Java Chip Frappuccino

Author: Rachel

Published Date: September 28, 2021

This homemade version of the popular Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino combines the goodness of the world’s best two flavors, chocolate and coffee, in every delightful sip. A jolt of caffeine spiked with a dose of happiness all in one frozen treat! And, of course, top it off with whipped cream and drizzled chocolate sauce.

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Skip the morning coffee shop rush and make your favorite coffee blend right from the comfort of your own kitchen! This Java Chip Frappuccino recipe is quick, easy, and requires simple ingredients only. So every time you need your mocha and caffeine fix, head straight to your blender and make one from scratch. This copycat is so good, you never want to wait in line for an over priced frap ever again!

Why is it called a Java Chip Frappuccino?

This signature Starbucks drink is basically coffee, milk, and ice blended together with mocha sauce and semi-sweet chocolate chips. So what’s with the fancy-schmancy name, right? Java is actually an island in Indonesia where a good amount of coffee is produced early on. And as the coffee trade prospered, the term Java became synonymous with coffee. So, Java Chip means coffee mixed with choco chips. Frappucino is a trademark of Starbucks, which is the term they use for iced blended cream or coffee drinks. Huh! Ya learn something new every day, right?

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Why This Recipe Works

  • You get to enjoy the same barista-quality beverage at home at a fraction of the cost.
  • Customize it to your liking! Like it creamier? Sweeter? Or stronger? Make your own perfect Java Chip Frappuccino blend.
  • This is done in less than 10 minutes! Thats quicker than putting actual clothes on, brushing your hair, slapping on some much needed mascara then getting through the line, ordering, and waiting for your coffee to be served to you!

Ingredients Needed

  • Coffee
  • Whole milk
  • Ice
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Chocolate chips

For Topping:

  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate or mocha chips
  • Chocolate or mocha syrup
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Kitchen Tools you’ll Need:

  • Blender
  • Measuring cups
  • Tall glasses

Make Homemade Java Chip Frappuccino

STEP 1: Pour coffee, milk, ice, chocolate syrup and chocolate chips into a high powered blender.

STEP 2: Pulse ingredients together on high until ice is blended down and everything is thoroughly combined. (You will send up with a thick, slushy consistency).

Step 3: Pour your frap into a large glass and add whipped cream and drizzled chocolate sauce!

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Tips when making Java Chip Frappuccino

  • Use good-quality coffee for the best result!
  • Make sure that the coffee is well chilled, or it will just melt the ice, and the drink will not thicken up. I like to put the coffee and milk into the freezer while I am measuring and assembling the other ingredients.
  • The key to blending easier is to add the ice last. The chocolate chips can be sneaky – stir them up once or twice to make sure they blend.
  • The color of the Frappuccino will depend on the coffee you use. Some may be darker than others, but it doesn’t mean they are less potent.

How to Store:

This will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge. Then you could serve it over ice or add ice and blend it again. Take note that it will not be as strong if you add more ice. Or you could store it in the freezer. Allow it to thaw slightly before you place it in the blender to create a drink similar to when you originally made it.  

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FAQs for Java Chip Frappuccino

Could I make this with low-fat milk or almond milk?

Yes, just keep in mind that it will change the flavor and will not be as creamy.

What kind of chocolate chips should I use?

You could use semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips. You can use even dark chocolate chips though it will turn out less sweet. I used regular-sized chocolate chips, but mini would work as well.

Can I just use instant coffee to make this drink?

Yes, that works just fine. And you can adjust how strong you’d like the coffee to be as well.

Is this something that I could make ahead of?

It is best made fresh. Or you could blend everything except the ice and then just blend it with the ice when ready to serve. And if you don’t think you’ll drink the whole thing, you could try making half of the recipe.

I don’t care for blended drinks – can I just serve this over ice?

Yes, it is delicious served that way as well

I don’t have any chocolate sauce, but I do have caramel sauce – could I substitute that?

I think that sounds yummy!

Java chip frappuccino in a Starbucks cup with whipped cream and drizzled chocolate sauce.
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Java Chip Frappuccino

5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 glasses
Calories 457 kcal
This homemade version of the popular Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino captures all the rich chocolate and coffee goodness in every delightful sip. A jolt of caffeine spiked with happiness and a dose of creaminess all in one frozen treat! Go all out and top with whipped cream with a sprinkling of chocolate chips.


  • 1 cup strong coffee, made ahead of time and very cold
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup chocolate syrup
  • cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Optional garnishes

  • whipped cream
  • mini chocolate chips


  • Make sure that the coffee is well chilled or it will just melt the ice and the drink will not thicken up. I like to put the coffee and milk into the freezer while I am measuring and assembling the other ingredients.
  • Place chilled coffee, milk, ice, chocolate syrup, and chocolate chips into the blender.
  • Blend until smooth. (The chocolate chips can be sneaky – stir it up once or twice to make sure they are blending.)
  • Drizzle about 1 Tablespoon of the chocolate sauce onto the inside of each of your 2 serving glasses.
  • Pour the drink into serving glasses and garnish as desired.


Calories: 457kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 8gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 118mgPotassium: 579mgFiber: 4gSugar: 54gVitamin A: 213IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 189mgIron: 3mg
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
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