Mocha Frappe

Mocha Frappe or Carnality?

Today, while I was at the mall with my youngest son, I was wandering the rows of Barnes and Noble.  He was elsewhere, in a gaming store  that he loves as much as I love the bookstore.  We had agreed to meet in the coffee shop that is attached to the bookstore when he was done.  When he was finished, he sent me a text message that he was on his way.  He asked if I would go ahead and order his drink for him.  I texted him the question.  “What would you like?”  He responded that he wanted “A mocha frappe or carnality.”  Since carnality means “pertaining to or characterized by the flesh or the body, its passions and appetites; sensual: carnal pleasures,” I opted to get him Mocha.  I am, after all, fairly conservative in my approach  to parenting.  When he finally arrived, I asked him about the text he sent me.  He blushed and said it was supposed to say “or caramel.”  The auto-correct on his smart phone apparently didn’t recognize the word caramel, but knew about carnality.  Obviously, it wasn’t programmed by a food blogger.  I wonder who programmed that phone.

As we shared our drinks and conversation, my internal tightwad kept thinking about the $9.00 + that I had just parted with  in order to have two blended drinks.  Granted these drinks were very tasty, and  you can’t put a price on time spent and good conversation with one of your children, but we cannot afford to partake of these drinks very often.   I’m not just talking about the cost, either.  These drinks are also laden with fat and calories.

Since the weather is getting warmer, I decided that now might be a good time to dust off the blender and try my hand at whipping up some tasty frozen coffee drinks.  I searched the internet and tried out a couple different recipes.  I finally decided that we liked Paula Deen’s recipe for Iced Mocha Frappe.  Since we have diabetics in our household, I decided to try to come up with a tasty version that had little to no sugar and was lower in fat.  The following recipe was a great success.   No one complained about the missing sugar or calories, and they even asked if I would make it again, soon.   In addition to being lower in calories, this recipe only cost about 65 cents per serving which is a tremendous savings when compared to the $5.00 you would spend at a coffee shop.

What will you need to make this recipe?

From the Pantry:

  • Coffee
  • Sugar free cocoa packets
  • Sugar substitute
  • Vanilla

From the Refrigerator:

  • Milk
  • Whipped Cream (optional)
  • Chocolate Syrup (optional)

Mocha Frappe

This recipe is also something that you can partially prepare ahead of time.  You could keep a bag, or two, of the frozen cocoa-coffee ice cubes in your freezer, so you can whip this up without having to wait for the ice cubes to freeze.

Here is my  recipe makeover that’s lower in calories than the original,  and it will save you a trip to your local coffee shop.  That will save you some money.

Give our recipe for Mocha Frappe a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Mocha Frappe
Recipe type: Frozen Drink
Cuisine: Beverage
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Serves: 4
This recipe is a makeover of a Paula Deen Recipe for an Iced Mocha Frappe. This one is sugar free and has less fat. The total cost of this recipe is $2.60 or about $0.65 per 11 ounce serving. Cook's Note: If you don't want to use sugar free cocoa or sugar substitute, by all means make this with regular cocoa packets and use ½ cup of pure can sugar. Just be sure to dissolve the sugar completely in the hot coffee before freezing.
  • 4 cups hot coffee ($0.72)
  • 4 packages sugar free hot cocoa mix ($0.50)
  • 12 packets of splenda (or your favorite non caloric sweetener) ($0.72)
  • 1 - 1½ cup of whole milk (you can make this with fat free milk to make it fat free) ($0.24)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. ($0.42)
  1. Dissolve hot cocoa mix and splenda in hot coffee and mix well to combine.
  2. Pour coffee mixture into ice cube trays and freeze until solid.
  3. Put cofee mixture icecubes into blender with milk and vanilla
  4. Blend until smooth
  5. Serve in 12 oz glasses
  6. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate syrup if desired (optional).

A simple recipe to prepare a Mocha Frappe at home. This recipe costs $2.60 to prepare and serves 4.

Nutrition Information is for an 11 ounce (just under 1 1/2 cup) serving of the Mocha Frappe prepared according to the recipe without additional whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 1.7g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 9mg
Sodium 242mg
Total Carbohydrates 13.4g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 13.1g
Protein 6.2g
Vitamin D 183%
Potassium 5%
Calcium 16%
Iron 2%

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2 thoughts on “Mocha Frappe or Carnality?

    1. Thank you for visiting my site and for pinning my post. I really think you’ll like it. It’s chocolatey. Chocolate is never a bad thing, right?

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