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A few weeks ago, I shared my Mocha Frappaccino that has a secret ingredient keeping it from separating. It was a wonderful break through in the terms of frozen drinks in my house. Well, after I figured out the mocha frap, I decided to start trying to recreate my favorite drink…a Frozen Caramel Macchiato.
I’m a bit obsessed with my coffee drinks and I’m really picky too. My favorite to grab a drink is delish, but costs $5 for a medium. I try to only go on double stamp day or when they are having a special so I don’t spend all our money on wonderful coffee. So, I’ve learned with a few key ingredients I can duplicate some of my favorites at home.
Having a great blender is a must for making these drinks often. Having a cheap blender will work for a little while, but it will burn out on you…so do yourself a favor and just invest in one really good blender. My favorites are the Vitamix, Ninja Kitchen, and BlendTec.
My 8yo daughter loves this drink! I know I probably shouldn’t let her have it, but she just loves it so much. I usually fill my tumbler all the way up and then give her what’s left. She thinks I’m the best mom ever for letting her have some. My son, on the other hand, I’ve caught sipping my Mocha Frap. Silly kids!
So that secret ingredient I mentioned earlier…xantham gum. It works as a binder to hold everything together and keep it from separating.
Xanthan Gum acts as an emulsifier and thickener. Just a pinch added to your blended coffee will keep it from separating! Xanthan Gum can be a bit pricey but it is so worth it and you will only use a tiny bit for each drink. So instead of spending $5 for a blended coffee you will only be spending about $.50 for your caffeine fix! It’s also good to have around if you do any sort of gluten free baking for yourself, family, or friends! It’s a must have ingredient!
Frozen Caramel Macchiato
This frozen caramel macchiato coffee drink is SO much better than the coffee house version and a lot less expensive, too!
- 3/4 cup fresh espresso or double strength coffee, use a caramel flavor if you can find it
- 3/4 cup milk (soy, rice, low fat, 2%, whole, etc)
- 3 tbls Torani Caramel syrup
- pinch of xanthan gum (about 1/16 tsp)
- 2 cups ice
- In a large blender, add warm coffee and xanthan gum and process on slow speed for about 30 seconds. (The warm coffee helps to completely blended in the xanthan gum.)
- Add milk and caramel syrup and blend for about 15 seconds just to combine. Finally, add in ice and blend on high power until ice is completely crushed and blended into coffee mixture.
- Pour into a large cup and top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce if desired.
© Around My Family Table
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 230mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 0gSugar: 31gProtein: 4g
Some of my other favorite coffee drinks:
Frozen Mocha Lattes
Nutella Blended Coffee Drinks
and Make your Own Coffee Creamers
This looks amazing!
Love drinking caramel macchiato since I’ve tried once at a coffee shop near my area, nice recipe!
Margot C says
How brilliant is that! (and so pretty). Where on earth do you buy xanthan gum? (and what is it?)
Karen D says
This looks so amazing… must make this soon!
CR Williams says
This looks like the real thing. I have to to try this!
Robin W says
What a lovely presentation! Love that glass! I could go for one of those right now, it is sooo hot and humid and I could use a little coffee. Thanks for sharing.
Becca from ItsYummi.com says
Oh my gosh… I can’t believe how easy this is, AND I have everything I need to make it this very second! Wooot!
theresa krier says
this is sooooooo yummy, thanks
Dandi D says
Wow, this sounds delicious! I’m not a coffee drinker, but I might have to try this!
I love anything caramel!!
Janet W. says
What a delicious summer treat! I’d love to have one right now!
Melissa S says
Yum! I am going to have to try this, I am going to search for Amazon for xantham gum right now.
What a delightful drink. I am going to have to try this one.
CR Williams says
This looks so yummy and home made! Love it! I wonder if the Keurig 2.0 can do this?
Julie Wood says
This is one of my favorite drinks too! I would love to make this drink at home for only .50 cents! I like your recipe and am going to give it a try. I know my family will love for me to make this!
Nicole Dz says
Awesome way to make this at home, I love these frozen Caramel Macchiato. Great in the fall too and money saver!
Mary Happymommy says
My husband’s favorite is caramel macchiato but I don’t think he’s ever had it frozen. He would love this!
tina reynolds says
Wow that looks so good and I am an addict to the ones at the coffee shop that are similar so much better to make it at home would save a ton and my whole family could have a treat. Thanks for sharing
Oh dear GOD!!!! I need this in my life….NOW!
Amy M. C. says
Thanks for the tips on making this yummy-looking drink!
Soph Im says
If you can’t get a hold of x-gum, try the ice cream they use for making milkshake.. we use to own a family cafe and this is what we use for a ice coffee drinks. If can’t get a hold of that, just normal vanilla ice cream is the next best thing. Yes a good blender is the key. 900+ watts . We make these sort of frozen drinks all the time. Our kids loovvee the banana choc mint frappes..
I have also used PAM spray as an emulsifier just a quick 5 second spray will work. This is what a lot of you ice cream shops use for their thick frappes! Sounds awful but works great.
I use instant coffee. Makes it much easier, cheaper and I haven’t had any separation problems. I can make regular or decaf.
at Starbucks they actually put both caramel and vanilla in the caramel macchiatto.
Ricky T says
When I see those pictures – my god! I will try to make one for myself tommorow morning. Just need to buy caramel syrup first. Thank you Wendy for a tip!
Oh good – the ones we get at Starbucks are so not worth it…..
Xanthan gum is a new! Just wondering – do you think the cafes put this in their frozen beverages too?
No, they do not. 🙂
Caramel Macchiato is MY FAVORITE and I am a huge fan of DIY…thank you so much for sharing this! I’m so happy I found your site!
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heather g. says
Sounds yummy! Where do you get the Xanthan Gum? Or do I need to search some more through your lovely blog?
Wendy O'Neal says
Thanks Heather. I’ve seen it at my regular grocery store in the health food section or amazon.
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
I LOVE this. I’ve been wanting to make one at home! And now I won’t feel bad when I slip my daughter some. I always thought I was the only one…
Wendy O'Neal says
LOL Dorothy! My kids would drink my whole cup if I’d let them.
Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says
Sounds like I need to get some xantham gum! My drinks are always too watery.