Cloned Coffee Cooler Recipes From Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks

In 1987, Todd Wilbur of Orange County, California, started his Top Secret Recipes website, on which he dissects well-known name-brand foods and creates original recipes that clone their appeal. The site has been "undergoing construction" for quite some time, but the recipe section remains -- with everything from Aunt Jemima's maple syrup to Chick-fil-A's chicken sandwich to a Mars Three Musketeers bar. Want to cool off with clever mimicries of Dunkin Donuts' Coffee Coolatta and Starbucks' Frozen Frappuccino? Keep going...

Dunkin Donuts Coffee Coolatta

"All it takes is one slurp of Dunkin Donuts hit frozen coffee drink to

determine there is much more than concentrated coffee, sugar, and milk

in there. I detect vanilla and hazelnut flavors, but adding just a bit

of almond extract and some chocolate syrup completes the flavor

profile. Torani makes hazelnut syrup that's perfect for this recipe --

you'll find it near the coffee in your market or in a bar supply outlet.

Your drink will come out lighter in color than the real thing, since

the chain apparently uses caramel coloring to darken the formula. This

recipe makes one 24-ounce serving -- that's called 'medium' at the store,

or you can split it into two more modest 12-ounce servings."

1 1/4 cups strong coffee, cold (see Step 1 below)

1 cup milk

5 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 tablespoons Hershey's chocolate syrup

1 tablespoon Torani hazelnut syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

2 1/2 cups ice cubes

1. Brew strong coffee by using twice the amount of grounds

required by your coffee maker. That should be 2 tablespoons of ground

coffee per each cup of coffee. Chill before using.

2. Combine the cold coffee, milk, sugar, chocolate syrup, hazelnut

syrup, vanilla, and almond extract in a blender and blend for 1 minute

on low to dissolve sugar.

3. Add the ice and blend on high until ice is crushed and drink is

smooth. Pour into a tall 24-ounce glass or two 12-ounce glasses, and

serve with straws.

Makes one 24-ounce serving or two 12-ounce servings.

Starbucks Frozen Frappuccino
"It was in 1995 that Starbucks stores started selling this frozen drink,

one of the company's most successful new products. The Frappuccino is

blended with strong coffee, sugar, a dairy base, and ice. Each one is

made to order and each one is guaranteed to give you a throbbing brain

freeze if you sip too hard. The drinks come in several different

varieties, the most popular of which I' ve cloned here for your frontal

lobe-pounding, caffeine-buzzing pleasure."

3/4 cup double-strength coffee, cold

1 cup low-fat milk

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 cups ice

1. Make double-strength coffee by measuring 2 tablespoons of ground coffee

per cup serving in your coffee maker. The clone will be even more

authentic if you use Starbucks beans and grind them yourself just

before brewing.

2. To make the drink, combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on

high speed until ice is crushed and drink is smooth. Pour into two

16-ounce glasses, and serve with a straw.

Makes 2 "Grande" drinks.


For this version, add 3 tablespoons of caramel topping to the original

recipe above and prepare as described. Top each glass with whipped

cream and drizzle additional caramel over the whipped cream.


For this version, add 3 tablespoons Hershey's chocolate syrup to the

original recipe and prepare as described. Top each glass with whipped

cream if desired.

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