how to make starbucks pumpkin cold foam

How to Make Starbucks Pumpkin Cold Foam (Copycat Recipe)

Starbucks is a great place where you can enjoy different types of drinks. Just like Dunkins, where you can get Dunkin sweet cream cold foam, Starbucks offers unique and seasonal pumpkin cold foam.

Whether it’s coffee or tea, pumpkin flavoring is versatile. You can enjoy different recipes that feature pumpkin sauces and toppings.

If you want to learn how to make Starbucks pumpkin cold foam, you are in the right place.

I have dedicated this article to ensure you learn every step involved in making this fantastic cold foam.

Typically, pumpkin cold foam is ideal for spicing chai lattes, cold coffee brews, and others.

Since pumpkin-based drinks are seasonal at Starbucks, knowing how to make the cold foam will save you from hassle. You can make your topping foam at home even when it’s off-season. 

What Is Pumpkin Cold Foam?

Maybe you are asking what this foam is made from pumpkins. Essentially, pumpkin cold foam is a seasonal topping designed by Starbucks. The foam formulation features milk, cream, and pumpkin spice sauce.

The mixture is whipped to form a thick and delicious foam. It’s the foam that results from frothing used for topping cold drinks like iced pumpkin spice latte.

When it comes to pumpkin syrup, it’s available prepared in the store, or you can make yours from scratch at home.

However, when preparing pumpkin-based drinks, I prefer to order readymade syrup. Regardless, I will show you how to prepare, and it’s super easy to make.

How does pumpkin cold foam taste?

The frothy and fluffy cold foam has a pumpkin pie flavor. There is also a creamy flavor at far due to milk and cream. Additionally, the warm cinnamon taste and other natural flavors make the foam super-rich.

Starbucks pumpkin cream cold foam recipe

If you check Starbucks’ official page, there are different ingredients. The following are the official Starbucks pumpkin cold foam.

  • Sugar
  • Condensed milk
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Fruits and vegetable juice
  • Natural flavors
  • Annatto (flavoring and coloring agent)
  • Salt
  • Potassium sorbate (preservative)
  • Spices

When you are at Starbucks, all the ingredients are ready, which is why Baristas can prepare your drink fast. Whether you need a salted caramel cold foam drink, they make a pitcher and store it for later use.

By refrigerating the cold foam, it makes it easy to prepare without the need to start from scratch.

On the other hand, when you need a pumpkin cold foam, it’s easy to mix Vanilla sweet cream and pumpkin spice sauce blend to make cold.

Starbucks pumpkin sauce nutrition is about 30 calories 7.5 grams of sugar.

Starbucks pumpkin recipe copycat and modifications

Although the official recipe might look complicated, it’s super easy. By the look of the ingredients, it’s easy to substitute some and still come up with great Starbucks copycat pumpkin cold foam.

The ability to modify the recipe is excellent since it is almost similar to the official recipe.

The recipe I will share is how I make my cold foam after a slight modification of the Starbucks recipe.

You can also add more ingredients to make creatively formulated and heavenly tasting pumpkin topping foam.

How to make pumpkin cream cold foam?

This section is where all the wonders happen. When you do it right, which is simple, your results will be excellent.

The cold foam involves mixing vanilla sweet cream and pumpkin spicy sauce.

However, in this recipe, I will show you how to make pumpkin cold foam straight away.

Actually, you won’t need to prepare ingredients in batches.

Ingredients needed and modifications

As you know, I will not use everything on the Starbucks official menu. I will skip some ingredients like preservatives and coloring substances.

The ingredients I am using are as follows.

  • Milk
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Pumpkin spices
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Vanilla extract
  • Whipping cream


When making cold foam, Starbucks usually uses 2% milk. It’s low-fat milk which is fantastic for ensuring easy frothing. Also, the low fat ensures fewer calories.

Reducing fat means milk has more protein, which improves the size of bubbles during the foaming process.

For vegan, you can use any milk, whether oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk, and it is perfect.

Sweetened condensed milk

 Sweetened condensed milk is one of the substitutes for food coloring substances. Since it has a brownish appearance, it is a perfect option.

If you don’t have condensed milk, you can use plain milk, and the results will still be good.

Pumpkin spices

Spices are essential for enhancing flavor. Using homemade spices ensures you add nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. However, using the Starbucks spice blend is straightforward and ready to use.

