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You Can Now Buy Starbucks Iced Pumpkin Spice Lattes In Stores

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Autumn is just around the corner. That means that leaves will be changing color, kids will be getting back in school soon, and the ever-popular pumpkin spice flavor will come back on just about anything. Of course, Starbucks will also be bringing back their iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) as a result.

While we don’t have a timetable yet as to when exactly the Pumpkin Spice Latte will return to Starbucks stores, fans of a colder version of the drink can get a head start on satisfying their PSL cravings. That’s because Starbucks just announced that they’ll be selling bottles of their iced Pumpkin Spice Latte in stores TODAY. The new bottled drinks come in 14-ounce bottles with a suggested price of $2.79 for each.

Starbucks didn’t give an official listing as to what stores will be carrying the product, but did note that the new bottled PSLs will be available in “grocery locations.” So if you’re looking to get back into the swing of fall ASAP, I’d head to a nearby grocery store that already carries Starbucks drinks and see if it’s there.

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Which Major Coffee Chain’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes are the Best and Worst This Season?

As fall extends its reach further across the land, we’re going to start seeing some iconic, seasonal items again: Halloween decor, brightly colored leaves, and the return of pumpkin spice flavored everything, to name a few. Although we’re now swimming in everything from pumpkin orange juice to pumpkin cream cheese, it’s really the pumpkin spice latte that started it all.

Coffee chains everywhere now realize the power of the PSL, and have taken strides to incorporate the fall flavor into their coffee lineups. So what does that mean for you, the average coffee drinker and pumpkin spice-lover? Well, it means you have a lot of choices in regards to where you’d like to take your PSL business.

Don’t worry, we went to six of the biggest coffee chains in America and tried each of their pumpkin spice selections. We even ranked them from worst to best so you don’t have to waste your time on sub-par coffee this fall. After all, there’s a lot of pumpkin spice to enjoy and only about two appropriate months in which to do it. We better get drinking.

6. HONEYDEW 

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Photo: Honeydew Donuts

Ordered: A medium, hot pumpkin spice coffee, cream only ($2.50)

Disclaimer: This selection from Honeydew Donuts was a pumpkin spice coffee, not a pumpkin spice latte. And, no matter what you want to call it, it was truly one thing: bad. Which is why, sadly, Honeydew will be starting off the list in dead last place.

The coffee itself was poorly made; very watery, with almost no indication that it was, in fact, coffee I was drinking. There was a hint of pumpkin in the coffee, but it tasted sour, almost not like pumpkin at all.

5. MCCAFE

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Ordered: A medium, hot pumpkin spice latte, cream only ($2.39)

Going into pumpkin spice season, the McCafe was pretty hyped up. People were praising McDonald’s for releasing the McCafe so early and were even speculating that McDonald’s might finally pull ahead of Starbucks this year with a superior PSL.

Sorry guys, this year is not that year. As is the common complaint with McCafe lattes, the drink was way too sweet, even despite the fact that I ordered the drink with no sugar. The latte had a nice pumpkin flavor to it, and even a hint of cinnamon, but it was almost impossible to taste through what can only be a metric ton of artificial sweetener.

Honestly, I couldn’t finish the latte.

To be fair, McDonald’s lattes have an unbeatable price, especially compared to Starbucks and Coffee Bean. If you enjoy super sweet coffee, this might be the latte for you — but I will not be drinking this fifth place latte for the rest of the season, thank you very much.

4. COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF

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Ordered: A hot, medium pumpkin spice latte with skim milk only ($5)

Similarly to the McCafe was the PSL from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. But let it be known that this was still a delicious latte, one I definitely finished. However, this latte had a few drawbacks that kept it from the Top 3.

What I loved about the latte was the mix of fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. If I could have come up with a smell to perfectly capture fall, that would be it. But pumpkin? Pumpkin was not the star of this drink. The flavor was not really pleasant and left more of a sour aftertaste than anything. The more I drank, the easier the sharpness was to ignore, but those first few sips had me wondering what I had just spent $5 on.

The presentation of the latte, with honey cinnamon sprinkles on top of perfect whipped cream, was gorgeous and that spicy aroma was to die for. But if you’re in search of a true PUMPKIN drink, this may not be your go-to. For gingerbread or other fall flavorings though? This is a must-try.

