Upgrade your cold brew coffee with this Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam that you can make right at home! It's the best creamy Starbucks dupe for their Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew and super easy to make with only a few items. It's the perfect way to celebrate pumpkin season and use up leftover canned pumpkin puree.
Starbucks and Dunkin' both have their own version of a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew! The Dunkin' Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is a cold brew that is steeped for 12 hours and topped with a Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam, which has notes of pumpkin and warm spices like cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. It's then topped cinnamon sugar!
Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam
If you are like me and mark the start of fall with all things Starbucks pumpkin spice, then you most likely love the limited time Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew where the cold foam is swirled in with your coffee with a little extra pumpkin spice topping! It adds a wonderful fall season spin to the original sweet cream cold foam. It's my favorite Starbucks pumpkin drink by far.
Thankfully, you can make a copycat Starbucks pumpkin cream cold foam recipe with ease right at home with nothing too fancy. The at-home version has no preservatives and is absolutely delicious when freshly whipped.
I love making a batch at the beginning of each week for my morning coffees! I think it would go super well with the Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso.
And now you can make this year round. You're welcome.
What is Cold Foam?
Starbucks serves a luscious cold foam - a chilled foamy dairy-based topping layered on top of it's cold brews. It's made with a non-fat milk and vanilla syrup which is then whipped in special high speed blenders. The bit of cold brew and cold foam makes for the perfect sip with their strawless lids.
If you have an aeroccino from Nespresso, you make a regular foam that is frequently seen in hot drinks like lattes and cappuccinos. For cold drinks, the hot foam simply dissipates which is where the cold foam comes in.
It was popularized by Starbucks in the United States in the recent years and has especially become popular for those who love to brew their own coffees at home.
The Ingredients - Notes and Substitutions
The ingredients in the Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew list off as: ice, coffee, pumpkin cream cold foam, vanilla syrup, and pumpkin spice for topping. The pumpkin cream cold foam itself is made of cream, milk, sugar, condensed skim milk, pumpkin puree, fruit or vegetable juice for color, annatto (also used for dye), preservative, salt, "natural flavors", and vanilla syrup.
For the at-home version, we're removing the food dye and preservatives. Instead of sugar and condensed skim milk, we're using sweetened condensed milk which is much easier to find at grocery stores.
- Milk - Starbucks uses a non-fat milk for their cold foam because it has a larger percentage of protein. The resulting foam is robust with larger bubbles, and holds up better than hot foam with micro-bubbles that we see with lattes. Just about any milk, including plant-based milks, will work but not as well as a non-fat dairy-based milk. We also use heavy cream so it has the structure to sit at the top of the drink
- Sweetened Condensed Milk - Instead of using condensed skim milk, something which I've never seen in a grocery store, we're using sweetened condensed milk. You can also use plain condensed milk and add more or less sugar based off of preference.
- Pumpkin Puree - Don't purchase pumpkin pie filling, you'll want plain canned pumpkin puree. You can also make your own pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkin. I personally think this is a great recipe if you have some leftover canned pumpkin puree from other recipes.
- Pumpkin spice - Use a store-bought pumpkin spice blend or make your own. Starbucks makes their pumpkin spice with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.
- Vanilla Extract - Starbucks uses their Vanilla Syrup for making cold foam but plain vanilla extract works just fine. If you have vanilla syrup, go ahead and use 2 pumps instead of vanilla extract.
How to make Pumpkin Sweet Cream Cold Foam
Break up making the cold foam into two steps - first whipping the milk, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract which makes a version of the Starbucks sweet cream cold foam without using a pre-bought vanilla syrup.
From this point, add in flavorings to make any type of cold foam.
How to make Cold Foam
Start by pouring the non-fat milk, or milk of choice, and heavy cream into a large mixing bowl along with the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. This is the sweet cream cold foam base, which is used for Starbucks cold brews but can be added to any drink.
Use a frother, whisk, electric mixer, french press, blender bottle, blender, etc to make the cold foam. Keep whipping it until it forms large bubbles, and then continue whipping until it's smoother and thickens significantly.
Add in the Flavoring
To make the Pumpkin Cold Foam, add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice on to the side of the bowl with the cold foam so it doesn't deflate. Continue whisking until fully combined.
And it's done!
Serving and Storing
Pour ice into a cup, and your choice of brewed coffee (cold brew, espresso, fresh brewed coffee).
Serve about a ½ cup to a cup of the cold foam per cup of iced coffee. The recipe makes 2-3 servings. Transfer the cold foam to a pourer to pour it over iced coffee, or spoon it on to the top. Sprinkle a bit of additional pumpkin spice.
To store leftover cold foam, keep it in a mason jar with an airtight lid. When ready to use again, you can shake the mason vigorously, use a portable frother, a mini whisk, etc.
Which Coffee to use
Cold foam is best used on iced coffees - and is specifically really great with cold brews. Fresh brewed coffees or espresso shots over ice work just as well, but cold brew is really the preferred drink when it comes to cold foam.
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Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam (Starbucks Dupe)
- ice, as needed
- 2 cup brewed coffee
- pumpkin spice, for sprinkling
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, pour in the non-fat milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and sweetened condensed milk. Using a whisk or electric whisk, whip the milk until it has large bubbles, and then becomes thick and smooth.
- Add the pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and a pinch of salt. Optionally, add more sugar per taste and annatto (dye) if desired. Continue to whip until fully combined and the foam has thickened, just before it forms soft peaks.
- Fill a cup with ice, and pour in half of the brewed coffee over the ice. Optionally, add milk of choice to the coffee. Slowly pour in the pumpkin cream cold foam over the coffee.
- Sprinkle additional pumpkin spice over the cold foam and enjoy!
- Use coconut whipped cream and sweetened coconut condensed milk as a vegan option
- Use any dairy-free milk you'd like in lieu of non-fat milk. Just keep in mind that it won't foam as well and hold its structure compared to the dairy versions.
- The best coffee to use is cold brew, but espresso or fresh brewed coffee work as well
- Store additional pumpkin cream cold foam in the fridge for up to 4 days. Rewhip with a whisk when ready to use, if necessary.
- Use any household item to whip the milk, i.e. frother, aeroccino, food processor, whisk, coffee press, blender, electric mixer.
- If you're using a Nespresso Aeroccino, mix all of the ingredients in a mason jar or bowl first, then pour it into the Aeroccino, up to the max line or with the desired amount. Turn it on the cold foam setting (press down and hold).
- (9/16/2021) This recipe was updated from 8oz of non-fat milk to 2oz of non-fat milk and 6oz of heavy cream so that the foam sits at the top of the drink. Starbucks uses special blenders to froth the non-fat milk until it is foamy, which is difficult to achieve at home without a high speed blender.