A few years back, the Pumpkin Spice Latte was without a doubt the most awaited Starbucks drink of the autumn season. Now, there’s a new star of the show, and it goes by the name of Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam.
The Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam Starbucks beverage hasn't been around nearly as long as the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte, but that doesn't mean it should be overlooked. This frothy, cold coffee drink is the perfect choice for anyone who loves rich Starbucks Cold Brew, savory pumpkin spice, and creamy foam.
If you're looking for a new drink to try at Starbucks this autumn or want to get creative with coffee at home, keep reading. In this guide, we'll cover all the basics of the Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam, including ingredients, nutritional value, ordering tips, and how to make a DIY recipe in your kitchen.
What Is Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam? (Ingredients Explained)
According to the official description of the Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam (AKA Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew), this drink is made with “Starbucks Cold Brew sweetened with vanilla syrup and topped with a pumpkin cream cold foam and a dusting of pumpkin spice topping.”
While that description gives you a fairly good idea of what to expect as you take your first sip, it still doesn’t explain what “cold foam” actually is. Put simply, cold foam is a foamy dairy-based topping layered on top of cold beverages. It's typically made from a combination of non-fat milk and vanilla syrup that has been whipped in a barista-grade high-speed blender.
In addition to the cold foam topping, the bulk of this drink is the signature Cold Brew (or Nitro Cold Brew, depending on how you order), which is unique to Starbucks in terms of flavor and richness. This house-made cold brew is poured over ice and has a touch of vanilla extract for added sweetness.
Coffee is a major aspect of this drink, but the pumpkin cream cold foam itself is what sets it apart from other seasonal beverages at Starbucks. Starbucks baristas make it by blending cream, milk, sugar, condensed skim milk, pumpkin puree, fruit or vegetable juice for color, a pinch of salt, natural flavors, and vanilla syrup.
The cold foam is poured over the cold brew, pumpkin spice is sprinkled on top, and voila, you have yourself a refreshing Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam! It’s the perfect drink if it’s not yet sweater weather and you crave something refreshing and cold, but still want to get in the spirit of fall.
Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam Nutrition Facts
Let’s break down the nutritional facts of the Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam. Because of the creamy topping and the added sweetener, this isn't considered a "health-conscious" option. That's especially the case for anyone who lives a dairy-free lifestyle or is trying to cut back on sugar and fat.
In terms of calories in the Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam, the grande size (which is 16 ounces) has about 250. If you want to minimize the caloric content, you can ask for a half portion of the cold foam or omit some of the vanilla sweetener.
There are 12 grams of fat in the 16-ounce portion and 31 grams of carbs (all of which come from sugar). This limited-time-only drink has a whopping 185mg of caffeine per 16 ounces, so if you're avoiding caffeine, you’ll definitely want to ask the barista to use decaf iced coffee as a substitute.
The easiest way to reduce the calories and fat in your Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam is to ask for a non-dairy milk alternative instead of milk and heavy cream. Just keep in mind that the texture won’t be as creamy because dairy-free milks don’t perform as well when foamed.
Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Ordering Tips
Ordering a Pumpkin Cream at Starbucks is pretty simple, especially if you don't want any substitutions or add-ons. As long as it's available - remember, this is a limited-time-only drink that's only offered during the autumn season - just ask your barista for a "Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam" and they will know what to do.
Here are a few tips for ordering this drink in-store and on the app:
Like other seasonal drinks with pumpkin flavoring, this one usually becomes available in late August, so mark your calendars!
How To Make Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam At Home? (Copycat Recipe)
Unless you have an unlimited budget when it comes to coffee, chances are you won't want to spend $5 each time you're craving a Pumpkin Cream this fall. Luckily, there are plenty of DIY Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam recipes out there, and you can easily make one at home without any professional barista skills.
For the cold brew, which is the base of this drink, you have a couple of options. The fastest and easiest is to buy pre-made cold brew at the grocery store; you can even buy bottled Starbucks Cold Brew that’s used in the coffee shop. Another option is to make your own cold brew at home, in which case you’ll need to plan ahead of time since cold brew takes at least 12 hours to steep.
No matter which method you go with, the first step is to gather what you need. Here’s a full list of the ingredients and supplies you’ll need to make a copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam:
How To Make The Cold Foam
To make the cold foam base, start by whisking together your whipping cream (or non-dairy alternative), sweetened condensed milk (or coconut milk), and vanilla extract. You'll have to put some muscle into this step, but once you're finished whisking, you should be left with a delicious sweet cream base similar to the sweet cream used at Starbucks.
Next up, add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie mix. With these ingredients, your normal sweet cream will be transformed into a delicious autumn-flavored treat. Thanks to the pumpkin, the cream should now have a nice orange hue.
The last step is to whip the cream into a foam. The easiest way to do this is to use a blender, such as a NutriBullet or Ninja, but any blender will work just fine. After a minute or two of blending, the cream will turn into cold foam, which you'll slowly pour on top of your cold brew or iced coffee. That's it!
Common Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam Questions
What kind of pumpkin syrup does Starbucks use?
All drinks at Starbucks that require flavoring are made with Starbucks branded syrups made by the Fontana company. Fontana syrups can be hard to come by, so if you're making your Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam or Pumpkin Spice Latte at home, you might want to use a readily available pumpkin syrup, like the one by Torani.
How many pumps of pumpkin spice are in a venti?
A venti is the largest size offered by Starbucks, so it’s no surprise that this one requires the most pumpkin spice flavoring. If you order a venti, there will be 5 full pumps of pumpkin syrup in your Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam (unless you ask for more/less).
When does Starbucks get rid of Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam for the season?
The Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam is only available during the fall season at Starbucks, which typically starts towards the end of August. You can no longer order fall drinks once the winter season begins, and this is usually around Thanksgiving.
Can you put pumpkin cold foam on hot drinks?
Technically, yes. You can ask for cold foam to be added to any drink, but just be mindful that the foam will melt quite quickly. That’s why cold foam is traditionally only poured on top of cold drinks.
Does Dunkin’ Donuts have pumpkin cold foam?
Yep! Just like Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts is taking advantage of the fall season with unique pumpkin-flavored coffee drinks… including its very own version of the Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam. Here’s what a recent Dunkin' fall menu post says about this popular drink:
“Dunkin’s new Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam is light orange in color and has sweet notes of pumpkin and hints of warm spices such as cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. The drink is served with a special sip lid so fall fanatics can enjoy the layers of velvety Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam and delicious bold Cold Brew to the fullest.”
The seasonal Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam combines refreshing (and potent!) cold brew coffee with a creamy cold foam recipe and flavors of pumpkin spice, making it the perfect drink to enjoy this autumn.
If spending $5 for a grande Pumpkin Cream sounds a bit steep, go ahead and try our copycat recipe and make yours at home! All you need is some cold coffee, whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, pumpkin puree, and a bit of patience as you whip the drink together.