Frappe Vs. Frappuccino: One Is Definitely Better Than the Other ...


mcdonald's frappeIf you've had a chance to sample the McDonald's Frappe, you may have been surprised to discover just how similar it is to the Starbucks Frappuccino. (This could be why Starbucks felt the need to lure brand-ambivalent frozen coffee drink fans with its half-price Frappuccino deal.)

So how do the beverages compare exactly? We looked at calorie info, price, and of course, taste to determine which is better: The Frappe or the Frappuccino.

Beverage: McCafe Mocha Frappe, 16 oz.

Price: $2.79 plus tax.

Nutrition: 560 calories; 24 grams of fat; 70 grams of sugar.

Overall: How does the Frappe taste? Pretty darn good ... and if you don't believe me: The proof is in the caloric information. More of a milkshake than a refreshing coffee drink, the Frappe is rich and creamy with minimal coffee taste. 



mocha frappuccinoBeverage: Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino, 16 oz.

Price: $4.03

Nutrition: 370 calories; 15 grams of fat; 54 grams of sugar.

Overall: Compared to the Frappe, the Frappuccino is practically a diet drink -- and you can tell; it just tastes ... well, anemic ... with less cream, less richness, less heft, more ice. A plus? Intense coffee flavor -- this is a coffee drink, after all.




The verdict? I'm going for the Frappe based on taste alone -- but I'm going to hate myself for the rest of the day.

Which do you prefer: Frappe or Frappuccino?

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Cafe... Cafe MicheleZ

I'm currently obsessed with the Frappe. The price! Now I want one. Thanks A LOT! :)

jagam... jagamama0710

Oh I am so addicted to the Frappe it's ridiculous. Caramel is my favorite. I see the signs that say "come try our caramel frappe!" and it's all I can do to not say "why yes I will!" and turn into that drive thru. I do limit it to one (ok sometimes 2) a week though. I actually got one while I was in the beginning of labor back in February. lol

RanaA... RanaAurora

You can ask them to put more of the "coffee" flavor in the Starbucks version.  But I agree.  It tastes off.  It's... I hate to say it... it's gross.  I'm sticking with a green tea frappachino or an iced latte from Starbucks.

CjsMa... CjsMama914

I just don't like the McDonald's version. I don't really know why, they just don't taste right to me.  I've tried them a couple times and I'll stick to Starbucks.

lovin... lovinangels

I'll frappacinno light and save my fat azz from getting any fatter.

momof... momoflilangel

I prefer the Frappuccino from Starbuck's. The Frappe is too milkhake-y to me.

Momof... Momof3cuties

I am a frappe addict!  Once I had the first one the cravings began!  Let's just say when I cave into those cravings...I either opt for a smaller one one or take an extra long walk that evening....after having worked out at the gym for an hour.  I love them!!! 

clean... cleanaturalady

I have never had the Frappe, so it's hard to say, but I do like the Frappuccino.

frysh... fryshannon34

McDonalds Frappe I have never been to starbucks

tazdvl tazdvl

I don't care for either.

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