Low-Fat Copycat Wendy’s Frosty

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Copycat Wendy’s Frosty — Low-fat and so EASY to whip up! It tastes like a lighter chocolate milkshake, but it’s still super creamy and delicious!! 

Low-Fat Copycat Wendy’s Frosty - 4 ingredients & a blender is all you need for this spot-on, lighter version of the real thing!

Creating This Wendy’s Frosty Recipe

I haven’t had a Frosty in about 15 years, but it popped into my head and I had to have one. Except I knew I wasn’t going to Wendy’s for one, so I had better make it myself.

This copycat Wendy’s frosty recipe is fast, dangerously easy, and you don’t need an ice cream maker to achieve that creamy consistency. Simply add 4 ingredients to your blender, whiz, divide it between two mugs, freeze for 30 minutes, and enjoy. Way too easy!

The results are every bit as good as Wendy’s, and the taste and texture is spot-on. As a bonus, my version is low-fat and while no one should ever confuse Frostys with health food, this version is lighter than the real thing.

copycat Wendy's frosty next to spoon

The homemade Wendy’s chocolate Frosty is smooth, creamy, rich, sweet, and refreshing with nostalgic charm. I used restraint to not down the entire batch.

My 7-year old inhaled about 18 ounces of Frosty in 18 seconds. Wish I still had that metabolism! She requested that I make more of this — like asap.

I love cold treats even more when they get melty. Something tells me some Homemade Baileys would make me love the melty parts even that much more.

copycat Wendy's frosty in glass jar

Ingredients for a Copycat Wendy’s Frosty 

This Wendy’s Frosty recipe is essentially a lightened up chocolate milkshake.

For this easy Frosty recipe, you’ll need:

  • Frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip)
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Chocolate milk

So simple, right? Which means it’s dangerously easy to make a Frosty whenever you want one! 

How to Make a Wendy’s Frosty

Making homemade Wendy’s Frostys couldn’t be simpler! Follow these easy steps:  

  1. Add the Frosty ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Then, pour the Frosty mixture into two glasses and freeze for 30 minutes to an hour until it’s the consistency you want.
  3. Don’t forget to give your Frosty a good stir before digging in! 

copycat Wendy's frosty in glass jar with spoon resting on top

Can I Make a Batch of Frostys in Advance? 

Yes! You can actually make a big batch of homemade Frostys and store them in the freezer for up to a month.

Just make sure to cover the glasses in plastic wrap or store the mixture in plastic bags so the Frostys don’t soak up any smells from the freezer. 

If your Frosty is frozen solid, let it sit at room temperature for half an hour before enjoying. It’ll become thick and creamy in no time! 

Can I Use Evaporated Milk? 

No! Sweetened condensed milk is NOT the same thing as evaporated milk and the two are not interchangeable in this recipe. 

Can the Whipped Topping Be Substituted? 

If you don’t have whipped topping like Cool Whip in your area, you could try making homemade whipped cream and freezing it for a similar effect. However, I’ve never tried this myself so I can’t say for sure if it’s an appropriate substitute. 

Frosty collage

Tips for the Best Copycat Wendy’s Frosty

I used fat-free versions of whipped topping and sweetened condensed milk, plus low-fat chocolate milk is low-fat to keep my Frosty on the healthier side. (Although, again, I’m by no means calling this a healthy recipe!) If you want to use full-fat products, be my guest. 

You could likely keep the Frosty vegan by using vegan whipped topping, omit the sweetened condensed milk, and use chocolate almond milk instead. 

Likewise, if you need to keep this recipe dairy-free, make the appropriate substitutes for your dietary needs. 

This Copycat Wendy's Frosty Recipe is low-fat and so easy to whip up! It tastes like a lighter chocolate milkshake, but it's still super creamy and delicious.

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Copycat Wendy's Frosty

By Averie Sunshine
This Copycat Wendy’s Frosty Recipe is low-fat and so easy to whip up! It tastes like a lighter chocolate milkshake, but it’s still super creamy and delicious.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Freezing Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 20 ounces
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Ingredients  

  • 12 ounces 1 standard tub whipped topping, keep frozen*
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chocolate milk**

Instructions 

  • To the canister of a blender, add the whipped topping, sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, pour the milk over the top, and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour mixture into 2 glasses and freeze for about 30 to 60 minutes, or until desired consistency is reached. Stir well before serving.
  • Extra portion will keep airtight in the freezer for up to 1 month (cover glasses with plastic wrap or place inside a ziplock to prevent freezer smells). Allow to come up to room temp for about 30 minutes before serving if frozen solid.

Notes

*I used fat-free Cool Whip; lite, regular, or vegan versions may be substituted.
**I used 1% chocolate milk; chocolate almond milk may be substituted.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 394kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 83mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 36g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Well, I have not tried this. For the difference in calories and fat, I’ll just go for the real Frosty. Moderation is the key. An occasional treat is Awesome!!!

  2. I’m sorry to spoil this but….there is no way that this is healthier than an original frosty, if you use the right ingredients, maybe, but not these…

    Lite cool whip has 1 gram of saturated fat and 1 gram of fat per serving. By using a whole 12 oz container, you’re having roughly 37.5 servings….
    That equates to 37.5 grams of fat or 76% of total fat for the day and 189% (WOW) of daily saturated fat. Not to mention a mere 945 calories alone in the coolwhip.
    That is only for that one ingredient.

    Fast: Yes
    Copycat: Yes
    Easy: Yes
    Healthy: No

    1. Then again, that would be using lite cool whip. So I advise anyone trying to make this to use fat-free for a much healthier version.

  3. You may have answered a deep craving! One question though, can you recommend a substitution for the Cool Whip for those of us in countries where it’s not available? I’m a missionary in Wales and have been dreaming of Frosties (sad, I know).

    1. You could whip cream into whipped cream, sweeten it and try that. It will not be a perfect swap but it could be a good jumping off place!

  4. Frosty’s are so good!! It would be dangerous making them at home but I guess healthier too. AHh! Such a treat to have this recipe in hand.

  5. I’ve never actually had a Wendy’s frosty, but I don’t think I’m going to start anytime soon! Not with how easy and light your recipe is. As a chocoholic, I’d totally devour the entire batch. No shame. And then as your daughter for her metabolism so I could have another. ;)

    1. I haven’t had one since probably high school or college but the Frosty’s, with some fries, now that was an afterschool snack of champions :)

  6. I love this Frosty’s but I don’t indulge. Now though I will be able to have a frosty and eat it too!

  7. Yum Averie! This sounds amazing and so creamy!! What a creative recipe!!!

  8. OOOOOh! Now I wanna make this and feed it to Michael and see if he can tell the difference! Awesome idea Averie!