There are a variety of beverages from smoothies and milkshakes to frappés and lattes. We are writing a series to help you sift through the different kinds of drinks and to help you make your own signature creations. Let’s start with frappés.

What is a Frappé?

A frappé is an iced drink that usually contains coffee, milk, sugar, and ice. It is blended or shaken to create a frothy foam and may be flavored with different sauces and garnished with whipped cream, fruit, nuts, or other add-ons to make a delicious refreshing dessert beverage. In some regions of the U.S., north eastern region of New England, they use ice cream instead of milk, so it is more like a milkshake with coffee, but that is the exception not the rule.

When did the Frappé enter the market?

There is some documentation that show café frappé (à la glace) were around as far back as the 19th century. These drinks were similar to slushes, while others were more like iced coffee. It was in 1957 that today’s frappé entered the scene.

Dimistris Vakondios, a Nestlé employee, wanted to have his instant coffee, but was unable to find any hot water. His boss Giannis Dritsas and himself were exhibiting a new product for children at the International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki. This product created an instant chocolate beverage by mixing it with milk in a shaker. Vakondios had the idea to mix his coffee with cold water and ice cubes in the shaker. The result was the birth of the modern day frappé. The drink is now one of the most popular drinks in Greece and can be found in virtually every Greek café.

How to make a Frappé ?

Here is a quick and easy frappé recipe that blends the rich flavors of chocolate with the sweet and salty goodness of salted caramel.

Chocolate Salted Caramel Frappé




  1. Pour the ingredients into a blender in the order listed above.
  2. Blend to desired consistency.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream

*If you do not have espresso, substitute with ½ cup of strong brewed coffee.

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