Mother’s Anyday Treat- Frugal Frappuccino

Get out your blender, Magic Bullet, Ninja… or whatever you can find because this is a fun treat to make for yourself or your mom all year round.


This recipe makes enough to share, about  three 10-ounce servings.  See notes below recipe on making one serving at a time and for making it Low-Carb… an option that Starbucks doesn’t offer!


You will need:

  • 1 package of pudding (any flavor that you like for a frappuccino-I used chocolate the first time.)
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of room temp strong coffee, espresso, or Starbucks VIA® (dissolved in water)
  • 3-4 cups crushed ice (Sonic ice is perfect, or you can crush any ice in your blender first)
  • Whipped Cream (optional)

Put of these into the blender.  Keep back just a little of the ice at first, and add more as you go so you can be sure to find the right consistency.  It should be liquid enough to sip through a straw, but not runny… more slushy… and well, frappuccino-y!

The cost of one frappuccino at your local coffee shop is rarely under $5 for a size that’s worth having.  The price of this for the entire recipe is …wait for it… about $2.00, depending on your local prices!!  That’s right.  If you use the link I have for Starbucks VIA® here, each packet is only 59 cents!! (Prices vary every day, so if you see this is still $29.50 for 50 packets, snatch it up! That’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen it! )  Even if you pay $1 per packet, it only adds 40 cents on to the total cost.  In the version in the photo, I used vanilla pudding and Caramel Via.  That was delicious, as well.

For making one portion at a time, just put your powdered pudding mix in a container for storage and use what you need for each single drink.

To make just one:

  • 2-3 Tbs pudding mix
  • 1 cup liquid (I mixed the coffee powder into the milk)
  • Crushed ice- about 1.5 – 2 cups

Mix in up until it’s all fun & frothy.  Add more milk or ice, depending on how you like it.

****For a low carb version, use sugar-free pudding , and use Atkins Creamy Chocolate Shake in place of the milk.  Mix the Via right into it.  It’s not as frugal, but it is an option that SB doesn’t offer as far as I know.  (Please educate me if I’m mistaken!)







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