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Pumpkin Spice and Vanilla 
Oct. 24, 2010 12:49 am 
Updated: May 16, 2011 8:11 pm
Because it is fall now, the weather has cooled down, you can smell the faintness of smoke from someones fireplace in the air, perhaps you are raking leaves from your lawn now?
Fall is a great time of the year. I always looks forward to fall, although, living on the coast in San Diego we don't experience fall or even winter for that matter like the rest of the country. Instead, I depend on Starbucks and their Pumpkin Spice Latte to help me feel the fall in Southern California.
I have always been hesitant to make any sort of latte at home because honestly, it is never the same or as good. I tried one or two recipes for homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes but they tasted a little "off" to me. I gave up on trying to make one at home until I was at the commissary last week and I spotted a bright orange bag of Godiva Chocolatier Pumpkin Spice Coffee. Suddenly, I had an idea! I knew this coffee would make the difference. Most of the recipes call for pumpkin spice but it tends to settle into the bottom of my cup regardless of long I try to stir it in. Also, most of the recipes call for pumpkin. I find adding the pumpkin itself gives it a slight taste that I can't quite put my finger on.
Back to the Godiva Chocolatier Pumpkin Spice Coffee. I have had great success making Pumpkin Spice lattes at home using my Pumpkin Spice coffee. The basic ingredients are:
Pumpkin Spice Coffee
Vanilla Syrup
Whipped Cream
I will write up the recipe very soon, I promise!
Now before I could make any of the Pumpkin Spice Lattes at home, I needed to get some Vanilla Syrup as most of the recipes called for it. I browsed my local grocery stores and I found the Torani syrup, but I wasn't sure that I wanted to may a lot of money for a large bottle of vanilla syrup that I was unsure if I would ever use more than once. I looked at a small bottle of Starbucks Vanilla Syrup for sale, but I noticed the ingredients were mainly water, some other stuff I couldn't pronounce, and no vanilla? Huh?
I went home, did some research, and came up with my own homemade Vanilla Syrup. This recipe makes 1.5 cups of syrup and I have been using it up in my homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Unlike the store bought brands, this syrup contains real ingredients and it is very simple.
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 1/3 Cups White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
    Place a saucepan on the stove on high heat and immediately add water and sugar. Whisk together until the white sugar dissolves and bring to a boil. Once the mixture has reached a boil turn down to a medium heat and continue to stir for a couple of minutes until smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let the mixture cool and transfer into a container with lid for storage.
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    Oct. 24, 2010 4:31 am
    I love those pumpkin spice lattes! Your vanilla syrup recipe sounds good and easy!Thanks!
    Oct. 24, 2010 5:50 am
    Sounds great!
    Oct. 24, 2010 12:44 pm
    Does the coffee have chocolate and pumpkin flavors, or is it just Godiva brand? Thanks...I like this idea. I make "lattes" at home with pumpkin pie liqueur, but sometimes I don't want the alcohol.
    Oct. 24, 2010 12:51 pm
    It is just a Pumpkin Spice coffee made by Godiva. They do make a chocolate truffle coffee and some other varieties.
    Oct. 24, 2010 12:54 pm
    Thank you. I didn't want chocolate coffee, but I'm going to find some of this!
    Oct. 24, 2010 1:21 pm
    Wow, sounds great~ Thanks for sharing with us. I hope I can find pure vanilla in the city.
    Oct. 24, 2010 1:25 pm
    Yum! I made sugarfree vanilla syrup in much the same way. So tasty!
    Oct. 24, 2010 5:05 pm
    Hi MSC! I love pumpkin spice lattes too. I just had one at Panera earlier this week. I just wanted to give you another tip if you don't have pumpkin spice coffee - you can just sprinkle some pumpkin spice in your plain ground coffee before brewing. Just sprinkle a little onto the coffee in the filtered basket. I've been doing this for years. I like to use International Coffees Caramel Macchiato creamer in my coffee then, and it tastes a lot like a pumpkin latte!
    Oct. 24, 2010 6:10 pm
    Dianne, that is an excellent idea. You are brilliant!
    Oct. 24, 2010 6:15 pm
    I laugh as I write this. I live in Florida and I also wait for Starbucks Pumpkin Latte to tell me it is fall.
    Oct. 24, 2010 7:02 pm
    Sorry, it should be "International Delight" caramel macchiato coffee creamer! I like your idea of homeade vanilla syrup too. So many commercial syrups have high fructose corn syrup in them.
