happy national frappe day 2020

Happy National Frappé Day 2020!

October 7, 2020

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It seems like we have ‘national days’ for all sorts of things so why not a National Frappé Day 2020? Yes, it is a ‘real thing’ and October 7 every year is reserved for our National Frappé Day. Let us learn more about this drink and why it may deserve a ‘national day’.

What is a Frappé?

The traditional (Greek recipe) frappé (pronounced frap-pay and not to be confused with the word frape) was instant coffee blended with water and sugar to create a foamy liquid. This was then added over ice cubes in a glass.

More recently a frappé is made from a blend of espresso coffee, milk (or ice-cream), water, and various flavors and toppings. 

A frappé is different from an iced coffee, milkshake, smoothie, or slushy in that the coffee and water are usually shaken or blended to first create the foamy coffee liquid. 

The word frappé is from the French verb ‘frapper’ which means to ‘hit’. This refers to ‘hitting’ the coffee with ice. How does a unique coffee drink invented by a Greek have a French name? Well, the Greek word for frappé is Φραπέ and this is a ‘descendent’ of the French word frappé. The word is also sometimes spelled as frappe without the accented é.

frappe no milk
Frappé with no milk.
Source: philleb from Wikipedia

Shaken not stirred!

You have probably heard of the phrase ‘shaken not stirred’. Of course, this is the phrase made famous by Ian Fleming’s fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond and describes Bond’s preference for the preparation of his vodka/gin martini cocktail.

Why shake a frappe rather than stir it? Shaking the coffee-water-sugar, or coffee-water-milk-sugar, mixture creates an emulsion and a thick foam.

However, there isn’t really a strict requirement for ‘shaking a frappe’. The important thing is to create the emulsion and thick foam. This can also be done by rapidly beating the mixture with a spoon, a milk frother or even a blender. Some recommendations are as follows…

Hamilton Beach Personal Blender for Shakes and Smoothies with 14 Oz Travel Cup and Lid, Black (51101AV)
  • BLEND AND GO: Blend fruit smoothies, shakes and your favorite icy drinks right in the 14 oz. BPA-free portable travel jar, then grab it and go. The blender jar comes with a travel lid to double as a go-cup. It's portable, lightweight and fits most car cup holders.
  • POWERFUL BLENDING PERFORMANCE: Durable stainless steel blades on the blender power through ice, frozen fruits and leafy greens for smooth results. Perfect for adding more vitamins and nutrients into your diet in smoothies and protein shakes.
  • QUICK & EASY CLEANUP: The blending jar, blades and travel lid on this Hamilton Beach blender are all dishwasher safe so cleaning up is a breeze.
  • COMPACT DESIGN FITS MOST CUP HOLDERS: The small size of the personal blender jar makes it perfect for the home, office, travel, small dorms and apartments. The compact base comes with a 24” cord.
  • EASY ONE-TOUCH BLENDING. Quickly prepare a variety of icy drinks by just pressing the button. It's so easy. This is sure to be your go-to blender for shakes and smoothies.
Mueller Ultra-Stick 500 Watt 9-Speed Immersion Multi-Purpose Hand Blender Heavy Duty Copper Motor Brushed 304 Stainless Steel With Whisk, Milk Frother Attachments
  • Sophisticated Design - The ergonomic grip offers a non-slip and comfortable grip when continuously blending ingredients.
  • Exceptional Quality - The full copper motor withstands continuous use and will last 3X longer than competitor's motors.
  • Versatility - The removable blending arm with fixed blade locks into the motor body for easy operation. The stainless steel S-shaped fixed blade quickly blends ingredients for smoothies, milk shakes, soups or baby food and the quality Whisk attachment is a perfect addition.
  • 1 Year Warranty so you can buy with confidence and blend happily ever after.
  • Made in China.
Ninja BL610 Professional 72 Oz Countertop Blender with 1000-Watt Base and Total Crushing Technology for Smoothies, Ice and Frozen Fruit, Black, 9.5 in L x 7.5 in W x 17 in H
  • PROFESSIONAL POWER: 1000 watts of professional power can crush ice and breakdown any tough ingredient.
  • XL CAPACITY: The 72 oz professional blender pitcher is excellent for making frozen drinks and creamy smoothies for the entire family. 64 oz. max liquid capacity
  • INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY: Total Crushing Technology delivers unbeatable power with blades that pulverize and crush through ice, whole fruits and vegetables in seconds.
  • ICE CRUSHING: Blast ice into snow in seconds and blend your favorite ingredients into delicious resort-style frozen drinks
  • RECIPE INSPIRATION: The included recipe guide provides drink and dish making inspiration.
PowerLix Milk Frother Handheld Battery Operated Electric Whisk Beater Foam Maker For Coffee, Latte, Cappuccino, Hot Chocolate, Durable Mini Drink Mixer With Stainless Steel Stand Included (Black)
  • Get Creamy Froth Quickly: PowerLix brings you its small, portable handheld milk frother for frothed milk. If you love your morning coffee with lots of froth and foam, then you certainly want to have PowerLix frothing wand at home or your café style cappuccino. Works great as an egg beater. It comes with a stand for easy storage and can be kept on the countertop.
  • Battery Operated For Perfect Froth in no Time: The mixer is battery powered so you don't have to worry about cords and finding sockets. Heat up the milk, immerse the espresso maker into the cup and turn it on. The milk foamer will start creating creamy froth on the milk instantly. Within 15 - 20 seconds, you have a cup filled with creamy froth and ready to go into your coffee latte.
  • Quality You Can Trust: Our milk whisk frappe maker is made of the best quality stainless steel. It has a powerful motor that gives you 19000 rpm and the dual spring durable long 18/10 food safe material stainless steel spiral whisk that won't rust or break over the time, delivers double the power of other frothers and professional espresso makers available. The power button on top makes it easy to use. The low noise motor barely makes a sound.
  • Beautifully Styled With Versatility: The machine is beautifully styled in red color to fit into any modern kitchen. It is lightweight and has ergonomically designed soft touch handle. It is easy to use and easy to clean. It can be used to froth other liquids besides hot milk. Use it to make milkshakes for your kids or cocktails for your friends. It will work well with both hot and cold liquids.
  • 100% Return/Replacement Warranty: The milk frother with the cup is so handy and useful that you can gift it to your friends and family too. let them enjoy the convenience of making chocolate or cappuccino at home. we are confident of our product and know you will like it. This is why we back up our product with our no-questions-asked warranty. Order now and start to create thick and creamy foam for your homemade drinks.

