Some days, you want a delicious chocolate Frosty but do not want to hop in the car and drive to Wendy's to get one! Enter this delightful Copycat Wendy's Frosty Recipe you can easily make at home. You may have all of the ingredients in your pantry already, which is good and bad since these Frosties taste so good it is hard to stop at just one.
Copycat Wendys Frosty Recipe
We first shared this recipe in May 2012, and it is still one of our favorites!
Fair warning: this recipe is dangerously good! You will not want to stop making these once you try one.
I am all in for any restaurant recipes I can make at home and not have to get dressed up or change out of my yoga pants. Some days, you just want to enjoy your favorite restaurant food without the stress of dealing with other people. I love that you can make this Wendy's frosty recipe from home in a few minutes.
The blender doesn't care if you did your hair or showered today. All you need to worry about is ensuring you have enough ingredients to make a second one because it is so hard to stop with just one of these Frosties.
We served these when a group of friends was over, and everyone kept going back for another half cup until we finished off multiple each.
SOOOO GOOD! I LOVE that you can make this Wendy's frosty recipe without an ice cream maker! All you need is your favorite blender, and you are ready to go!
We are working on Vanilla Frosty and Strawberry Frosty recipes! I just heard about the Peppermint Frosty and fall pumpkin spice frosty which are now also on the list to be worked on.
I am loving all of the new frosty flavors and reasons to enjoy them year round.
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make an epic Copycat Wendy's Frosty Drink! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Nesquik Chocolate Mix Powder
- Cool Whip
- Blender: We are big fans of the Ninja Blender and how well it makes frozen drinks.
- Milkshake Glasses: We love serving milkshakes in classic fountain drink glasses.
How to Make a Copy Cat Wendy's Frosty
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
- Add each ingredient to the blender. Blend everything until it is smooth and creamy.
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead + Storage + Freezing/How to Freeze: We are unsure whether this is good for your waistline, but you can keep ice cream-based treats like the Wendy’s Frosty in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two months.
Just make sure to use a freezer-safe container.
Recipe Variations + Tips for the Best Copy Cat Wendy's Frosty
You can make this Wendy’s Frosty with any good-quality vanilla ice cream. We like Cool Whip, but any similar whipped topping should work.
Vegetarian Option: This recipe is naturally vegetarian.
Vegan Option: Vegans should replace vanilla ice cream, Nesquik, milk, and Cool Whip with plant-based alternatives to make this recipe vegan.
Gluten-free eaters will need to replace Nesquik with another chocolate mix. The brand confirms that its bottled products are gluten-free, but its powdered varieties are not gluten-free due to the company producing them in a facility that handles wheat.
Ice cream and Cool Whip are generally considered gluten-free but look for products with gluten-free labels if you are highly sensitive.
This recipe does not contain alcohol, but you can make it boozy if you are of age.
This Carnival Cruise Spirit of Kentucky Bourbon Milkshake is the closest alcoholic milkshake on the blog to a Wendy’s Frosty.
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: This recipe scales easily to your desired yield, and as covered above, ice cream-based treats freeze exceptionally well, so your only limits are your blender’s capacity and how much of each ingredient you have in your fridge.
Sugar-Free: The written copycat recipe contains 108 grams of sugar per serving, mostly from vanilla ice cream, Nesquik, and Cool Whip. Fortunately, all three ingredients have sugar-free substitutes that can make this Wendy’s Frosty sugar-free.
What to Serve with a Copy Cat Wendy's Frosty
With this recipe, there’ll be more Wendy’s Frosty enjoyment and less time spent waiting in the drive-thru lane for this sweet treat!
We know that Wendy's Frosty pair perfect with hamburgers and French fries on a hot summer day.
Here are some other copycat recipes you can serve to the entire family.
Sides: Texas Roadhouse Butter, Olive Garden Marinara Sauce, Cheddar Bay Biscuits, Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup, Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli, Chili's Queso, El Pollo Loco Avocado Salsa, Texas Roadhouse Loaded Sweet Potato, CrockPot Olive Garden MInestrone
Main Dishes: Egg McMuffins, Cracker Barrel Pecan Pancakes, Cracker Barrel Pancakes, Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken, Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings, Carnival Cruise Guy's Burger Joint Pig Patty Burger, Wendy's Chili, KFC Famous Bowl
Drinks: Starbucks Frappuccino, Orange Julius, McDonald's Sweet Tea, Cherry Limeade Sonic Drink, Banana Julius, Arby's Jamocha Shake, Strawberry Julius, Sonic Peanut Butter Shake, Dunkin' Donuts Coolatta, Sonic Coconut Cream Pie Shake, Chick-fil-A Frosted Coffee
When to Serve
- Anytime you need a sweet and refreshing chocolatey treat!
Great CopyCat Recipes
Do you love copycat recipes? Check out these other great frozen treats!
Copy Cat Wendy’s Frosty Recipe
- Blend everything in the blender until it is smooth and creamy
Recipe originally shared on May 12, 2013. Updated on March 29, 2020.