What puts the pumpkin in pumpkin spice?

Photo by Emily Creighton
Photo by Emily Creighton

Bring out your Uggs –  it’s almost our favorite time of the year: Pumpkin Spice Latte season! But this year is gonna be a bit different. Starbucks and Panera will have every ingredient in this classic seasonal drink available online and this time including actual pumpkin.

You can also signup online to get a notification when pumpkin spice will be available.

But will this change anything? We’ll have to wait and see.

If you don’t remember the viral blog post from Food Babe last year here is what you need to know: there was no actual pumpkin, just artificial everything.

Fast forward a year, both Starbucks and Food Babe have gotten plenty of backlash from this drink resulting in Starbucks posting their ingredients and adding in pumpkin.

But many people, including Food Babe, are still not satisfied saying, “I still see that they’re using natural flavors (which are proprietary chemicals that make processed food taste better than it should).”

Panera on the other hand has decided to take out all artificial flavors, coloring, and corn syrup.

But what about the most important thing everyone really cares about: is it going to taste different? This we won’t be able to answer until it gets released but the date is still TBA for Starbucks but for Panera its Step. 9th.

Do you care about what chemicals are in your PSL? Will this change your mind on ordering the drink? Will you get the drink?