3. DUNKIN’ DONUTS

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Ordered: A hot, medium pumpkin spice latte, skim milk only ($3.19)

I’m not going to lie, I’m surprised Dunkin’ didn’t score higher with me! Like Coffee Bean, Dunkin’ Donuts had a delicious latte to offer, but it was far from perfection. In fact, my biggest complaint with Coffee Bean is the same complaint I have with Dunkin’ Donuts: the sharpness of the beverage.

While the latte was amazing, it had a slight acrid taste to it. The fall spices of cinnamon and clove were obviously present, but maybe not as abundant as they were with the Coffee Bean latte. The biggest difference of all, there was a clear pumpkin taste to this latte; in fact, it may have been even a bit too overwhelming.

The latte itself was creamy and didn’t have an artificial sweetness to it. Overall, Dunkin’ may have gone a little overboard on the pumpkin, but this is a latte I will be ordering for the rest of pumpkin season.

2. PEET’S COFFEE 

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Ordered: A hot, medium pumpkin spice latte, skim milk only ($3.60)

For me, Peet’s was a true underdog contender, but it’s clear by the excellent ranking that this coffee chain blew me away! Peet’s latte was one of the most well-blended coffee drinks, with the perfect balance of autumnal spices and pumpkin flavor. The latte also had a perfectly steamed layer of foam on top, that stayed intact throughout the entire drink.

The only reason Peet’s came in second to the number one contender (big shocker there) was because it was just a touch too sweet for my liking. If sweeter coffee is for you, though, then Peet’s should be your choice… maybe even over the number one pick below.

1. STARBUCKS

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To the surprise of no one, the inventors of the PSL and the reigning champions of this fall favorite came in first place. They’ve perfected it, what can we say. The latte had the best balance between spiciness and sweetness, by far. With the perfect fall smell and a pumpkin flavor that has no superior, this drink has a smooth, creamy finish without it being too sweet.

Only downside? When the whipped cream melted in my drink, it crossed the line and became a little too sugary. Admittedly, that was my fault for not eating the whipped cream faster.

 

What do you think of this ranking? Do you disagree with anything we’ve said? Share your PSL favorites in the comments section.

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We Talked To Starbucks’ Slightly Awkward Pumpkin Spice Latte Chat Bot

Starbucks fans will have to wait until September 8th for the Pumpkin Spice Latte to hit stores, but in the meantime, Facebook and Starbucks have an easy way for pumpkin spice fans to pass the time.

Why not have a pointless conversation with The Real Pumpkin Spice Latte chatbot via Facebook Messenger?

I did, and it was pretty awkward. It asks you the same questions over and over, like a child trying to avoid awkward silence. Then it randomly told me that it would be an “honor” if I named my first born after it.

That’s going to be a no for me, fam.

How did it know I didn’t have children, anyway? That Zuckerberg is a sneaky one.

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Starbucks announced the return of the favorite Fall beverage line, by showing off the new, “The Real PSL” Facebook and Facebook Messenger on August 5th.

While the messenger bot isn’t as fancy as Taco Bell’s TacoBot — which you could actually order food from — it’s just as annoying.

Starbucks isn’t just stopping with Facebook. In fact, the Real PSL, has an actual verified Twitter page with 112K followers. The account has been active since June 2014, although it usually goes into hibernation during the summer months.

The Real PSL seems to be popular no matter what social media platform, it’s even got people trying to take its job.

We’re still waiting for our follow back.

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The Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Is Back At Krispy Kreme, Because Fall

Nothing says the Fall season quite like sweet and savory flavors. Paired with the warm aromatic treats baking in an oven and the crackle of wood on a fireplace, we are reminded that Fall is very near.

This year, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is giving customers a few more ways to celebrate the arrival of the fall season with the return of some beloved favorites.

Starting August 29, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be serving up Fall classics including the Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut and the Salted Caramel Latte Doughnut, but don’t hesitate as these annual favorites are only available in the U.S. and Canada until November 24.

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Krispy Kreme has been celebrating the season with these flavors for more than a decade, and it’s easy to see why. The Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut is an old-fashioned doughnut with pumpkin spice and Krispy Kreme classic glaze. The Salted Caramel Doughnut is an espresso Kreme filled doughnut with salted caramel icing and salted sugar, then drizzled with decadent espresso icing.

