What's more delicious than a chocolate covered strawberry? A Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappuccino! You'll find this pretty frozen drink on the secret menu at Starbucks, but it's also easy to make a copycat version at home!
Happy February and happy Valentine's season! It may be a cheesy, overly commercial holiday, but there's something to be said for all the pretty red, pink, and heart-shaped treats to help pull us out of a winter slump.
Not to mention strawberries! It's not technically strawberry season just yet, but Valentine's Day calls for all things red berry and I'm totally on board with that.
This special chocolate covered strawberry Valentine's Day drink is based off of a Starbucks secret menu item. That means you won't find it on Starbucks' regular menu, but if you know what to ask for, your barista should be able to create it for you.
Or? You could try your hand at making it at home! It has a few different components to it, but overall, it's quite easy!
What is a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappuccino?
Ooh boy, you're going to love this one. A Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappuccino is a special frozen drink packed with strawberry and chocolate flavor. Like many of Starbucks' Frappuccinos, this drink doesn't have any coffee in it.
I did some research to find out how to order a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappuccino and thus how to make it at home. Here's what's involved:
- Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino: the base of this drink is a strawberries and cream Frappuccino, but with one difference... while the typical Frappuccino is made with whole milk, you'll want this one made with vanilla sweet cream.
- Strawberry Puree: This Frappuccino also has a yummy strawberry puree in the bottom of the cup.
- Mocha Syrup: It also has mocha syrup drizzled in.
Of course, if you're ordering it in Starbucks, you'll also want that whipped cream topping!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
I mean, did you see what's in it?? It's absolutely freaking delicious! And when you make it at home using this recipe, it actually tastes just like what you'd get at Starbucks... And just like a chocolate covered strawberry!
This really is a fun Valentine's Day drink and so perfect to make for your loved ones. But really, there's no bad time for it and you can enjoy it any time you want!
This recipe has a few different components to it and for the best results, I suggest you make each one! Of course, there are some shortcuts you can take, too.
For the Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino:
- Vanilla sweet cream (recipe shared)
- Vanilla ice cream
- Strawberry puree (recipe shared)
For the Strawberry Puree:
- Strawberries (if you can't get fresh strawberries, you can use frozen)
- Granulated sugar
If you don't want to make your own strawberry puree, you can use a store-bought version, like this one.
For the Mocha Syrup:
- Granulated sugar
- Cocoa powder
- Strongly brewed coffee
If you don't want to make your own mocha syrup, you can purchase a bottle of it.
For the Vanilla Sweet Cream:
- 2% milk
- Heavy cream
- Vanilla simple syrup
If you don't want to make your own vanilla sweet cream, try using a vanilla coffee creamer instead, like this one. If you want to make it, but don't want to make your own vanilla simple syrup, you can purchase one (or use vanilla extract and a regular simple syrup).
- Whipped cream
- Freeze-dried strawberry
How to Make Mocha Syrup
I recommend starting with the mocha syrup since you'll need to give it time to cool.
Making this syrup is just like making any other syrup. Just put all the ingredients in a saucepan...
And whisk together.
Bring the mixture to a boil and once boiling, lower heat to a simmer. Let simmer for about 15 minutes to thicken.
Pour the mocha syrup into a heat-proof bowl or jar and place in fridge to cool completely. It should continue to thicken as it cools.
How to Make Vanilla Sweet Cream
Believe it or not, making vanilla sweet cream at home is SO easy. Your iced coffee game may be changed forever.
Just put the milk, cream, and vanilla syrup in a jar and shake really well.
I make my own vanilla simple syrup (find the recipe in this post), but you can buy Starbucks version here (or any other brand!). Or you can use vanilla extract and plain simple syrup. In a pinch, you can use vanilla extract and confectioners' or granulated sugar.
And in an even bigger pinch, you can use vanilla coffee creamer.
This vanilla sweet cream is so much more delicious than the average dairy!
How to Make Strawberry Puree
The strawberry puree is also quite simple to make and will be the basis of your Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino AND will go into the bottom of your cup.
Just put strawberries, sugar, and water in a blender.
And blend until they're turned into a beautiful puree.
You'll want to pour the puree into a separate bowl so you can measure it out for the Frappuccino, but you don't have to clean out the blender.
How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappuccino
Now that you have all the components made, you're ready to build the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappuccino!
