Java Chip Frappuccino

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Coffee, chocolate syrup, and chocolate chips are blended with ice and a homemade Frappuccino base syrup to create this delicious Java Chip Frappuccino frozen drink, just like the one at Starbucks!

Java Chip Frappuccino in a cup with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

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Java Chip Frappuccino

Java Chip Frappuccino is a Starbucks chocolate frozen drink that’s made in a blender. It’s a caffeinated drink that’s made with a coffee Frappuccino base syrup that gives all Frappuccinos that special smooth and creamy texture.

Java chips (also called Frappuccino chips) are cookie crumbs covered in chocolate and sugar so they’re different from chocolate chips.

To recreate this delicious Starbucks drink at home, chocolate syrup, instant coffee, and homemade Frappuccino base syrup are blended with milk, chocolate chips, and ice.

Recipe Highlights

  • This copycat Java Chip Frappuccino recreates the Starbucks drink (including the whipped cream) so it’s as close to their version as possible.
  • The coffee portion of this drink comes from instant coffee, so there’s no need to make espresso or brewed coffee.
  • The recipe makes a grande (16 ounces) Java Chip Frappuccino.

RELATED: Mocha Frappuccino

Ingredient Notes

Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino copycat recipe ingredients.
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup: To get that perfect Frappuccino texture, you’ll need to use this base syrup. Make a batch of it first.
  • Chocolate syrup or sauce: Use store-bought or homemade chocolate syrup.
  • Chocolate chips: Since it’s not possible to buy Frappuccino chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips are used instead. If you like more more chocolate bits in your drink, use a dark chocolate bar or dark chocolate chips.
  • Instant coffee: Any kind of instant coffee will work.
  • Milk: Frappuccinos are made with whole milk but you can use any kind of milk you like.
  • Heavy cream: This is to make the whipped cream topping.
  • Vanilla syrup: The whipped cream is sweetened and flavored with vanilla syrup. Store-bought or homemade vanilla syrup can be used.
  • Ice: Use ice made with filtered water for a better tasting drink.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Frothing milk in a measuring cup.

Step 1: Make whipped cream by whisking heavy cream and vanilla syrup with a handheld milk frother. Set aside.

Chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, instant coffee, milk, ice, and homemade Frappuccino base syrup in a blender.

Step 2: Blend milk, chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, instant coffee, homemade Frappuccino base syrup, and ice until smooth.

Start the blender on low, then turn it up to high. Use a tamper tool to make sure the ice gets blended evenly.

Pouring frappuccino in a cup.

Step 3: Pour Frappuccino into a cup.

Spooning chocolate syrup on a frappuccino.

Step 4: Top drink with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.

Expert Tips

  • To get an efficient blend, don’t put ice in first into the blender. Put ingredients into the blender as it’s in the recipe.
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup is made of simple syrup and xanthan gum. If you don’t want to use the base syrup, you can use simple syrup instead to match the sweetness but you won’t get that smooth Frappuccino texture without the xanthan gum.
  • The longer you whisk the heavy cream, the stiffer it’ll get. My trick to making quick and easy whipped cream is to use a handheld milk frother. It should take less than a minute to get medium peaks. Spoon the whipped cream on top of your drink.

Questions You May Have

How are Frappuccino chips different from chocolate chips?

Frappuccino chips are cookie crumbs covered in chocolate and sugar so they have a different texture than regular chocolate chips. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find the Frappuccino chips online so my recipe replaces it with chocolate chips.

Does Java Chip Frappuccino taste like Mocha Frappuccino?

Yes! Java Chip Frappuccino is a dressed up Mocha Frappuccino with Frappuccino chips and a drizzle of mocha.

Can I replace the vanilla syrup for the whipped cream with sugar?

Yes, instead of vanilla syrup, you can use regular white sugar to make whipped cream. Use 2 teaspoons of sugar and ¼ cup heavy cream.

If you tried this Java Chip Frappuccino recipe, please leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ star rating and let me know how you like it in the comments below.

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Java Chip Frappuccino

By: Jee Choe
A delicious, caffeinated frozen drink that recreates the Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Ingredients 

Java Chip Frappuccino

Whipped Cream

Instructions 

  • Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup to make whipped cream. Set aside.
    handheld milk frother whisks up whipped cream in seconds.
    ¼ cup heavy cream, 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup
  • Blend milk, chocolate syrup, homemade Frappuccino base syrup, instant coffee, chocolate chips, and ice until smooth.
    Put ingredients into the blender in the order listed. Start the blender on low for 10 seconds, then turn it up to high until smooth. Use a tamper tool to make sure the ice gets blended evenly.
    ½ cup whole milk, 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup, 3 tablespoons homemade Frappuccino base syrup, 1 tablespoon mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 ½ teaspoons instant coffee, 1 cup ice
  • Pour Frappuccino into a cup. Top drink with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.
    Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup is a simple syrup with xanthan gum. Make a batch of this first.
  • If you don’t want to use the base syrup, you can use simple syrup instead to match the sweetness but you won’t get that smooth Frappuccino texture without the xanthan gum.
  • To get an efficient blend, don’t put ice in first into the blender. Put ingredients into the blender as it’s in the recipe.
  • The longer you whisk the heavy cream, the stiffer it’ll get. My trick to making quick and easy whipped cream is to use a handheld milk frother. It should take less than a minute to get medium peaks. Spoon the whipped cream on top of your drink.
  • Instead of vanilla syrup, you can use regular white sugar to make whipped cream. Use 2 teaspoons of sugar and ¼ cup heavy cream.
  • Frappuccinos are made with whole milk but you can use any milk you like.
  • If you like more more chocolate bits in your drink, use a dark chocolate bar or dark chocolate chips.

Nutrition

Calories: 753Carbohydrates: 114gProtein: 7gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 179mgPotassium: 527mgFiber: 3gSugar: 100gVitamin A: 1080IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 214mgIron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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