Let's face it, I have an extreme sweet tooth. I know my posts have been about trial and error so far, but I truly think I am starting to get the hang of it!
I came across the idea of a Smore's latte on Pinterest and decided to try it myself. During this process, I have learned that a latte consists mostly of milk and a little bit of espresso. I don't currently have an espresso machine, or espresso for that matter, so I will have to make do with my Ninja Cold and Hot Brew System!
I did my own research for the coffee to espresso ratio, and with my understanding, one espresso shot contains the same caffeine as a 12-ounce cup of coffee, which is worth 3-4 tbs of ground coffee. Thus, I believe I can brew a rich cup of coffee to be the same as one shot of espresso that's in a latte. In other words, I also need bigger cups! 😂If you have any suggestions on what to get, please contact me!
Anyways, I looked at a few Smore's latte recipes to see what I could do for the best taste without too much chocolate because whenever I have smores flavored things, half the time, all I taste is chocolate. Most recipes used a regular brew of coffee, but I am choosing to brew a rich cup of coffee to ensure I get more of the coffee flavor.
I also don't have homemade hot chocolate sauce like quite a few recipes have recommended. I suppose I could have made some, but for the purpose of this latte, I used Hershey's Chocolate Syrup. I also used store-bought marshmallows and graham crackers. One day I will make a complete homemade recipe. As for now, I am still learning the coffee process slowly. :)
Size: 16-ounce single cup
1 tbsp of chocolate sauce - with more for drizzle
2 tbsp crushed graham crackers
3 tbsp ground coffee
1/4 cup milk (or heavy whipping cream)
mini marshmallows for topping
One 16-ounce cup or tumbler
another cup to froth
Place 3 tbsp of ground coffee into the brew basket
Select XL Cup Size; Brew type as rich
Pour the chocolate sauce into the 16-ounce cup
Place cup under brew reservoir
While the coffee is brewing, warm the milk in the second cup for about 40 seconds in the microwave
Froth the milk and set aside
Once the coffee is done brewing, stir the coffee to ensure the chocolate sauce is mixed in well
Using the extra chocolate sauce, line the rim of the 16-ounce cup carefully
Pour the foam on top of the coffee
Sprinkle graham crackers on the rim of the cup, allowing some to go on top of the foam (see image)
Place marshmallows on top of the foam and sprinkle more graham crackers on top of the marshmallows
Normally when I drink coffee, it takes me all day to finish the drink. For this drink, I had it gone in an hour. I was very delighted with how this latte turned out! Other recipes used a lighter or a small torch to toast the marshmallows - giving it the "smores" look; however, I was pleasantly happy with how the look of this latte turned out despite toasting!
The taste of this latte was good. I was able to taste a good balance of coffee and chocolate. I think the chocolate syrup to the original cup as the sugar was probably the key part of the whole recipe. Having the marshmallows on top allowed me to taste marshmallows as well. If I could redo this recipe, I think I would try to use a foam that tastes more like marshmallows as a replacement for the mini marshmallows. That way, the latte itself is technically the smores latte and the topping is optional.
Overall, I give this latte 4 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