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Peppermint Mocha Frappe Recipe

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Soon pumpkin spice everything will yield to peppermint everything–peppermint brownies, peppermint bark, peppermint mochas, and mint hot chocolate. But if you like your treats cold, real cold, even in the winter you really should try this peppermint mocha frappe.  It’s cool and refreshing at any time of year, and if it happens to be December, just sit by a nice warm fireplace.

I took a basic mocha frappe recipe and modified it with a little less frappe mix, a little more dark chocolate (because I love chocolate and mint!) and a hint of mint.

I like to use a little splash of coffee in my frappe as well because I find the mix alone isn’t enough for my taste. If you don’t want to do that, just replace the coffee with milk.

Want to make this without a mix? See the Q&A below.

The Ingredients:

2 c. crushed ice

4 oz. milk or milk substitute (almond, coconut, etc.)

2 oz. cold brew coffee (or chilled coffee)

1 scoop mocha frappe mix

1 tsp. dark cocoa powder (e.g. unsweetened or Hershey’s Special Dark powder)

1/16th – 1/8th tsp. peppermint extract

How to Make It:

Place the ice in a good blender (I like the Ninja), add milk, coffee, frappe mix, cocoa powder and extract. Blend for 30-60 seconds until the ice is well pulverized.

Adjust mint to taste. Makes one frappe–about 16 oz.

blender cocoa and mint extract for peppermint mocha frappe recipe

Q&A:

How much peppermint extract should I use?

I would start with a tiny amount–just a drop or two in a 1/4 tsp. measuring spoon. You can go overboard really quickly with mint extract so start light and add more as needed. I like just a hint of mint so about 1/16th of a tsp. was all I needed.

Can I use peppermint essential oil instead of an extract?

Yes, but you need to be careful to use a tiny amount as you need to be cautious with ingesting essential oils. Peppermint is generally safe in foods, but this recipe is very small scale so it would be easy to add to much. When the food industry flavors with essential oils, it really is small amounts in large batches which is harder to do right at home. Start with one drop. I also recommend that the dairy or dairy substitute have some fat to it to help disperse the essential oil as it does not mix with water.

What if I don’t want to use a frappe mix?

I have tried a lot of frappe recipes over the years, and using the mix is the easiest and best way to replicate coffee stand frappes. I wrote a post on my quest for the perfect frappe that talks more about this, and I include a homemade frappe recipe that does not require a mix.  You could use that recipe and just add 1 tsp. dark cocoa powder and the peppermint extract when you are ready to blend it all up.

This may be my new favorite frappe. I hope you enjoy it too!

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