Pumpkin puree

There is a ready canned pumpkin puree from Starbucks and other stores. However, making pumpkin puree is an easy task, like eating a piece of cake.

You can make pumpkin puree and refrigerate whether it’s from leftovers, pumpkin leftovers, or canned ones.

Vanilla extract

 Vanilla extract provides the flavor that vanilla cream provides in Starbucks cold foam. Using plain vanilla extract flavor is alright, but it’s also a viable option if you have vanilla sweet cream.

Whipping cream

Adding whipping cream is essential since it enables the mixture to foam well. Since it has more proteins, there are big bubbles that ensure your foam forms faster.

Cold foam making process

Since you have ingredients ready, it’s time to make the magic happen. To ensures your cold form comes out beyond your expectations,

  • Step 1

Take your whipping cream, condensed milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, and other ingredients and pour them into a jar.

  • Step 2

Ensure the content isn’t war. You can achieve this by refrigerating the jar containing the mixture for around 30 minutes. Freezing the mixture will help the heavy cream break quickly, increasing the texture and reducing the whipping time.

  • Step 3

Froth your mixture using a handheld frother or vigorously shaking.

If you want a thin fine content, shaking the jar vigorously is enough and will still offer great cold foam.

However, a handheld electric frother is perfect for a thinner and super fine cold foam. It produces super smooth and consistent cold foam.

Besides using a milk frother, you can also use a blender and whip the content for around 45 seconds. Whipping for a long time can make the cold foam warm hence affecting the quality.

How to store pumpkin cold foam

Once you prepare your cold foam, sometimes it’s not possible to use all of it. If this is the case, or not using the cold foam right away, ensure you put it in an airtight jar and refrigerate.

When the cold foam is ready to use, you can remove it from the fridge and froth again.

Pumpkin cold foam serving suggestion

The pumpkin cold foam is excellently served with cold drinks. One of the drinks is an iced chai latte with pumpkin cold foam.

Also, iced coffee with pumpkin cold foam is a great drink. Amazingly, you can also try topping white Mocha with cold foam.

Apart from the available servings on the Starbucks menu, you can also customize a cold drink and top it with this cold foam.

When does pumpkin spice come back to Starbucks

Pumpkin spice toppings at Starbucks are seasonal. Therefore, you can only enjoy pumpkin spiced drinks from around august.

However, making your Starbucks copycat pumpkin cold foam at home will ensure you enjoy any time.

Is pumpkin cold foam healthy?

Looking at the Starbucks cold foam calories, it’s a healthy topping which you should always include in your iced  coffee or latte chai. Especially, when you prepare yours at home, it’s a super healthy option.   

Starbucks Pumpkin Cold Foam (Copycat Recipe)

Recipe by Scarlett JonesCourse: Drinks


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It’s time to enjoy your tea or coffee with pumpkin spiced topping. This Starbucks copycat pumpkin cold foam recipe is impressive to ensure you enjoy a great drink any time of the year. With a few readily available ingredients, it’s time to add flavor to your iced drinks like coffee and Tea.


  • 1 cup whipping cream

  • 1/3 cup skimmed milk

  • ¼ cup sweet condensed milk

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice

  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree


  • Mix all the ingredients in a jar and mix them well
  • Check whether the mixture is cold enough. Transfer it into a refrigerator for about 30 minutes if it’s a bit warmer.
  • Shake the mixture vigorously to turn it into a pumpkin cream.
  • To turn pumpkin cream into pumpkin cold foam, continue shaking vigorously until the mixture foams.
    However, to achieve desired thick foam, you can froth using an electric frother for up to 45 seconds.
  • Serve the cold foam with your iced cold drink. Pour the foam into the ice, and it will float, forming a foamy layer.


  • 1. If you have vanilla syrup, you can use it instead of syrup.
    2. If you love a naturally flavoring spice, you can substitute the pumpkin spice with natural spices.
    3. In case you want a vegan version, you can replace it with plant-based milk. Using non-dairy milk doesn’t affect the experience.
  • Equipment
    24 oz jar
    Electric Milk frother

Nutrition Facts

2 servings per container

Serving Size220g

  • Amount Per ServingCalories172
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 21.7g 34%
    • Saturated Fat 13.7g 69%
  • Cholesterol 88mg 30%
  • Sodium 232mg 10%
  • Potassium 126mg 4%

  • Calcium 552%
  • Iron 1%
  • Vitamin D 2%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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