Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Somewhat heretically for a Seattle resident, I’m not a fan of Starbucks coffee. I think it tastes burnt. But I do like their pumpkin spice latte, which came to their coffee shops right before Labor Day.

What’s in pumpkin spice that evokes fall colors, crisp temperatures, and Halloween?

Not pumpkin. There is no pumpkin in pumpkin spice. According to the New York Times Morning Briefing, pumpkin spice was originally marketed in the 1950’s by McCormick as a way to add flavor to home made pumpkin pie. The spice mixture includes ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Other variations may add clove, cardamom, and mace.

If you like the smell of pumpkin spice but are not a fan of pumpkin pie or Starbucks coffee, you can now get pumpkin spice kale chips, beer, cereal — even pumpkin spice dog treats.

What about you? What’s your favorite fall coffee drink, or your favorite pumpkin spice treat?

And does anyone out there make pumpkin pie from scratch any more? 🙂

6 thoughts on “Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

  1. All I can say is that I had a Pumpkin Roll from 7-Eleven today for the first time, and I really like it!
    I think I have had a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and if it is what I recall it was really nice.

  2. for Sam: I’m not a super big fan of pumpkin, so the Pumpkin roll — that might actually contain pumpkin — doesn’t appeal to my taste buds. But thanks for adding to the list of pumpkin-flavored food things, and even telling us where the Pumpkin Roll might be found. Go 7-Eleven!

  3. I love pumpkin pie with whipped cream, but very rarely eat it.(and I never make it from scratch) I do like the smell of many of the pumpkin spice options out there, but usually I’m quite disappointed once I try them. I’m in agreement with you about Starbucks tasting burnt. Yuk! Now a good pumpkin candle is always nice, and less calories….hahahaaa

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.