Thursday, August 23, 2012

Day 11 of 28 Days of Doing - Pumpkin Spice Vietnamese Iced Coffee

28 Days of Doing - The Pinterest Challenge
In an attempt to DO more than PIN, I've challenged myself to 28 days of doing. I'm tackling 28 projects found on Pinterest in 28 days. You can see the entire collection of pins here.

Today's Pin: Pumpkin Spice Vietnamese Iced Coffee

The Pin's Source: food plus words

The Gist of It All: The only thing better than coffee is pumpkin and this project's got both! With sweetened condensed milk and homemade sugar-loaded pumpkin syrup, this is a seasonal treat to be had once a year, maybe twice. =)

  • $1.50 for a can of sweetened condensed milk
  • everything else I had in my cupboard

Hours: 20 minute prep, 2-3 hours to allow syrup to cool

Notable Comments: RUN!!! Do not walk to your nearest grocers and purchase what you need to make this recipe. It is OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD!!!

It's typical to want to re-create something that was over-the-top delicious like Butterbeer from Harry Potter World. Most often than not the re-creation falls short, I proved that when I failed to make the butterbeer at home. Well, I've stumbled upon a rarity... this iced coffee, although I have no clue what makes it vietnamese, tastes EXACTLY like Starbucks pumpkin latte, iced of course. The funny thing is this pin does not boast that it's just like Starbucks Pumpkin Latte and if it did, it would most likely NOT taste like a Starbucks pumpkin latte because pins on Pinterest that claim they are just like something else never are. Did I just write that crazy sentence that I am not going to go back and edit? Yup!

Modifications: If there was any complaint it's that the drink is chalk full of sugar and fat. I mean come on... Condensed milk? Half and half? The pumpkin syrup? I practically went into a diabetic coma after only having a few sips. I really do not see how I could change the recipe and to be honest, don't know if I'd want to. It really is superb.

I suppose if I had to, I could substitute the half and half with milk. I could also use half the amount of condensed milk and pumpkin syrup that the recipe calls for. It was sweet!

The one thing I did different is instead of adding regular ol' water ice cubes, I froze some coffee cubes. Muy Bueno!!!

Final Remarks: The gem of this project is the homemade pumpkin syrup. Super easy to make and according to the author, can last up to 2 months in the fridge. This alone would be a fantastic canning project that could also be given out as gifts.

Pumpkin Spice Vietnamese Iced Coffee


Busy Bee Daycare said...

Ran to the store like you said... (ok I drove ) got my ingredients and will make the syrup tonight! Going to make these for my daycare parents Monday morning! By the way your blog is great!

Alison said...

Awesome!!! Please let me know how it turns out. What a fantastic treat to give your parents as they rush out before work.

Penny Princess said...

That sounds so tasty! I gotta make this & try it!