It’s a common frugal tip to save money by making your own coffee instead of buying $3.50 drinks every day. But that is sometimes easier said than done, especially if you like harder-to-reproduce drinks like Starbucks Frappuccino.
Luckily, Squawkfox has figured out how make a Frappuccino for 92% less the cost of buying them in the store. The secret ingredient? Xanthan gum, a food thickener. With a little bit of that plus coffee, milk, and sugar, this recipe is supposed to taste just like the Starbucks version:
1 C double-strength Starbucks coffee OR 3/4 cup fresh espresso (cold)
3/4 C milk
3 Tbs sugar (or to taste)
2 C ice
Pinch of xanthan gum OR 1 tsp dry pectin
Brew the coffee. Combine ingredients in a blender with the ice. Blend. Pour the drink into a cup. Top with whip cream and chocolate syrup, if desired.
Looks tasty, doesn’t it? [Lifehacker]