Addictive Tendencies & Menu Planning Monday (Recipe: Caramel Frappe for 2)

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If you couldn’t tell by my chicken leg post, I have what I would call “addictive tendencies”. That is one reason why I have never tried drugs… I know I would probably like them and then be addicted and then we’d all see my happy little life spiral down the drain, out of control. If drugs are anything like baked chicken legs, I know I’d be in trouble.

As mentioned in a recent Project 365 entry, I was sailing through life pretty much sure that all of you drinking iced coffee drinks were disgusting. An iced coffee drink seemed like you forgot you had a half of cup of coffee sitting on your night stand and then you woke up the next morning and continued to drink the old, cold coffee. Cold coffee? Blech.

I was at a McDonald’s play date with my 3 year old, innocently slurping from one of my current and long standing addictions – a fountain drink – when a McDonald’s employee handed me a sample of their new McCafe Caramel Frappe. Well, of course I took it because – you know… it was free. It is a common rule of life…you don’t turn down free samples, even if you don’t like what they are passing out. With the Caramel Frappe sitting in front of me, I decided to take one sip, knowing that after that one sip, I’d be tossing the Frappe into the garbage.

So, I took my sip…and then another sip… and then another sip and before you know it slurpy straw sucking sounds were echoing through the McDonald’s as I tried to get the last little drips of deliciousness from the bottom of the cup. I left that McDonald’s and promptly went through the drive through to order my own Caramel Frappe.

That week alone, I had four Caramel Frappe’s. I’d wake up thinking of Caramel Frappe’s. I’d go to sleep thinking of Caramel Frappe’s. Brushing my girls hair, I’d look down at their golden locks and I’d be immediately transported to the golden caramel ribbons that adorned my new favorite indulgence.

The hard thing about addictions is that, well, they are addicting. Overcoming them is difficult. I tried hiding my keys so I couldn’t go to McDonalds. I attempted leaving my money at home when I’d be out (although it is challenging to buy groceries when you don’t have money with you… they kind of frown upon that for some reason). I tried shocking myself with the enormous Caramel Frappe calorie count. Didn’t work… apparently my addiction can’t be scared into submission. I tried everything to just kick the habit. Then, I finally decided, instead of trying to stop the addiction, I’d embrace it. Surely it will get old and my overwhelming desire for Caramel Frappe goodness will eventually subside. In my effort to embrace my 24 hour, 7 days a week desire for a Caramel Frappe, I figured I should try to find out how to make a caramel frappe at home. Finding this Caramel Frappe for 2 recipe at did the trick. I made some minor adjustments, after studying the “barista’s” at the McCafe and now have the perfect way to feed my addiction at home. Between Baked Chicken Legs and the at home Caramel Frappe, I’m a happy – albeit addicted – woman.

Caramel Frappe for 2 (adapted from

7 min | 7 min prep


  1. In a heat-tempered, glass measuring cup heat water in microwave, on high, for about 1 minute.
  2. Add instant coffee and latte mix. Stir until both are dissolved.
  3. Add caramel ice cream topping and syrup to coffee mixture and stir.
  4. In blender or smoothie machine, place 2 cups of ice. Add 1/2 milk, and then the coffee/caramel mixture.
  5. Process on “ice crush” setting until smooth
  6. Garnish with RediWhip and caramel drizzle.
  7. Depending on one’s taste, milder or stronger versions of this can be achieved by increasing or decreasing each ingredient.
And because I’m apparently trying to make this the longest post in the history of man kind, here is my Menu Plan Monday menu for the week:

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  1. says

    Oh Emm Geee!!! Reading the first 2 paragraphs felt like my own life! I had the same week of frappe addictions – then I woke up on a mission to make it myself!
    Googled it and this site came up – I AM SOOOOO STOKED! Your’e the best!

  2. Kayla says

    Haha, it’s so funny how alike I am with you (and the last comment for that matter) about craving this frappe. It is ridiculously good!

  3. Brittay says

    This sounds so good! Just wondering, have you done a nutrition comparison to the McDonald’s Frappes? I love them but they have so much sugar and calories. This sounds lighter, I hope so!

  4. SassyScrap says

    OMG – I was nodding my head while I was reading this post – my whole family is addicted to these things – this weekend we stopped by our local McD’s and their caramel frappe macihne was being repaired and there were about 20 people standing around waiting for the machine to work so they could get their frappe fix! =0 I’ve tried to make these at home, but they never taste quite right. I’m going to try your recipe and hopefully satisfy my addiction! Thanks!

  5. says

    I am not a coffee drinker at ALL but , my sister bought me a caramel frappe from McDonalds and now I am pretty much addicted too . The only problem is I can’t afford to buy them too often so I’m looking forward to trying this at home real soon ………………thnx


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