If you ever wake up craving a cold Starbucks morning pick-me-up but struggle to make it to your nearby location, stop right here.
Caffeine fanatics at Today have just uncovered the secret ingredient used by many restaurants and coffee shops, along with a step-by-step guide, to create the perfect caramel Frappuccino right at home.
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The secret to the creamy, sweet, and refreshing blended iced coffee drink? Xanthan gum. Say what?!
The ingredient, also used in some of your favorite baked goods and commonly used in salad dressing, is naturally created by fermenting sugar into a type of bacteria called Xanthromonas campestris, the outlet says.
The item is also often used in gluten-free baking to help thicken products, answering everyone’s question as to why a smoothie made at home often comes out watery and runny.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Instant coffee
- Caramel Syrup
- Xanthan gum
Begin creating the perfect caramel Frappuccino like you would start any day—with a cup of instant coffee with hot water.
Use a high-speed blender to combine the coffee with ice, milk, caramel syrup and xanthan gum. Feel free to substitute milk for a dairy free option, like almond, oat, or soy milk.
Those who prefer savory over sweet can turn their drink into a salted caramel Frappuccino by adding a pink of sea salt while blending, Salt Bae style.
When your drink looks light and frothy, you’re done! Pour your morning treat into a tall drinking glass, and recreate the iconic Starbucks look with a whipped cream topper and caramel syrup drizzle.