Skinny Caramel Frappe

May 30, 2013 by Ali

Skinny Caramel Frappe |

This post is sponsored by International Delight.

Do you remember the first time you set foot in a Starbucks?

I do!

Believe it or not, the infamous coffee chain didn’t come to Kansas until I was a freshman in college. But when the first tiny coffee shop arrived in Wichita, my friends and I of course had to go! So we piled in my VW bug and took a late night road trip so that we could wait in a super-long line to proudly place an 8-word order for coffee.

Skinny Caramel Frappe |

I was a new coffee drinker back then, so my drink of choice was the deathly-sweet caramel frappuccino. It was rich, it was pretty, and it was loaded with a zillion calories. But in college that was “NBD”, so the caramel frap instantly became my go-to drink as Starbucks began to move in on every corner.

Today, my coffee tastes and preferences have changed significantly. I go for black pour-over iced coffee at home and at my neighborhood coffee shop, and there’s not a Starbucks anywhere nearby. I drink coffee pretty much daily, and rarely hot or frozen. However, on occasion, I still get a craving for my nostalgic old college drink in the summertime. So I’ve learned to make my own healthier “skinny” caramel frappe at home with some homemade caramel syrup. Or even quicker, with the help of some a handy store-bought caramel creamer, like this one.

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It’s definitely not the uber-sugary drink I loved in college, but the skinner, homemade, and coffee-centered version is much more my speed today anyhow. Here it is!

Skinny Caramel Frappe |

Skinny Caramel Frappe

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Yield: About 3 cups


  • 1 cup coffee, chilled
  • 1/4 cup International Delight Caramel Macchiato creamer
  • 2 cups coffee ice cubes (coffee frozen in ice cube trays), or regular ice cubes
  • optional toppings: whipped cream, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, sprinkles


Combine coffee, creamer and ice cubes together in a blender, and pulse until blended.

Serve cold topped with desired toppings.

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by International Delight. All opinions are 100% mine, as always.


About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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20 thoughts on “Skinny Caramel Frappe

  1. I love the caramel frappes, i have to try this!

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  2. I can’t do the deathly sweet concoctions anymore – OR the calories that go with them – but THIS I can totally get behind. Love it Ali :)

    - Megan {Country Cleaver}

  3. I love Starbucks caramel frappe, but now thy have a new one called caramel ribbon crunch, this is even better then the original one. I am going to try making this recipe, as soon as I go shopping for creamer. Thank you for sharing.

    - Laura

  4. I can’t remember the first time I had starbucks but it was definitely sometime in high school. I wasn’t much of a coffee person then so I would ALWAYS get the caramel frappe. It’s been a while since I ordered it though, mainly because it’s such a heavy drink with so many calories but I’d really love to try this version!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  5. I’m not a coffee drinker, so I’ve never actually had a Starbucks coffee, but I have to admit that a homemade caramel-infused and whipped cream topped version just might make me a convert!

    - Tracey

  6. Good ides, but International Delight contains GMO ingredients.

    - Cathy Schlecter

  7. i love any frappppee this looks soooooooooo goood

    - Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

  8. This looks SO delicious! One of my co-workers sent me your blog yesterday and it’s literally up on my favorites bar now, because your recipes (and photography!) are amazing! I can’t wait to try this one out!

    - Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

  9. Wish I had one of these to sip on by the pool!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  10. I always love finding recipes for homemade coffee drinks.

    - Kristi

  11. The first Starbucks I ever set foot in was in San Francisco by my office building. The most appealing drinks for me were the lattes and cappuccinos. I was hooked on the caramel macchiato for a while! Now I’m quite boring drinking unsweetened coffees with just cinnamon powder and lots of foam! I’ve had my fair share of fraps, but have steered clear because of calories. Your skinny frap fixes that! Sounds delicious.

    - marcie@flavorthemoments

  12. Totally gushing over this! Yum!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  13. Your photos are seriously always so daggum GORGEOUS!!!!!! And this skinny-fied version of a frapp is a MUST TRY! See you next week!!! (SQUEEL!!!)

    - Tina | My Life as a Mrs

  14. I love that this is skinny but I bet it tastes full of flavor!

    - Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

  15. I do not drink coffee, but this still sounds awesome! YUM!

    - Tieghan

  16. Your post is cracking me up – I was obsessed with caramel macchiatos in college as well. I actually haven’t had one since I began my weight loss journey after I graduated. It is a reminder of my past and the one drink I can’t get myself to order anymore. Love this lightened up version!!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl