McDonald's Frappe vs. Starbucks' Frappuccino: One Is Definitely Better Than the Other ...

If you've had a chance to sample the McDonald's Frappe, you may have been surprised to discover just how similar it is to the Starbucks Frappuccino. (This could be why Starbucks felt the need to lure brand-ambivalent frozen coffee drink fans with its half-price Frappuccino deal a few days ago).

So how do the beverages compare exactly? We looked at calorie info, price, and of course, taste to determine which is better: The Frappe or the Frappuccino.

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Beverage:
McCafe Mocha Frappe, 16 oz.

Price:
$2.79 plus tax.

Nutrition:
560 calories; 24 grams of fat; 70 grams of sugar.

Overall:
How does the Frappe taste? Pretty darn good ... and if you don't believe me: The proof is in the caloric information. More of a milkshake than a refreshing coffee drink, the Frappe is rich and creamy with minimal coffee taste.

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Beverage:
Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino, 16 oz.

Price:
$4.03

Nutrition:
370 calories; 15 grams of fat; 54 grams of sugar.

Overall:
Compared to the Frappe, the Frappuccino is practically a diet drink -- and you can tell; it just tastes ... well, anemic ... with less cream, less richness, less heft, more ice. A plus? Intense coffee flavor -- this is a coffee drink, after all.

The verdict?
I'm going for the Frappe based on taste alone -- but I'm going to hate myself for the rest of the day.

Which do you prefer: Frappe or Frappuccino?


Written by Kim Conte on CafeMom's blog, The Stir.


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