Java Chip Frappuccino (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)

Java Chip Frappuccino (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)

Starbucks is known for its delicious frappuccinos and coffees. The coffee and fast-food chain is reliable and serves up some sweet treats.

The Java chip frappuccino is a blended ice drink that contains chocolate chips, a sweet mocha sauce, and other sweet delights. The frappuccino is a popular choice, among the coffee frappuccino and their strawberry and cream frappuccino.

Java Chip Frappuccino (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)

In this article, we’re going to give you the best copycat recipe to make the Java chip frappuccino at home! 

What Is The Java Chip Frappuccino? 

The Java chip frappuccino is a delicious blended drink that is cold, sweet, and creamy. The frappuccino contains ice, milk, coffee frappuccino syrup, whipped cream, vanilla, coffee, mocha sauce, Frappuccino chips, cookie crumbs, and chocolate.

The drink sounds divine, but you may be wondering what ‘coffee frappuccino syrup’ is and ‘frappuccino chips’? Not to worry, we will be covering this below! 

What Coffee Do I Use In The Java Chip Frappuccino? 

Contrary to popular belief, the Java chip frappuccino contains coffee. Many frappuccinos at Starbucks do not contain coffee, such as the strawberry frappuccino, peppermint mocha frappuccino, and the famous matcha creme frappuccino. 

Using a more robust coffee for the Java chip frappuccino is best. You do not need to use lots of coffee, but a relatively strong coffee. The frappuccino is sweet and robust, with the frappuccino sauce and the mocha sauce with chocolate chips.

Use an espresso that is full-bodied and dark. Chill the coffee after you have brewed it by popping it into the refrigerator. 

What Sauce Should I Use? 

As Starbucks lists their frappuccino sauce as just that, it is unclear what is in the sauce. After research, it has been tested and discovered that it is a chocolatey sugary sauce. Use a rich chocolate sauce for the frappuccino sauce, as it brings some unique flavor and richness to your frappuccino. 

Milk Chocolate Or Dark Chocolate Chips?

It is best to use semi-sweet milk chocolate chips not to overpower the frappuccino. Dark chocolate chips have a strong and intense flavor, similar to coffee. By all means, you are free to use dark chocolate chips, but they may make your drink strong with the fresh espresso. 

Java Chip Frappuccino Recipe

It is relatively easy to make your own frappuccino at home, and you only need a few things. To make the Java chip frappuccino, you will need a few pieces of equipment, along with the correct ingredients. 




Measuring jug



One cup of strong espresso coffee

Two cups of ice cubes (preferably smaller ice cubes)

Three-four tablespoons of chocolate sauce/syrup (or more if you desire!) 

Three-four tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips

One cup of whole milk

A squirt or two of whipped cream

If you want the recipe to be similar to the real one, you can add some crumbled cookies such as Oreos and some mocha sauce or syrup. Simply use half mocha syrup and half chocolate sauce. 


  1. Brew your coffee, and let it chill on the counter or in the refrigerator. Make sure it is cold before you start making the frappuccino. 
  2. Grab your tall glass, and drizzle some of your sauce down each side. This sauce is purely decorative, not part of the measured ingredients. 
  3. Add your small ice cubes, cold coffee, milk, chocolate syrup/sauce, and chocolate chips into a blender. 
  4. Pop the lid on firmly, and blend on medium for around 30 seconds, or less if you desire bigger chocolate chunks. 
  5. Pour into your tall glass and top with whipped cream
  6. Add some sauce on top of the cream, and some chocolate chips if desired. 
  7. Now, it’s time to enjoy your delicious drink!


If you want to change the texture of your frappuccino, you can add more or less ice. Ice helps the ingredients blend together and become thick. As it melts, the drink will become more liquid.

If you want the drink to be thinner, you can add less ice, or add more milk. You can also double the ingredients for more servings. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Strongest Drink At Starbucks?

Starbucks has an extensive menu with many drinks containing coffee. One of the strongest is the venti blonde roast filter coffee. It has a caffeine content of 475mg, and is primarily coffee and water, hence why it is so strong!

This drink it hot, but there are also cold strong drinks you can get. One of these is the cold brew, which contains 360mg of caffeine. 

What Is On The Starbucks Secret Menu? 

Starbucks has a secret menu where customers can ask for the drinks on this menu. It is widely known, but not many people order from the secret menu. Some Starbucks chains may not serve the secret menu, but they have the ingredients for it.

Some examples of drinks on the secret menu are the famous mermaid frappuccino which is bright pink and blue, the purple drink, the rainbow sorbet frappuccino, the peach ring tea, and the raspberry caramel macchiato! 

What Does The Java chip Frappuccino Taste Like?

The Java chip frappuccino is delicious and is one of the best drinks on the menu. It is chocolatey and rich, but it is not the sweetest drink they have ever served. It tastes like a cold blended mocha with rich chocolate sauce and creamy milk. 

Why Is It called Java Chip?

It is perplexing why this drink is called the Java chip frappuccino. It has a memorable name, hence why it is called the Java chip frappuccino.

The drink is named after the origins of coffee, believe it or not! It is true a lot of people forget there is coffee in this frappuccino, but this frappuccino actually pays homage to the history of coffee.

In the 1800s when coffee first became popularized, one of the islands in Indonesia where coffee was widely produced was called Java. This is why the frappuccino is named Java chip! Interesting or what?