Low-Fat Copycat Wendy’s Frosty

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.

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.

I used fat-free versions of whipped topping and sweetened condensed milk, the chocolate milk is low-fat, and there’s no fat in cocoa powder. 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. 

It’s 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

Copycat Wendy’s Frosty Ingredients 

This Wendy’s Frosty recipe is essentially a lightened up chocolate milkshake. For this easy milkshake recipe, you’ll need frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip), sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and chocolate milk. 

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

How to Make a Frosty

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

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! 

copycat Wendy's frosty next to spoon

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

Copycat Wendy's Frosty

Copycat Wendy's Frosty

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.

Yield: 20 ounces
Prep Time 2 minutes
Freezing Time 30 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes


  • 12 ounces (1 standard tub) whipped topping, keep frozen*
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chocolate milk**


  1. 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.
  2. Pour mixture into 2 glasses and freeze for about 30 to 60 minutes, or until desired consistency is reached. Stir well before serving.
  3. 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.


*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 Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 394Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 36gProtein: 5g

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72 comments on “Low-Fat Copycat Wendy’s Frosty”

  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

    • 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).

  4. Just a heads up, Truwhip DOES contain milk. It has sodium caseinate (milk protein) in it. http://www.truwhip.com/nutritionalInfo/index.php

  5. 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.

  6. 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. ;)

  7. This looks so good- I hate Wendy’s, but I actually really love their frostys!!

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

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

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

  11. This frosty is just what I need, love your skinny version!

  12. Brilliant! This could be for reals dangerous. 4 ingredients. No ice cream maker. Hello, Frosty every night. Pinned.

  13. I haven’t had a Wendy’s frosty in forever! This homemade version calls for a side of fries and a burger…or maybe a grilled chicken sandwich to keep it on the healthier side. :)

  14. This drink might be a teeny weeny too easy even for a low fat drink.
    What a sneaky and excellent recipe detective job that you did.

  15. wow, this is what I want. Weather is dipping here and today it’s in 40’s.

  16. I have been craving a Wendy’s frosting like crazy! And now I can make my own, that’s scary. All I need are some french fries to dip. :)

  17. Have been seeing this on Pinterest but wasn’t sure how it would turn out but have to say your recipes have never failed me in the past so will have to try this one out too! Luckily I have half a can of sweetened condensed milk to use anyways. It seems like the only flavoring this is missing compared to the homemade baileys is a tiny bit of coffee + whiskey right? Might have to add a little bit in and see how it turns out!

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