Homemade Mocha Chip Frappuccino

Ah frappuccino.  A wonderful $4 sign of summer.

Since I used up my last giftcard that last time I went to Starbuck's, I decided to try my hand at homemade blended coffee.  And I have to say, it was pretty spectacular.  Coffee and chocolate.  Ice and creaminess.  Pure bliss.  Oh, did I mention that this works out to 150 calories per drink?  Definitely fabulous.

You will notice that the ingredient list calls for 2 grams of instant coffee and it doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the ingredient measurements.  When I was at the grocery store I was reluctant to buy a whole jar of instant coffee, but was able to find a box of “coffee on the go” individual packets.  Each little packet was 2 grams of coffee, thus the measurement.  If you use a jar of instant coffee, simply use the measurements for a single cup of coffee.

Homemade Mocha Chip Frappuccino
Adapted from Flavors of Mumbai

½ cup hot water
2 grams instant coffee granules
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup skim milk
2 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
½ tbsp chocolate syrup
2 cups ice
Chocolate to garnish

Whisk the instant coffee and cocoa powder into the hot water until dissolved.  Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove any remaining solids.  Cool to room temperature (I stuck mine in the freezer for about 10 minutes)

In a blender, combine the coffee mixture, milk, sugar, mini chips, chocolate syrup, and ice.  Blend on high until the ice is broken up.  Pour into glasses and garnish with shaved chocolate.  Serve immediately

Makes 2 Frappuccinos