Mar 14, 2014

Homemade Thin Mint Frappuccino

Homemade Thin Mint Frappuccino

Thin Mints are the best selling Girl Scout cookie and they make up 25% of all Girl Scout Cookies sales. They have just the right combination of chocolate and mint in a crispy cookie to be addictive. Their flavor is actually pretty unique and that makes Thin Mints very recognizable. I often use Thin Mints in baking recipes and decided to turn them into a refreshing coffee drink this time around – and the result is my Homemade Thin Mint Frappuccino. It’s an ice blended coffee drink that is packed with Thin Mint flavor – and actual Thin Mint cookies!

All of the chocolate flavor in the drink actually comes from the cookies. Thin Mints are a little more minty than they are chocolaty, so putting too much chocolate into the drink just turns this into an ordinary, but minty, mocha. The crispy cookies add just the right amout of chocolate flavor, and I added a little extra peppermint extract to boost the mintiness of the cookies. It’s a little sweet and surprisingly refreshing for an indulgent iced coffee drink! Don’t hesitate to splurge and add a dollop of whipped cream on top before serving.

If you want to enjoy this drink and it’s not Girl Scout cookie season, you can easily substitute for the Thin Mint cookies. Keebler makes a cookie called a Grasshopper that is almost identical to the Thin Mint, and you can even use plain chocolate wafer cookies or Oreos without the filling with good results.

Thin Mint Frappuccino
6 oz strong coffee, cold
6 oz whole milk
2 1/2 tbsp sugar
4 Thin Mint cookies
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
approx. 2 cups ice

In a blender, combine coffee, milk, sugar, cookies, peppermint extract, vanilla extract and ice. Blend at low speed until ice is crushed, then blend at high speed until ice is pureed and drink is smooth and creamy.
Add an extra tablespoon or two of milk if drink is too thick, add a few extra pieces of ice if drink is too thin (the size of the ice can influence the consistency of the drink).
Serve immediately, garnished with crushed Thin Mint cookie crumbs.

Makes 1 large drink.


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