For many of us, grabbing a special coffee such as a frappuccino can feel like a real treat.

Considering the cost of such drinks, however, getting into the habit of sneaking into your local Starbucks can leave your wallet feeling significantly lighter.

On average, a medium iced coffee from the global chain will set you back £3.61 – and that’s without any extra pumps of syrup.

So, what if you could make your favourite drinks at home for a fraction of the price? Well, much to the delight of your bank balance, you can.

Price comparison company Uswitch weighed up the cost of making the drinks at home compared to buying them in-store, and the difference in price for some of the beverages is staggering. They also shared some recipes for how you can replicate your favourite order at home.

Here’s how to make your favourite drinks at home, and how much you’ll save by whipping them up yourself:

1. Coffee Frappuccino

How much is it in-store? £4.00 (grande).

How much is it to make at home? 16p


  • Instant Espresso Coffee - 4.2 grams 
  • Milk - 60ml
  • Sugar - 26 grams
  • Ice - 100 grams


  1. Prepare the espresso and cool it.
  2. Put espresso, milk, sugar and ice in a blender.
  3. Begin to blend on low speed, slowly increasing the speed to high, and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into glasses and serve straight away.

2. Mocha Frappuccino

How much is it in-store? £4.20 (grande)

How much is it to make at home? 18p


  • 200g ice cubes
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 60ml boiling water, cooled
  • 400 ml skimmed milk
  • 4 tbsp chocolate sauce
  • 1 tbsp cocoa, to dust


  1. Put the ice in a large blender. 
  2. Add the coffee, milk and chocolate sauce and blitz until smooth.
  3. Pour into glasses and dust with cocoa powder.

3. Java Chip Frappuccino

How much is it in-store? £4.20 (grande)

How much is it to make at home? 30p


  • 100 grams strong brewed coffee chilled 
  • 100 grams of ice cubes
  • 240 ml milk, whole fat for the best results
  • 14 grams chocolate chips 
  • 14 grams chocolate sauce or chocolate syrup
  • Whipped cream (optional)


  1. Prepare your coffee roast (brewed or instant coffee) and let it chill in the fridge.
  2. Loosely drizzle chocolate sauce inside of each glass and set aside. Place the drizzled glasses in the freezer.
  3. Add ice, milk, coffee roast, chocolate sauce, and the chocolate chips into a blender.
  4. Blend on low speed for about 30 seconds, and then on a max speed for around 20 seconds or until the mixture is evenly smooth. 
  5. Pour into individual glasses and top with whipped cream. Drizzle with chocolate sauce.
  6. Serve and enjoy. 

4. Pink Coconut Refresha

How much is it in-store? £3.90 (tall)

How much is it to make at home? 58p


  • 2 teabags
  • 230ml water
  • 60ml white grape juice
  • 120 ml coconut milk
  • 3 sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup/ 100 grams ice (optional)


  1. Put the two tea bags in a large cup or teapot and pour in the boiling water. Let it steep for a few minutes and leave it to cool. 
  2. Pour the white grape juice into the cup with the tea. 
  3. Add ice (optional) and strawberry slices into a glass. 
  4. Add 3/4 cup of the steeped tea with the white grape juice mix into the glass of ice and add strawberry slices. 
  5. Top off with coconut milk and serve.

5. Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

How much is it in-store? £3.65 (tall)

How much is it to make at home? 50p


  • 100ml fat-free milk
  • 4.2 grams strong brewed coffee
  • 2 grams pumpkin spice
  • 56 grams pumpkin puree
  • 3 tbsp sugar or more to taste
  • 100 grams ice


  1. Blend all ingredients on high speed until mixed and ice is crushed. 
  2. Pour into glasses and enjoy. 
  3. You can top with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Will you try these recipes at home?

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