A couple of days ago I posted a news item about the frappe maker. I mentioned that our family and I are enslaved by the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, so we spend lots of money on them inside the coffee house from the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Making our very own drinks utilizing the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker should let us save a lot of money, therefore we should be able to customize our flavors. We spent a while Saturday (after a final drink in the Starbucks within the B&N) searching for the Mr. Coffee maker. We finally found one at Target, got a bit of flavored syrups at Walmart, and anxiously raced home to give it a try. If the drinks don’t taste good, all our efforts can have been wasted.
Inside the box is actually a black plastic brewing stand, a plastic pitcher, Quick Start guide, manual, along with a recipe book. Though there were a variety of recipes to select from, we followed the fundamental recipe and added our very own touches.
Basically, the Mr. Coffee machine brews a tiny amount of strong coffee into the pitcher. The pitcher comes with blender blades to crush ice and blend the components together in to a frozen drink. You add 3 tablespoons of ground coffee to the brewing basket and add ½ cup of water for the reservoir. Add 2 servings of ice, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 3 tablespoons of flavored syrup, and ¼ cup of milk towards the pitcher. Lock the pitcher in the brewing stand and press the Frappe button to begin the method.
The coffee brews in to the pitcher; this procedure takes about 1.5-2 minutes. Following the brewing process is done, the blender starts to pulse to crush the ice. The first time this happened, we were all very startled because it’s quite loud. After several pulses, the blender runs for a time to completely blend the drink. Press the Blend button for further blending time when the drink consistency isn’t in your taste.
The drink is quite frosty and thick at the beginning – rather like a Slurpee. The ice was the consistency of perfectly shaved ice. I didn’t have a single big slice of ice inside my drink. The drink does melt faster than the Starbucks’ version. Mine didn’t completely melt, though. There is still a great deal of ice left inside my last sip. I might imagine that Starbucks uses some sort of thickening agent to help you theirs stay thicker longer. And I Also should note that this recipe made enough drink to completely fill a 16 oz red plastic cup with a little left. Starbuck’s says this can be 2 servings, but it’s about how big the grande drink I become at Starbucks.
When I previously mentioned, I’m diabetic, and so i used a sugar-free Torani chocolate syrup and Splenda (instead of the sugar) in mine. My daughter had one with Hershey’s chocolate syrup and sugar, and my hubby had one with caramel ice cream syrup and sugar in the. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup seemed to be a little bit more watery to start than were other two drinks.
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Just how did they taste? Butch, Rachel, and i also all agreed – these folks were delicious! All of us tasted each other’s drinks, so we all agreed they were all equally tasty. The drinks had a distinct coffee taste, and so they didn’t seem as bitter since the ones we buy in the coffee shop.
Just one escape to Starbucks costs about $14 when we all 3 have drinks, so the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker covers itself in six visits – or three weekends. It can use quite of amount of coffee, but even an affordable coffee (just like the one we utilized for this experiment) tastes great and can reduce our continuing costs.