It’s always nice when you order something and it actually contains the main ingredient in its name. You’d think that wouldn’t be too tall (grande?) an order for massive coffee chain Starbucks, but 2014’s stupidly popular Pumpkin Spice Latte didn’t have any pumpkin in it. Instead, it featured a mish-mash of chemicals and a pumpkin-flavoured syrup called “pumpkin sauce.”
When food bloggers and the Internet got a hold of that information, people were not happy. In response to all the backlash, Starbucks in North America has guaranteed that this year’s PSL will be devoid of artificial flavours and colours, and it’ll actually contain real pumpkin. Pumpkin puree, maybe, but pumpkin nonetheless.
The PSL is a top-seller at Starbucks that obviously does very well once autumn rolls around, and it has spawned a surge of pumpkin-flavoured items across the industry. At least the company can now say they’re serving the real thing.
Or you could just avoid Starbucks altogether and make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home.