As someone who has been making their own simple syrups for over a decade now, I know some seriously good ways to use them. This delicious candy corn latte is better than your memories of trick-or-treating, depending how your memories of trick-or-treating are... 😳 Okay so no matter your levels of childhood trauma, this latte is a great way to celebrate the fall flavors of the (un)official candy of Halloween!
The best part about this recipe, which is inspired by my candy corn simple syrup, is that it can be served hot or iced. I prefer my coffee cold, but please don’t tell my relatives in Southern Italy. 😉 I’ve got you covered in the recipe card whether you want to enjoy this coffee hot or cold.Jump to Recipe
💕 why you'll love this candy corn latte recipe
🎃 Halloween ready. Pumpkin usually takes the focus of the Halloween coffee scene, but now it’s time for candy corn to step into the spotlight! This latte is the perfect way to enjoy the smooth, vanilla, almost marshmallowy flavors of candy corn!
🍂 seasonal fun. Statistically speaking, there’s a 50% chance that you or someone you love enjoys candy corn. Those are just the facts. If that person also loves coffee, then this latte is the perfect way to their heart this autumn.
♻️ easy to customize. This coffee can easily be customized beyond heating or cooling, by adding as much or as little milk as you want. You can also use dairy or non-dairy milk, making it easy to adapt to dietary needs!
- candy corn simple syrup - you’ll need to whip up a batch of this candy corn simple syrup to make this soda beverage. Luckily, it’s super fast to make, and you can enjoy it in so many more beverages throughout the week, or as long as it lasts.
- espresso - you will need to make a double shot of espresso for this recipe, but you don’t need to have a fancy espresso maker. While I do have (and love!) the Breville Barista Pro espresso machine, it is quite the splurge. Check out the equipment section of this post for more recommendations for at-home espresso makers. Of course, you can also buy shots of espresso from your local coffee shop!
- milk- you can use whatever kind of milk you prefer. In this particular recipe, skim-milk works best for foaming from cold milk. Certain milks foam better than others, check out the section titled “all about milk” for more information (I almost said in-FOAM-ation…must be the sugar rush 👻).
- ice - if you’re serving this candy corn latte cold, you’ll need a full cup of ice, to the brim! Because the espresso will be a little warm, you can expect some ice to melt. Use larger ice cubes so that the espresso doesn’t get watered down, or you can even throw in a few espresso ice cubes to keep things extra caffeinated.
See the recipe card for exact quantities.
🥛 All About Milk in Lattes
Use milk that has a higher fat and protein content for the best foaming. I used whole milk in this recipe, as it is the classic milk used in lattes, but you can use other milk if you like. Foaming results will vary, but the drink is still delicious whether your milk foams or not! 😉
- non-fat milk - this milk will foam up very nicely, especially when making cold foam. It doesn't have much flavor because it is fat free, but it makes a nice stable foam.
- whole milk - this milk is high in fat and protein, so it makes a strong foam that lasts a long time in your lattes. It also adds a velvety mouthfeel, and lots of flavor.
Since foaming depends on fat and protein, some non-dairy milk can foam, but others don’t foam at all.
- coconut milk - this is a great option for lattes as it is high in fat and froths nicely. You may need to add some water to get the right consistency.
- oat milk - oat milk is tricky: some brands froth well, others really don't. It's also important to note that certain brands that do froth better do so because they have additional ingredients like binders and oils added to them.
- soy milk soy milk is higher in protein, so it froths well in lattes, and the foam lasts a longer time.
- almond milk this milk tends to be too watery to hold a nice foam for long.
This section of the post details making an iced candy corn latte. Instructions for making a hot latte are in the recipe card! 😉
Step 1: Brew a double espresso according to your espresso machine’s manufacturer’s instructions. Allow it to cool slightly while you prepare the other ingredients.
Step 2: Add milk to a mixing glass.
Step 3: Pour the candy corn simple syrup into the mixing glass with the milk.
Step 4: Using a hand frother, mix the candy corn simple syrup with the milk until it’s nice and frothy.
Step 5: Slowly pour your espresso into the glass with ice.
Step 6: Carefully layer the candy corn milk on top of the iced espresso. The key to getting distinct layers is pouring slowly!
Step 7: Garnish with an optional dollop of whipped cream and decorate with candy corn. Serve with a straw!
Step 8: You can also drizzle on extra candy corn syrup for added color!
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🍽️ serving tips
How and Where to Serve Candy Corn Lattes
- Serve this latte at an autumn breakfast or brunch alongside more fall favorites like pumpkin shaken espressos!
- This latte can be prepared hot or iced, so let your guests decide! If you are making a large batch of iced lattes, you can froth the milk and candy corn simple syrup in a blender, then top each drink with the foam.
Choose Your Glass
- You can use any glass you like, depending on the size of the drink you’d like to make.
- This recipe makes a beverage that is 6 ounces in liquid volume, but the milk and simple syrup foams up. So, you’ll need a glass that can hold up to 8 ounces if you serve it hot, and up to 10-12 ounces if you pour it over ice
- A garnish is technically optional, but I love using garnishes as flavor clues. You can top your lattes with a little dollop of whipped cream and candy corn if you like!
- Additionally, you can skewer candy corn with a cocktail pick and lay it across the glass. You can also cut a slit into a candy corn and place it on the rim of the glass.
