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Copycat Chocolate & Vanilla Wendy’s Frosties

copycatfrostiesFriends, it’s time you answered the age-old question for me.  Do YOU dip your fries in Frosties?

Personally, I find it to be a requirement every time I visit Wendy’s.  Nothing beats that sweet and salty combination of crispy, salted French fries dipped into that smooth, chocolate-y, cold Frosty.  Anytime sweet and salty is involved together, I’m game, and this happens to be one of my favorite combinations!  So. Stinkin’. Good.

As a kid, my siblings and I spent our summers at my grandma’s house just down the street.  We spent hours and hours swimming in her pool, watching Scooby Doo while we ate our (usually fast food) lunch, and then relaxed in the AC while we played Legos when it got too hot outside.

My parents were both quite strict and never let us ride our bikes around the block unsupervised, much less walk anywhere without an adult.  So of course, being the brats we were, we would convince our grandma to pleeeeease let us walk up to Wendy’s (a good mile away on a busy road) so we could buy chicken nuggets, fries, and Frosties.  And being a grandma who is incapable of saying no to our adorable faces, she said yes, handed us a $10 bill, and sent us on our way with pool-water hair and flip-flops to walk up to Wendy’s.  I remember thinking I was so cool as I flopped along the road with my younger brother and best friend, eager to get our Frosty fixes.

DSC_0410ASo understandably, Frosties have quite a special place in my heart.  I grew up slurping them, dunking my fries in ‘em, and rebelling while drinking them down a busy road without my parents knowing.  What a badass.

And now, it’s time for another age-old question: Chocolate, or Vanilla?

I’m normally a vanilla girl all the way, but there are some chocolate things I can’t get enough of, those being: chocolate frosting, chocolate milk, and chocolate milkshakes/Frosties.  There’s something so delicious and satisfying about a frosty chocolate shake or creamy chocolate icing on a vanilla cake.  In fact, whenever I’m making something with chocolate frosting, it takes all of my willpower not to eat the entire bowl.  But buttercream?  I pass it up no problem.

DSC_0407AHowever, I get it — not all of us are chocolate people, my family especially.  While we all love our beloved original Frosties, my mom and sister have a serous preference for the vanilla flavored one.  So when I saw that making Homemade Chocolate Frosties was just a matter of a few simple ingredients, I knew making Homemade Vanilla Frosties would be just as simple, too.  So I made ‘em both and… wow.  If you’re stuck between chocolate and vanilla, I’m afraid this won’t help since both are AMAZING.  The texture and taste is IDENTICAL to Wendy’s version, but with three simple ingredients, made in minutes in the comfort of your own home, and significantly lower-cal than the classic fast food version.

Since making these last week, my family and I have powered through several batches, and one is freezing as we speak right now.  I guarantee this foolproof recipe will quickly become a family favorite for its ease and deliciousness!  So… chocolate, vanilla, or never-answering-that-question-again-because-you-can-have-both?  I’ll take the latter :)

DSC_0406A*adapted from here 

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Copycat Chocolate & Vanilla Wendy's Frosties
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Recipe type: Ice Cream/Frozen Desserts
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Serves: 2
 
Wendy's Frosties are one of my favorite treats, but driving to the nearest Wendy's is often a chore in the high heat of summertime. These Frosties are made in minutes and taste identical to the real deal, AND are only four ingredients! They're sure to become a new family favorite!
Ingredients
  • FOR ORIGINAL CHOCOLATE FROSTIES:
  • 1 cup fat-free (or 1%) chocolate milk
  • ¼ cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp Coffee-Mate Sugar-Free Chocolate powdered coffee creamer
  • 1 tub (16 oz) Cool Whip Free, frozen
  • FOR VANILLA FROSTIES:
  • 1 cup fat-free (or 1%) milk
  • ¼ cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp Coffee-Mate Sugar-Free Vanilla powdered coffee creamer
  • 1 tub (16 oz) Cool Whip Free, frozen
Instructions
  1. In a blender (I LOVE using my Ninja Mega Kitchen System Blender for this!), combine the milk, sweetened condensed milk, powdered coffee creamer and Cool Whip Free (I like to chop the frozen Cool Whip in half with a spoon to make it easier to fit in the blender. Also, make sure your Cool Whip is still frozen!) Process the Frosty in the blender for about 30 seconds or until completely smooth.
  2. Pour the Frosties evenly among two tall glasses (I used pint-sized mason jars) and place in the freezer to chill, about 30-60 minutes. I prefer mine at the 60 minute mark as they're thicker and more of a genuine Frosty consistency.
  3. Serve immediately, or store leftovers in the freezer. Just thaw in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes, or until your preferred consistency, before consuming. This is very easily doubled!

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DSC_0415AI can guarantee you probably have these simple, everyday ingredients on hand right now — and why you aren’t making these Homemade Frosties is beyond me!  I love how identical the texture and flavor of these Homemade Frosties are to the original fast-food version — I seriously could NOT believe how tasty they were!  Most Frosty recipes require you to blend ice into the mixture to get that frosty texture — but freezing the mixture is what gives it that thickness and consistency without adding all of that extra chunk from the ice.  If you don’t have the powdered coffee creamers on hand, no worries — cocoa powder works in a pinch, but I like the delicious, creamy flavor and texture that the powdered creamers offer, especially the vanilla one.  It gives it that extra little bump that make these frozen treats so irresistible :)

Have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley

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Comments

  1. I’m normally a chocolate person but when it comes to frosties, etc. it’s vanilla for me!

    and oddly enough, as much as I love sweet/salty, I’m not into the french fries in a frosty *shrug* I dunnoooo lol.

    REGARDLESS-happy there’s a homemade way to indulge! yay!

  2. Those look delicious! Definitely something perfect for summertime weather. Very creamy and sweet looking! :D

  3. You know I am a chocolate person ;) These look just like the real deal. Gotta try them!

  4. What a GREAT idea for a blog post! Absolutely LOVE forsties and the idea of sweetened condensed milk is KEY!

  5. Homemade frosties?! These will be making an appearance in my kitchen soon!

  6. Well, I will now be gaining a million pounds this summer. Frostys all day every day! :D

  7. I am chocolate all the way when it comes to frostys and yes to the French fries. A must for a Wendy’s visit. I will definitely be trying this recipe.

  8. OMG! I will have sudden waves of cravings where I can’t think about anything but Fries + Frosties. It’s a mandatory combo for me. While I super love Frosties, I’ve been trying to lay off of them since I learned they share an ingredient with diapers (maybe I should’ve kept that to myself?) These are definitely my new go to replacement. Regular shakes are just NOT that same.

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