With Fall coming, it's time for that one flavor that so many love which is pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice aka pumpkin pie spice, is no stranger to the cooking realm.
The interesting thing about pumpkin spice is that it doesn't have pumpkin in it. It is a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice that is used in the fall for many pumpkin recipes. Mace and cloves are sometimes a part of it as well.
The ingredients in pumpkin spice have been available since the 16th century. It did not become an actual product though until the early 20th century when spice company Thompson & Taylor created the "ready-mixed pumpkin pie spice” in 1933. Two years later the spice company McCormick followed suit and made their pre-made mix.
The coffee company Starbucks created the PSL or Pumpkin Spice Latte which is always a big seller during fall and the Holidays.
Below is an easy and delicious way to make a pumpkin frappe.
Pumpkin Spice Frappe
- 1 cup milk
- 1 to 2 shots of espresso, or ¼ to ½ cup of coffee
- 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 12 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients into blender as listed.
- Blend on high until smooth.
- Serve topped with whipped cream(optional)
- Sprinkle pumpkin spice on top of whipped cream (optional)
- Drizzle caramel sauce or pumpkin pie sauce over whipped cream (optional)
Coffee is optional in this frappe. You can use espresso or brewed coffee, or leave it out altogether for a caffeine-free pumpkin spice treat.