Christmas is right around the corner, and our jeans are getting tighter, and our bank account is becoming a bit more depleted.
It is time to go from five weekly handcrafted coffees to three to save money and lower our calorie intake.
So, Like, Now What?
I am going to try to make my second favorite Starbucks drink: a caramel frappuccino! Only, I like them melted – like a weirdo – so I will make it the night before work, refrigerate it, then drink it the following morning.
Ingredients I Used for 32oz
1 Cup of Almond Milk
1 Cup of Starbucks Medium Roast Coffee with 2x Caffeine, unless you haven’t been sleeping a crazy amount lately. Eight hours doesn’t seem to be enough for me these days!
1/3 Cup of Torani Sugar-Free Caramel Syrup that I clearly got by accident
2.25 Cups of Crushed Ice
3 Tablespoons of Sugar
First, brew the coffee. On the Keurig, I selected the medium-sized mug, which measured out to be 1 cup. I would suggest this option because it makes the measuring process simple.
Before blending, the coffee is meant to be chilled. After it brewed, I kept it in the fridge for ninety-minutes.
After the coffee has chilled, blend all the ingredients – milk, coffee, ice, syrup, and sugar – to get a smooth consistency.
During this process, you may feel like a witch who has something brewing. After the blender stops
You’ll have a frappucino ready to serve, unless you aren’t lactose intolerant, and choose to cake whipped cream on top.
The texture of the frappuccino was great, and it melted perfectly.
For as much as I claim to love coffee, I’m not a massive fan of the taste. Strong coffee could be tasted in this frappuccino, making me want to buy light roast coffee next time. If you prefer strong coffee, this drink would be perfect for you!
As good as this drink is, it just isn’t a Starbucks drink. I’d probably rate it a 3/5 based on taste.
Overall, it would be a 4/5 because 16oz is about 200 calories with almond milk, which is low for a frappuccino – it also explains why it isn’t as good as a Starbucks frappuccino. Furthermore, these ingredients cost me $2.98 per 16 oz (not including the cost of sugar.)
So I won’t feel guilty about splurging on Hallmark wrapping paper, I will have a few of these. However, I will probably still order one or two Starbucks drinks every week.
Enjoy, and let me know if there are any recipes that you’d like me to try!
The recipe from All Recipes inspired this recipe.