Growing up, there was a Second Cup Coffee right around the corner from my high school.
I loved going there to order a Chillate- I mean just the name sounds totally cool, right?
(Interestingly they have renamed this "cool-sounding" drink to Frappe, very similar to Starbucks Frappucinno).
All this to say, whipped up coffee-chocolately drinks have been a part of my life for a long time... but...
Now I make my own deliciously cool drinks.
Here's why. Take a look at Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino Ingredients:
Water, Milk, Coffee flavored Frappuccino Syrup (Sugar, Water, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavor (ugh why?), Xantham Gum, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Citric Acid, Caramel Color (fake color= my pet peeve)), Sweetened whip cream (Heavy cream, vanilla flavored syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavor, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Caramel Color (stop with the color!)), Hydrated coffee (water, Frappuccino roast soluble coffee), hydrated mocha powder (Water, Sugar, Cocoa, artificial flavour (again)).
Why is there so much artificial flavours and colours when we can get this taste from actual Real Food?!
(This is kind of a rhetorical question- I'm sure the answer has to do with money $$- it's probably cheaper to use fake stuff...)
But the good news is...
We have the capability to replicate these Franken-food drinks with Real Food!
Real Food for the win!
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee (however you like it- medium roast, decaf, organic, fair trade, etc...) Pro tip- brew extra coffee and store it in the fridge to use later in the week.
- 1/2 cup thick liquid (cream, milk, almond milk, etc...)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla (what I use)
- Pure maple syrup (to taste- depending on how sweet you want it)
- Handful of ice
Superfood ingredients: these are not necessary to add, but if you want to pack in the nutrition, then go ahead!
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend. That's it. Easy Peasy.
Wishing you lots of nourishing frappuccinos over the course of this summer!