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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Yield: 20 ounces

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.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Freezing Time 30 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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**

Instructions

  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.

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 Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

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

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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!

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

  10. 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. :)

  11. 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.

  12. 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. :)

    1. Omg YES. You have to have fries dipped in it! That was my junior high dream meal :) And thank for pinning!

  13. 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!

    1. LMK what you think if you try it! And yes to adding Baileys, whiskey, or coffee. Can’t go wrong :)

  14. Oh my gosh, yes to Bailey’s in Frosties. Love that there are only 4 ingredients and that this recipe makes about 2 servings. If it made any more than that I would be in serious trouble, haha. Your version definitely looks better than the original!

  15. Something tells me Pinterest is going to love this recipe! The 30 minutes in the freezer is the trick I’ve been looking for – getting the thick creaminess without adding a bunch of ice (bleh) Looks chocolatey-, refreshing, and easy aka perfect!

    1. I know, ice into smoothies or shakes makes them get so watery, so fast – yes, just a little chill time is all you need for this one!

  16. Being able to add Baileys is yet another reason why you shouldn’t run to Wendy’s ;) its always better homemade!

  17. We always make an assortment of smoothies put them in sealed mason jars and stick them in a big tub of ice on pool days, for super easy entertaining. This will be a perfect addition!

    1. I do the same thing you do with pre-making smoothies. Except I actually freeze them in plastic cups and about an hour or so before we’re ready, just pull them out of the freezer. As long as the blender is dirty, may as well blend in batches, right!

  18. I used to get frosty’s all the time, and it’s been a while. This may be low-fat, but it still looks amazingly rich and creamy!

    1. YES it is! Super rich and creamy! It’s not healthfood but it’s at least…healthier? than the original, I think :)

  19. YUM! This looks like a totally authentic frosty too! Love that it’s so chocolatey and low-fat. My kind of shake – so it will pass for breakfast right? ;) Also, I love that it’s only 4 ingredients and nothing crazy that I don’t have! Pinned!

  20. This is wayyyyy too easy- I’ll probably be making a lot of these this summer! Love that this is four ingredients and low fat- and probably much cheaper than Wendy’s too!

  21. Oh, gosh do these frosty’s look amazing. Love how yours call for so few basic ingredients, whereas the fast-food frosty’s are so full of nasty stuff.
    And so perfect for the approaching warm weather! Definitely going to have to try these babies this summer (or possibly even sooner) pinned!

  22. I love a FROSTY!!! Omg. I need this Averie! Totally will be indulging in one of these soon.

  23. Yeah, I remember the last time I had a frosty…a LONG time ago. This will definitely help me from succumbing. ;)

  24. I haven’t had a frosty in about 1o years. Love that you came up with a copycat- love when you know exactly what you are eating, I just don’t trust most fast food restaurants… but you, I do ;)

    1. You’re sweet, thank you! And honestly in San Diego, I don’t even know where there IS a Wendy’s. In 10+ years of living here, I swear, I’ve never seen one! (or I just don’t pay attention…LOL)

  25. Isn’t it funny how sometimes an old memory just pops into your head like that? I love that this is the way you satisfied your craving! Beautiful pictures Averie. Pinning :)

    1. Thanks for pinning & yes sometimes you just can’t get something out of your head til you make it!

  26. Never would have guessed whipped topping was in this…and I prefer partially or fully frozen cool whip over thawed anyway. There is a Wendy’s less than 5 min from my house but it’s been a long time since I’ve had a frosty too….though this sounds really good and would be fun to try!

    1. Semi frozen cool whip is so good! I mean, it’s empty calories at their finest but so good! And funny, in San Diego, I don’t even know where there IS a Wendy’s. In 10+ years of living here, I swear, I’ve never seen one! (or I just don’t pay attention…LOL)

  27. Oh my goodness. I haven’t had a frosty in years either, but they are SO good!! I’m gonna have to make one of these puppies soon!! :)

  28. You totally just took me back to my childhood! Loving this recipe and how simple it is! Though you’re right… that could be dangerous!

  29. We don’t have a Wendy’s over here (The Netherlands), but this sure does look delicious! So creamy… <3 Should definitely try this out when the weather gets a tad bit warmer over here. I think my boyfriend could devour a whole batch XD

    1. I didn’t know you lived in the Netherlands! Well thanks for reading from halfway around the world! And yes, these things are easily devoured!

  30. Oh man, Frostys are my FAV! But, I also haven’t had one in years. Yours looks so thick, chocolatey and PERFECT…and way way too easy. I hate and love you for that part! Pinned!