Frappuccino is a trademarked label of the Starbucks Corporation for a line of frozen coffee refreshments.
In this recipe, it consists of Brazilian coffee blended with ice and other various ingredients, topped with whipped cream.
Frappuccinos are also marketed as bottled coffee drinks in stores and from vending machines. The name Frappuccino is a morph-word of “frappe”, the New England expression for a milkshake with ice cream, and a strong coffee brew.
- 12 ounces, Very Strong Brewed Brazilian Coffee, Chilled
- 8 ounces, fluid Whole Milk, ot to taste
- 1/3 cup Sweetened, Condensed Milk
- 1/3 teaspoon Coconut Extract
- 1/3 teaspoon Almond Extract
- 1/3 teaspoon Pineapple Extract
- 1 pinch Cinnamon
- Whipped Cream
- 1/4 cup Half-and-half
- Add coffee, milk, sweetened condensed milk, and extracts to a blender.
- Top off blender with ice
- Blend until smooth and icy.
- Add half-and-half to taste.
- Pour in a glass.
- Top with whipped cream
- Add pinch of cinnamon
Frappuccino is a combo word of “frappe” and cappuccino. The term was invented in Boston, Massachusetts.
In the Boston region, a “frappe” (“frap”) is a thick milkshake with ice cream, derived from the French name frappé.
George Howell from The Coffee Connection created the first Frappuccino drink.
When Starbucks bought The Coffee Connection in 1994, the beverage, with a distinct recipe and the same name, was launched under the Starbucks signature.
As of 2012, Starbucks had yearly Frappuccino income of over $2 billion.
The recipe is a merging of several cold beverages, including the coffee frap and the frappe, with the Italian cappuccino.
In reply to the success of the Frappuccino, many competitors have created similar drinks with comparable sounding names.
The first time I tried a Frappuccino was in the Spring of 1996. I was in New York during a business trip and friend took me to Starbucks. Back in Brazil, I decided to copycat the drink with some friends. After a while, we had modified it for more tropical taste.