A Change Is Brewing at Starbucks

After last fall’s public outcry, the company announces its popular Pumpkin Spice Latte will now include real pumpkin.


On August 17, Starbucks announced it had woken up and smelled the coffee. Beginning this fall, their popular Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) will be made with real pumpkin and without caramel coloring.

In a company news release, Starbucks’ director of espresso and brewed coffee, Peter Dukes, said: “After hearing from customers and partners about ingredients, we took another look at this beverage and why we created it so many years ago. It was simple — espresso, perfectly steamed milk, warm fall spices with delicious flavor of pumpkin pie that reminds you of the cool, crisp days of autumn. So, with that great taste you know and love, the PSL returns this fall, and this time it will be made with real pumpkin and without caramel coloring.”

While the revised ingredient list still contains plenty of sugar, Starbucks joins a growing group of companies, like Panera, changing their product formulations to meet consumer demands.

Don’t feel like waiting in line for a PSL? Check out this recipe for a homemade, dairy-free alternative.

Heidi Wachter is a staff writer for Experience Life.

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