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Halloween is around the corner, and I am in the mood for all things spooky! I’ve never been super into dressing up, but give me the best horror movies, pumpkin everything, and all things cutesy and festive! I think I’ve checked out the same Halloween section at the store no less than five times already. But anyways, when Torani reached out to me about creating a Halloween themed drink with one of their delicious syrups, I was so in. With nutty black sesame, lots of buttery, rich caramel flavor, and a bit of activated charcoal coconut powder for that hint of Halloween, this Black Sesame Caramel Frappé is just what I needed. And let’s just say I was way too satisfied with the work of my sugar sprinkle rims.
Once you’ve got the toasted black sesame powder – which is super simple to make! – you’ll basically add all of the ingredients to a blender and you’re all set and ready for a lightly caffeinated, sweet and icy beverage! I added a whopping 6 Tbsp of the Torani Caramel Syrup to this recipe (which serves 2) because I just couldn’t resist, but feel free to play around with the syrup and add 2 or 4 Tbsp as the suggested serving size is 2 Tbsp per 1 cup of liquid. I topped it all off with whipped cream, extra black sesame powder, and black sesame seeds. For even more sweetness, feel free to add a caramel drizzle! And head over to www.Torani.com to get your hands on their Caramel Syrup!
Some of the ingredients I like for this recipe:
Coconut cream gives this recipe a creamier texture. You can opt for 2 cups of frozen coconut cream, or skip it all together and use ice.
Sugar adds a touch more sweetness. Feel free to adjust to your liking.
Toasted black sesame powder is a delicious and nutty add-in that pairs so well with the rich caramel syrup flavor.
Torani Caramel Syrup is a quick and easy way to deliver caramel goodness to these frappés. Plus, you can use it to create endless recipes, or just add a spoonful to your morning coffee for a buttery caramel flavor!
Activated charcoal coconut powder is a natural way to make these frappés darker in color. It is tasteless in this recipe, and adds depth to the gray.
- 4 cups ice or frozen coconut cream
- 2 tsp espresso powder
- 1/4 cup toasted black sesame powder
- 4-6 Tbsp Torani Caramel Syrup, depending on taste
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1/4 cup plant-based milk
- 2-3 tsp activated charcoal coconut powder (optional)**
- Make your toasted black sesame powder. Place 1/4 cup of black sesame seeds (or more if you desire to have extra!) in a frying pan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the seeds begin to toast - you'll notice a strong nutty aroma and, if using stainless steel, the pan will begin to smoke. Remove from heat and blend toasted seeds in a food processor or blender until the seeds breakdown into a chunky powder.
- In a blender, add the ice or frozen coconut cream (or mix of both), espresso powder, black sesame powder, Torani Caramel Syrup, sugar, milk, and charcoal coconut powder. Blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately and add your favorite toppings - whipped cream, caramel sauce, black sesame powder, or sprinkles!
- You can empty out one to two cans of coconut cream into ice cube trays (or onto a parchment lined baking sheet) and freeze for a creamier drink
- Your black sesame seeds must be toasted in order to blend into a powder as the toasting softens the seeds
- Recipe can be halved for one serving
- For the sprinkle rim, melt 2 Tbsp of chocolate chips. Use a mini spatula to lightly spread chocolate around rim of glass. Douse in sprinkles and immediately chill in the refrigerator
- **Disclaimer: activated charcoal may reduce or prevent absorption of certain medications, drugs, or supplements