Dulce de Leche Coffee Frappe

Dulce de Leche Coffee Frappe is a cold coffee beverage flavored with a homemade caramel sauce.  Frappe de cafe is easy to make and a fraction of the cost of the drinks you can purchase at a coffee shop! 

This post was originally published April, 2015. Additional content and photos have been added March, 2019.

Dulce de Leche Frappe coffee drink topped with whipped cream

Dulce de Leche Coffee

This ice cold blended coffee drink with decadent caramel dulce de leche is not only delicious, but made completely from homemade ingredients that I know you’ll love!

You’ll be pleased that the coffee concentrate used in the drink is cold brewed from organic fair trade coffee!

Why Buy Fair Trade Coffee?

For this recipe I used Sun Harvest brand a fair trade and organic brand.

Alan and I are java connoisseurs! We brew coffee everyday, so why not support practices that are good for the community! Buying fair trade offers the following benefits:

We love everything from the smell of coffee brewing to the rich bold taste as well as the bit of jolt from the caffeine!

Every day we have a couple of cups. First thing in the morning and then a cup at work, but as the weather starts to warm up we treat ourselves to iced coffee and blended drinks, especially during the weekends!

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Cold Brew Concentrate For Dulce de Leche Coffee

To make this blended frappe, I started with a cold brew concentrate using my coffee press, which yielded a smaller batch than the recipe in this Coffee Concentrate for Iced Coffee, but with the same delicious results.

The ratio for French press concentrate is two cups of ground coffee to two cups of filtered water. Here’s how to make it:

How to Make French Press Coffee Concentrate

  1. Coarsely grind coffee beans
  2. Add coffee to French press
  3. Pour filtered water over coffee
  4. Stir to ensure all beans are wet
  5. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours
  6. Press and pour over a fine sieve or coffee filter over a clean container
  7. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use

How To Make A Frappe

Now you have coffee concentrate ready to make iced coffee and this frappe! First, make sure you have a batch of Dulce de Leche Sweet Milk for this recipe. Be warned in advance, you are going to be tempted to eat it by the spoonful!

You can also purchase dulce de leche premade. You’ll find it in Latin stores near the baking section. Popular grocery chains are also carrying it. Look where the sweetened condensed milk it stocked.

Add the two together with a splash of milk and a couple cups of ice for a decadent coffee drink!

  • Add ice to a blender
  • Put in coffee concentrate, milk, and dulce de leche
  • Blend ingredients together
  • Pour in a glass and topped with whipped cream and cinnamon (optional).
homemade dulce de leche for ice coffee drink

How Many Carbs Are In A Coffee Frappe?

In this homemade version, there are 20 carbs and 14 grams of sugar. Depending on your diet, this may be a whole days worth of carbohydrates, so enjoy as an occasional treat!

Note that a similar Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks is 67 carbs and 66 grams of sugar. Also, take a look at Starbuck’s ingredient list. This will convince you that a homemade coffee frappe version is the better choice. Enjoy!

Sugar Free Alternative

To keep this beverage sugar free add a caramel sugarless syrup in the place of the dulce de leche.

Used coffee grounds for mulch in your garden

Several coffee houses are now giving away grounds to used in your garden! 

Coffee grounds adds organic material to the soil, which improves drainage, water retention and aeration in the soil.

In addition, the used coffee grounds adds a nutrient boost that can help plants thrive. Some coffee loving plants are hydrangeas, camellias, gardenias, and rhododendrons!

Sip a Dulce de Leche Coffee Frappe while enjoying the blooms of Spring! 

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Dulce de Leche Frappe coffee drink topped with whipped cream

Dulce de Leche Coffee Frappe

Enjoy this copy cat Starbucks frappuccino or frappe de cafe using coffee concentrate, sweet caramel sauce, and milk blended with ice.
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beverage, coffee beverage, dulce de leche coffee, frappe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 drinks
Calories: 133kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 1 cup coffee concentrate
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons Dulce de Leche plus more for topping
  • 2 cups ice
  • whipped cream optional
  • cinnamon optional


  • Put all ingredients in a blender and pulse until ice is crushed. Top with whipped cream, a teaspoon of Dulce de Leche and a sprinkle on ground cinnamon. Enjoy right away.


cream, whole milk or any variety of your choice can be used in this recipe.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.

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    1. You and me both! I’m always in shock at the price of blended drinks like this! If I buy coffee it’s plain and cheap. lol This is a treat and reasonably priced 🙂

  1. This looks amazing! I have so many jars like that with lids and stars from Michaels. I love making smoothies and fun drinks in them. I’ll have to give this one a try!

  2. No, this store is no where neat me unfortunately! This drink sounds to die for and I may try making it with a different strong brand coffee. I am really glad to hear that coffee grounds are being donated in the California area–they do need better water retention there!

    1. I couldn’t agree with you more, Michele! We really need to get creative with rationing all the water we can. One small step by using coffee grounds in gardens, but it’ll help!

  3. Hi Sandra, Great looking Dulce De Leche coffee and recipe! Thank you so much – a recipe to save for sure…
    And so nice to share the FB contest with us, thank you – always enjoy an extra $25! 🙂 And, checked out Google Express – they don’t have delivery to my area yet 🙁