Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Frappe Frenzy- An at home taste test

I don't know about you but those frozen desserts from Starbucks and McDonald's are a little addiction of mine. I was working and saving for my wedding and had a major revelation about my little once (sometimes twice) a day habit. If you think about it like this, if you purchase a $4 drink 5 days a week for a year that is $1,040.00 per year. I think that money should have gone somewhere other than my hips. (Each McD's 16 oz. Caramel Frappe is 550 calories and the grande Frappuccino is 380 calories.) I decided I would embark on  the search for a suitable at home recipe.

The first one I tried was more like an iced coffee made with coarsely crushed ice. That's great if you want an iced coffee, but I was looking for a true coffee house style frappe. I really did not like the way that this separated. The ice was at the top and all the caramel coffee was at the bottom. By the end of the drink you are left with a half glass of ice with whipped cream. Not to mention the fact that you needed already cold coffee to make this.

My version, Check out the separation after about a minute.

I give this one a 2.5 out of 5. It was pretty good, but not the same.

The second is really good. The favor and texture are right on. I did change mine up a little by using more coffee, 1 tablespoon of Vanilla Cappuccino mix, extra caramel and whipped cream.  I also didn't bother with the microwave. I put some water in my kettle and heated it until warm enough to melt the coffee (You don't want it too hot or it will melt your ice.) The best part about this recipe is the fact that they are only about 120 calories. That is less than half of the Starbucks version!  I will be making this one again for sure!

My version, it was super frothy and just like the drive through!
I gave this one a 5 out of 5 for flavor, texture and time to prepare. You could make this before you head to work in the morning. 

The real question is are these a bargain. Are they worth making at home?

  • The cost to make one of the drinks is about 70 cents. 
  • If you make 5 drinks a week that's about 182 per year. That is less than the cost of buying 1 drink per week for a year.
  • Its a savings $858 per year and a saving of 1300 calories per week.
I hope you will give these recipes a try. In these tough times, it might be worth it to make them at home and tuck that coffee money in a rainy day fund.

Happy National Coffee Day!


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