Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

Starbucks caramel frappuccino copycat recipe

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I’ll never forget the first time I walked into a Starbucks. I was completely lost and couldn’t understand the menu at all. I had a co-worker with me who had been there before and tried to point me in the direction of a drink I might like. As soon as I saw the caramel frappuccino, I knew that was probably my safest bet. Fast forward to today, probably 20 years later and I’m making my version of the Starbucks caramel frappuccino recipe at home.

Since our Starbucks Pink Drink copycat is so popular, I polled my Instagram followers last month to see which other Starbucks recipe they wished they could make at home. I wasn’t surprised to find a 75% poll result for the Starbucks caramel frappuccino. So I began experimenting in my kitchen and promised to deliver the perfect copycat recipe. 

Starbucks cup with coffee and caramel

According to the Starbucks website, the caramel frappuccino is described as caramel syrup that meets coffee, milk, and ice for a rendezvous in the blender, while whipped cream and buttery caramel sauce layer the love on top. So let’s see if we were able to recreate it at home.

Before I share our Starbucks caramel frappuccino copycat recipe, let me share a few tips about the ingredients.

What is the xanthan gum for?

If you’ve tried to make a Starbucks frappuccino at home, you may have found that it separates and isn’t nearly as smooth and creamy as it is when you purchase one from a Starbucks. So, you can purchase the Starbucks Frappuccino Creme Syrup, which can be pricy – or you can use simple syrup and xanthan gum instead. 

Can I make my own simple syrup?

Yes, you can! Simple syrup is just sugar and water, so if you want to make your own, that is definitely the cheaper option. You can find a number of recipes online. If you don’t have time or are looking for a more convenient option, I found that this store-bought simple syrup is perfect.

whipped cream with caramel sauce

Do I have to use Starbucks coffee?

No, of course, you don’t HAVE TO use Starbucks coffee, but I find that it helps to match the flavor when you are trying to make a Starbucks copycat recipe. I really love the Starbucks instant packets as they are the perfect size for this recipe and are a convenient option. You can choose any of the Instant Via coffee packets. If you want to use something else, make sure it’s instant coffee and use approximately 2- 2 1/2 tablespoons.

What type of milk is best?

You can use your preferred milk for this recipe. I personally like to use extra creamy almond milk. It’s a great non-dairy option and makes the frappuccino much creamier.

What if my mixture is too thick or too thin?

Since everyone’s ice cubes are different, you’ll find that you may need to play around with the amount of ice you need to use. If your Starbucks caramel frappuccino is too thick, just add a little bit more milk. If it’s too runny, just add a bit more ice. 

Have any additional questions I haven’t answered? Make sure to leave those in the comments below!

first steps to making a Starbucks caramel frappuccino at home

last steps to make a Starbucks caramel frappuccino at home

I’ve tried to show the steps in the photos above for you, to make it a bit easier to make your Starbucks caramel frappuccino.

Step 1: Whisk together xanthan gum and simple syrup.

Step 2: Add your mixture to the blender.

Step 3: Add one packet of coffee.

Step 4: Add milk or non-dairy substitute, caramel syrup, and sugar.

Step 5: Add ice.

Step 6: Blend until smooth.

Step 7: Squeeze caramel sauce into the bottom and sides of your cup.

Step 8: Fill the cup with the caramel frappuccino.

Step 9: Top with whipped cream.

Step 10: Squeeze caramel sauce on top and enjoy!


Starbucks caramel frappuccino copycat

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Starbucks cup with coffee and caramel

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Copycat

  • Author: Heather l The Super Mom Life
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 20oz 1x


Now you can make your favorite Starbucks Frappuccino at home! Caramel syrup meets coffee, milk, and ice for a rendezvous in the blender, while whipped cream and buttery caramel sauce layer the love on top.




  • Whisk together xanthan gum and simple syrup.
  • Add your mixture to the blender.
  • Add one packet of coffee.
  • Add milk or non-dairy substitute, caramel syrup, and sugar.
  • Add ice.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Squeeze caramel sauce into the bottom and sides of your cup.
  • Fill the cup with the caramel frappuccino.
  • Top with whipped cream and caramel sauce.
  • Cook Time: 5 min

Keywords: starbucks, caramel frappuccino, copycat

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We finally came up with the perfect at-home Starbucks caramel frappuccino copycat recipe. Try it and let us know what you think!
We finally came up with the perfect at-home Starbucks caramel frappuccino copycat recipe. Try it and let us know what you think!

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  1. This is my favorite starbucks drink, and this recipe does an amazing job of capturing the feel and taste of it! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Hhhhmmmm….it is nice to know how I can make myself a Frappucino look-alike! Very detailed and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  3. One of my favourite drinks and who doesn’t love caramel? Thanks for sharing the recipe and I would love to try them some day at home!

  4. Dare I say, better than starbucks?! This looks so luscious and decadent! What a treat and so nice to be able to make it home now too. Cannot wait to treat myself and my daughter to this!

  5. This looks great and I’d never be able to guess from looking at it that it was a copycat. I find it amazing when people can deconstruct food and drinks to figure out ingredients to experiment and make copycat recipes.

  6. I am still very overwhelmed when I go to Starbucks, lol. The Caramel Frappucino is good. It seems like you nailed that recipe. Xanthan Gum, who knew?

  7. Wow! It really does look exactly like the original! I spend way too much at Starbucks so I’ll be happy to try making a Caramel Frappuccino at home!

  8. This has to be one of my favourite Starbucks drinks! It looks like you really pulled off this copycat version.

  9. I want this right about now but I don’t have all the ingredients. So I’m going to save your recipe for later.

  10. This sounds so good! My kids are obsessed with Starbucks and it would be nice to be able to make this drink at home. What a great treat.

  11. I can’t believe you replicated the exact same drink, this is one of my fav. I am doing it on Saturday, thank you so much.

  12. Oh, I am sure this frappuccino is amazing. It looks so tasty… I am just not sure about the calories :))) However, I definitely would like to try the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  13. i loove caramel, and i love frappes! now there’s no need to go out when craving starbucks 🙂

  14. the sight of these makes me hungry, just need a cup right now with some little sprinkle of vanilla.

  15. Ive always wanted to try and make one of Starbucks drinks. Caramel Frappuccino is the best!

  16. My daughter would drink one of these every day if she could afford it. Thanks to your recipe, she will be able to have them a lot more often.

  17. This sounds so good! I love the idea of being able to get all that delicious flavor without having to pay an arm and a leg for it.

  18. I love the idea of making my favorite coffee shop drink right at home! I didn’t know it was so easy.

  19. This looks amazing. I have not tried this drink yet. I’ll have to give it a go and try making it myself too.

  20. Wow! My kids would surely love this one! It look so good I would love to try this! It is so perfect

  21. Wow! This looks absolutely delicious I would really love to try this one! Thank you for sharing this with us

  22. You did such a great job matching the Starbucks drink. I can tell you took time matching your ingredients the best you could down to the xanthan gum!

  23. I totally love it, looks so delicious and tasty plus it’s like the real thing. I’ll definitely try this at home, thanks for sharing this with us.

  24. I actually have all the ingredients in my pantry right now. Even those Starbucks coffee packets. Who knew?

  25. I’m cursing your name right now. Caramel Frappuccinos are my weakness and now I not only make them at home because of you, they taste better than you-know-who so I’m drinking them all the time! WHY!?!?! LOL!!

  26. Caramel is my favorite in coffee. I can’t drink it any other way. Hot or cold just give me all the caramel!

  27. My daughter would love this! SHe’s all about her frappuccinos. I wish I liked them but I never got a taste for coffee.