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Mocha Frappe Recipe

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You won’t believe how simple it is to make your own McDonald’s Mocha Frappe at home. The easiest copycat recipe that is perfect all-year that, dare I say, tastes better than the original!

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mocha frappe recipe in a glass topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup

Recipe Features

  • Quick and Easy: The hardest part about this recipe is remembering to freeze the coffee beforehand. Once that’s done it takes less than 2-minutes to make.
  • 5-Ingredient Blended Coffee: That’s right, you only need FIVE ingredients.
  • Best Copycat Recipe: Ok, so this is right up there with my all-time favorite copycat recipe. Second only to my hot caramel apple cider recipe.

This Chocolate Frappe Recipe is my go-to lately as far as a sweet afternoon pick-me-up. It’s so easy to make and beats waiting in line at McD’s. Ever since day one of taste-testing, I’ve been in love.

Also, you can thank my dad for this one. He is OBSESSED with McDonald’s frappes’ and constantly asks us to “make a quick stop” and pick him up his iced mocha. As a coinsure of McDonald’s beverages, I relied on him heavily to be our final taste tester. The final vote for this iced mocha frappe recipe?

BETTER than the original.

chocolate syrup laying in the jar on a marble counter

What is a Mocha Frappe Made of?

Can you really beat the frothy, creamy, and chocolate packed flavor in these blended coffees?

This blended coffee really checks all of the boxes. It’s smooth and frothy, creamy, and full of chocolate flavor. All while using the most basic ingredients! You’ll also save money by skipping the drive-thru! Win-win.

Here’s what you need for this recipe:

  • Coffee: Make sure the coffee is brewed strong. Weak or less bold coffee won’t give you the flavor you are looking for, but I promise it’s sweet enough in the end.
  • Sugar: Just a touch to sweeten the strong brew we use.
  • Milk: 2% or higher. We’ve also made this with unsweetened almond and coconut milk with great success.
  • Chocolate Syrup: Just a touch is all you need to get a bold mocha taste.
  • Whipped Cream: Optional, but a fun finishing touch to your fancy made-at-home drink.
frozen coffee ice cubes inside a blender

How to Make the McDonald’s Mocha Frappe

Here’s the big secret, you are going to need to freeze your coffee. Freezing the coffee in an ice cube tray will give you the perfect base to start with. Could you use regular ice? Sure. But you’d have a much more watered down version of this beverage.

  1. Pour your brewed, and slightly cooled coffee into an ice mold.
  2. Freeze solid, roughly 3 to 4 hours.
  3. Place the frozen coffee cubes, sugar, milk, and chocolate syrup in a blender.
  4. Blend at a medium/high speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Pour into a glass and top off with whipped cream.
chocolate being drizzled over a blended iced coffee

Recipe Tips and FAQs

Can you use decaf coffee in a frappe recipe?

Yes! You can definitely use a decaf coffee in this recipe. In fact, I recommend using your favorite coffee in general. You won’t see a difference in the overall flavor.

How to make a vanilla frappe instead of chocolate?

Not a big fan of chocolate? I’ve got you. Swap the chocolate syrup for a vanilla flavored syrup. Easy peasy.

Can I make this frappe sugar free?

This recipe could be made using sugar free options. Stevia is a good alternative to the sugar and I believe I’ve seen sugar free chocolate syrup in the ice cream aisle of our local grocer.

Can a mocha frappe be made in advance?

The short answer? Yes, but you shouldn’t. This drink is best when made just before serving.
However, I do recommend keeping frozen coffee in the freezer to make this extra simple to whip up whenever the mood strikes. You can keep frozen coffee cubes in the freezer for up to 2 months in an airtight container of freezer bag.

mocha frappe on a marble counter with a hand putting a metal straw into

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Mocha Frappe Recipe

Mocha Frappe Recipe

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Coffee Freeze Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 2 minutes

You won’t believe how simple it is to make your own McDonald’s Mocha Frappe at home. The easiest copycat recipe that is perfect all-year that, dare I say, tastes better than the original!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • Whipped Cream, optional

Instructions

  1. Pour your brewed, and slightly cooled coffee into an ice mold.
  2. Freeze solid, roughly 3 to 4 hours.
  3. Place the frozen coffee cubes, sugar, milk, and chocolate syrup in a blender.
  4. Blend at a medium/high speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Pour into a glass and top off with whipped cream.

Notes

You can keep frozen coffee cubes in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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