Starbucks introduced the seasonal treat — now known simply as the PSL — in 2003. It has since spawned a widespread cult following and countless copycats.
What exactly makes the PSL so enticing? Well, for starters, there’s about 49 grams of sugar (12 teaspoons) in a typical 16-ouncer, which contains espresso, steamed milk, pumpkin-flavored syrup, and whipped-cream topping. What’s not clear is whether the concoction contains any actual pumpkin or squash. Starbucks lists most ingredients on its site but declined to specify all the contents in its so-called pumpkin syrup.
Click on the circles in the interactive image below to learn more about the anatomy of a Pumpkin Spice Latte.