Happy National S’mores Day, y’all! When I dreamt up the recipe for this S’mores Iced Latte, I swear I had no idea that I’d be ready to publish it so conveniently on this sacred food holiday. It’s the perfect time of year to celebrate the gooey, chocolatey, marshmallowy goodness that is the quintessential campfire treat. But hold onto your mugs, because this year, we’re taking the classic s’mores to a whole new level with a refreshingly delightful twist: the S’mores Iced Latte!
Picture this: a warm summer’s day, a cozy patio, and a cool, refreshing S’mores Iced Latte in hand. If you’re a fan of s’mores and coffee, this indulgent concoction is about to become your new favorite not-so-guilty pleasure.
Now, you know I won’t tell you that you have to do anything, but I’m just gonna say that this chocolate and graham cracker rim on the glass is a true delight and absolutely worth your time. Plus it’s gorgeous, am I right?! All you have to do is melt some dark chocolate, let it cool just slightly, dip the rim of your glass in it, then roll it around in crushed graham crackers. Don’t go too crazy with the chocolate or it will just turn into a drippy mess. If things are starting to run all over the place when you stand the glass back up, stick it in the fridge for a few minutes to help set the chocolate. Then it’s time to build your latte!
On top of the ice, add 1 1/2 oz of espresso (or strongly brewed coffee), 2 tbsp of homemade chocolate syrup, and milk. But wait, don’t forget the marshmallow flavor!
Although there are several toasted marshmallow flavored syrups made specifically for coffee drinks on the market, I decided to go with marshmallow extract for this recipe since I was already using a sweetened chocolate syrup too. Marshmallow extract is a concentrated flavoring that captures the sweet, slightly vanilla-like essence of marshmallows, making it a fantastic ingredient for adding authentic s’mores flavor to desserts and drinks. One note on using this though – the extract is pretty potent, so add a little for a subtle hint of marshmallow flavor or a bit more for a bolder, more pronounced taste.
Ingredients and Substitutions
Here are the core ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe at home:
- Espresso – A full-bodied, fresh brewed espresso works great in this recipe, but if you can get your hands on a blonde espresso, go for that instead. It’ll help make sure the chocolate and marshmallow flavors are able to shine through. And if you don’t have an espresso maker, a strong brewed coffee or cold brew will work just fine!
- Homemade chocolate syrup – Here’s where this drink starts to get indulgent 😉 This syrup is essentially just simple syrup with plenty of dutch cocoa added in, plus a touch of vanilla and salt to send the flavor over the top. Trust me when I say you’ll want to put this on everything, or just eat it by the spoonful. It’s really addicting! If you want to make this latte more macro-friendly, you could opt instead for a sugar free chocolate syrup like this.
- Marshmallow extract – Although there are several toasted marshmallow flavored syrups on the market that are made specifically for coffee drinks, I decided to go with marshmallow extract for this recipe since I was already using a sweetened chocolate syrup too.
- Milk – I went with unsweetened vanilla almond milk for this one, partly because it’s just 30 calories per cup, but also because I like the flavor. Use any milk you’d like! For a richer latte (and more protein), try whole milk.
If you’re feeling fun and fancy, throw some marshmallow fluff right on top of your latte and give it a nice toast with your kitchen torch. I loved dipping my straw into the toasted marshmallow-y fluff before taking a big sip of the latte. Chef’s kiss!
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Whether you’re enjoying this delicious treat as an afternoon pick-me-up or a sweet ending to a summer BBQ, the S’mores Iced Latte is a delightful way to pay homage to National S’mores Day. So, gather your ingredients, get creative with your presentation, and let your taste buds embark on a journey of pure s’mores bliss. Cheers to embracing the spirit of campfires and creativity all in one delicious sip!
S’mores Iced Latte Recipe
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, (8 fl oz)
- 1 1/2 fl oz espresso
- 2 tbsp homemade chocolate syrup, recipe follows, (1 fl oz)
- 1/2 tsp marshmallow extract
- 1 cup ice
- Optional: Create a chocolate and graham cracker rim by dipping the glass into melted dark chocolate and sprinkling with crushed graham crackers. Place in the fridge for 2-3 minutes to keep the chocolate from running down the glass.
- Pour all ingredients over ice in a serving glass, then stir to combine before serving.
- Optional: Top with marshmallow fluff and toast with a kitchen torch before serving.
Tips & Tricks
Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe
- 1/2 cup water, (4 fl oz)
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar, (100 grams)
- 1/3 cup Dutch process cocoa powder, (39 grams)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Add water, sugar, cocoa, and salt to a small saucepan and bring to just under a boil over medium-high heat. Whisk to incorporate cocoa and dissolve the sugar. Once smooth, remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract. Set aside to cool and store in the refrigerator.