Step Aside, Pumpkin Spice: Starbucks Unveils Toasted Graham Latte (and We Tried It)

09/23/2015 at 11:41 AM ET

Starbucks Toasted Graham Latte
Starbucks

Fret not, pumpkin spice haters — your seasonal flavor options are becoming more and more abundant.

On Wednesday (the first day of fall, as it so happens), Starbucks dropped a new warm-you-up caffeinated beverage on us: the Toasted Graham Latte.

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“I thought about the back-to-school season and looked at the latest food and beverage trends,” the company’s R&D Manager Yoke Wong said in a statement. “What I found to be quite popular in the U.S. is the taste of cereal milk, the delicious leftovers in your breakfast bowl.” (Cereal ice cream, anyone?)

And so, the Toasted Graham was created. The official statement describes it as “an espresso beverage with steamed milk, flavors of graham and sweet cream and finished with a sprinkling of cinnamon graham crumbles.”

But does it live up to its promise? Luckily for you, we don’t mind being the guinea pigs, so we tried it out.

Upon first sip, the first thing that hit us was the toasted aspect. The bitterness of the espresso combined with the graham cracker flavor gives a gloriously toasty — almost burnt, but in a good way — flavor.

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Secondly, the sweetness factor is more subtle than its pumpkin spice cousin. If you like it really sweet, you may want to ask for an extra pump of that sugar syrup stuff.

Overall, a solid ‘A’, though we wouldn’t mind a dollop of marshmallow creme to make it full-on s’mores-flavored.

Shay Spence, @chezspence

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

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xana19 on

As long as they don’t flesh it out with hot tap water. I have to order my chai lattes as “NO WATER,” otherwise they take it to the tap and add a generous amount of water. I was speechless the first time I saw them doing that so now I make sure I tell them, no water.

Julia on

They add water to the chai latte because the chai base used is a concentrate.

Amy on

I order my Chai lattes without water as well. If you ask for less syrup it balances out not having the water. For example in a for a grande I order 3 pumps chai concentrate, milk, no water. Tastes so much better without the water🙂

Johnb on

Starbuck’s has announced an addition to its growing line of products catering to those who don’t like the taste of coffee except as a condiment.

GRD on

No marshmallow creme? I call shenanigans.

Anonymous on

I’ve tried it and it’s gross and way too sweet!!

Tina on

i didn’t like it at all

T on

I’ve tried it twice now and I t tastes like a creamy latte. I didn’t taste any graham or toasted. I was pretty disappointed.

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