Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte (Starbucks)

Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte (Starbucks)


The calendar tells us the first day of fall is Sept. 22, but pumpkin spice lattes are already back in stores as of Aug. 28. These seasons just keep coming faster. Happy fall?

The Pumpkin Spice Latte has been sold at Starbucks stores for 15 years now, and it enjoyed 12 years of bliss before everyone started calling PSLs #basic. (Proof: HuffPo plotted the timeline of the pumpkin spice latte.) In the past three years or so, the pumpkin spice latte has gotten a reputation as a bev enjoyed by people who are "young, white, female" Refinery29 says. 

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Alongside the fall debut of the PSL, Starbucks is also now serving its salted caramel mocha and a pumpkin spice chai tea latte this season. New food items include an apple cider doughnut topped with turbinado sugar; a maple pecan muffin; and a "morning muffin" made with zucchini, coconut, raisins, walnuts and more.

So what's in a pumpkin spice latte? 

No shade. A pumpkin spice latte is espresso and steamed milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. You want to go all in? Get whipped cream and pumpkin-pie spice on top.

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