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Simple Homemade Java Chip Frappuccino

This recipe for a java chip frappuccino is perfect for summer. And oh man does it taste good! Some links are affiliate links that earn me a commission if you purchase through them.

Java chip frappaccino recipe with whipped cream

I am one of those people who drinks coffee flavored beverages rather than “coffee.” Yes, my husband makes fun of me for this sometimes, but I know what I like.

This is why I love all the frou frou drinks at Starbucks. And I know I’m not alone.

For me, this is a perfect replacement for a Starbucks java chip frappuccino. It isn’t too sweet, and it’s lower in calories than the original.

That just means I get to enjoy it more often, right?

In fall and winter, it’s easy to create a delicious coffee beverage, but I want something different come summer. And no, I can’t justify enjoying an iced coffee float all summer long. Unfortunately.

Looking for even more coffee ideas? Check out the end of this article for my faves

Usually I’ll simply make my coffee over ice with cream and an added flavor. When it’s 90 hundred degrees outside like it has been lately (reinforcing yet again that as much as I complain about the cold in Chicago, I could never live any further south than I do), I want a completely frozen beverage.

I don’t want something watered down, and I don’t want it to be too complicated. This java chip frappuccino is perfect.

In fact, it’s so perfect that I made the mistake of setting my cup down this morning after taking a sip and going upstairs to change.

Why is that a mistake? My husband stole my java chip frappuccino and drank it. I learned, however.

Now I have even more coffee freezing to make a larger batch tomorrow since my husband already warned me he plans to steal it again.

Life is rough.

I can’t really blame him though, can you? Take a look at how pretty this java chip frapuccino is.

Enjoy a frozen chocolate chip frappaccino for breakfast

It isn’t cloyingly sweet, and it has way fewer calories than the non copycat java chip frappuccino you can spend a small fortune on. That alone makes it a winner. (Ok, ok the whipped cream ups the calories, but it’s worth it.)

Coffee, milk, dark chocolate chips, a little chocolate extract, and whipped cream? I’m so sold.

Yes, you can easily find chocolate extract. I buy mine on Amazon, where it’s nice and cheap and comes fast!

Since my husband tends to make too much coffee almost every morning, I love that I now have a use for it instead of having it get pitched each afternoon. Instead, I can freeze the coffee.

Our freezer has a built in ice maker, and our ice cube trays disappeared. I almost had to break down and make a weaker version of this, using ice cubes to freeze the frappuccino. Then I had a lightbulb moment.

I have three different popsicle molds, but I never use them all at the same time. The coffee doesn’t need to be ice cube size, just portion controlled.

I carefully poured the coffee into popsicle molds, and voila! When I figured out that my funnel would make it even easier to not make a mess, I really felt like a rock star.

Use a funnel to pour coffee into ice cube trays or popsicle molds

So yeah… I have a full pot of coffee freezing right now. I’m making this again tomorrow, and I may make it the next day, too. Because it is hot in Chicago right now, and I don’t do well in the heat.

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How to make copycat java chip frappuccino

Use frozen coffee. This makes a huge difference, and it means you don’t need to brew extra strong coffee to make this work.

That means you need to plan in advance a little, but do it. Trust me.

When the coffee is still hot (or at least warm), stir in the sugar so that it dissolves. Then pour it into your ice cube trays or popsicle molds and freeze overnight.

Stir sugar into hot coffee for frozen frappaccino

In the morning, add the frozen coffee to the cup of your blender. The more high powered your blender, the better. Add the milk, chocolate chips, and chocolate extract or vanilla.

Add all ingredients to blender cup

Blend until it reaches a uniform texture. This is most easily done by pulsing the blender to start then keeping it on once the initial mixing is complete.

Blend until mixture is a consistent java chip frappaccino texture

If your coffee doesn’t want to leave the tray or popsicle molds, simple place your warm hand around it for a few seconds to thaw the edge of the frozen coffee and then try again.

Add to a cup, top with whipped cream, and enjoy! You’re welcome.

Delicious and easy java chip frappaccino recipe

Have you ever made a java chip frappuccino? What is your favorite frozen coffee drink?

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Copycat Java Chip Frappuccino

Copycat Java Chip Frappuccino

Yield: 1 large serving
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Freeze time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 7 minutes

This quick and easy copycat java chip frappuccino is the perfect treat to cool down in hot weather. Make just one or whip up a batch for all your friends and family!


  • 1 c coffee
  • 1 T sugar
  • 3/4 c whole milk
  • 1/4 c dark chocolate chips
  • 1 t chocolate extract or vanilla
  • whipped cream (optional)


  1. Brew coffee. While still hot, stir in sugar until dissolved.
  2. Pour into ice cube tray or popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
  3. Remove frozen coffee from molds and place into blender cup with milk, chocolate chips, and chocolate extract or vanilla.
  4. Pulse for 10-15 seconds to start blending then turn on high and run until it is completely blended.
  5. Pour into a cup and top with whipped cream. Serve immediately.


If you forget to freeze your coffee and freeze it the night before, you can brew extra strong coffee and cool it off completely (in the fridge) and use ice cubes to make the one cup total. It is better with frozen coffee, however.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 438Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 97mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 3gSugar: 45gProtein: 9g

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Monday 12th of April 2021

Super good! $2.01 (vs $4.95), 40% less sugar, and not having to leave the comfort of my home. I absolutely will be making this again. And again. And again. xD


Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Fab! I love to hear this. It's one of my favorite warm weather treats, too. I'm so glad you like it!

Cindy Lucero

Monday 23rd of March 2020

Java chip definitely delicious! Except there is no need to add sugar. Starbucks does not add sugar. It’s perfectly fine with the chocolate chips and chocolate syrup! Thanks for the recipe!


Monday 12th of April 2021

@Cindy Lucero, TL;DR at bottom. To be fair, chocolate syrup is loaded with sugar. This calls for chocolate *extract*, which should not have sugar. For anyone wondering, this drink has 297 calories and 37.6g total sugar. Starbucks original version: 440 calories and 60g sugar. Does it NEED the 1T sugar to be delicious? Absolutely not. But is the homemade version, even with the 1T sugar, still much lower in sugar than Starbucks? Absolutely yes.

TL;DR: This version has only 62.6% of the sugar as Starbucks, even with the 1 Tablespoon sugar. Don't feel guilty if you want to add it. Homemade: 37.6g sugar, Starbucks: 60g.


Saturday 18th of April 2020

Totally your call on the sugar. Shhh I'm a wimp when it comes to the taste of coffee, so I add it. But if you're happy without it, leave it out for sure :)

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Monday 29th of July 2019

[…] living where it’s still beastly hot out, use the coffee and half and half to make this java chip frappuccino […]

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