Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam

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Velvety pumpkin cream cold foam can easily be made at home with a French press in just 2 minutes. Get step-by-step instructions and tips on how to make it perfect every time.

Pouring pumpkin cream cold foam into a iced coffee.

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Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam

A seasonal fall item at Starbucks, pumpkin cream cold foam can be made at home any time of the year with this easy recipe.

Cold heavy cream, milk, pumpkin spice sauce, and vanilla syrup are frothed to make this delicious iced drink topping. Add pumpkin cream cold foam to any iced drink instead of milk or creamer.

Pumpkin cream has the flavors that make up a pumpkin pie and all you need is a French press to get the perfect cold foam texture.

RELATED: 12 Easy Cold Foam Recipes

Recipe Highlights

  • Pumpkin cream cold foam is cold, frothed heavy cream and milk that’s flavored with pumpkin spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves) and sweetened with vanilla syrup.
  • Cold foam is an iced drink topping that can be used instead of milk. Starbucks uses a special blender to make cold foam but it can be recreated at home with a French press.
  • This pumpkin cream cold foam recipe is a Starbucks copycat and it can be made in 2 minutes with 4 ingredients.

RELATED: Salted Caramel Cold Foam

Ingredient Notes

Pumpkin cream cold foam ingredients, labeled.
  • Heavy cream: This is the main ingredient and it’s what gives cold foam the decadent texture.
  • 2% milk: The milk thins out the heavy cream a bit so it’s not super thick like whipped cream. Starbucks uses 2% milk but you can use any milk you like.
  • Vanilla syrup: This is to flavor and sweeten the cold foam. Use store-bought or homemade vanilla syrup.
  • Pumpkin spice sauce: Also known as pumpkin sauce or pumpkin pie sauce, this is what gives the cold foam pumpkin spice flavors. You can also use homemade pumpkin spice sauce.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Stirring ingredients in a French press.

Step 1: Put all ingredients into a French press. Stir to make sure the pumpkin spice sauce doesn’t just sit at the bottom.

Frothing pumpkin cream in a French press.

Step 2: Place the lid and move the plunger up and down. The cold foam will increase in volume.

Recipe Notes

Use half & half as a shortcut.

Instead of using cream and milk separately to make cold foam, half & half can be used as a shortcut. Half & half is half cream and half milk. Use ⅓ cup half & half and the same amount of vanilla syrup and pumpkin spice sauce.

Aim to create tiny, uniform bubbles.

The key to cold foam is in creating tiny bubbles in the milk and cream. The more uniform, tiny bubbles you can create by adding air into the milk and cream, the more velvety the cold foam texture will be. A French press does a better job of creating better foam than a handheld milk frother.

Don’t overfill the French press.

The cold foam will increase in size so don’t overfill the French press. Only fill it halfway. Don’t underfill the French press. Make sure the French press filter is touching the cream and milk so it can effectively create foam.

Expert Tips

  • Try it with cold brew, Iced Americano, Iced Latte, or iced tea lattes like Iced Chai Latte, or Iced Matcha Latte.
  • Instead of a French press, you can use an electric milk frother with a cold setting like an Aeroccino.
  • Any leftover cold foam can be stored in the fridge for 2 days. It’s best to make and serve immediately for best results.

Questions You May Have

Can I make cold foam without a French press or an electric milk frother?

Yes! Shake ingredients for a few minutes in a large jar with a tight lid. The more you shake, the more froth you’ll create.

Can I make different flavored cold foam?

Yup, replace the pumpkin spice sauce and vanilla in the recipe with any flavored simple syrup. Add brown sugar syrup to make brown sugar cold foam or chocolate syrup to make chocolate cold foam.

Can I order pumpkin cream cold foam at Starbucks?

At Starbucks, pumpkin cream cold foam is added to Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, a seasonal fall drink. There is a catch though, pumpkin cream cold foam is only available when pumpkin drinks are back on the menu in the fall.

Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam on top of iced coffee in a cup.

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Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam

By: Jee Choe
Velvety pumpkin cream cold foam can easily be made at home with a French press in just 2 minutes!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Put heavy cream, milk, vanilla syrup, and pumpkin spice sauce into a French press. Stir to combine.
    Stir to make sure the pumpkin spice sauce doesn’t just sit at the bottom of the French press.
  • Place lid and move the plunger up and down 40 times.
    The cold foam will increase in volume.
  • Pour cold foam on top of an iced drink.

Notes

  • If you want cold foam with less calories or to make things easier, replace the heavy cream and milk with ⅓ cup of half & half. Half & half is half cream and half milk.
  • The milk thins out the heavy cream a bit so it’s not super thick like whipped cream. Starbucks uses 2% milk but you can use any milk you like.
  • The cold foam will increase in size so don’t overfill the French press.
  • Don’t underfill the French press. Make sure the French press filter is touching the cream and milk.
  • Any leftover cold foam can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days. It’s best to make and serve immediately for best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 379Carbohydrates: 47gProtein: 3gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 65mgPotassium: 136mgSugar: 47gVitamin A: 905IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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