We’re hard-pressed to find a better way to get your morning caffeine than a Starbucks Frappuccino. They’re blended, sweet, pretty and come in every flavor from Unicorn to Crystal Ball, whatever those taste like. The only downside? You can only get them…well, at Starbucks. Until now.
It turns out Starbucks has an extensive online recipe library. So, if the nearest brick-and-mortar store to you is closed and you’re jonesing for a Caffè Vanilla, this recipe for a Frozen Vanilla Bean will come pretty darn close. All you need is a blender, ice tray and some basic ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen.
While the recipe uses Starbucks coffee, we’re betting you can make a solid copycat with whatever grounds you have on hand. If you don’t have any flavored coffee, using a regular roast with vanilla syrup instead of simple will do the trick. Play around with your favorite creamers and sweeteners until you find your happy place.
Don’t want to wait for your coffee ice cubes to freeze? Go ahead and blend it with regular ice once it cools down. Just know that your drink might get a bit diluted as it melts. Give yourself an extra jolt by pouring a shot of hot espresso over the top affogato-style before the whipped cream. Also, while the recipe for some reason doesn’t call for caramel or chocolate drizzle, we’re going to go ahead and ignore that big time.
Frozen Vanilla Bean Recipe
- Starbucks Vanilla flavored coffee
- 2 tbsp simple syrup
- 6 fl oz sweetened condensed milk
- 7 fl oz low-fat evaporated milk
- Whipped cream
Step One: Brew 16 fluid ounces of Starbucks Vanilla flavored coffee.
Step Two: Mix coffee with simple syrup. Pour mixture into ice cube tray and freeze.
Step Three: In a blender, combine coffee ice cubes, condensed milk and evaporated milk.
Step Four: Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into individual cups and top with whipped cream.
Voilà, DIY Starbucks. Might we suggest sipping it alongside a pizza-dough cinnamon roll?