The Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL as it’s known online, has officially returned to Starbucks for 2021, and it’s the earliest date ever.
From Wednesday (August 24th), the Fall drink is available in Starbucks stores across the world, and fans have been celebrating its return on Twitter.
The spicy coffee drink is just as popular as always, and Starbucks fans are obsessed with the Pumpkin Spice topping, but what is that yummy topping actually made of?
Here’s everything you need to know about the PSL.
What is a Pumpkin Spice Latte?
The Pumpkin Spice latte was launched almost two decades ago in 2003, but it first started gaining popularity in the mid-2010s.
It’s a normal latte made with espresso and milk and flavoured with winter spices of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, designed to taste like a Pumpkin Pie.
Much like avocado toast, it’s now synonymous with ‘white girls’ who began drinking the Autumn-themed drink, and it’s since become one of the most much-awaited launches of the year.
What is the topping?
If you’ve tried a Pumpkin Spice Latte, you’ll know it’s finished with whipped cream and some very particular toppings.
One is a Pumpkin Spice Sauce which is made of sugar, condensed skimmed milk, pumpkin puree, 2% or less of fruit and vegetable juice for color, natural flavors, annatto, salt, and potassium sorbate.
The second is the famous Pumpkin Spice Topping, a mixture of different spices including Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove and Sulfiting Agents that is sprinkled on top.
Finally, if your server is feeling nice, your Pumpkin Spiced Latte might also be topped with Cinnamon Dolce Sprinkles which are made of cinnamon and sugar.
Pumpkin Spice range explored
The Pumpkin Spiced Latte isn’t the only pumpkin drink in Starbucks’ Fall range.
This year, the Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew has returned from 2020 along with two new bakery items: The Pumpkin Scone and Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin.
For 2021, Starbucks has also added a brand new drink to the range, the Apple Crisp Macchiato.
It’s a coffee-based drink that can be ordered hot or cold and is flavoured with apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg.
The Apple Crisp Macchiato is also topped with a lattice caramelized spiced-apple drizzle lattice.
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