This week Starbucks revealed a big change to the recipe for their popular seasonal product, the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
With Fall soon approaching, coffee lovers are getting ready to embrace their favorite autumn specialty drink! But they will have to be prepared for what could be a slightly different taste.
The original Pumpkin Spice Latte was created 11 years ago. At the time, it was called the Fall Harvest Latte. While the name has since been changed, the recipe has remained the same. That is, until now. The most notable change is that the drink will now contain actual pumpkin! Starbucks is also forgoing the caramel food coloring which was previously added to the latte.
What customers used to think was pumpkin was actually just spices associated with pumpkin pie – cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove. But now, the ingredient list includes real pumpkin puree.
Peter Dukes is the director of espresso Americas for Starbucks and was also the product manager who paved the way for the original Pumpkin Spice Latte (nicknamed PSL).
He revealed the ingredients in the much loved Pumpkin Spice Latte.
- Pumpkin Spice Flavored Sauce (Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Pumpkin Puree, Contains 2% or Less of Fruit and Vegetable Juice for Color, Natural Flavors, Annatto (Color), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Salt)
- Whipped Cream (Light Whipping Cream [Cream, Mono and Diglycerides, Carrageenan])
- Starbucks Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Citric Acid)
- Pumpkin Spice Topping (Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove)
Duke said that when the drink was originally created, “nobody knew (…) what it would grow to be. (…) It’s taken on a life of its own”. It is the most popular season beverage that the company has ever sold and has become a seasonal staple for many Starbucks customers.
“Pumpkin Spice Latte has become more than just a beverage. It has become a harbinger of the season.”
So get those warm sweaters and skinny scarves ready because the new and improved Pumpkin Spice Latte is on the way!