Yes–there is not much difference between pumpkin sauce and syrup, and the two terms are often used interchangeably. Both are made using the same ingredients, which include condensed milk, sugar, pumpkin puree, and flavoring. Pumpkin syrup is the base added to each and every pumpkin spice latte, and sugar-free pumpkin spice syrup can also be used in low-calorie beverages.
This liquid sweetener is relatively easy to make and can be added to a wide range of drinks, such as tea, coffee, and cocktails. The pumpkin spice flavor used in the syrup is usually made of a mixture of ingredients similar to those used to flavor a pumpkin pie–these include cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
Ingredients in Pumpkin Syrup
As already mentioned, the ingredients used to make pumpkin syrup include sugar, water, condensed milk, and pumpkin puree. This means that you can easily make your pumpkin syrup at home as long as you have all these ingredients. The best thing about making your own pumpkin syrup is that it takes only a few minutes, and you will be able to make enough to store in your refrigerator and use whenever you want.
The ingredients are typically mixed on a warm stove top to dissolve the sugar–it is worth mentioning that it is crucial to lower the temperature once your syrup reaches a boil.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Homemade Pumpkin Syrup
Bring Water and Sugar to Boil in a Saucepan
To make a simple syrup, combine water and sugar equally and warm it at a low temperature until the sugar is dissolved completely. You will know that it is ready when there is no cloudiness and the syrup is clear.
The second step is to add the pumpkin puree, condensed milk, and spice to the syrup mixture. Once you have done that, stir everything together and let it sit on a warm stove for about two minutes.
Strain the Syrup
The next crucial step is to strain your syrup by using a clean strainer–this step will help to smoothen your syrup.
Pour the Syrup Into an Airtight Container
Let your syrup cool, pour it into an airtight container, and store it in the refrigerator.
As you can see, it is a pretty simple process to make pumpkin syrup, and you can adjust the amount of sugar depending on your taste preference. Of course, it’s important to make sure that you use equal amounts of water and sugar.
Uses of Pumpkin Syrup
There are quite a few uses of pumpkin syrup to consider:
- Add one to two tablespoons to your coffee or tea for that perfect pumpkin spice flavor. It might take a couple of tries, but it won’t take long for you to know exactly how many pumps of pumpkin sauce to use.
- Warm up some milk of your choice and add one to two tablespoons of the syrup to make pumpkin spice steamers–this is a perfect caffeine-free drink for kids to enjoy in the autumn.
- Whisk the syrup with heavy cream to make pumpkin spice whipped cream.
- Pour the pumpkin syrup on top of French toast, pancakes, or waffles.
- Add the syrup to your yogurt or oatmeal to make it sweeter.
Once you’re done, the syrup should be stored in a small jar with a lid in the refrigerator and should last for about two weeks. Of course, if you’d rather forego the syrup-making process, our Pumpkin Spice Skinny Syrup is a perfect, low-calorie option!