McDonald's Frappes

McDonald’s Caramel Frappe

McDonalds Iced Frappes taste good but are full of strange ingredients – Make your Frozen Fake Frappes at home in minutes- with real stuff! Homemade, even with whipping cream, has fewer calories and is only pennies to make.

OMG as the youngsters say – I was introduced to McDonald’s Frozen Caramel Frappe last summer and I LIKED it! I’m normally a huge snob about Mickey Dee’s – so I was a little surprised by how good this tasted last August when the temperatures were raging…

McDonald’s Frappes

That, of course, prompted me to look up the nutritional information and I knew I had to come up with a reasonable substitute. I’ve heard on the news that McDonald’s has been working hard to eliminate trans fat and to make their items not quite so unhealthy – but the figures below seem to contradict my assumption.

Now, I knew that a Caramel Frappe couldn’t be good for me by any stretch of the imagination, but I was a little shocked by the hard, cold facts:

Nutritional Information:

  • Frappe Caramel Small (12 fl oz)  450 cal;  cal fr fat 180;  tot fat 20g;  % of daily value 31% ;  sat fat 13g; trans fat 1g;  chol  55mg;  sod 130mg;  carb 61g;  sug  57g;  prot  6g
  • Frappe Caramel Medium (16 fl oz) 550 cal;  cal fr fat 220; tot fat  24g;  % of daily value 37%  sat fat  15g ; trans fat 1g;  chol  70mg; sod 160mg;  carb 76g;   sug 71g;  prot  8g
  • Frappe Caramel Large (22 fl oz) 680 cal;  cal fr fat 260; tot fat 29g;  % of daily value:  44%; sat fat 18g;  trans fat 1.5g;  chol  85mg; sod 200mg;  carb 94g; sug  88g; prot 10g

Note on Trans Fat:  Remember, if you’ve ever read my post on Boxed Brownies, not all trans fat is reportable. You can count on more hidden trans fat than is reported in McDonald’s Frappes in addition to the trans fat they HAVE to report. You’ll see below several ingredients that contain the non reportable trans fat, generally the diglycerides and diglycerines.

As far as the trans fat they HAVE to report?  It’s only trans fat over .49 grams. But here’s the caveat:

  • McDonalds divides their Frappe ingredients into three different categories, drizzle, whipped topping and frappe base. That allows them to calculate the nutritional values for each of the three ingredients separately and round down each. When it’s added together, they get to round down again.
  • For instance, let’s say IF the drizzle in a small Frozen Caramel Frappe had .49 grams of trans fat, the frappe mix had 1.49 grams trans fat and the whipped cream has .48 grams of trans fat, the total would be nearly two grams, but McDonald’s only has to report one gram.

McDonald’s notes on their site:  “Note: Nutrient contributions from individual components may not equal the total due to federal rounding regulations.” That means food industry worked hard with the FDA to not have to report trans fat under .50 grams, yet McDonalds spins it to sound as if they are obeying the feds – which technically they are.


  • Caramel Frappe Base:  Water, cream, sugar, milk, high fructose corn syrup, coffee extract, natural (botanical source) and artificial flavors, mono- and diglycerides, guar gum, potassium
    citrate, disodium phosphate, carrageenan, carob bean gum.
  • Drizzle:  Corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk (milk, sugar), high fructose corn syrup, water, butter, sugar, salt, pectin, disodium phosphate, artificial flavor (vanillin, ethyl
    vanillin), caramel color (with sulfites), potassium sorbate (preservative).
  • Whipped Cream:  Cream, nonfat milk, water, corn syrup, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, mono-and diglycerides, carrageenan, polysorbate 80, beta carotene (color), natural (dairy and vegetable source) and artificial flavor, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) to protect flavor. Whipping Propellant (nitrous oxide).


A small Frappe is $2.49, a medium is $2.99 and a large is $3.49

A home-made version?  With frugal shopping and no toppings, about 22 cents for 12 ounces. With whipping cream and a drizzle? About 55 cents for 12 ounces.That leaves plenty of room to add almost anything you’d like! I can’t wait to try one with Frangelico for a Hazelnut Version.

Final Frugal Judgment? 

I can’t ever feel positive about a list of ingredients I don’t understand and trans fat – my Frozen Fake Frappe is going to replace the one McDonald’s makes from fake ingredients.  Of course, no drive through convenience, but then I don’t have to leave my house for one, either…

My Fake Frozen Frappe. here with "whip" and Chocolate Sauce
My Fake Frozen Frappe. here with “whip” and Chocolate Sauce

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