Starbucks UK has announced the return of its most famous autumn-inspired beverage, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Guests will be able to enjoy the seasonal drink earlier than ever before, with it officially returning to Starbucks stores from Thursday 2 September.
This autumn-flavoured favourite is not only back, it's bringing a twist along with it. This year, for the first time ever, fans of the drink will be able to customise their Pumpkin Spice Latte with Starbucks Original Nut Blend, creating a smooth caffeinated sip. There’s also the option to try a cooler alternative, thanks to the Pumpkin Spice Latte Frappuccino.
Starbucks UK explains more about what you can expect when you order a traditional PSL: “With a combination of Starbucks Espresso Roast, pumpkin pie flavoured sauce and steamed milk, topped with heavenly whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices – cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves – the PSL is set to get you craving cosy afternoons and wooly jumpers.”
Vegans shan't be left out of treating themselves to the good stuff either, as there's a vegan whip to top your PSL off with, most considerate. The coffee giants have offered non-dairy milks for a few years now, but those who hankered for a vegan-friendly whipped cream alternative were always left disappointed, until now.
If you're of an inquisitive mind you might have more queries on this legendary drink. We've answered the most Googled topics below to help satisfy your questioning mind.
How much does a Pumpkin Spice Latte cost?
Prices vary across the country but you can typically expect to pay about £3.55 for a tall pumpkin spice latte (that’s a small in case you were wondering).
What does a Pumpkin Spice Latte taste like?
Funnily enough it doesn’t actually taste like pumpkin - it’s a mix of spices 'inspired by the pumpkin season’, including cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
Is a Pumpkin Spice Latte bad for you?
Excessive consumption of any food or drink is bad for you. A PSL combines sugar, caffeine and whipped cream, so while it’s not exactly one of your five a day, as an occasional treat it’s just fine.
How many calories are in a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte?
It's hard to give an exact measure here as the calories will vary with the size, milk choice and amount of whipped cream you go for. As a rough guide, a grande Pumpkin Spice Latte with whole milk is 410 calories.
How can I order a lower calorie Pumpkin Spice Latte?
Forget the whipped cream and order the smallest size available (that’s short) for a quick win, then choose almond milk and your autumnal drink will come to 164 calories.
Why do people get so angry about Pumpkin Spice Lattes?
Coffee connoisseurs are not big fans of the PSL - with Starbucks having coated their much-loved caffeine in a sugary syrup that doesn’t much resemble any kind of pumpkin. The timing has also sent the country into hysterics - September is very much still summer, not the start of autumn. But if you are looking for a sweet treat with a hint of autumn spice then we say go for it. (But at 410 calories a cup, perhaps don’t make this a daily habit!).
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