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How To Make a Copycat McDonald's Mocha Frappe Recipe at Home

Delicious Copycat McDonald's Mocha Frappe Recipe

Use this McDonald's Mocha Frappe Recipe to easily create your copycat drink at home.

All you need is a few basic ingredients and a blender!

It's easy, inexpensive, and delicious and many readers have told me that they prefer it to the original version.

The full recipe with instructions are available in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. You can find helpful tips and tricks within the blog post itself.

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Dunkin' Donuts is my preferred coffee if it's hot but if it's cold and decadent, I love a McDonald's Frappe.

You could say I'm a bit hooked.

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A pre-made iced mocha Frappuccino is delicious but the cost can add up if you get them often.

In light of being in the "often" category, I wanted to create my own recipe for the next time the urge to have one hit.

This recipe is the closest I've found to the real thing.

An almost perfect duplicate that I like to call my Copycat McDonald's frappe recipe

I've also included an easy swap to make this a caramel frappe and if you enjoy coffee house copycat recipes you'll want to try this Iced Lemon Pound Cake that's better than Starbucks!

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📋Ingredients

This is an overview of the instructions. Full instructions and nutritional information can be found in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  • coffee
  • sugar
  • chocolate syrup
  • milk
  • half and half
  • coffee ice cubes
  • whipped cream

☕Can instant coffee be used?

Yes, you can swap out instant coffee for freshly brewed coffee.

If you're looking for a deeper and stronger coffee flavor, you could also use instant espresso coffee.

If using fresh coffee you can make it via your normal method. I like to use my Keurig (this model is my absolute favorite) and make a few large coffees. I notice I get the best flavor right after descaling my Keurig.

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📋 McDonald's Mocha Frappe Recipe

This is an overview of the ingredients. You'll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  1. Brew fresh coffee and allow it to cool.
  2. Set aside 1 ½ cups of the cold coffee for the frappe and freeze the remaining coffee in ice cube trays.
  3. After allowing the coffee cubes to freeze, place them into a blender.
  4. Add chilled coffee, sugar, chocolate syrup, milk, and half and half.
  5. Pulse and blend just long enough to combine all the ingredients.
  6. Evenly divide between 3 glasses. Add whipped cream, drizzle with chocolate and serve!

Notes:

*I find it easier to make the coffee the night before and freeze the ice cubes so that I can have a frappe the next day.

📖 Variations

  • My sons prefer almond milk and that can easily be substituted for the regular milk in this recipe as can soy milk or whole milk.
  • Different flavors - you can use caramel, hazelnut, or any other syrups or coffee flavors you prefer in place of the chocolate syrup. Some of my favorite flavored syrups are those from Torani or Ghirardelli.
  • Let your imagination run wild! Try coffee shop syrups available at your grocery store, shaved chocolate toppings, jimmies, and any other fun toppings you desire.

💭 Top tips

  • You can use my cold brew coffee recipe if you prefer! It's delicious and will allow you to skip adding the milk and half and half in step 4.
  • There is only one real trick to getting the flavor and texture of a delicious mocha frappe and that is to use coffee to make the ice cubes.
  • Coffee ice cubes are used in place of regular ice cubes so that the taste of the frappe isn't watered down.

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📖 Recipe

Copycat McDonald's Mocha Frappe Recipe

Delicious Copycat McDonald's Mocha Frappe Recipe
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McDonald's Copycat Mocha Frappe Drink in a cup with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate
Prep Time:5 mins
Additional Time:3 hrs
Total Time:3 hrs 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 cups brewed coffee
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 3 tablespoon whipped cream
  • 3 tablespoon chocolate syrup

Instructions

  • Set aside 1 ½ cups of coffee for the frappe and freeze the remaining coffee in ice cube trays. I find it easier to make the coffee the night before and freeze the ice cubes so that I can have this the next day.
  • Place ice cubes into blender.
  • Add chilled coffee, sugar, chocolate syrup, milk, and half and half.
  • Pulse and blend just long enough to combine all the ingredients.
  • Evenly divide between 3 glasses. Add whipped cream, drizzle with chocolate and serve!

Notes

*If desired you can substitute whole milk for half and half.

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 371IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 3
Calories: 331kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $5.00

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7 Comments

  1. This is so good and tastes like the real thing, and, I love that it's cheaper.

  2. the instruction dont go with the amount when you adjust the severing size. I only want to do 1 serving but it says to freeze 1 1/2 cup i only brew one cup of coffee

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Danielle,

      The original 1x recipe makes three servings so that's why it doesn't take the amount down to just 1 serving. 🙂

      I went ahead and broke down the recipe for just 1 serving using 1 cup of coffee. If you want the ice cubes made from coffee, you can use some of the 1 cup OR you can make a second cup and keep the ice cubes on hand.

      Here is the 1 serving breakdown:
      1 cup brewed coffee
      4 tsp sugar
      4 tsp chocolate syrup
      1/2 cup milk
      8 tsp half and half OR (2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons)

      Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate syrup if desired

      I hope that helped!

  3. What if I mix the sugar, milk, and chocolate before I chill the coffee? I want to simplify how many steps I need to do while I am half asleep:-)

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Val, That's such a great idea, and yes, it will work!

  4. Bill Turner says:

    I’m a McDonald’s Mocha Frappe addict. I saved a few of their large Frappe glasses and lids. I made your recipe and split into 3 jars. After i blended the ice in it was exactly the size of the large glass and I forgot I made it.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much for letting me know you like it, Bill! I appreciate you taking the time to share your results and thoughts.