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Versatile Frappuccino Base Syrup – Starbucks Copycat!

Remember that first sip of a Starbucks Frappuccino? That icy, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth explosion of flavor? Yeah, me too.

But who needs an overpriced coffee run when you can brew up pure magic in your own kitchen? With this simple Frappuccino base syrup recipe, you’ll be blending barista-worthy frozen drinks like a pro in no time.

frappuccino base in a jar

Recipe Highlights

  • 4-ingredient wonder: That’s all you need to unlock Frappuccino bliss!
  • Creamy perfection: Say goodbye to icy bits and hello to smooth sailing.
  • Endless possibilities: Blend any flavor combo your heart desires.
  • Save money, brew magic: Skip the overpriced cafes and become your own Frappuccino master.

Ready to dive in? Let’s get blending!

frappuccino base syrup

Ingredient Notes

  • Xanthan gum powder: This magic dust is the key to Frappuccino-like texture. It thickens and binds, preventing your drink from turning into an icy mess.
  • Sugar & water: A simple syrup forms the base for sweetness. Use regular sugar or get adventurous with brown sugar for a caramel twist.
  • Vanilla extract: A touch of vanilla adds depth and rounds out the flavors. It’s optional, but I highly recommend it!
frappuccino base syrup in a jar

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Simmer sugar and water: Watch that sugar dissolve into a clear syrup, then let it cool.
  2. Blend with xanthan gum and vanilla: Blend the cooled syrup with xanthan gum and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Store and scoop: Pour your precious base into an airtight container. Remember, it’s thick, so a jar is your best friend!

Tips & Tricks

  • Frappuccino base vs. coffee base: Starbucks offers both. This recipe skips the coffee and focuses on pure creamy goodness.
  • Storage savvy: Your base will stay happy in the fridge for a month. Just give it a good stir before each use.
  • Scoop it out: The base syrup is thick, so skip the bottle and store it in a jar for easy scooping.
  • Grande goals? Use 3 tablespoons of base per 16 ounces of your chosen frozen ingredients for a perfectly portioned Frappuccino.
  • Beyond Frappuccinos: This base is your ticket to frozen drink greatness! Use it in smoothies, cocktails, or even protein shakes for an extra creamy touch.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Skipping the xanthan gum: Don’t do it! It’s the magic ingredient that makes your drink smooth and dreamy.
  • Adding xanthan gum to hot syrup: Wait until the syrup cools down before adding the xanthan gum, or it will clump up.
  • Overdosing on base: Start with 3 tablespoons and adjust to your taste. Too much base can make your drink thick and gooey.

Questions You May Have

1. Do I need a fancy blender?

A powerful blender like a Vitamix will give you the smoothest results, but any blender will do in a pinch.

2. Can I buy Frappuccino base?

You might find it online, but making it yourself is way cheaper and way more fun!

3. What’s in the real Starbucks base?

Their creme base contains water, salt, sugar, citric acid, potassium sorbate, preservatives, natural flavors, and xanthan gum. This DIY syrup has xanthum gum powder, sugar, vanilla extract, and water.

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Homemade Starbucks Frappuccino Base

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Homemade Frappuccino base syrup to spice up your icy creations!



  • Simmer water and sugar until dissolved, cool.
  • Blend cooled syrup, xanthan gum, and vanilla.
  • Store base syrup in an airtight container.
  • Use 3 tbsp base per 16 oz Frappuccino. Stir well!


  • Don't add xanthan gum to hot syrup, it clumps.
  • Frappuccino base lasts 1 month in the fridge.
  • Use for any frozen drink for smooth, creamy magic!
  • Store in an airtight container or jar for easy scooping.

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