In additon to the return of the Krispy Kreme’s annual Fall flavors doughnut menu, the chain is also serving a Pumpkin Spice and Salted Caramel Latte, which can be ordered hot, iced or frozen.

Better hurry, Fall doesn’t last forever.

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You Won’t Believe What This Guy Does With PUMPKIN SPICED LATTE and Some CHICKEN WINGS [WATCH]

Chicken wings, deep fried and seasoned with the flavors of pumpkin spiced latte. What are the odds that I, a Caucasian female-bodied individual, would find such a concept so fascinating?

Alright, I’m ready to move on from alluding to stale generalizations and get down to the business that is these Pumpkin Spiced Latte Chicken Wings.

You need not be a “white girl” to take advantage of this extraordinary recipe for Pumpkin Spiced Latte Chicken Wings because Pumpkin Spiced Latte does not belong solely to the white woman—it belongs to the people. Chicken wings belong to chickens, and via the circle of life, they too will inevitably belong to the people (minus vegetarians). But, I digress. If you choose to unite these two eminent ingredients, “Pumpkin Spiced Latte” and chicken wings, you’ll have a formula for peace on Earth. Maybe.

psl-chicknBrowned to pumpkin perfection, Pumpkin Spiced Latte Chicken Wings are enchantingly crispy. 

To make the pumpkin spice mixture, combine ground cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice in a regular bowl—one cup of each. Next, mix the spices along with a cup of brown sugar, two cups of flour, and…pumpkin spice. Roll the chicken in this powder blend and fry for 10 minutes until they’re a gorgeous golden brown. Then set them aside for a hot minute. A hot latte minute.

Now, there’s a reason these chicken wings are called “Pumpkin Spiced Latte.” Grab a cup of hot sauce, two cups of pumpkin puree, and more of that pumpkin spice stuff; mix these together over the stove. Then, pour in the most important ingredient: half a cup of brewed coffee!

Add one last cup of brown sugar to the sauce, let it simmer, then whisk, whisk, whisk. Finally, pour the sauce over the fried wings, generously—look how they gleam in the light, how they shine.

Yep, it’s arguable that this recipe makes all other chicken wing recipes seem, dare I say it, basic. But what do I know, I’m just a Caucasian female-bodied individual…

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Starbucks Is Not Putting Pumpkin or Spice In Your PSL

Courtesy of Huffington Post Canada

A recent investigation led by Food Babe Vani Hari revealed that pumpkin spice lattes aren’t made with pumpkin or spices, but a food scientist thinks you might want to keep it that way.

Note: The pumpkin sauce used by Starbucks does contain annato, but specifically uses it to create a pumpkin-like color, not for flavor.

Food scientist Kantha Shelke released a video with the Institute of Food Technologists to prevent panic in the streets and explain how the “natural and artificial flavors” in pumpkin spice sauce trick our brains.

Essentially, chemically created flavors can hit the right notes on our taste buds to make us feel like we’re drinking a pumpkin pie. If you tried to use real spices, you’d end up making more of a chai latte instead.

Though these flavors are FDA approved, Hari also unearthed a few more troubling findings about other Starbucks ingredients like the carcinogenic caramel sauce and the condensed milk in the pumpkin sauce that nullifies an otherwise vegan/lactose-intolerant order.

Maybe Starbucks is trying to gradually poison our basic bitch population.

h/t NPR

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This Might Be the Pumpkin Spice Anthem You’ve Been Waiting For [Watch]

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This seems to be what happens when you’re “White Girl Wasted.” At least wasted on Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

It’s from “The Girls from the Rude.” Youtube channel and Boyfriend69.com collaborated to bring us “#PSL,” the song that could very well haunt you the rest of this holiday season.

Some of you might already be tired of all the food that’s being transformed into pumpkin catastrophes. Well, now it’s being transitioned into music form.

With a hook that repeats, “Pumpkin spice. Pumpkin Spice. What you know ’bout that latte life?” and a classic line, “Callin’ you up, don’t mean to be pushy. Time to come over and eat my pumpkin spice pussy.” The sheer ridiculousness is probably on par with any shitty hip hop you hear on the radio these days.

If this late into the fall, you’re still going strong with your daily PSLs, then this song will truly be your anthem. For the rest of you, it will be a nasty earwig.

H/T Pop Sugar

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One Human Spice Latte, Please

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