Everyone knows that fall is pumpkin spice season. And for this, I've created a special drink to liven up the classic PSL. This marshmallow pumpkin latte takes the classic pumpkin spice latte, then dresses it up with a dollop of marshmallow fluff. The toasted fluff mingles with the hot espresso and pumpkin spice to create a creamy autumn beverage.
Make yourself a hot drink before you take a walk in the park, or treat your friends during your annual Halloween party. Once you gather the ingredients, it takes only 5 minutes to brew a hot marshmallow pumpkin latte.
About Marshmallow Fluff
So what is marshmallow fluff made of? Marshmallow fluff is a simple spread made from egg whites, corn syrup, sugar and vanillin. These ingredients create a sweet, sticky spread that tastes just like marshmallows. It also comes in strawberry flavor.
To determine who invented marshmallow fluff, experts have traced it back to confectioner Archibald Query. One popular concoction made from the fluff is the "Fluffernutter": a sandwich made from peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. This spread is also great for cakes, pastries, baked goods--and, in this instance, pumpkin lattes.
Here is what you need to make this recipe:
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon pure pumpkin purée
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tablespoon sugar (or to taste)
- ¼ cup hot espresso (or strong-brewed coffee)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup marshmallow fluff
You can add more pumpkin purée if you like, but it starts to thicken the texture of the drink and that can be unpleasant to some.
Preparation Tips & Tweaks
To get started, buy marshmallow fluff from your local grocery store, or use a marshmallow fluff recipe to make your own at home. Homemade marshmallows add a sweet, chewy ingredient to this beverage.
When you're done, top the marshmallow fluff with sprinkles, more pumpkin spice or a drizzle of caramel syrup. Toasting the marshmallow fluff gives your latte an autumn-inspired taste like a marshmallow cooked over a campfire.
Want more pumpkin flavor in your drink? Try adding a teaspoon of pumpkin spice to your coffee filter with the grinds before brewing. You can also add a little more pumpkin purée or pumpkin pie filling to enhance the authentic pumpkin pie flavor. Just go easy on the purée, as adding too much can make your beverage a little too thick. Another option is using a pumpkin spice coffee syrup.
How to Make a Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte
Step 1: Prepare Espresso
Prepare the espresso (or strong-brewed coffee) and set aside.
If using a drip coffee maker to brew strong coffee: you can add 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice to the coffee filter along with the coffee grind before brewing, for extra flavor. (Do not add spices to the grind if using an espresso machine.)
Step 2: Add Ingredients to Saucepan
In a small saucepan, add the milk, pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice and sugar.
Step 3: Whisk Over Medium Heat
Heat over medium heat until hot, whisking frequently. Do not let it come to a boil. Remove from heat.
Step 4: Add Espresso
Pour the freshly brewed espresso or strong coffee into a mug. Add the vanilla extract.
Step 5: Add Milk Mixture
Add the pumpkin-milk mixture and stir to combine.
Step 6: Top With Marshmallow Fluff
Spoon the marshmallow fluff on top of the drink.
Step 7: Toast the Marshmallow Fluff
Toast the marshmallow fluff lightly with a kitchen torch. This step is optional but highly recommended to give it that yummy roasted marshmallow flavor!
Step 8: Serve!
Sprinkle with a little more pumpkin pie spice. Serve immediately!
Want to step it up a notch? Try roasting your own coffee beans for this latte! If you don't have a roaster yet, check out our home coffee roaster reviews. Serve it with a pumpkin bread or biscotti for dipping.
What did you think of this twist on the pumpkin spice latte? Let me know in the comments and please share the recipe. Happy pumpkin spice season!
Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Recipe
- Prepare the espresso (or strong coffee) and set aside.¼ cup hot espresso
- In a small saucepan, add the milk, pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice and sugar.¾ cup milk, 1 tablespoon pure pumpkin purée, ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 1 tablespoon sugar
- Heat over medium heat until hot, whisking frequently. Do not let it come to a boil. Remove from heat.
- Pour the freshly brewed espresso or strong coffee into a mug. Add the vanilla.1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add the pumpkin-milk mixture and stir to combine.
- Spoon the marshmallow fluff on top. Toast the marshmallow fluff lightly with a kitchen torch.¼ cup marshmallow fluff
- Sprinkle with a little more pumpkin pie spice. Serve immediately!
- If using a drip coffee maker to brew strong coffee: you can add 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice to the coffee filter along with the coffee grind before brewing, for extra flavor. (Do not add spices to the grind if using an espresso machine.)
- You can add more pumpkin spice and/or pumpkin purée to the mixture if you like, but the purée starts to thicken the texture of the drink and that can be unpleasant to some.
Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.