Last weekend we had our annual family cycling holiday which as a child always signified the dreaded feeling of having to go back to school, in light of this I am bringing you one of my favourite frappé recipes to celebrate, or in some people's cases mourn the end of summer. Don't get me wrong I love summer but I am also a lover of the leaves changing, wrapping up warm and drinking take away coffee with mittens on, but enough about that I'm sure no one wants to think about the sun going into hibernation any time soon.
I'm not usually one to drink blended coffee because if I buy them it just feels like I should be spending that money on something that will last a little longer than 20 minutes and I'm not really someone who wants to consume 50 grams of sugar from drinking a cup of coffee. If I'm going to eat bad food I'd rather have a slice of cake and stick to almond milk iced coffee which takes less effort to make than putting on a pair of socks; it still tastes good, I just force myself to live in ignorance about how good the real stuff tastes. However a few weeks ago while my friend and I were having a movie marathon we decided to make Oreo frappés and there started my obsession with trying to put every flavour I could think of in my old, not so powerful blender.
Anyway, on to the recipe
First make the coffee, I use instant because I'm English and we're a nation of household instant coffee drinkers, so if you're doing this make it with a small amount of water, then add the 2 tsps of condensed milk so it dissolves.
Grind/chop/whack with a rolling pin/ throw around your kitchen the chocolate until it's in small pieces; you're aiming for it to be small enough to not get stuck in your straw. I use about 4 squares of a 100/200g bar of chocolate 20g is just a rough guide.
Add to the blender; 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 50 ml of milk (I use almond, but any milk of your choosing will work fine), a handful of marshmallows, the ground chocolate and the digestive biscuit (this is just the UK alternative to graham crackers so if you're from the US add accordingly).
You'll need roughly the same amount of ice cubes which fit in the glass you're going to serve your coffee in this is usually about 8-10 large ice cubes.
The coffee should have cooled slightly on it's own, add one of the ice cubes to the coffee and mix until the coffee is cold, then add the coffee and ice cubes and blend.
If you have a not so powerful blender like me you might want to add the marshmallows to the coffee and condensed milk to soften them, blend the coffee mixture first on it's own then add an ice cube to cool it. You can add the rest of the ingredients after the coffee is cold then blend like normal.
You might have to do your own tweaking as you may prefer your coffee sweeter, stronger etc. You can also add whipped cream on top and sprinkle on some chocolate or marshmallows, I just prefer mine without.