Just put vanilla ice cream, vanilla sweet cream, ice, and ½ cup strawberry puree in the blender.
And blend to turn into a Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino.
Now pour ¼ cup of the remaining strawberry puree in the bottom of a cup.
And pour in all of the Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino.
Drizzle in about 2 Tbsp mocha syrup.
Top with whipped cream and drizzle the remaining ½ Tbsp mocha syrup over it.
You can top with a fresh or freeze-dried strawberry, too.
And sip away!
This recipe makes a grande size Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappuccino, which is pretty big. It's big enough that you could split it into two separate glasses for smaller drinks.
Nobody needs a Frappuccino this size. But in my recipe testing process, I did give one to my husband to taste and he ended up drinking the entire thing in about 2 minutes.
Happy Valentine's Day to him! But also to me because it brought me so much happiness to see how much he enjoyed it.
Substitutions for Recipe
I shared all of these details in the ingredients section of this post, but wanted to lay them out there, as well, so you can have them all in one spot. I made this whole drink from scratch, but there are lots of products you can purchase that will make the process even easier!
- Strawberry Puree: You can purchase a bottle, like this one, to use in the Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino part of this recipe and for the puree in the bottom of the cup.
- Mocha Syrup: Instead of making your own, you can purchase a bottle of mocha syrup, like this one.
- Vanilla Sweet Cream: If you don't want to make your own vanilla sweet cream, you can try using a vanilla coffee creamer, like this one, instead. If you do want to make it, but you don't want to make your own vanilla simple syrup, you can purchase one (or use vanilla extract and a regular simple syrup).
More Starbucks Copycat Recipes
I love making my own Starbucks drinks and treats at home in large part because it's fun to be able to customize them exactly how you like them. I also enjoy creating riffs on basic recipes, like with my puppuccinos! Here are some of my favorite recipes:
- Pistachio Latte
- Apple Crisp Macchiato
- Pink Drink
- Shaken Watermelon and Passion Tea
- Iced Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte
- Strawberry Puppuccino
- Gingerbread Puppuccino
- Cranberry Bliss Bars (from Belle of the Kitchen)
This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappuccino is such a fun special treat and I'm already craving another one and there's no way I can wait until Valentine's Day!
I hope you enjoy this copycat recipe and that it inspires even more fun frozen drink creations.
Do you ever order off the Starbucks secret menu?
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappuccino
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream
- ½ cup strawberry puree (recipe below)
- 1 batch vanilla sweet cream (recipe below)
- 1 cup ice
- 2 ½ Tbsp mocha syrup (recipe below), divided
- Whipped cream, for topping
- 12 medium strawberries, hulled
- ½ Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 ½ Tbsp water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- ¾ cup strongly brewed coffee
- ⅛ tsp salt
Vanilla Sweet Cream
- ¾ cup 2% milk
- ¼ cup heavy cream 2
- 2 Tbsp vanilla simple syrup* (see notes for substitutions)
- Put vanilla ice cream, ½ cup strawberry puree, vanilla sweet cream, and ice into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Spoon ¼ cup strawberry puree into the bottom of a tall glass. Pour frappuccino over it.
- Spoon 2 Tbsp mocha syrup over the frappuccino. Top with whipped cream and drizzle remaining mocha syrup over the top.
Vanilla Sweet Cream
- Put all ingredients in a mason jar or other airtight container and shake well to combine. Keep chilled until ready to use.
- Put all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour puree into a bowl or glass.
- Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and whisk together.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and once boiling, lower heat to a simmer. Let simmer for about 15 minutes to thicken.
- Pour the syrup into a heat-proof bowl or jar and place in fridge to cool completely. It should continue to thicken as it cools.
- This recipe makes enough for 1 grande Frappuccino. You'll have enough mocha syrup for 3-4 Frappuccinos. You can easily double or triple the vanilla sweet cream and strawberry puree recipes to make more.
- If you can't get fresh strawberries, you can use frozen.
- If you don't want to make your own vanilla simple syrup, feel free to purchase. You can also use vanilla extract and plain simple syrup. In a pinch, you can use vanilla extract and confectioners' or granulated sugar or you can simply purchase a vanilla coffee creamer.
- See "Useful Products" for other substitution recommendations, including strawberry puree and mocha syrup.
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