Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino

By DK on Sep 30, 2011
Starbucks Styled Strawberry and Creme | Strawberry Milkshake Recipe
You know what sucks big time? When you do not have a wonderful photo to showcase your most favorite drink. Of course I have LOTS of excuses for this sad picture but I am not going to revel in it. Instead I am going to elaborate on my journey to this splurge of mine. Any South Indian worth his/her salt will tell you what a pathetic lame of an excuse is Starbucks coffee. (err....Those who are looking daggers at me, you can say the same about our coffee - I am generous that way - see?) So after 2 years of making weird faces that was a caricature in itself, my husband (probably cos he has had enough!) suggested that I try the Strawberry Frappucino. Since I was busy sulking, I did not care to think about what really went into this new drink that I was sure to dislike. Me - such a positive ray of sunshine..! Starbucks Styled Strawberry and Creme | Strawberry Milkshake Recipe Image Courtesy. But one sip later I was in love. Crazy in love. For the first time EVER in my life, something pink really bought out the girl in me. It had me floored so much so that the next few times had me ordering the same again and again...and again. Like an eager cook (yes, I like to claim that...) I searched the whole Internet for a recipe to ape at home. Nada! Nothing! Nyet! Zilt! Yes, I got scores of information about the calories in it which I think is the only reason I have been content about my failure to find an original recipe. Agreed, I do not have it with the whipped cream but still.
Starbucks Styled Strawberry and Creme | Strawberry Milkshake Recipe
But when Deepti went ahead and chose this month's theme for Free Spirit Bloggers (FSB) that turned to be - any guesses? - yes our favorite Starbucks drink, I was back to square one. Yet again! No recipes anywhere and from the extensive research I did, things came to light that Starbucks had a secret base that they used to make their Strawberry Frappucino. I did not want to buy random powders just to make it once or so hence started working around it. Turns out our simple Strawberry Milkshake is the closest match. At least that's how it felt to my palate. I played around with various combinations and this according to me is the winner. I made my own strawberry syrup and the amount for each element will depend on your taste buds. With or without the Whipped Cream this one is a delicious drink for everyone to enjoy. I paired it with our favorite (homemade) Starbucks styled - Very Berry Coffee Cake
Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 2 people
Yield: Around 2 cups
Ingredients
    For the Strawberry Syrup
  • 16 oz Strawberries, hulled
  • Sugar to taste (See Tips)
    For the Frappucino (Approximate Measurements - Use as a guideline to cater to your preferences)
  • 1 cup Whole Milk (See Tips)
  • 3/4 cups softened Vanilla Icecream
  • 1/4 cup Strawberry Syrup (See Tips)
  • 5-6 Whole Strawberries, chopped finely
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • Whipped Cream (optional)
Tips
1. Sugar - The Syrup must be very sweet. You can use anywhere between 1/4-1/2 cup. The amount of sugar will depend on the strawberries. For a version closer to the real deal, the end syrup must be very sweet. For a healthier version use natural sweeteners. Keep in mind that it might alter the taste of the final drink (example: Using Sucanat will give it a molasses flavor)
2. Whole Milk - You can use 2% or fat free milk for a reduced fat version.
3. Strawberry Syrup - Instead of making your own at home, you can buy the shop brought ones.
Method
1
Make the Strawberry Syrup in the same fashion as my Stewed Strawberries post. Boil it until the fruit has turned into mush. Then strain it into another bowl pressing the fruit well to give more syrup. You can use the fruit pulp in another recipe (like a pancake, in waffles, in cakes/ muffins etc)
Starbucks Styled Strawberry and Creme | Strawberry Milkshake Recipe
2
Bring the syrup to room temperature. Or better still chill it for an hour.
Starbucks Styled Strawberry and Creme | Strawberry Milkshake Recipe
3
Now add rest of the ingredients (other than the whipped cream and chopped strawberries) in a blender.
Starbucks Styled Strawberry and Creme | Strawberry Milkshake Recipe
4
Give it a whirl until blended. The proportions will change depending on your taste buds. For me this proportion tasted best while my husband wanted a little more of the syrup.
Starbucks Styled Strawberry and Creme | Strawberry Milkshake Recipe
5
Drop some of the chopped strawberries in a serving glass and pour the blended strawberries and creme to it.
Starbucks Styled Strawberry and Creme | Strawberry Milkshake Recipe
Add some whipped cream on top if desired and serve chilled. Starbucks Styled Strawberry and Creme | Strawberry Milkshake Recipe
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20 Responses to “Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino”
  1. Linda

    OMG! This looks very easy to make. I can’t wait to try it!

  2. Pinky gal

    I can’t wait to try it it looks very good

  3. Pinky gal

    I can’t wiait to try it it looks very good

  4. Claire

    REALLY GOOD!!!!!! Except little too watery I would a little bit less milk but still AMAZING!!! :-P :!: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 8) :-P :)

  5. sangeeta

    :) looks heavenly..will make this for sure. How does one whip the cream so well?

  6. Izzy and Frances

    Tastes exactly like the Starbuck’s Strawberries and Cream Frapuccino!

  7. Sammy

    i LOVE this but i will say you can find the cal count and pritty much work out it to last detail from there product list on there site i dont no when this post was made i dint read that but if that is any use i am going to try this and going to try makeing the starbucks one yours looks amazing mind :mrgreen:

  8. funmi

    made this today. it turned out great.. saved me $4 by not having to go to starbucks :)

  9. Trish

    Starbucks used to use crushed beetles in the strawberries and cream frappuccino. Here is the link if you would like to read a short article about it: http://www.suntimes.com/business/11597241-420/beetle-coloring-in-starbucks-strawberries-creme-frappuccinos-bugs-vegans.html

  10. Kathy

    :wink: I made this today and it was AWESOME! Again thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes.

  11. Have you ever had the strawberries and cream frap in captain crunch style? Oh my gosh it is amazing. Everywhere does it a little differently but my favorite is an add on of chocolate chips and hazelnut flavoring. I cant have it without those now. You should try it!

  12. DK, this looks too good. I assumed frappuccino had coffee in them… silly me! Looks like I have missed out on the good stuff.

  13. Hubby loves starbucks .. looks yummy.

    Vardhini
    Event: Halloween Fiesta

  14. Wow…ur homemade frappuccino looks even better…really awesome!!

  15. So this what a frappuccino looks and tastes like! One more addition to my ‘a must try from CIY’ list!

  16. What in the world makes you think your pictures are sad? Mine then, should be called downright pathetic. I love the pink, too, by the way. Now that you’ve nailed this one, I’m not going to try it at Starbucks, but I will do so – at home! Cafe Casa, indeed!

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