You guys. It’s Pumpkin Spice Latte season. And we’re still in August! But you know what? I don’t mind. At all. Since I no longer live in the scorching desert, I am excited for fall. Seriously, like crazy excited. Yay cooler temperatures and jeans and sweatshirts and bonfires and pretty leaves and and and and and omg yes, please, fall. Woo!
Like I said, crazy excited.
This year, Starbucks is rolling out their infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte on the 25th, and I thought, in the spirit of awesomeness, I would share my very own pumpkin spice latte recipe, which is different from most other recipes I’ve seen, and frankly, far closer to the original than any other recipe.
What makes this recipe so unique is that instead of taking your ready-made coffee and adding pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice, I made a syrup in the classic coffeehouse fashion. By making a syrup, you’re guaranteed to have a stash you can use for far longer than the shelf life of an open can of pumpkin puree. And coming in at 33 calories per tablespoon, it’s not a bad bet either!
I love making this syrup because it is so fragrant; it makes my house smell like fall. Another big score, fo realz. All you do is combine the sugar and water on medium heat, and once the sugar is completely dissolved, add pumpkin puree and my special spice mixture and allow it to boil for a good 5-7 minutes, then let it cool down completely. Done and done.
I like to add roughly two tablespoons to my cup of joe, then top it off with some hot, frothy milk and my homemade pumpkin spice marshmallows!
And, for the record, most everything going around me is crazy. Just ask Angela, and Laura. It’s Crazy Central. But anyway, back to these marshmallows. I have no idea what I did wrong, but all of a sudden I ended up with taffy instead of marshmallow. It was so sticky and it pulled exactly like taffy, it made me wish I had a taffy-pulling machine. You know, the kind you see at county fairs? It would have been awesome.
That fluffy goodness is hard to resist. You know, when you aren’t accidentally making taffy. I may or may not have been licking the spoon. Yum.
I marbled these babies with about 1/3 cup of my pumpkin spice latte syrup, to take the awesomeness to the nth degree. So delicious. Pop these in your pumpkin spice latte and tell me otherwise, I dare you.
So what’d’ya say? Ready for pumpkin spice latte season?!?