Treasures of Colombia: Frappe (Colombian Street Food)

Throat dry, Sun scorching? No hay problema, grab a Colombian frappe today!

The Colombian Frappe is just another name for the Jamaican Sky Juice; it is equally as delicious and refreshing as our island drink. The Frappe can also be found in every crevice, corner, nook and cranny, just like the Sky Juice.

treasures of colombia with stacey ann smith

Frappe – Colombian Street Food

By: Stacey Ann Smith

Yes, Colombian Frappe is akin to the Jamaican Sky Juice. So, you know it is muy delicioso!

I must admit that the Frappe is more versatile in flavor than our island delight; reasons being, the Colombians use various fruits as the base of their drink, for example: Guanabana (Sour Sop), Mango (Mango), Maracuya (Passion Fruit), Mora (Blackberry), Chocolate (Chocolate), Lulo (Sweet cup), Coco (Coconut), Tamarindo (Tamarind) Cereza (Cherry) and many more.

Whereas the Jamaicans use only few syrup flavors.

colobian street food - frappeAdditionally, the preparation is different; on the island, a concentrated syrup is used with water and then added to shave ice then served in a clear plastic bag with a straw. 

In contrast, the Colombians use freshly squeezed fruit juice – no sugar added; that is then frozen in large containers then laden onto carts and roadside stalls. When a customer orders the flavor that he or she wants, condensed milk is then added on the top. The Frappe is served in a small plastic cup with a spoon and straw.

It’s also very economical; a small one costs one thousand pesos (1000 COP) that is equal to forty-two ($42 JMD) Jamaican dollars. Likewise, a big one costs two thousand pesos (2000 COP) that’s Eighty-four ($84 JMD) Jamaican dollars.

This roadside beverage is enjoyed by all in both countries – old and young alike. Where culture and traditions differ, there are always similarities.

Get out of the sun, take a break and enjoy a refreshing roadside Frappe!



Stacey- Ann Smith is from Kingston, Jamaica.  She is an alumnus of Camperdown High School and she graduated from The Shortwood Teachers’ College having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages, Spanish and French. Presently, Stacey is an English teacher at a University in Colombia.  She describes herself as a vivacious and loving person who also has a passion for traveling, taking pictures, her son Nicholas and Ashley, her adorable feline.

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One thought on “Treasures of Colombia: Frappe (Colombian Street Food)

  1. Frappe is simply refreshing, delicious and cheaper colombian beverage…even is frozen you can feel how the taste melt in your mouth…it’s amazing…
    thanks dear Stacey for sharing the best of our country with the whole world…

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