Starbucks Announces Huge Changes to Its Classic Pumpkin Spice Latte

08/17/2015 at 10:31 AM ET

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
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We thought we had the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte all figured out.

Yet the iconic — and deeply polarizing — fall-time beverage is about to reinvent itself: Starbucks is adding real pumpkin to the lattes. That’s right — real, actual pumpkin purée will be added to the lattes, and caramel coloring will be removed. (Don’t quote us on this, but we’re pretty sure this is the first time squash has ever been served in a coffee beverage.)

“We have been trying to keep a lid on some big news for the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte, but with recipes and ingredients starting to ship to our stores, the buzz is building. What’s the big deal? After hearing from customers and partners about ingredients, we took another look at this beverage …” reads Starbucks’ Monday announcement of the big news.

Debuting this fall, the revamped lattes will include the following ingredients: espresso, milk, pumpkin spice flavored sauce (which now includes pumpkin purée), whipped cream, vanilla syrup and pumpkin spice topping.

Our prediction? By 2020, Pumpkin Spice Lattes will just be pumpkin pie shoved into a cup and topped with espresso. Which actually sounds pretty delicious.

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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Alissa on


karen on

Love it!

Anonymous on

Can’t wait!

guest on

Awesome! Can’t wait to see what people will complain about now…

Anonymous on

Why do they make us wait soooo looooonnnnggg! My mouth is watering! #countsasavegetableservingnow!

Adrianne on

This is not the first time a coffee shop has used real pumpkin. A lot of local, smaller name coffee shops use real pumpkin. It’s still exciting that Starbucks is following suit though.

Anon on

If Starbucks can make this change to their pumpkin lattes why on earth CAN’T they make a SUGAR FREE version of this drink?

Guest on

I don’t even want a “sugar-free” version because then it will have “fake” sugar in it which sucks, too. Just give me one with out any sweetener!!! If you want it sweet, add it yourself. C’mon, Starbucks! Has anyone else read the sugar content in ANY of their drinks???? It’s astronomical. Pull back on the sweetness, Starbucks.

TotallyTonya on

You know what would be even better than real pumpkin….not charging $5 for one mediocre cup of coffee!

moonie on

Only time of year I will actually buy from Starbucks is for this! Yes, I’m cheap!

Katelyn on

Well I have to try it now!! #ilovepumpkin

MimiB on

T here’s way too much sugar in their specialty beverages., not to mention that whipped cream, oh come on. These drinks are a caloric nightmare at least 400 calories or more per cup.

Anna on

It’ll still taste like mud.

B on

Caribou Coffee (chain based out of Minneapolis) has been using a real pumpkin purée in their fall specialty drinks for years.

Deb on

My question is this – Is that pumpkin spice flavored sauce gluten free?? Starbucks was not very forth coming when they changed their frappuccino mix several years ago whether or not the new mix had gluten in it. It was months before anyone knew for sure.

Ali on

Nugget Markets in Sacramento, California has been using actual pumpkin pie mix in their drinks for YEARS!!

Maria on

Now THIS actually makes me excited for fall.

Julie on

I was hoping they were going to make a dairy free version. Too bad 😦

Anonymous on

If only they would also make one using sugar free vanilla syrup…that would be perfect.

jon on

I didn’t even know Starbucks was still around – of course I see there coffees on store shelves and in those Kurig things. Ever since I found LaVazza I haven’t touched the stuff.

wordmorris on

“Don’t quote us on this, but we’re pretty sure this is the first time squash has ever been served in a coffee beverage.” NOPE! Not at all. Indie coffee shops have been doing this for years. =)

Tim Carter on

Starbucks is actually borrowing that concept from Hubbard &Cravens Coffee in Indianapolis. A mixture using actual pumpkin mix from the can is used in the local coffee company’s Spiced Pumpkin Pie Latte. It has continually been the more popular version in the city, including press coverage of the higher quality ingredients behind it. Not the first time they have taken an idea from Hubbard & Cravens and ran with it….

Tina on

Hahahaha ur so funny! A local place put real pumpkin puree in their pumpkin spice drinks one year. The grossest thing ever, the fibers don’t dissolve or blend out. Yea that was nasty.

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