires
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup or 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • a couple shakes of cinnamon
  • a scoop of vanilla ice cream (optional)

Add everything to your blender and blend ’til smooth. 

If you like Frappuccino-style drinks, it’s worth tinkering with the DIY Frapp recipe. When you make your own Frapps, you can control the sweetness and the quality of the ingredients. You can also make sure that nasty things like corn syrup solids and partially hydrogenated oil don’t slip into the blender.

Homemade coffee blended drinks are simple, refreshing and inexpensive. Why not blend some up?

Do you have a favorite cold coffee drink? Please share anything remotely coffee related in a Comment.

Author: Kate

I'm a writer interested in photography, philosophy, bikes and simplicity.

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