Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, we’ve partnered up with Estrella (aka Star) Argueta to create something special! Star is an Instagram Content Creator, first-generation Salvadoreña, and Recipe Developer known for her gourmet home recipes that bring unique flavors to life, while also providing fitness tips to help you stay active.
For this Valentine’s Day, she’ll be creating something extra special – an easy coffee recipe featuring one of our slightly darker roasted specialty coffee varieties as its base. Get some of our coffee and all of the ingredients needed from your go-to grocery store and enjoy a delicious treat for you and your Valentine in the comfort of your own home, because this seductive beverage is sure to take your taste buds for a delightful ride!
When it comes to specialty coffee drinks, we’re using the term “latte” loosely. A traditional latte is made with one or two parts/shots of espresso, and about 3-4 parts milk. In this recipe, we used about 3 parts of brewed or hot drip coffee and one part strawberry foam instead, which yields a similar coffee flavor but not precisely the same. However, that’s not to say that this will be any less of an enjoyable experience!
So with that said, let’s get started!
For one serving:
8-10oz freshly brewed Coffee Cart Boys medium-dark roast coffee
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 strawberry Pop-Tarts (edges removed)
2 tablespoons strawberry syrup (add/remove to taste)
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup (add/remove to taste)
Can of whipped cream, sprinkles, and strawberry Pocky Sticks for garnish
Step 1: Make The Strawberry Foam
Combine the small Pop-Tart pieces, heavy whipping cream, and strawberry syrup in a blender or food processor and blend until you get a smooth, pillowy foam. It’s that easy!
Caution: do not over-whip as this would cause the foam to separate and inherit a grainy texture. Taste-test to see if you want it any sweeter, and add more strawberry syrup, but don’t go overboard! We’ll be adding more syrup later as garnish.
Step 2: Brew Coffee
The base of the drink is our specialty coffee because the smooth, bold flavor makes it perfectly suitable for this sweet and balanced beverage. Use your preferred method for brewing coffee. If you need help, check out our handy at-home brewing guide to learn how to make the perfect brew!
Step 3: Assemble Drink
Pour your freshly brewed coffee into a 10-12oz glass or mug, then top the coffee with the strawberry foam.
Step 4: Garnish
Now, dispense whipped cream over the foam, drizzle chocolate and/or strawberry syrup, and add all the sprinkles and Pocky Sticks you’d like.
Optional garnishing technique: To give the latte an extra special touch, add crushed strawberry pop tarts around the rim of the cup in addition to everything else. Trust us when we say that these elements make all the difference in making this drink truly Instagram-worthy and the centerpiece of a Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day party!
Step 5: Enjoy!
We think you’ll agree that our chocolate-dipped strawberry latte recipe will be love at first sip! Not only does it look beautiful because of its bright sprinkles but its creamy texture from the strawberry, “Pop-Tarty” foam makes it a tasty, romantic sweet drink to enjoy with your boo or even to treat yo’self if you’re single!