Last Updated on March 7, 2022 by laurenpacek
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This Starbucks copycat Java Chip Frappuccino is frosty cold, and the coffee and chocolate flavors play so well together. All in all, it's a pretty delicious sweet treat with a buzzy kick.
My husband and I have been known to pick up one of these drinks when visiting Starbucks, particularly in the warmer months. And why not? They're really good! I had long considered them to be a treat that I had to buy, not one that I could make.
However, it turns out that they're actually really easy to make! If you have a blender, you can whip up one of these frappuccinos in no time flat.
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What is a Java Chip Frappuccino?
A Java Chip Frappuccino is a blended iced coffee drink make popular by Starbucks. Starbucks' website describes it as a blend of "Frappuccino chips with coffee, milk and ice" that is topped off "with whipped cream and a mocha drizzle to bring you endless java joy."
So there you have it!
- Espresso: It all starts with espresso. Delicious, strong, caffeinated espresso.
- Milk: I've made this recipe with cow's milk and with oat milk, but can't speak to how it turns out with other non-dairy milks.
- Chocolate syrup: Use whatever chocolate syrup you like. I opted for a dark chocolate syrup.
- Chocolate chips: I used semi-sweet mini chips. Semi-sweet because I didn't want an overly sweet drink, and mini because they looked cute as a garnish on top of the whipped cream.
- Whipped cream: For topping!
- Ice: Nothing fancy. Just ice.
How do you make a Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino?
As I said above, this recipe starts with espresso. Ideally, you'd use espresso made with an espresso machine. I have a Nespresso Vertuo and am pretty much obsessed. This isn't an ad, I just really like it. But, you know, get at me, Nespresso. 😉
So, if you don't have an espresso machine, you do have another option: strong coffee. Just use an equal amount of very strong coffee.
Regardless of whether you use espresso or coffee, you'll want to cool it before making your frappuccino. I stash mine in the fridge until it is chilled.
When you're ready to make your frappuccino, take the chocolate syrup and drizzle it around on the inside of the glass you'll be drinking out of. Get artistic with it if you feel like it. My effort wasn't particularly pretty, but meh. It did the trick!
Next, you'll add the espresso, milk, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, and ice to your blender. You'll want to blend everything on low speed for about 30 seconds, and then on high speed for another 10-20 seconds until everything comes together and is smooth.
After that, just pour the java chip frappuccino into the glass that you pre-drizzled with chocolate sauce.
Top that off with a healthy dose of whipped cream.
Add a bit more chocolate sauce.
And add sprinkling of chocolate chips on top of that!
- An espresso machine - I have a Nespresso and LOVE it
- A blender - my Ninja has been going strong for about 10 years now!
- Chocolate syrup
- Reusable metal straws - not mandatory, but I really like mine
Other coffee-laden drinks
Any other coffee fiends in the house? I know you're out there. Check out these recipes - some from me, some from friends - to get your coffee fix.
- Gingerbread Lattes from A Nerd Cooks
- Iced Lattes from A Nerd Cooks
- Homemade Cold Brew Coffee from A Nerd Cooks
- Irish Cream Cold Brew from Masala and Chai
- Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew from Sweet Tea and Thyme
- How to Make Cold Foam from A Nerd Cooks
- Iced White Mocha - Starbucks Copycat from Bake and Bacon
- Pumpkin Pie White Russian from The Gourmet Bon Vivant
Frequently Asked Questions
You can substitute very strong coffee for the espresso. Just use an equal amount.
Sure, just substitute your preferred dairy-free/vegan ingredients.
There isn't one 🙂 But the same kind of drink may be labelled differently at different coffee shops. Starbucks uses the term "frappuccino." Yet another name is "blended coffee."
Sure can! I suggest substituting some more milk and chocolate sauce for the espresso.
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- 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup, plus more for inside the glass and drizzling on top
- ½ cup espresso (approximately 4 shots), see notes
- ½ cup milk
- 2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup ice cubes
- whipped cream, for topping
- Drizzle a bit of chocolate syrup around on the inside of the glass that you'll be drinking out of.
- Pour the espresso, milk, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, and ice cubes into a blender. Put the lid on the blender and blend on low speed for 30 seconds. Blend again on high speed for 10-20 seconds, until the drink is smooth.
- Pour the frappuccino into the prepared glass. Garnish with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and chocolate chips.
- You can use very strong coffee in place of the espresso, if necessary
- This recipe makes approximately one 16 ounce frappuccino
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 2gSugar: 37gProtein: 6g