4

Pumpkin Back at Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

It's 90 degrees everywhere (including New York City), but America's favorite coffee chains want to give you a taste of autumn early.

Both Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks have launched their pumpkin lattes about a month earlier than usual this year. Traditionally, the beverages, with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, are offered in early fall.

See also: Florida Blogger on Killing Starbucks Pay-It-Forward Chain: "I Don't Want the Grim Reaper of Karma to Come for Me"

Dunkin' Donuts has doubled down on its pumpkin products, offering pumpkin crème brûlée, pumpkin mocha, and traditional pumpkin. All three are available as coffees and lattes, served hot or iced. If you prefer to brew at home, Dunkin' pumpkin is available by the pound and in K-Cups.

If you'd like something to munch on, there's a doughnut filled with pumpkin-pie-flavored buttercream; pumpkin cake doughnuts and Munchkins; and a pumpkin muffin. Most items are available now, with all products offered at all stores by September 1.

Starbucks' promotion is a little trickier. "Officially," its pumpkin spice beverage isn't available yet. But the latte itself (nicknamed "PSL") is dropping hints on how to grab it early on its own Twitter account.

I went to a local Starbucks to try the secret-password thing. When I asked for a PSL, I was given a little head shake. Then, lo and behold, the secret word opened a magical world of pumpkin.

Of course, Starbucks offers spiced pastries as well. Thick slices of pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins topped with cream cheese frosting are available.

Now here's a bit of news that might not be so new at all. Food blogger/killjoy Food Babe posted that there's no actual pumpkin in Starbucks' PSL latte syrup. The syrup is made from condensed nonfat milk, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring, artificial and natural flavorings, salt, annatto, and potassium sorbate. What's next? Telling us that our trick-or-treat candy isn't healthful? Or that the Great Pumpkin doesn't rise out of a pumpkin patch once a year? As Charlie Brown would say: "Aaargh!"

Follow Laine Doss on Twitter @LaineDoss and Facebook.

Follow Short Order on Facebook, Twitter @Short_Order, and Instagram @ShortOrder.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.