Monday, June 27, 2005

Homemade frappuccino!



Look! I made one! Myself!

Well, it's not quite as good as the marvellous liquid I finally experienced at my beloved Starbucks (come to Sweden! Please! Please!) in Paris, but it's not that far off, either. I had read tons of frappuccino recipes, and grown very tired. So difficult. Surely it can't be that hard? So, I used a shot of cold coffee, a dash of milk with some chocolate powder in it, a splash of caramel syrup, and tons of ice. And ended up with the above. Not bad! Next time, I want more coffee flavor, it was a bit weak. And you couldn't taste the chocolate at all, so I think I'll go with a chocolate syrup. And possibly full milk rather than the 0.1%-stuff that I have. It tasted a little watery. But still, it had potential. I want more!

And I've already noticed that there'll be plenty of Starbucks while I'm in London. Thank you.

17 comments:

Melissa said...

Hi Anne!
That looks very refreshing! When you tweak your recipe and find a winner, plz post!

Nic said...

If you can get powdered skim milk, using it in combination with actual skim milk in your drink will make it really creamy. In my opinion, creamier than it turns out with just whole milk. A coffee shop I used to work at made blended drinks with 1/2 coffee, 1/2 skim milk, nonfat milk powder, sugar and flavorings. The milk powder and the flavorings were already mixed together, so I never got to see the proportions, but the drinks were great! Very similar to a Frappuccino, but creamier. Good luck, Anne.

Anne said...

Hmm.. I don't think I *can* get powdered milk here, but maybe I can get it while I'm in London this weekend? Worth looking into! :) Thanks for the tip!

chef 'em out said...

I make something similar adding malted barley syrup.

Ilias Ioannidis said...

Jag tycker att det inte finns frappuccino. Det finns frappé och det är originalet ;)
Läs min blogg och inlägget "Falafelmecka".

http://kaffenjutning.blogspot.com


/ilia

Anonymous said...

i used to work at starbucks all we do is make some normal coffee and mash some ice into it!!

timothy said...

Wow, it's strange that someone actually wants Starbucks to come to their country. Here in the New World, discerning types consider Starbucks horrible, homogenous, commerical eyesores and openly deride people who patronize them.

Anne said...

Timothy, I know. *hangs head in shame* But I can't help it - it's just so.. tasty.

Anonymous said...

Though Starbucks is a big commercial company, you can't deny the quality of their product. Hey, they are not Wal-Mart or Microsoft...grrrrrrrrr

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, you couldn't be more wrong about Starbucks being better than any multi-national mega-corporation like Microsoft or Wal-Mart. They're ever-present branding techniques and method of 'clustering' their stores in a small area not only serves to drive smaller cafés out of business but only serves to homogeonize and dull culture as a whole. Please, read Naomi Kline's No Logo and learn the real truth about Starbucks and other companies just like it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe Anne - i just need ice... arghhh.. I hate waiting...

Regarding the starbucks debate - it is interesting that everytime something turns popular, some 'wannabe intellectual' has to proclaim that they know muuuuuch better, and that they can look beyond everything.. Whats wrong with popular?? must mean good?? or am I wrong...

Now I got started... Ill bet that if you ask anomonous about his/her favorite movie its propably a Finish black-white silent movie about a poor blacksmith during the depression.... just to be special.. congratulations.

Starbucks is good. It tastes good. Its not brainwash. Face it. Over.

Janis said...

I love coffee, and I love Starbucks drinks :)
unfortunately, it is very expensive, so I only get to buy drinks on a weekly basis :)) so i did the best way i can do, make my own frap :D

Anonymous said...

The key is to start with fresh cold brewed coffee. Grind beans to a medium to large consistency, I recomend using a very dark roast. Then just dump the grinds into a container of distilled or bottled water and stir. Use approx. 2-3 tablespoons per cup of water. put it in the fridge and let it sit for at least 4 hours. (I usually let mine brew over night). Once brewed just pour through a filter into another container and viola! iced coffee. It may sound like a messy pain in the butt, but its just as easy as preparing a coffee maker -- just takes a little longer.

Now for the mix. I mix 50% coffee and 50% vitimin D milk. Add some sugar, pure vanilla extract ( of good quality) and a little bit of malted milk. Now for the texture, Starbuks frappuccino uses pectin as a gelling agent which helps give that thick creamy texture, but not something you will likly find at your local market. So what I do is add a little bit of instant vanilla pudding mix to the concoction. about one tablespoon per cup.
fin

As I said before, this sounds really involved, but its only about 10 minutes of work to make a gallon of knock-off frappuccino.

Anne said...

Anonymous - how interesting! I've made cold brewed coffee before, but wasn't very impressed.. it was ok after a few hours, but extremely bitter after overnight in my fridge. And I probably can't find malted milk OR instant pudding mix here - but that's fine, I'll try it out eventually :)

Karin's Fascinating Life said...

Hey Anne! That's great that you're making your own stuff at home. I try to do that because then I know what's in it, you can make changes to it, and it's also cheaper. And anything that is cheaper tastes better! :) Anyways, I recently tried an experiment. I made espresso and mixed it with half and half. Then added some sugar and caramel, to taste of course. And then the crazy thing, I put the concoction in an ice cream maker for 15 minutes or so. The ice cream maker gives it that thick texture without ice, which can dilute the drink when it melts. The ice cream maker is only like $30 here in the US. I don't know if you have one. But if you do, you should try it.

Anne said...

Karin, what a brilliant idea! I *do* have an ice cream maker.. so I'll definitely have to try it this summer :)

sherry said...

Hello Anne
You have some interesting conversations going on here lol..
anyway heres the deal... i cannot afford them either so i make them myself... so u add cofee? single or a double whichever you like best and then you add ice and whatever flavor you want.... for instance i use chocolate syrup as you were saying that you might try and then some milk... blend it well and top it off with whip cream,,and 1 more thing? why is there always one person out there that wants to ruin everyones party? lol

enjoy
Sherry : )