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Frappe Variations

There are many variations of frappé and not all contain coffee. Additional flavors can be added such as caramel and vanilla. A frappé can also be topped with cream, chocolate flakes, powdered coffee, and other toppings (although this is more of a ‘Frappuccino’ style). 

Flavored syrups may be used to replace coffee as the ‘base’ taste for the drink.

Non-dairy versions of the frappé (the original frappe did not have milk) are also available which substitute milk for another ‘milk’ such as almond, coconut, and soy (these are definitely NOT milk although they are labeled as such). 

Chocolate Frappé

A chocolate frappe consists of the following ingredients…

  • Whole milk
  • Espresso Coffee or Syrup
  • Ice
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Vanilla
  • Cocoa powder
  • Whipped Cream

Vanilla Frappé

  • Milk
  • Espresso Coffee
  • Ice
  • Vanilla sauce
  • Caramel toppings
  • Vanilla powder
  • Whipped Cream

Caramel Frappé

  • Milk
  • Espresso Coffee
  • Ice
  • Caramel sauce
  • Toffee toppings
  • Cocoa powder
  • Whipped Cream

Strawberry Frappé

A strawberry frappe does not usually contain coffee.

  • Milk
  • Ice
  • Stawberry syrup
  • Strawberry toppings
  • Vanilla powder
  • Whipped Cream

Tea Frappé

  • Milk
  • Black Tea, Green Tea, White Tea, or Syrup
  • Ice
  • Green sauce (to create green color)
  • Various toppings
  • Whipped Cream

What is the difference between a Frappe and Frapuccino?

A frappe and a frappuccino are very similar in the way they are made and the ingredients they contain.

However, a Frappuccino is a trademarked brand of the Starbucks Corporation for a line of highly-sweetened iced, blended coffee drinks.

A frappe is what you would make at home whilst a Frappuccino is what you would have at a Starbucks cafe.

Please read our related post – Spooky Witch Brew Frappuccino (Starbucks Copycat Recipe).

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