REVIEW: McDonald’s McCafé Frappé Chocolate Chip

Written by | June 26, 2012

Topics: 6 Rating, Fast Food, McDonald's

McDonald's McCafe? Frappe? Chocolate Chip

For these armpit sweat staining months, McDonald’s has introduced their blended McCafe Frappé Chocolate Chip, which is pretty much a McDonald’s Frappé Caramel combined with a McDonald’s Frappé Mocha and chocolate chips.

Oh, I didn’t break it down enough for you?

Well then, here you go: The Frappé Chocolate Chip is made up of ice, a caramel coffee frappé base, a mocha coffee frappé base, and chocolate chips that’s topped with whipped cream and caramel and chocolate drizzles.

Oh, you want it broken down even more, food nerd?

Well, swallow this long list of ingredients in no particular order: Ice, sugar, milk, high fructose corn syrup, natural (botanical source) and artificial flavors, mono- and diglycerides, guar gum, potassium citrate, disodium phosphate, carrageenan, carob bean gum, cocoa (processed with alkali), red 40, yellow 5, blue 1, nonfat milk, corn syrup, polysorbate 80, beta carotene, natural (dairy and vegetable source) and artificial flavor, mixed tocopherols, coffee extract, whipping propellant (nitrous oxide), semi-sweet chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, butter, salt, pectin, artificial flavor (vanillin, ethyl vanillin), caramel color (with sulfites), potassium sorbate (preservative), dextrose, water, glycerin, hydrogenated coconut oil, food starch-modified, cream, natural (plant source) and artificial flavor, gellan gum, potassium sorbate (preservative).

Happy now?

Although I’m as much of a fan of McDonald’s original Mocha and Caramel Frappés as I am of filling co-workers cubicles with balloons while they’re on vacation, I can’t say the same about the chocolate chip version.

Look, the Frappé Chocolate Chip is well-blended, sweet, and refreshing, if you find yourself in temperatures higher than 85 degrees Fahrenheit, but the chocolate chips do two things that make this Frappé less appealing to me. One, they don’t help give the blended beverage a strong chocolate flavor to go along with the caramel flavor. The sweet caramel definitely wears the pants in the relationship. Two, they give the Frappé a weird texture.

If you’re one of those people who likes to crush the fine granules of ice between their molars, even though admitting so to your dentist would get you a proper verbal lashing about teeth enamel, sadly, the blended chocolate chips dampens the ice crushing, making it less satisfying for those of us who like to weaken our tooth enamel and pay for it later with dentists sticking drills into our mouths and filling the holes they made with metal or resin. But most of you probably don’t have the strange oral fixation of crushing ice with your teeth, so this issue won’t bother you.

Oh, but I do have good news if you’re one of those people who hates the taste of coffee, but wants a coffee drink. If that describes you, this Frappé is for you. Much like coffee being hard to find in the long paragraph of ingredients above, the coffee flavor in this Frappé is hard to taste. The chocolate, caramel, sugar, and cream hides the coffee as if it’s a flavor burka.

The McDonald’s McCafé Frappé Chocolate Chip isn’t anything to get too excited about, unless you’ve just walked through 100 degree temperatures and are looking for anything to help cool you down.

(Nutrition Facts – Small Size/12 ounces – 530 calories, 220 calories from fat, 24 grams of fat, 15 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 55 milligrams of cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 74 grams of carbohydrates, 66 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fiber, and 7 grams of protein.)

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Item: McDonald’s McCafé Frappé Chocolate Chip
Purchased Price: $2.99
Size: Small/12 ounces
Purchased at: McDonald’s
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: If you love coffee drinks, but hate the flavor of coffee, this is for you. Awesome if you love drizzles. Cool. Refreshing. Well blended.
Cons: Caramel wears the pants in this relationship. Will be sweet to some. Chocolate chips get in the way for us ice chewers. Summer heat. Weakened tooth enamel.






38 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Ponderer says:

    Does it positively have caffeine in it? Cause I asked once and they said it didn’t

  2. Christy Straub says:

    WRONG. WRONG. WRONG. Your taste buds, dear sir, are WRONG. Drinking a chocolate chip frappe from McDonald’s is like drinking heaven. I absolutely love the texture that the chocolate chips give it. I drank it all winter long. I don’t only like it because it’s cold. I love it because it taste AMAZING. Go get your taste buds checked, please.
    Thank yoooouuuu.
    Sincerely,
    Someone who has gotten every one of her friends and family members addicted to chocolate chip frappes from McDonald’s.

    • Britney says:

      I agree. I just tried it and it tastes delicious! I do, however, find the texture of the chocolate chips a little annoying, but the taste more than makes up for it.

  3. zfs says:

    As someone who detests coffee and loves sweet things, this is delicious, wonderful, and it literally makes me happy every time I have one. My mood literally goes up and I get the coffee without needing to taste it. I never like to get fast food, but these are so good, I will sin, God is merciful and forgives. :)

    • Megan says:

      So I was in love with these chocolate chip McCafes, UNTIL i realized that i was drinking like 300 calories for something that doesnt even have any real coffee in it to give me caffine for the day as I work in a big office. I guess you get some caffine from the chocolate chips. Disapointed McCafe drinker. :(

      • Michewlle says:

        The chocolate chips are the best part of it, I always ask for extra lol. When they first came out and they were offering them for a $1 I think I had one everyday, so bad. Now I just treat myself occasionally.Sometimes I’ll take one of those coffee shots from the gas station and throw one in to get some caffeine, because yeah this is more like dessert.

  4. Anastasia says:

    I LOVE McDonald’s chocolate chip frappe!!! When I found out it was A LOT of calories I stopped drinking it for a LONG time!!! ???????????? I think the prices are a bit high though and I get really annoyed by the texture of the chocolate chips. Sometimes, McDonalds puts VERY little chocolate and caramel syrup and whipping cream and that gets on my nerve!!! ????????????
    Everything else is good though.

  5. MJ says:

    I had a chocolate chip frappe last night and while it was going down it was heaven in a cup but the morning after, I feel sick and have a very bad headache, almost like a hang over? Makes me wonder just what they put into them to get you hooked because I didn’t have any alcohol last night and the only other thing I had was a portion of fries …
    also, directly afterwards, I had difficulty forming a sentence to the degree that my sister was finding it highly amusing.

    She would call it brain freeze, I’m not so sure? Anyone else experienced this?

    • Michelle says:

      MJ I never had brain freeze that severe to the point of not being able to form a sentence. I would stay away from them sounds like some kind of food allergy to something that may be in there. Do you have any food allergies that you’re aware of? The worst I had after drinking one is a coughing attack but that’s because milk products so that to me when I have it in excess.

  6. Aka says:

    Very disappointed with the new choc chip shake thing I had loads of ice in mine but hardly any choc chips it’s a big let down from mcdonalds

    • Michelle says:

      I know how you feel I hate it when I get a bad one. When they first came out they were on point, now its hit or miss. I try to always go to the same one that makes it good when I’m in that neighborhood.



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