To say I have fallen in love with Frappuccino’s (fraps) is an understatement! My all-time favorite frap is none other than a pumpkin spice version. I have to let you in on a little secret – not so secret if you are my family or a close friend – I am a very, very picky eater. Regardless of food or beverage, if I don’t like the way it looks, I am not going to touch it with a ten foot pole. Yet, two fall seasons ago, I strolled into one of the coffee chains in town with a friend for a catch-up chat. When I walked up to the counter, I guess I had this zap of courage that lessened my inhibitions for beverages because I looked up and my eyes zoned in on this particular drink – Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino. Never before have I been tempted to eat anything pumpkin or pumpkin-flavored.  During all the past holidays when people are going goo-goo-gah-gah over pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, I avoided those foods like the plague. Yet, that particular fall day, I found myself ordering a pumpkin-flavored drink. I thought, “Well, the worst that could happen is I take a sip and hate it – tossing it and my five bucks in the trash; the best that could happen is that I could love it.” So, upon receiving my “adventure in a cup” from the counter, I hesitantly took a sip and…oh my, did I ever love it!! It instantly became my all-time favorite drink to order when visiting this coffee shop.

[hide_from level=”30Member, PremiumMember”] Want to see the full article?  Login or Sign Up[/hide_from] [show_to level=”30Member, PremiumMember”]A few months ago, I had a crazy idea… why not try and recreate the Pumpkin Spice frap myself? To be honest with you, the majority of the time I cook I must have a pre-written recipe; therefore, trying to create my own recipe was a zany and absolutely preposterous idea. Who was I to try and recreate this all-time favorite drink of mine – and others? I mean, seriously, what was I thinking? There is not much I fear these days, so despite the voices of doubt, I forged ahead and allowed my creative juices flow. Below, you will find the recipe that I came up with on my own, believe it or not. To reassure you, I had a very dear and courageous friend try my concoction that I methodically “brewed” over. The results: she loved it! I hope you do, too.

Diane’s Pumpkin (a little bit of cinnamon) Spice Frap

1 – 4 ounce Starbucks Frappuccino Mocha or Mocha Light Drink (this can found in most grocery stores)

1 tablespoon of Pumpkin Spice Syrup (I found mine at Target)

1 teaspoons of Cinnamon Sugar (not ground cinnamon)

A handful or two ice (this amount can vary depending upon how frozen a person likes his/her drink)

Use a blender: I select the ice crusher button on my blender and then I select puree button)

Pour into glass leaving enough space at top for whip cream

I make a thin layer of caramel syrup before adding whip cream

Top with whip cream (optional)

Drizzle a little caramel or butterscotch on top

Sprinkle with ground nutmeg or pumpkin spice

Servings: 1 -2

Enjoy! [/show_to]