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Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino

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This copycat Starbucks Carmel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino is easy to make and totally over the top. Serve it with lots of whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce and crushed candies.

If you’re ready to throw caution to the wind and make a frappuccino that’s honestly a caffeinated dessert, then do I have the recipe for you: a Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino! This sinful sip is made of chilled coffee, simple syrup, caramel sauce and ice that’s all blended up until smooth. Then you pour the concoction into tall glasses and top them with whipped cream and chopped up candies! Total decadence.

Why You’ll Love This Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino Recipe

  • Easy. Just add the main ingredients to your blender and puree until smooth. Then pour into glasses and add your preferred toppings.
  • Flexible. You can be as simple or as fancy as you like with the toppings. Want to add a drizzle of chocolate syrup? Go for it! Feeling like KitKat’s instead of Twix? Indulge that whim.
  • Sweet tooth satisfaction. If you’re in the mood for something sweet but don’t want to bake a cake or eat some ice cream, this frappuccino is essentially dessert in drink form.

What’s in a Starbucks Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino?

A Starbucks Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino is made of buttery caramel syrup, milk and ice all blended together. The mixture is then served with a thick layer of dark caramel sauce, whipped cream, a caramel drizzle and a crunchy caramel sugar topping.

For this homemade version, I also added chopped Twix candy bars for a hint of chocolate and extra crunch from the shortbread cookie bits in the candy. Plus, Twix bars have caramel too so they add yet another layer of caramel flavor.

Ingredients for a caramel frappuccino

What You’ll Need

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need to make this frappuccino. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for ingredient amounts.

  • Ice
  • Coffee – Brew your favorite kind, then chill it in the fridge until cold.
  • Milk – Any kind of milk will work. Regular cow’s milk, oat, soy or almond.
  • Caramel sauce – You can use salted caramel or regular. I like artisan caramel by Fat Toad Farm.
  • Whipped cream – Canned or homemade, both work.
  • Candy bars – I used Twix candy bars, but you could also use KitKats or Butterfingers.
  • Werther’s caramel candies

Smashing the Werther Caramel Candies

The “caramel crunch” in this frappuccino recipe comes from crushed caramel candies. It is hard to find crushed caramel online and I didn’t want to make caramel from scratch for a copycat drink. So instead I just took 2-3 Werther’s caramel candies, placed them in a Ziploc bag and smashed them with a hammer. It’s great for stress relief! 🙂

Top view of a caramel crunch frappucino

How to Make a Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino

Are you ready to make this frappuccino recipe? Here’s how to do it:

  • Crush the caramel candies. See above for tips on how to do that. 🙂
  • Chop up the Twix. Finely chop Twix candy bars with a knife. Set aside.
  • Blend. In a high speed blender combine the ice, chilled coffee, milk, simple syrup, and 2 tablespoons of caramel sauce. Blend until everything is well combined.
  • Assemble. Divide the mixture between two tall glasses. Top with a generous amount of whipped cream. Drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of caramel sauce. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of crushed Twix candy on top of each, according to taste. Finish with a sprinkle of caramel crumbles. Serve with a thick boba style straw.
Top view of a caramel crunch frappucino

Tips For Success

  • Do I have to add the Twix bars? No, you can just use the crushed Werther’s caramel candies if you prefer. I like to add the chopped Twix for a hint of chocolate and even more caramel flavor.
  • Can I add chocolate? 100%. You can drizzle chocolate syrup on top of this drink or even along the insides of the glass, similar to a Mudslide drink.
  • Add a sprinkle of salt. You can turn this into a salted caramel frappuccino by sprinkling some flaky sea salt into the blender and/or on top of the drink just before serving. You could also use salted caramel sauce.
Top view of two caramel crunch frappucinos

More Starbucks Copycat Recipes

Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino

5 from 6 votes
This easy frappuccino recipe is made by blending coffee, milk and ice with caramel and simple syrup. Then you pour the mixture into glasses and top with whipped cream, crushed candies and more caramel sauce!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Yield: 2 frappuccinos

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ice
  • ¾ cup brewed coffee, chilled
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or simple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons caramel sauce, divided use
  • Canned whipped cream
  • 1-2 tablespoons Twix candy, finely chopped
  • 2-3 Werther caramel candies, crushed

Instructions

  • Chop up the Twix. Finely chop Twix candy bars with a knife. Set aside.
  • Blend. In a high-speed blender combine the ice, chilled coffee, milk, simple syrup, and 2 tablespoons of caramel sauce. Blend until everything is well combined.
  • Assemble. Divide the mixture between two tall glasses. Top with a generous amount of whipped cream. Drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of caramel sauce. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of crushed Twix candy on top of each, according to taste. Finish with a sprinkle of salted caramel crumbles. Serve with a thick boba style straw.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 279IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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  1. I made this yesterday and this morning, I’m afraid I’ve created a new habit! This was delicious and so easy. I’m going to make the Gingerbread syrup today also. Coffee is my absolute favorite drink and this is taking it to so many amazing levels…thank you!5 stars

    1. Rustic Family Recipes

      Happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe! Yes, knowing how to make Starbucks drinks at home is a heady power. I have a few other copycat recipes you can try and a new one coming up soon. 🙂