How to Make Dulce de Leche Frappe (Recipe)

What is Dulce de Leche?

The Cafe Frappé originated in Greece and was made with instant coffee. The Dulce de Leche Frappé features a caramel syrup from Argentina, and this frozen treat has since evolved from its origins in Greece to give you an afternoon shot of espresso. The 10% cream and caramel syrup make this delicious drink a must have at pool parties.

Dulce De Leche Recipe

The Dulce de Leche flavor is so popular that it's a featured flavor in dozens of brands such as ice cream from Haagen Dazs. It serves as the base for a number of dessert recipes including Dulce de Leche cakes, Dulce de Leche frosting and more. 

While starting from scratch is the best way to go about making anything, we'll use a canned version for expediency.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Greek
Keyword dulce de leche
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 322 kcal


  • 1 cup cream 10%, or vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup Dulce de Leche syrup
  • 3 oz Espresso
  • 3 cups Ice

How to Make

  1. Scoop two tablespoons of dulce de leche from the half cup and set aside

  2. Add espresso, cream, and ice to a blender, pulse until smooth

  3. Spoon into glasses

  4. Drizzle remaining dulce de leche on top of the frappe

  5. Serve immediately

Recipe Notes

To get the most flavor out of your coffee prepare the ice cubes with filtered water. When it comes to tap water versus filtered water for your coffee, filtered is best especially when you consider 99% of coffee is water.

Filtered water will have a bright and crisp flavor to it, removing any after taste of metallic or acidity you can find with some tap waters.

When making a frappé, it is easy to overlook the type of water used in your icecube tray, avoid this rookie frappé mistake by always using filtered water.


Nutrition Facts
Dulce De Leche Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 322 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 113mg 5%
Potassium 412mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 17.1%
Vitamin C 2.6%
Calcium 25.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The espresso for this drink should be made fresh. Alternatively, you can make a cold brew coffee to keep in the fridge and make Frappé all week long! To make a cold brew; use cold filtered water in a four to one ratio with coarsely ground coffee. Place in a french press and ensure the coffee is fully saturated with the cold water. Cover the french press with foil or saran wrap and place in the fridge for twelve to fourteen hours. When it’s ready, use the plunger and substitute the cold brew for the espresso in this recipe.

Milk Alternatives

For the Dulce de Leche Frappé, cream or vanilla ice cream will create a creamier more decadent drink, but if you are calorie and/or dairy conscious a substitute like skim milk or cashew milk works well. Mild-flavored milk alternatives such as soy milk and almond milk work well, while a coconut milk may alter the flavor substantially, in a good or bad way depending on your preferences. If you are a fan of coffee syrups, you may already have butterscotch on your shelf. Butterscotch works well as a substitute for the dulce de leche. It has a brown sugar and buttery base with caramelized notes that add depth to the syrup in a way that is similar to dulce de leche.

Delce De Leche Syrup Recipe

If you have the time and patience to make the Dulce De Leche Syrup rather than using the condensed form, here's the instructions.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Keyword dulce de leche
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 1 cups
Calories 1574 kcal


  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla syrup or extract

How to Make

  1. Combine all ingredients in sauce pan and stire

  2. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and let sit unconvered, while stirring occasionally to avoid building up a layer

  3. When the mixture is caramelized and thick (roughly 90 minutes), add vanilla syrup

Recipe Notes

This recipe will make about 1.5 cups, which is good for about 3 servings of the recipe above.

Nutrition Facts
Delce De Leche Syrup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1574 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 737mg 31%
Potassium 1288mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 297g 99%
Sugars 299g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 31.6%
Calcium 110.3%
Iron 1.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.