When ordering a Frappé, what you get really depends on where you are in the world. In Greece, you can expect a couple of tablespoons of instant coffee, sugar, water and milk (if you want them), which will then be put into a cocktail shaker and shaken to get the frothy layer on top. In Bulgaria, don’t be surprised if it’s served with soda instead of water. Denmark substitutes the water for milk and Serbia serves the frappé with milk or ice cream and freshly whipped cream on top. However, one of the really different frappé variations is in Boston, where it’s actually a milkshake made with ice-cream and is simply pronounced ‘frap’. So, if you’re a frappé lover, enjoy the experience of discovering every unique variation to be found!
The ‘café frappé’ started appearing in the mid-19th century with some drinks possessing a slushy-like texture and others appearing similar to an iced coffee. However, the frappé really kicked off in 1957 at the Thessaloniki International Fair in Greece. The story goes that a representative from Nestlé was demonstrating an instant chocolate drink for children with a chocolate base that was added to milk then shaken in a shaker. When on their break, an employee of the Nestlé representative realised there was no hot water to make their coffee, so instead they mixed the instant coffee granules with cold water and ice cubes, mixed it in the shaker and voila, a modern frappé was born! This version of the frappé is still incredibly popular in Greece today and you can find it in most coffee shops across the country.
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