Ever crave one of your favorite Starbucks coffee blends but don’t feel like schlepping across town and standing in line for who knows how long to get a beverage? Now, you can make it right at home. The biggest decision you need to make is which of your two favorite frappuccinos—Mocha Cookie Crumble or Caramel Ribbon Crunch–to make with your sugar-free Skinny Mixes syrups.
What Is a Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino?
A Mocha Cookie Crumble frappe is a sweet blend of coffee, milk, and ice, generously topped with:
- Whipped cream
- Sugar-free mocha sauce
- Mini chocolate chips
- Crushed oreo cookies
This drink tastes like a creamy chocolate milkshake. The texture is thick, the feel is rich, and it has a strong chocolate aroma.
When a Mocha Cookie Crumble frappe is made with Skinny Mixes Sugar-Free Mocha Syrup and Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup, the drink has half the calories as the Starbucks version. The Skinny Mixes version has just 240 calories, sixteen grams of sugar, and about seven grams of fat. You’ll be amazed at its deliciousness while still being much healthier than the original drink.
What Is a Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino?
The Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino is quite popular. It is a super sweet blend of coffee, milk, buttery caramel syrup, and ice, and is topped with:
- Whipped cream
- Dark caramel sauce
- Caramel drizzle
- A crunchy caramel sugar topping
The taste of the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino is similar to a creamy caramel milkshake–if you have a sweet tooth, you'll love the drink. Nutritionally, the store-made sixteen-ounce Caramel Ribbon Crunch packs 470 calories, sixty grams of sugar, and twenty-two grams of fat; it’s probably not best to drink one of these every day.
Both drinks are very popular Starbucks' treats. They've been on their menu for quite some time, and a standard cup of either one costs around $7.00–although you can make both of these drinks at home as no Starbucks-exclusive ingredients are included.
The differences between the two drinks begin with the flavor. Mocha Cookie Crumble has a chocolatey taste with hints of coffee. The taste of coffee is not dominant, and the cookie crumbs feel soft. On the contrary, the Caramel Ribbon Crunch has a dominating coffee flavor. The rich caramel sauce adds a tinge of bitterness to its sugary taste, and the sugary caramel bits at the top are crunchy and sweet.
Why Opt For a Homemade Version?
From a nutritional perspective, both of the store-made drinks are not healthy, as they’re full of sugar, calories, and carbs–any homemade version will be much better for you and your wallet. For anyone with any kind of dietary restrictions or those just trying to stay health-conscious while getting their frappuccino fix, choosing a homemade version will allow you to know–and control–exactly what’s going into your icy beverage.
Many recipes are available for gluten- or sugar-free versions of almost all Starbucks Frappuccino favorites, including the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino and the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino. Making these at home is easy–just be sure to have your Skinny Mixes Sugar-Free Mocha Syrup, Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup, and Sugar-Free Caramel Syrup on hand!
Next, you’ll need your coffee ice cubes, milk–any kind will do, and whipped cream. You’ll also need mini chocolate chips and Oreo cookies for the Mocha Cookie Crumble and crunchy caramel topping for the Caramel Ribbon Crunch. Add everything but the whipped cream to a blender, blend away, then add your cream and chocolate chips or crunch caramel to the top–and you’re good to go!