    Oct. 24, 2010 9:33 pm
    I have been really happy with the homemade vanilla syrup. It is quick and easy to make and it makes 1/5 Cups, so it is enough without being too much. I was surprised that the ingredients of store brand lacked vanilla in the vanilla syrup.
    Oct. 25, 2010 8:03 pm
    Yum! Sounds all really good to me. I will make the syrup tomorrow, try the PP spice when I brew coffee and look for the P godiva when I shop. I moved way out in the country a few years ago and do miss these little treats like seasonal lattes. Thanks so much for the recipe and the godiva suggestion!!
    Oct. 26, 2010 6:03 am
    OT question Kelly-Have you tried any of the new "natural" oils from LorAnn? I see they have strawberry, and a few others I would like to try.
    Oct. 26, 2010 8:18 am
    Yes, I have some of the natural baking oils by LorAnn. I love them. I mostly use lemon, I have strawberry and I only used it once for some icing to put on sugar cookies.
    Oct. 27, 2010 6:14 am
    Did you know that you can buy Starbucks syrups from them. They are of course really expensive I think it was $15 for a bottle a couple of years ago but if it is what you are dying for it's what you have to have.
    Oct. 29, 2010 4:53 am
    The mention of LorAnn oils brings back a flood of memories...my mom used that 40 years ago; she had a holiday tradition of making hard candy and used those oils to flavor it. I'll have to look for the recipe and try making some this year! Where do you purchase it? And btw, MSC, don't give up on the truffles. My 69 yo brother has perfected them in his retirement! And on another note, I am a Wis Badger living in FL for 30 yrs and I can totally relate to having to have that pumpkin latte to give me that "fall" feeling! Fall for us is putting in the garden, lol...and hoping we don't have a freeze before February.
    Oct. 29, 2010 5:32 am
    ohh annsmom...now..now..stop complaining. Florida does have its four seasons too you know. Lovebug season, mosquitoe season, snowbird season and hurricane season!!! Wrap that up with 9 months of brutal heat and three weeks of insnae cold and you have a naturally balanced state. On another note, not much into pumpkin but IF I was, bet this would be good. Gotta love the Godiva folks for thinking outside of the box.
    Oct. 29, 2010 8:48 am
    This is a great idea. I am always amazed at how much money people spend on specialty coffees. I know people who can barely make their rent that purchase coffee at starbucks almost daily. I'm going to send out a link to this blog. I also have a great recipe for a 'mocha au lait' that I'll post. The vanilla syrup is a fantastic money saving idea - so cheep and easy to make. Take that Starbucks with your fake vanilla for $15. Ugh. I love love love recipes that are real and cheaper than the popular fake stuff!
    Oct. 29, 2010 8:52 am
    Granted, this is made with instant coffee, which coffee afficionados may not fully appreciate, but try it and start saving $$$. If using a magic bullet be careful to make sure it is tightly sealed, and be carful opening it - it is hot and builds up pressure. Mocha au Lait Mix 1 1/2 cups dry milk powder 1/2 cup instant coffee granules 1/3 cup brown sugar 2/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips In a medium bowl, combine milk powder, instant coffee, brown sugar and mini chocolate chips. Mix well and store in an airtight container. Instructions per serving: In a blender, combine 2/3 cup boiling water with 1/4 cup mix. Blend until frothy and serve in a mug. Serves: 12. TIP: This mix makes a great holiday gift, presented in a decorative holiday container or mug. Make sure you remember to include the directions on a gift tag.
    Oct. 29, 2010 9:12 am
    Oh, girl - how happy I am to have stumbled upon your post! PS lattes at Sbucks are my FAVORITE of the year - my Sbux junkie girlfriend called me the day it debuted this year and said "It's back!" and I knew what she meant - rushed to meet her! (let's hear it for my ample supply of giftcards : ) Kept looking for PS syrup - thrilled to read your post and learn about the coffee/homemade vanilla syrup! Thanks so much!
    Oct. 29, 2010 9:56 am
    Until I moved to the mountains of Northern CA when I married my sweet DH, I was a born-and-raised San Diego native and I frequently consumed Sbucks because it helped me cope with a very hectic life. Now the nearest Starbucks is about an hour-and-a-half drive away, so I am totally delighted to see your post! Thank you, thank you! :)
    Oct. 29, 2010 11:37 am
    Thanks for this post. I am definitely going to try making your vanilla syrup and the pp spice/godiva... Awesome. I love fall.