ℹ️ troubleshooting tips
- not enough flavor - if you want a stronger candy corn flavor, use up to 2 ounces of simple syrup. This will also make your beverage sweeter, so you may want to add more milk to balance it out.
- too sweet - for a more mild sweetness, cut the amount of syrup to ½ an ounce.
- no froth or foam - if your drink didn’t froth up well, check the ingredient label of your milk. Temperature can also affect foaming. Non-dairy milks, in particular, are more difficult to froth. The addition of the candy corn syrup also impacts the amount of foam you may get because of the added sugars.
⚖️ Scaling Tips
It is easy to scale this recipe up if you’re serving candy corn lattes to a crowd!
You can make a large batch of espresso ahead of time and allow it to chill in the fridge. Then, you can whip up a large batch of candy corn foam in a blender to serve everyone at the same time!
🔆 top tip
If you are using a non-dairy milk for this recipe, serve it right away after making it so that the froth, or foam, will be most presentable!
Missing an ingredient? No problem. Check out these tried-and-true substitutions, or comment below with your question. I’m here to help you troubleshoot!
- cold brew - if you don’t have an espresso maker, you can use cold brew to make this latte. Cold brew is typically stronger than regular drip coffee, so you can substitute it in for espresso with little impact to flavor.
- milk - use whatever milk you prefer to make this latte! Dairy or non-dairy milks can both work.
- hot or iced - this candy corn latte can be served hot or iced. If you are serving it iced, try adding in some espresso ice cubes to keep it from getting too watered down!
Feeling like a rebel?! 😈 Feel free to stray from the recipe card using these variations, or leave me a comment with your own!
- decaf - if you want to skip the caffeine, you can opt for using decaf coffee beans to make your espresso.
- boozy - add a shot of vanilla vodka for a spiked candy corn latte.
- kid friendly- omit the espresso to make a “babyccino,” or kid-friendly cappuccino. Shake milk and candy corn syrup in a cocktail shaker, foam it with a steam foamer, or whisk it with a hand frother to get a candy corn latte without caffeine.
🧰 equipment needed
- espresso maker - espresso makers can range from $20 to over $1,000 so there's a lot of wiggle room depending on your budget. I have (and love) the Breville Barista Pro espresso machine, but I also like using the Bialette stainless steel stovetop espresso maker for coffee recipes. I opt for the stainless steel over the aluminum because aluminum can impart a metallic taste when preparing very acidic foods, and coffee is pretty acidic.
- handheld milk frother - this handheld frother is super convenient when making homemade coffee beverages. It’s a quick and easy way to whip up a cold foam for one! If you are making a hot latte, you’ll want to use a steam frother like this one.
- drinking glass - use whatever glass you have on hand for your iced strawberry latte. If you are looking for a fun glass, check out this bubble glass as seen in my photos!
- straw - for iced coffee beverages, a straw is a must! I love using these straws by GIR Co because they are silicone and can be washed easily in the dishwasher.
This coffee drink is best enjoyed shortly after making it, especially if you want to preserve the foam on the latte.
If you can’t finish your coffee (or if you have ADHD and lose it around the house like me 💁🏻♀️) you can stick it in the fridge for 24 hours.
Any longer and the latte starts to curdle or separate, and that’s more of a trick than a treat.
A candy corn latte is made from combining espresso, candy corn simple syrup, and milk.
While lattes are typically made by combining espresso and milk, you can also use cold brew or a strongly brewed coffee to make this beverage.
You can use whatever kind of milk you prefer to make this latte! Depending on the milk you use, it may not froth up as well as whole milk or 2% milk does, but your drink will still be tasty!
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Candy Corn Latte
- 2 ounces espresso 1 double shot
- 4 ounces milk can use non-dairy or milk of choice
- 1 ounce candy corn simple syrup
- ice optional, for iced beverage
For an Iced Latte
- Brew a double espresso according to your espresso machine’s manufacturer’s instructions. If you are making a cold latte, allow it to cool slightly while you prepare the other ingredients.
- Fill your preferred glass with ice.
- Add milk to a mixing glass.
- Pour the candy corn simple syrup into the mixing glass with the milk.
- Using a hand frother, mix the strawberry syrup with the milk until it’s nice and frothy.
- Slowly pour your espresso into the glass with ice.
- Carefully layer the candy corn milk on top of the iced espresso. The key to getting distinct layers is pouring slowly!
- Serve with a straw and garnish with candy corn! You can also drizzle on extra candy corn syrup if you like!
For a Hot Latte
- Brew a double espresso according to your espresso machine’s manufacturer’s instructions. Place the espresso into a coffee mug that can hold at least 8 ounces of liquid.
- Add the candy corn simple syrup to the milk of your choice, and froth it using a milk steamer. Alternatively, you can heat the milk and syrup mixture then use a hand frother.
- Carefully layer the candy corn milk on top of the espresso.
- Garnish with a few pieces of candy corn, layered carefully on the foam, or add a dollop of whipped cream and a piece of candy corn.
- Serve immediately.
🧯food safety & other information
Food safety is an important ingredient in any recipe for success! Here are some tips to keep you safe in the kitchen!
- Always use caution when handling hot espresso. When being brewed, espresso can reach temperatures of over 150º F!