If you're a fan of Wendy's classic frosty, you'll love this new copycat Caramel Apple Frosty recipe. This recipe combines the creamy goodness of a classic Frosty with the crisp and comforting taste of caramel apples, with a touch of caramel sauce added for the ultimate fall treat.
Last year I had heard the Wendy's locations in Canada had created a new frosty flavor: The Caramel Apple Frosty. And as delicious as it sounds, and despite rumors that it would be coming to the US late summer this year, sadly, it seems that most Wendy's locations (at least around me) are now serving the Pumpkin Spice Frosty instead. Luckily, after a few attempts, I developed a recipe for a Caramel Apple Frosty that you'll be able to enjoy any time - even if Wendy's never decides to bring this delicious sounding dessert state-side.
Why This Recipe Works
The blend of creamy vanilla frosty with the apple-flavored ice cream base and a generous drizzle of caramel sauce creates a delicious milkshake that's hard to beat. Here are a few things that make it great:
- Apple pie seasoning. This unique spice blend elevates the frosty's flavor, infusing it with the comforting warmth of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. If you're not already feeling fall vibes, this will get you there.
- Uses real ice cream. I know that many frosty recipes out there on the internet are made of some concoction of whipped cream and condensed milk. I have to say, I've tried those recipes, and they just didn't work for me. They tasted way too sweet to me and, while this frosty may not be the epitome of nutrition, at least it uses real ice cream and milk, which is a step up from sweetened condensed milk if you ask me.
- Uses real apples. No fake apple flavoring here. Again, not saying this is totally healthy, but if I'm going to drink a frosty, I feel a little bit better knowing that there's some real fruit in there.
To create your very own Caramel Apple Frosty, you'll need:
- Vanilla ice cream. I used a creamy variety of vanilla ice cream, which made it a bit softer than your typical ice cream. This meant that I needed to keep it very cold until ready to add it to the blender, so that it didn’t melt too quickly, making the frosty too thin. If you use a thicker, less creamy variety, you may find that you need to let the ice cream sit at room temperature for a few minutes so that it’s easier to mix in your blender. Just be aware of the consistency of the ice cream you’re using, and adjust accordingly.
- Whole milk. Again, you’ll want this to be cold. You only need a small amount of milk here since the apple will liquify once you blend it, adding even more liquid to the drink.
- Caramel sauce. You’ll want some for the frosty and then more for drizzling on top.
- Apple. The type of apple you choose to use here will change the taste of this Frosty slightly. Something like a Granny Smith apple or green apple slices will yield a slightly tarter taste, whereas a Honey crisp or Jazz variety will be a bit sweeter.
- Vanilla extract. For some added warmth and sweetness.
- Apple pie seasoning. This brings that delicious fall, apple pie taste to this frosty and adds some nice depth, with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
- Whipped cream. For a fun topping.
How To Make It
Creating your homemade Caramel Apple Frosty is as easy as pie! Follow these simple instructions:
Liquify the apple. In a blender, combine the chopped apple, milk, caramel sauce, vanilla, and apple pie seasoning. Blend until the apples are fully liquefied and thoroughly mixed with the milk.
Add the ice cream and blend. Next, add the vanilla ice cream to the blender. Blend on low speed until the mixture is creamy and well combined (this only takes a few seconds so keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t become too watery).
Add the toppings. Pour your Caramel Apple Frosty into cups and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce.
While this recipe stays true to the taste of Wendy’s classic Caramel Apple Frosty, there are a few ways you can change it up if you’re in the mood for experimenting.
- Add some chunky cookies to the frosty. The taste of this frosty goes great with simple vanilla cookies, or graham crackers mixed in. This will make it more like a blizzard, but equally delicious.
- Add a crumbly topping. Create a brown sugar granola topping by mixing a couple tablespoon of melted butter with 2 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 cup of oats. Toast the oats in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes, then remove and allow to cool before using as your frosty topping.
- Apple butter. Add a little bit of apple butter for an even stronger apple taste.
- Apple syrup drizzle. If you don't have caramel sauce on hand, try using apple syrup for a unique twist.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, frozen apple slices can be used in place of fresh ones.
You can adjust the liquid-to-ice cream ratios to create a thicker frosty. Simply reduce the amount of milk used if you want the frosty to be thicker.
Absolutely! You can use your favorite dairy-free vanilla ice cream and almond or soy milk to make a dairy-free version of this frosty.
Adjust the amount of caramel sauce to your taste preferences. Start with less, and add more as needed.
Apple pie seasoning is easy to make on your own! Just ad 1 ½ tablespoon of ground cinnamon, 1 ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon of allspice. Mix it together and use 1 ½ teaspoon for this recipe, then store the rest for later use!
Sure! Just place it in an airtight container until you're ready to serve. It will become quite frozen if in the freezer for very long, so you'll just need to allow it to thaw slightly on the countertop, then give it a good stir before drinking it.
- Take note of the type of ice cream you’re using for this recipe. Using something a bit creamier or that melts quickly, keep it cold right until you’re ready to blend it. Using a more traditional ice cream that’s rock hard right out of the fridge? Allow it to sit out for a few minutes to soften before blending.
The type of ice cream you use can make the consistency of the frosty vary a lot, so keep this in mind when doing your grocery shopping.
- Don't over-blend! This frosty can go from milkshake consistency to milk consistency fast if you're not carefully watching it. Blend on low, and check it after about just 10 seconds to see what the consistency is like.
Whether you're savoring the end of summer or welcoming the early days of fall, the new Caramel Apple Frosty is a must-try treat. And while I truly hope that Wendy's does eventually bring this limited time treat to the states at some point, at least now we can all enjoy this feel-good treat any time the craving strikes!
If you make this Wendy's Caramel Apple Frosty Recipe, let me know what you think in the comments below. And don't forget to tag me with a pic @frontrangefed on Instagram so I can see your masterpiece!
More delicious fall desserts!
- Easy No Bake Mini Pumpkin Pie In A Cup
- Chocolate-Covered Halloween Pretzel Rods
- Leftover Halloween Candy Cookies (Monster Cookies)
- Easy Peanut Butter Blondies
- Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats
- Soft Pumpkin Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting
Wendy's Caramel Apple Frosty Recipe
- 4-5 cups vanilla ice cream (add more ice cream if you want a thicker frosty.)
- ½ cup cold whole milk
- 2 tablespoon caramel sauce (plus more for drizzling)
- 1 small apple, peeled and cored
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ teaspoon apple pie seasoning
- 1.Combine the chopped apple, milk, caramel sauce, vanilla and apple pie seasoning in a blender and blend until the apples are fully liquefied and mixed with the milk.
- 2. Add the ice cream and blend on low until mixture is combined. (Don't over-blend!)
- 3. Serve in cups with a dollop of whipped cream, and a caramel drizzle on top.
- For a thicker frosty, add more ice cream and reduce the amount of milk used.
- Adjust the apple pie seasoning to taste.
- Don't over-blend the frosty.