    Oct. 29, 2010 11:49 am
    Hey, it's near 90 degrees here today and I made a batch of Spiced cider.. with a cinnamon stick. Who cares if I am dripping with beads of sweat... it's fall and by golly, I'm enjoying it!
    Oct. 29, 2010 12:39 pm
    Like I mentioned in my post, the store brand vanilla syrups contain strange ingredients and some don't even have vanilla in the vanilla syrup! It is so easy to make a great simple syrup like this at home. I am enjoying it. I am bummed that the commissary is fresh out of the Godiva Pumpkin Spice Coffee. I was going to stock up, they they sold out fast. I noticed Millstone Coffee also has a Pumpkin Spice Coffee as well.
    Oct. 29, 2010 1:08 pm
    A good way to use the vanilla bean after scraping the seeds for another recipe: put the bean(s) in gran/castor sugar or use for the vanilla syrup. Has the true, real vanilla taste. And vanilla sugar makes a lovely gift! (try using it in homemade hot choc or anything enhanced by vanilla flavor.) Just my opinion (got tip from Jaime Oliver on tv)
    Oct. 29, 2010 1:17 pm
    To enjoy a dessert coffee like this I add pumpkin pie spice and vanilla right into the grounds before I brew the coffee, it's very tasty!
    Oct. 29, 2010 3:02 pm
    That is a great idea Sherbert!
    Oct. 29, 2010 3:03 pm
    I will be posting a YouTube video on my channel on the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I will be making one in the video. I am tweaking my ingredient measurements, but I am about ready to share my personal recipe.
    Oct. 29, 2010 9:42 pm
    pc, that is a great idea! I appreciate all of you stopping by my blog.
    Oct. 30, 2010 5:33 am
    I loved this blog - I made "vanilla" from this site - its brewing in my linen closet for Christmas gifts this year. Now I'm going to give the syrup a try - and the Mocha au Lait Mix sounds wonderful!! So glad I checked this out....THANK YOU ALL!!
    Oct. 30, 2010 12:01 pm
    trader joes bourban vanilla would be so good in this. TJ has the best vanilla I have ever had and its one of the cheapest I have ever seen!
    Oct. 30, 2010 3:05 pm
    I agree, I bought the Trader Joes vanilla before and it was great.
    Nov. 2, 2010 11:18 am
    We make our own vanilla. we buy a vanilla bean for about 4$ and put it in vodka for 1 month and shake it every day (almost:0) keep it in a dark place.(we us a small paper bag!) turns out great!!! Better than store bought!!!
    Nov. 3, 2010 1:20 pm
    MRD, how much vodka do you use per bean?
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:44 pm
    Nutmeg, here's the link to the recipe for Homemade Vanilla Extract: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Homemade-Vanilla-Extract/Detail.aspx
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:46 pm
    MSC- Have you seen the CoffeeMate Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer? I just picked some up at Safeway (I believe it's Von's where you live). It's sooo yummy!
    Nov. 5, 2010 2:42 pm
    I just got an AeroLatte from Bed, Bath, and Beyond today. It is a milk frother. Can't wait to use it!
    Nov. 5, 2010 7:38 pm
    Hi msc. Do you refrigerate the syrrup?
    Nov. 5, 2010 7:39 pm
    hmm. I want to "see" this latte thingy. I want the mandoline (progressive) from Bed Bath & Beyond.
    Nov. 5, 2010 8:25 pm
    what a fun blog - I enjoyed and learned so much - now to store all this info in my old brain - love anything fall and pumpkin and vanilla and cinnamon and chocolate (did I leave anything out?)
    Nov. 5, 2010 11:39 pm
    Maureen, I posted a photo of the Aerolatte. It froths the milk quite nicely and quickly too.
    Nov. 5, 2010 11:41 pm
    I personally do not put mine in the fridge. I have read that some people do and some don't. Not sure which is the right way, but I figured considering the simplicity of the ingredients and the coffee stores do not refrigerate their syrups, that I it would be okay for me too.....?
    Nov. 10, 2010 7:15 pm
    Williams Sonoma has a Pumpkin Spiced Latte syrup out right now that is very, very good, but expensive! Two tablespoons (a little much for me, but their serving size) has 30% of your vitamin A and 50% of your vitamin D allowance, which surprised me. I am looking forward to your recipe!
    Nov. 21, 2010 1:49 pm
    I think we use the smallest size bottle an and we put 2 vanilla beans,Nutmeg867.
    May 16, 2011 8:11 pm
    do you need to refrigerate the syrup? i think you are amazing... i was just cruising around on here... and wow.... i am inspired by you and wow.... awesome job...
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