Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte Will Now Contain Real Pumpkin

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The seasonal beverage was previously criticized for containing artificial flavors and colorings
Starbucks PSL Will Have Pumpkin

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The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte will now contain pumpkin puree and natural flavors.

Pumpkin spice lattes are getting a makeover this year.

Starbucks just announced on their blog that the beloved seasonal pumpkin spice latte will now be made with real pumpkin and will no longer contain caramel coloring.

Last year, blogger Food Babe pointed out that the syrup used to make pumpkin spice lattes contained no trace of real pumpkin. Most of the ingredients were thickening agents and artificial colors and flavors.

“After hearing from customers and partners about ingredients, we took another look at this beverage and why we created it so many years ago,” Peter Dukes, director of espresso Americas and pumpkin spice latte developer, wrote in the blog post. “So, with that great taste you know and love, the PSL returns this fall, and this time it will be made with real pumpkin and without caramel coloring.”

The new pumpkin spice flavored sauce will be made using sugar, condensed skim milk, pumpkin puree, two percent or less of fruit and vegetable juice for color, natural flavors, annatto, and potassium sorbate.

There’s no word on when the pumpkin spice latte will be coming back, but we’re glad to see the beverage embracing “the new me.”

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