Starbucks Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino Copycat

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Delicious and perfectly sweet, this green tea frozen drink tastes just like the one at Starbucks! See how easy it is to make this Matcha Frappuccino at home, including the fluffy vanilla whipped cream.

Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino in a cup with whipped cream.

Recipe Highlights

  • Starbucks Matcha Crème Frappuccino is a frozen green tea drink made in a blender. The drink is topped with vanilla whipped cream.
  • This copycat recipe is made by blending matcha green tea, milk, vanilla syrup, ice, and homemade Frappuccino base syrup. The quick and easy whipped cream is made in seconds using a handheld milk frother.
  • Starbucks in the US uses sweetened matcha while in Canada, it’s made with non-sweetened matcha. To get the same taste and bright green matcha color as the Starbucks drink, this recipe uses non-sweetened matcha.
  • All Starbucks Frappuccinos are made using a Frappuccino base syrup that makes the drink smooth and creamy. This recipe uses a homemade Frappuccino base syrup to get that same texture.
  • This homemade copycat drink recreates a grande size (16 ounces) of the Starbucks Match Frappuccino recipe, including the vanilla whipped cream.

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Ingredient Notes

Homemade Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino ingredients.
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup
    This is the key ingredient to making Frappuccinos just like Starbucks. Make a batch ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.
  • Matcha
    Starbucks uses a pre-sweetened matcha but I couldn’t find one that was as good so I got unsweetened matcha and added sweetener separately. This is the way Starbucks makes Matcha Frappuccinos in Canada. In the US, they use the pre-sweetened matcha.
  • Milk
    All Frappuccinos are made with whole milk at Starbucks but you can use whatever kind of milk you like.
  • Vanilla syrup
    Use homemade or store-bought vanilla syrup. The syrup is used to sweeten the Frappuccino and the whipped cream.
  • Heavy cream
    To make the whipped cream.
  • Ice
    Use filtered water to make ice if possible.
My Matcha Pick

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Great matcha for the price and quality. It’s perfect for making iced matcha lattes and matcha Frappuccinos.
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Step-by-Step Instructions

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For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to see the recipe.

  1. Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup to make whipped cream. Set aside.
    handheld milk frother makes whipped cream in seconds.
  2. Blend milk, vanilla syrup, matcha, ice, and homemade Frappuccino base syrup until smooth.
    Start the blender on low, then turn it up high. Use a tamper tool to make sure the ice gets blended evenly.
  3. Pour Frappuccino into a cup.
  4. Top drink with whipped cream.
My Blender Pick

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This blender will last years and years. Makes smooth Frappuccinos by crushing ice evenly. A worthy investment.
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Expert Tips

  • Don’t add ice first into the blender since you won’t get an efficient blend. Add liquids first.
  • If you want to make this drink without Frappuccino base syrup, try my Quick & Easy Matcha Frappuccino recipe. It uses sweetened condensed milk instead of the base syrup. It has less of a smooth texture but still delicious.
  • The longer you whisk the heavy cream and vanilla syrup with a handheld milk frother, the thicker it’ll get. To get fluffy whipped cream, whisk until you get soft peaks, which should take about 30 seconds. Spoon the whipped cream onto the drink.
  • The brighter the green the matcha, the higher the quality. Look to spend at least $20. Anything that costs less than that will have a muddy green, almost brown color.

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Questions You May Have

What’s in Starbucks Matcha Crème Frappuccino?

A grande Matcha Crème Frappuccino is made with ice, whole milk, crème Frappuccino syrup, 3 pumps of Classic syrup, 3 scoops of matcha tea blend, and whipped cream.

Is there caffeine in a Matcha Frappuccino?

Yes! There’s caffeine in matcha.

What’s in Starbucks matcha tea blend?

There’s just sugar and ground Japanese green tea that make up the matcha tea blend. The matcha tea blend comes sweetened and sugar is the number one ingredient in the blend.

Why wasn’t this made with pre-sweetened matcha like the way it’s made at Starbucks?

I purchased and tested multiple sweetened matchas and none were able to match the color and taste like the one at Starbucks. I was able to get a much closer version using unsweetened matcha.

Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino in a cup with whipped cream.

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Starbucks Matcha Frappuccino Copycat

Author: Jee Choe
Delicious and perfectly sweet, see how easy it is to make this Matcha Frappuccino at home, including the fluffy vanilla whipped cream.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

Matcha Frappuccino

  • cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla syrup
  • 2 teaspoons matcha
  • 1 cup ice
  • 3 tablespoons homemade Frappuccino base syrup

Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup

INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup to make whipped cream. Set aside.
    A handheld milk frother makes whipped cream in seconds.
  • Blend milk, vanilla syrup, matcha, ice, and homemade Frappuccino base syrup until smooth.
    Start the blender on low, then turn it up high. Use a tamper tool to make sure the ice gets blended evenly.
  • Pour Frappuccino into a cup.
  • Top drink with whipped cream.

NOTES

  • Don’t add ice first into the blender since you won’t get an efficient blend. 
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup is the key ingredient to making Frappuccinos just like Starbucks. Make a batch ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.
  • Starbucks uses a pre-sweetened matcha but I couldn’t find one that was as good, so I got unsweetened matcha and added sweetener separately. This is the way Starbucks makes Matcha Frappuccinos in Canada. In the US, they use the pre-sweetened matcha.
  • All Frappuccinos are made with whole milk at Starbucks but you can use whatever kind of milk you like.
  • Use store-bought or homemade vanilla syrup. The syrup is used to sweeten the Frappuccino and the whipped cream.
  • If you want to make this drink without Frappuccino base syrup, try my Quick & Easy Matcha Frappuccino recipe. It uses sweetened condensed milk instead of the base syrup. It has less of a smooth texture but still delicious.
  • The longer you whisk the heavy cream and vanilla syrup with a handheld milk frother, the thicker it’ll get. To get fluffy whipped cream, whisk until you get soft peaks, which should take about 30 seconds. Spoon the whipped cream onto the drink.
  • The brighter the green the matcha, the higher the quality. Look to spend at least $20. Anything that costs less than that will have a muddy green, almost brown color.

NUTRITION

Calories: 651 | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 335mg | Sugar: 96g | Vitamin A: 1538IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 245mg | Iron: 6mg
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