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How to Make a Coffee Shake - At Home!

Updated on August 1, 2013

If you enjoy the caffeine boost of a good cup of coffee, but you also want a sweet treat, a coffee shake or frappe-style drink is probably exactly what the "doctor" ordered. However, purchasing one of these at your local coffee shop or even from a fast food restaurant can be expensive and does not give you many options as far as customization. Luckily, you have an alteranative. Use a few simple ingredients to put together your own coffee shake recipes and enjoy a tasty java buzz.

What Are Common Ingredients in a Coffee Shake?

A traditional shake includes ice cream (usually vanilla), milk and the desired flavor. If you make your shake with real coffee, substitute cold, brewed coffee for the milk. The shake is complete as is, but you may prefer to add chocolate, caramel or other flavors too. Top your shake with whipped cream and a cherry, if desired.

What is the Best Way to Mix a Coffee Shake?

If you have access to a blender, add the ingredients and mix it together until it is the right consistency. However, you can also make most coffee shake recipes by hand. Use a bit more liquid so that it is easier to stir.

Is it Possible to Make a Decaffeinated or Low-Calorie Coffee Shake?

Yes, it is possible to make a shake either decaffeinated or low-calorie. To make a decaffeinated coffee shake, substitute decaf coffee for the regular coffee. There are multiple ways to make coffee shake with less calories. Substitute low-calorie ice cream or frozen yogurt for the normal ice cream, or leave the ice cream out altogether and blend coffee, skim milk, artificial sweetener and a few ice cubes for a frappe-style coffee shake.

How Do You Make a Coffee Shake With No Coffee?

If you do not have access to fresh brewed coffee, blend ice cream, milk and instant coffee crystals. This variation makes it easy to create a shake even if you do not have a coffee pot. Another idea is to use coffee-flavored ice cream instead of vanilla.

Choose the Right Blender

If you really love any type of milkshake, you may want to invest in a high-quality blender. If you have ever been to someplace like Starbucks, you have seen the Starbucks Frappuchino blender at work. This is a super-powered blender that can crush ice with quickly and blends like a dream. While you may not be able to invest hundreds or thousands of dollars in your blender, there are some options for home that will get the job done. Check out these options and consider one of these to mix your delicious shakes.

The Mr. Coffee Frappe Blender is one of the best low-priced Frappuchino makers you can find. You will spend little and get a great shake!

The other option given here is the Oster blender. It is a "normal" blender, but does have the power to crush ice as well as blend ice cream shakes.

Next time you want coffee, don’t just reach for that same, boring cup of java. Try one of these coffee shake recipes and create a delicious, custom drink that gives you a pick-me-up. Experiment and find the perfect coffee shake to tickle your taste buds.

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In Summary...

  • Coffee shakes at home are cheaper than from a coffee shop.
  • Making a coffee shake at home gives you plenty of options.
  • Don't be afraid to experiment.
  • A good blender makes it easier.


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      Wacky Mummy 4 years ago from UK

      Great hub!

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      This is cool, great hub. Good work!