REVIEW: McDonald’s Frappe (Mocha & Caramel)

McDonald's Frappe

I’m waiting for Starbucks to snap their fingers and say, “Oh, no you didn’t,” in response to the McDonald’s Frappe, which is McDonald’s take on Starbucks’ Frappuccino.

After that point, I hope they get into a shouting match that involves verbal jabs that use their menu items as replacement terms for the violent acts they’re going to do to each other, like “I’m going to go all Grande Espresso on yo’ ass!” or “I’m going to Big Mac yo’ McNuggets!”

The McDonald’s Frappe is the company’s latest product to entice Gap/Banana Republic/J. Crew-wearing Starbucks drinkers into their restaurants. With this new addition to the McCafe menu, you and I will no longer need to wait in long lines, while smelling coffee beans being ground, at Starbucks for our ice blended coffee drink fix.

Instead, we can now wait in the long lines at McDonald’s and smell strips of potatoes being deep fried.

I like my coffee the same way I like my ice cream sundaes, made with ample amounts of cream, sugar, chocolate, caramel and whipped cream, and both the Mocha and Caramel Frappe provides all of that to mask the bitterness of coffee for me. Each Frappe is blended with ice and either a mocha coffee or caramel coffee base, then it’s topped with whipped cream and drizzled with either a chocolate or caramel syrup.

With the Frappe, McDonald’s does an excellent job at combining the flavor of their coffee with the nutrition facts of their burgers. While the Starbucks Frappuccino has more of a coffee flavor, the Frappe has a very strong cream taste. Both flavors were delicious, although I felt they were a bit too sweet. The Caramel one had a flavor that reminded me of coffee ice cream. While not slush-like, both blended beverages contained enough ice granules to provide me the opportunity to crush them between my teeth, which is a simple pleasure of mine, like watching the sunset or plucking the hair to separate my unibrow.

Another difference between the Frappuccino and Frappe are their nutritional values, which in some cases are quite significant. For example, a small Mocha Frappe has 170 more calories, twice the saturated fat, contains trans fat and 20 grams more sugar than a small (Tall) Mocha Frappuccino. Although to be fair, despite being “healthier” than a Frappe, a regular Frappuccino would not help you if you’re trying to fit into your wedding dress or win The Biggest Loser.

The McDonald’s Frappe are a good addition to the McCafe menu. They may have the same amount of calories and fat as a McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger, but I guess that’s to be expected since a Frappe is considered a dessert-type of beverage…and because it’s from the Golden Arches. Both flavors are delicious and I’d probably wait in a line at McDonald’s, with the smell of french fries in the air, to purchase another while wearing a Banana Republic outfit.

(Nutrition Facts – 12 ounces (small) – Mocha – 450 calories, 20 grams of fat, 13 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 125 milligrams of sodium, 62 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 56 grams of sugar, 7 grams of protein, 15% vitamin A, 20% calcium and 2% iron. Caramel – 450 calories, 20 grams of fat, 13 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 55 milligrams of cholesterol, 120 milligrams of sodium, 62 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 57 grams of sugar, 6 grams of protein, 15% vitamin A, 20% calcium and 2% iron.)

Item: McDonald’s Frappe (Mocha & Caramel)
Price: $2.79
Size: Small (12 ounces)
Purchased at: McDonald’s
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Delicious. Reasonably priced. If you enjoy a Frappuccino, you’ll probably enjoy this. Caramel Frappe tastes like coffee ice cream. Using fast food menu items as replacement terms for the violent acts. Plucking eyebrows. Banana Republic Outlets.
Cons: Might be a bit too sweet for some. Worse nutrition facts than Starbucks Frappuccinos. Contains trans fats. Buying clothes at full price at Banana Republic. Waiting in long lines.

34 thoughts to “REVIEW: McDonald’s Frappe (Mocha & Caramel)”

  1. K so I am a huge Starbucks fan. Literally, this summer I’ve probably drank over 70 frappuccinos from Starbucks. But it’s so expensive. McDonald’s is right down the road so I stopped by l order. First off, I asked before and the girl told me they can make me a vanilla frappe…well when I got there tonight, she said only caramel or mocha..?? SO I went ahead and ordered the caramel. Omg it was so sweet and sugary, I could t even drink half of it. 🙁 and I couldn’t taste any coffee. So, to me, it’s worth it to drive to starbucks And pay a little more $!

  2. I’ve drank the McDonald’s Frappé for a long time. I prefer the caramel one over the mocha one since I don’t really like the strong taste of coffee. If you guys like coffee, I recommend that you guys drink the mocha one since it definitely has a strong taste of coffee (in my opinion). The caramel one is very sweet to some people, but perfectly sweet to me. I personally really like the caramel amount that McDonald’s puts in their drink. Unless you guys try it, you can decide which one is better. After drinking the McDonald’s one, I haven’t been back to Starbucks in a very long time. I hope this helped you!

  3. I love Mcdonalds moca frappes, Their ten times better than burger king. I feel Micky D’s has more coffee flavor that BK but it must be just me

  4. i was really ick for 3 days wth migraine dizzinesnd irritable and feverish I’m allergic ad had no idea of the rubbish in it I couldn’t hardy leave bed

  5. My 90 year old mom loves the Mocha frappes. Since she doesn’t eat enough as it is, I bring her a small one about every other day to supplement her calories. It is one of the few things that makes her smile. She had a stroke recently and is nearly blind, so seeing her smile is a huge treat for me!

  6. Most Macdonalds employees in chicago dont. Know how to make a iced mocha (which is what i like) they make a iced mocha out of the same liquids that they make frappe mocha out of..therefore they taste the same (which the two do not)! I try to tell them this is not a iced mocha. Somebody needs to be retrained!!

  7. When I go to Mcdonalds for a frappe, I expect the cup to be full. Don’t like paying for a large and only getting the cup 3/4 of the way full. The Mcdonald’s on the 16601 area code does this all the time.

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