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Thursday, October 20 2011 14:00

Make your own PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE at home for Halloween...

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pumpkinspiceAs a big fan of Starbucks' Annual Pumpkin Spice Latte (or just about anything pumpkin this time of year), I've been hunting for the perfect recipe to make some Pumpkin Spice at home. A little Pumpkin Spice without the $5 price has been a mission, then earlier this month, the Redeye here in Chicago published a recipe that I tried out and have been tweaking a bit as well. Below the jump you can find out what you'll need to start brewing your own. While the Starbucks version is said to contain ''four pumps of flavored syrup,'' The Rock Father™ is sharing a version that tastes a lot more pumpkin-y, because it uses real pumpkin.

Makes: 2 16oz Servings

  • 2 Cups Milk (I used Horizon Organics' 0% skim)
  • 3 Tablespoons Canned Pumpkin (I used Libby's)
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar (I used Florida Crystals' Organic Cane Sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract (I used McCormick)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 Cup of strong coffee
  • Whipped Cream (I used light, spray can)
  • Cinnamon

The ingredients listed above can easily be adjusted to suit your own taste or dietary needs. How many calories is this? I have no idea, but you'll note the use of skim milk and light cream in my own trial.

Combine milk, pumpkin, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring until steaming. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and pumpkin spice. Using a metal whisk, whisk the mixture until nice and foamy. Empty the mixture into two 16oz mugs - filling each only halfway. Top the mug with coffee and stir. Garnish your creation with a swirl of whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice and/or cinnamon.

Drink up!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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