Copy Cat Wendy’s Caramel Apple Vanilla Frosty

by Danielle Reeves

How many of you are Wendy’s fans? I sure am, and although we don’t get to eat out very often, I’m just as thrilled as the kiddos when we get to swing by there for a meal! I’m not sure if they still serve this delicious treat, but a few years ago I got totally addicted to their Caramel Apple Vanilla Frosty!

Copy-Cat Wendy's Caramel Apple Vanilla Frosty / by Busy Mom's Helper for 5 Minutes for Mom #copycat #frosty #caramelapple

Since the weather here in Texas has been SCORCHING the past couple months, we’ve needed some type of chillin’ treat every now and then. When I first whipped this up, the kids ate all of it before I had a chance to even try it! So after round 2 (and 3….and so on) I was able to really test the comparison to the real Wendy’s version. I was so excited, it tasted just like the REAL Caramel Apple Vanilla Frosty they served! I did add more apples in mine, though….to make it healthier, of course!

One thing I love about this frosty is that you can change it up to fit your own personal preferences! My hubby likes a lot less malt powder, while I prefer a crazy amount ton of caramel sauce. Make a little to start, then adjust as you want!


  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. Vanilla Malt powder (such as Nesquick)
  • 4-8 cups Vanilla Ice Cream (depending on how thick you like it)
  • Caramel Sauce (I just used basic Caramel ice cream topping) – as much as you’d like
  • 1 Green Apple


  1. If you don’t want the skin on your apple, peel it now. Wash and dice the apple into small bits.
  2. In a blender, mix the milk, heavy cream, malt powder, and ice cream until smooth.
  3. Pour the frosty into tall glasses, and gently stir in the apple bits and as much of the caramel sauce as you’d like. It should create pretty swirls all around, so it’s fun to use a clear glass.
  4. Enjoy your ultra-refreshing treat!

Copy-Cat Wendy's Caramel Apple Vanilla Frosty / by Busy Mom's Helper for 5 Minutes for Mom #copycat #frosty #caramelapple

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Danielle is the crazy momma of 4 behind Busy Mom's Helper. Married to her best friend & fellow nerd, totally addicted to Dr. Pepper and chocolate. Staying home with the kiddos keeps her busy, but she loves squeezing in time to create through the ups & downs of life . Now, if she could just figure out how to eat a candy bar without having to share, life would be even more fabulous!

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1 Cheryl Free August 6, 2014 at 6:55 am

This looks super good and tasty!


2 Dianna A August 6, 2014 at 11:03 am

That looks so yummy, definitely going to have to try it.


3 anne August 6, 2014 at 11:03 am

Wonderful and creative treat.


4 Sonya Morris August 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Yum! I will have to try this myself!


5 Kathy stevenson August 7, 2014 at 10:06 am

That looks so good!


6 vickie couturier August 7, 2014 at 4:03 pm

that looks so good made my mouth water,yummy!


7 @sweetmatcha August 7, 2014 at 11:19 pm

wow this looks so decadent! I’d love this for a treat really soon! YUMMY!


8 meagan bs August 8, 2014 at 10:55 am

oh this looks incredible! i need to try this.


9 Rebecca Parsons August 8, 2014 at 2:36 pm

How have I ever not had their caramel apple vanilla frosty. But this looks so good!


10 Cindy Brooks August 9, 2014 at 12:58 am

I’ve never had one of these at Wendy’s, but I will now. It looks delicious and I’m saving the recipe…just in case :)


11 Sunnymay August 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Yes please. I copied the recipe and plan on making it when it’s apple time in September.


12 anne hill August 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm

i would have to substitute in something else for the heavy cream cuz i dont drink it – but if i vary this recipe it looks like a winner for me!


13 Stacey b August 10, 2014 at 8:54 pm

This looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it!


14 heather August 11, 2014 at 9:37 pm

I have never heard of this recipe but it sounds yummy.


15 Christine Jensen August 12, 2014 at 8:47 pm

OOh, yummy! I love anything with caramel!


16 CR Williams August 12, 2014 at 11:11 pm

This looks so yummy


17 DEBIJOT August 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm

This recipe would be great for a Halloween party.


18 Laura J August 23, 2014 at 10:10 am

Oh that looks so yummy! Carter loves anything apple..and oh I love anything caramel! :) Will have to try these at home!


19 Angela Saver August 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

This looks really good! I love copycat recipes! Thanks for sharing!


20 Caitlin McClure August 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I’m drooling. I need to try this!


21 Jessica Medina August 25, 2014 at 10:26 pm

yes! A must pin recipe!!!


22 Tiffany DeOs August 26, 2014 at 9:02 am

That sounds so yummmy!!!!


23 Barbara Platt August 28, 2014 at 8:25 am

sounds like apple pie in a glass


24 Mia Dentice Carey August 28, 2014 at 8:56 am

=P *drooling* Looks YUMMY!


25 Benita August 28, 2014 at 9:23 am

What a great treat, and a lovely recipe to try.


26 Jenn Crawford-Lierman August 29, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Looks yummy!!! I’m going to have to try it!!


27 katklaw777 August 31, 2014 at 3:45 am

I luv the combo of tart apple and caramel…this looks sooooooooooooooooooooo yummy!


28 elizabeth miller September 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm

My 2 favorite things–vanilla ice cream and loads and loads of caramel–the apple addition sounds great. Going to make this tomorrow after I pick up some apples.


29 Jill Myrick September 5, 2014 at 5:03 pm

This looks too yummy and is something that my family would love especially one one of the really hot days that we are having now. I will definitely be trying tis recipe at home.



30 Sarah L September 6, 2014 at 4:14 am

I never had one of Wendy’s drink like this, but I like this recipe.


31 Buddy Garrett September 6, 2014 at 6:51 am

It sounds delicious.


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