Jokes aside, I made a Frappuccino at home today. One that actually tastes like the kind you (and the group of twelve year old girls in line behind you) buy at Starbucks.
I have tried to make Frappuccinos at home before today. I would blend together milk, coffee, sugar and ice. Once in the glass, the mixture would separate, forming a layer of thick, flavorless ice on top of sugary coffee. It was... unsatisfying.
The ingredient I was missing: hot cocoa mix. It acts as a thickener and creates a creamy consistency. Cocoa mix brings everything together into one drink and not a layered mess.
Bonus: homemade coffee drinks can be made as strong as you like... which is why my eyes are having trouble focusing on the computer screen right now.
makes 2 small or 1 large drink**
1 packet instant cocoa mix
1/2 c milk
1/2 c strong brewed coffee
1 teaspoon coffee grounds, dry
1 c ice cubes (more if you want a thicker smoothie)
chocolate curls and whipped cream, for garnish
**I like my coffee drinks lightly sweetened, for a sweeter drink add simple syrup or chocolate sauce to taste (do this during step 1 of the recipe below)
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1. In a blender, pulse coffee, cocoa mix, milk and ice until smooth
2. Add coffee grounds and blend until they are incorporated into the smoothie
3. Pour into glass(es) and garnish with chocolate curls and whipped cream (optional)