Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte is back—enjoy the flavor at home
Ways to enjoy the iconic fall flavor
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It’s hard to think about summer coming to an end in a month, but there is one good thing about it that we can all agree on: the return of the iconic pumpkin spice latte that many have come to associate with the beginning of fall. While fall doesn't officially start until late September, popular coffee shops have heard the cries of “PSL” enjoyers everywhere and have begun to roll out their offerings well in advance. Here's everything you need to know about the return of the pumpkin spice latte, from what it is, where and when you can buy it, and how you can enjoy it at home, too.
When does pumpkin spice start 2023 Starbucks?
PSA: The beloved PSL is finally back at Starbucks starting today, August 24th. For the twentieth anniversary of the flavor at Starbucks, it will be featured in several new drinks including an Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte. At Starbucks Reserve locations, customers can enjoy the Pumpkin Spice Whiskey Barrel-Aged Iced Latte and the Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini.
When does pumpkin spice start 2023 Dunkin'?
Dunkin' reintroduced its fall lineup last week on August 16. In addition to the Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte, Dunkin' fans will be able to sip Nutty Pumpkin Coffee and Pumpkin Swirl this season. Those who want something to snack on can also enjoy Goldfish® Dunkin’™ Pumpkin Spice Grahams starting September 1.
When are other stores selling pumpkin spice?
7-Eleven re-introduced pumpkin spice lattes to its stores on August 1, the earliest date the store has offered it so far.
One of the nation’s most delicious doughnut stores, Krispy Kreme, began offering two pumpkin-themed products on August 7, in addition to two new ones: the Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Swirl Doughnut and the Pumpkin Spice Maple Pecan Doughnut.
IHOP will allow customers to order pumpkin-spiced pancakes, as well as pumpkin spice cold brew beginning on August 28.
What is pumpkin spice, exactly?
Pumpkin pie spice, more commonly referred to as just "pumpkin spice" in the context of the latte, has existed as part of American cuisine for hundreds of years—it was mentioned in American Cookery, the first cookbook written by an American, in 1796. Starting in 1933, several spice companies launched premade versions of pumpkin pie spice, making it more widely available and standardizing the taste. McCormick’s popular blend contains cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and all-spice. Pumpkin spice doesn't actually contain pumpkin, as it's meant to go in pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin pie spice's current “moment” started in 2003 when Starbucks introduced the pumpkin spice latte. Today, the flavor can be found in all sorts of products, from hot cocoa to home scents.
Ways to enjoy pumpkin spice at home
Pumpkin spice coffee
Getting your pumpkin spice fix from the comfort of your home is both comfortable and affordable. There are many ways to make coffee at home, but perhaps the simplest way is to use a single-serve coffee maker such as the Keurig K-Café Smart. This is the most versatile single-serve maker we've tested, as it froths milk well, has a remote-controlled app, and is easy to fill. With a Keurig, you have access to many coffee pods such as Starbucks' very own pumpkin spice K-cups.
If you prefer brewing your coffee using grounds, then you're in luck as there are a few pumpkin spice-flavored options. The most popular of these choices is from Paramount Roasters. It has over 3,000 five-star reviews, with buyers loving the taste and freshness.
The Keurig K-Café Smart brews coffee and makes lattes, and you can customize it all from your smartphone with a fun and easy-to-use app.$160 from Amazon
Pumpkin spice coffee creamer
The coffee itself doesn't need to be pumpkin spice. Instead, you can use pumpkin spice-flavored creamer to add the sweetness of fall to any standard cup of joe. Nestle's Coffee Mate is one of the biggest creamer brands around and they have one of the most popular pumpkin spice creamers around. On Amazon, it has over 8000 five-star reviews and buyers love the delicious taste.
The popular Coffee Mate coffee creamer brand offers a seasonal pumpkin spice flavor, perfect for your morning cup of joe.$15 from Amazon
Pumpkin spice tea
Tea drinkers don't have to miss out on the autumnal flavor of pumpkin spice. Twinings is just one of many brands that offer pumpkin spice tea bags. If you love tea and are looking for a bold flavor, you'll love this chai tea. Reviewers say sipping a cup of it is the perfect way to get your morning started as the weather gets cooler.
