Starbucks Added Pumpkin to PSL
Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 at 7:00 am
There are times when complaining on the internet results in changes. Such is the case with the pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. Last year, there was a controversy because it didn’t actually contain any pumpkin. This year, real pumpkin has been added to the drink.
Last year, a well known food blogger complained a lot about Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte. Not all of her claims about it were scientifically accurate, but she was right about one thing. There was no actual pumpkin in the pumpkin spice latte (PSL) from Starbucks.
One could argue that the name of the popular drink was appropriate because it truly did contain the spices that one would expect to find in a pumpkin pie. On the other hand, it is reasonable to assume that a beverage with the word “pumpkin” in its name would contain at least some real pumpkin.
Starbucks has responded to the complaints about the lack of pumpkin in the PSL drinks by making some changes. One was to add pumpkin. The other was to remove the caramel color.
It is unclear exactly why Starbucks removed the caramel color. It might be due to the complaints of the well known food blogger, who mistakenly thought caramel color caused cancer. Starbucks has not officially stated why it made that particular change, so we are left to speculate.
Here is the full list of ingredients in a Starbucks PSL:
* Milk (It should be noted that you can opt for soy or coconut instead of dairy milk)
* Pumpkin Spice Flavored Sauce (Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Pumpkin Puree, Contains 2% or Less of Fruit and Vegetable Juice for Color, Natural Flavors, Annatto (Color), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Salt)
* Whipped Cream (Light Whipping Cream [Cream, Mono and Diglycerides, Carrageenan]) (It should be noted that you can order a PSL without whipped cream.)
* Starbucks Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Citric Acid)
* Pumpkin Spice Topping (Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove)
You can decide for yourself if this new version of the beloved PSL is for you. A quick glance at the internet shows that there is a group of people who are strongly opposed to the changes that have been made to the PSL. There is also a group of people who are happy about the changes.
In addition, there is a third group of people who want Starbucks to remove a specific allergen from the PSL. This is unlikely to happen, especially since there has been a call to have the dairy, the nutmeg, the annatto, the citric acid, and the caffeine removed.