A Frappe is a perfect pick-me-up to sip on a lazy afternoon or share with friends.

However, Frappes usually requires precise layers of ingredients that take time to assemble.

But what if I told you that this easy caramel Frappe recipe comes together in just a few minutes using ingredients already in your kitchen?

Quick Answer: What is a caramel Frappe?

A caramel Frappe is an iced coffee drink that consists of milk, ice, sugar, instant coffee, and caramel sauce. It is often topped with whipped cream and drizzled with more caramel sauce for added sweetness.

Caramel Frappe Recipe (Easy to Make & Ready in Minutes)

Read on to learn how to make this simple yet indulgent treat that will quickly become your new go-to beverage!

What is a caramel Frappe?

As I’ve mentioned above, a caramel Frappe is a cold and refreshing coffee drink that uses instant coffee, sugar, milk, ice, and caramel sauce. You can top this with whipped cream to make it even more decadent.

The drink has a rich, creamy texture and can be served as a refreshing treat or as a dessert-like indulgence.

Homemade caramel Frappe.

Caramel Frappes are popular at many coffee chains, such as Starbucks and McDonald’s, and can also be easily made at home with just a blender or handheld mixer.

Starbucks makes Frappuccinos, which they trademarked in 1995 when they launched the drink.

If you prefer a sweeter drink with more milk and a slushy-like texture, I suggest reading this guide on making a homemade caramel Frappuccino instead.

Homemade caramel Frappuccino.
Homemade caramel Frappuccino

This caramel Frappe is based on the Greek Frappe and uses instant coffee, sugar, and water to make the base drink.

It has a different flavor and texture, which is perfect for drinking during the summer or when you simply need a refresher. Read along to learn all about this drink!

What is a caramel Frappe made of?

This caramel Frappe is quick and easy to make, and you only need a few ingredients that you probably already have at home:

  • Instant coffee (Nescafe is preferred)
  • White granulated sugar
  • Whipped cream
  • Caramel sauce
  • Milk of choice
  • Cold water
  • Ice cubes
All of the ingredients needed to make a caramel Frappe at home.

The difference between this caramel Frappe and the Greek Frappe is that this version is topped with whipped cream and uses a bit of milk to make it creamier.

This recipe is fun and easy to make, and once you’ve made it, you’ll love it and want to make it again and again.

What is the best way to sweeten a caramel Frappe?

Just like the Greek Frappe, you’ll sweeten the caramel Frappe with white granulated sugar.

The sugar will make the foamy coffee base, which makes this iced coffee stand out from the rest.

In addition to the sugar, you’ll add delicious caramel sauce.

Homemade caramel sauce.
Homemade caramel sauce

I suggest sticking with just 1 tsp (4 grams) of sugar for this recipe to make the foamy coffee bases, unlike the Greek version that can use up to 4 tsp of sugar depending on the sweetness.

This way, the rest of the drink can be sweetened by the delicious caramel, turning it into a caramel Frappe that you can enjoy while sitting out in the sun.

You can use any store-bought caramel sauce to make this Frappe. I love using Monin caramel sauce.

Monin caramel sauce.

If you prefer making your own caramel sauce, you can check out my quick recipe for it here!

Which coffee is best used in this recipe?

For an authentic Frappe experience, I highly recommend using Nescafe instant coffee.

This particular brand closely mimics the original recipe and is widely favored by Greeks when preparing their Frappes.

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Using other types of instant coffee might not yield the same delightful taste and texture as Nescafe, so it’s best to stick with this brand for that truly authentic result.

However, I’ve also tried this recipe with various other instant coffees, like the one from Douwe Egberts, and it was still delicious.

A jar of Douwe Egbert instant coffee.

You can also make this recipe with espresso powder to make it even stronger in taste.

Tip: Learn all about the differences between instant coffee and espresso powder here!

How do you make a caramel Frappe?

To make this frothy caramel Frappe, vigorously shake or blend a small amount of cold water, instant coffee, and sugar (if desired) until a thick, creamy foam is formed.

Then, pour it over ice in a tall glass and finish by adding more cold water and a splash of milk.

Finish with a serving of whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Instant coffee.

You can make the caramel Frappe using the following techniques:

  • Use a handheld milk frother to create the foam
  • Shake the mixture in a jar or cocktail shaker
  • Use a blender for the quickest Frappe

Now that you have all the information needed, here’s how to make a caramel Frappe at home:

Yield: 1 Serving

Quick Caramel Frappe

Caramel Frappe, ready to drink.

This quick caramel Frappe is the perfect hot-weather drink and can be made in just a few minutes!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 tsp (3.5 grams) of instant coffee
  • 1 tsp (4 grams) of white granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 grams) of caramel sauce
  • 1/2 cup (0.12 l) of cold water
  • 1/4 cup (0.06 l) of whole milk
  • A serving of whipped cream
  • Ice cubes


  1. Begin by adding the instant coffee, sugar, and a small amount of water to a glass.
  2. Froth the coffee/sugar mixture until it's combined and fluffy.
  3. Then, fill a glass to about halfway with ice cubes.
  4. Pour the foamed coffee into the glass and top with the remaining water and the cold milk.
  5. Top the drink with a serving of whipped cream.
  6. Finish the caramel Frappe by drizzling the caramel sauce on the whipped cream.
  7. Serve with a straw for easy drinking, and enjoy as soon as possible!


If you prefer a sweeter Frappe, you can always increase the sugar amount or add a bit more caramel sauce to your version!

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 3.38gSaturated Fat: 1.13gUnsaturated Fat: 0.12gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 33.6gSugar: 20.21gProtein: 2.96g


In conclusion, making a delicious caramel Frappe at home is easy and customizable to your preference.

Whether you prefer a strong coffee flavor or a sweeter treat, there are several ways to achieve your perfect Frappe.

You can whip up this refreshing drink with just a few simple ingredients and some basic kitchen tools in no time.

Plus, by making it at home, you have control over the ingredients’ quality and can save money compared to buying one from a coffee shop.

So why not give it a try and wow your taste buds with a homemade caramel Frappe?

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