To make your cup of tea, we recommend using a quality electric kettle like the Cuisinart PerfecTemp. This is our favorite electric kettle because it's easy to use thanks to its presets and intuitive controls.
Get the flavor of pumpkin spice in your tea with Twining's popular chai tea blend.$7 from Amazon
Pumpkin spice Ice cream
You can satiate your pumpkin spice sweet tooth by incorporating it into a delicious cone of ice cream. While you’ll be able to buy the flavor from any grocery store soon enough, it won't be hard to find a recipe online for this fall-themed treat either. You can get the job done using our favorite ice cream maker, the Ninja Creami. In our testing, we found it easy to use and were impressed by how quickly it made ice cream and handled frozen chunks of fruit.
This versatile and easy-to-use machine makes everything from ice cream and sorbet to gelato and smoothie bowls with quick and delicious results.$227 from Amazon
A pumpkin spice candle
The taste of pumpkin spice is only half of the reason it's so beloved—there's also the calming smell that conjures up images of fiery-red leaves and the feeling of a cool breeze on your skin. To get the smell without eating or drinking a pumpkin spice treat (although, why wouldn’t you want to?), we recommend breaking out the candles. One of the top-rated pumpkin spice-scented candles is One Fur All's pet house candles, which reviewers love for eliminating the scents of their fur babies, while filling their homes with the pleasant scent of pumpkin spice.
One Fur All's candles come in a variety of scents, including pumpkin spice. They make your home smell lovely and remove pet odors, too.$23 from Amazon
Pumpkin spice lip plump
The best thing about Ulta's “Keep It Spicy” isn't that it moisturizes your lips or plumps them. No, the best thing about this lip plump is the fact that it is pumpkin spice-scented. Once you get your hands on it, you won’t forget to apply this plump anytime soon.
The popular Buxom brand at Ulta offers high-quality lip plumping cream in a pumpkin spice flavor perfect for fall.$25 from Ulta
Pumpkin spice eye shadow
It's time to look the part of the pumpkin spice fanatic aficionado that you are. While this Pumpkin Spice Second Slice eye shadow palette by Too Faced doesn't have the smell of pumpkin spice (and considering it goes near your eyes, we're grateful for that), it does have the gorgeous colors that you associate with it, and with playful names, too.
Get the pumpkin spice vibe in your beauty routine with this Too Faced palette from Nordstrom.$54 from Nordstrom
Pumpkin spice hand soap
Your hands will smell great if you opt to use a pumpkin spice-scented soap. Bath & Body Works sells a sweet cinnamon pumpkin-flavored soap that many love not just for the smell, but because it keeps hands feeling soft, too.
Enjoy the scent of pumpkin spice every time you wash your hands with this gentle foaming soap.$12 from Amazon
A pumpkin spice Squishmallow
It seems that there's a Squishmallow for everything, not that we're complaining—they're absolutely adorable. Near the top of our Squishmallow cuteness list is this pumpkin spice latte one. I mean, just look at that wink! It's not scented, but there's nothing stopping you from drinking a pumpkin spice latte as you snuggle with it.
The ever-so-popular Squishmallows are fun collector's items, and there's even a pumpkin spice latte stuffed animal.$20 from Amazon
Pumpkin spice Poo-Pourri
Imagine that instead of being embarrassed as you leave a bathroom after going number two, you can feel confident and excited. Thanks to Poo-Pourri, you can. No longer will your bathroom be associated with rank odors; instead, each time you emerge from the bathroom you’ll fill the air with the transcendent smell of pumpkin spice. Believe us, we’ve tested it and Poo-Pourri really does mask odor as well as it claims.
Spray before you go number two with Poo-Pourri and you'll enjoy the masking scent of pumpkin spice.$10 from Amazon