9 Things You Should Know Before Drinking A Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Well it’s that time of the year again…everyone is pumpkin crazy!!  My husband and I have seen everything from pumpkin soap to pumpkin salsa at various places we go.  We all , one way or the other, buy into all the marketing of pumpkin.  I personally think it’s more about the time of the year then just the flavor of the season.  I personally LOVE the fall.  There is something about the nip in the air but still having the warm sunny days.  Let’s be real, at least for me, it’s about all warm and comfy sweaters and boots, too.  Mainly for me it’s the boots, you all know my shoe addiction!  I came across this article online and thought is was some fun facts. Enjoy!

1.It’s About As Carb-Loaded As Eating a Bagel.

Thomas’ everything bagel clocks in at 53 grams of carbs per serving, which is about as many carbs as you’d find in a large, whole milk, no-whip pumpkin latte at most major chains. (In fact, a Pumpkin Ginger Latte from Caribou Coffee has more than twice as many carbs, clocking in at 127 grams and 710 calories, according to FOX News.)

2. If You’re on a Low-Sugar Diet, Back Away from the Latte. Now.

Variations of the pumpkin latte and PSL range from 47 grams to 116 grams of sugar per large serving—well above the American Heart Association’s recommended 24 grams of added sugar per day. Starbucks’ new recipe for the PSL—with pumpkin puree—has 49 grams of sugar. And that’s for a nonfat, grande-sized latte with no whipped cream.

The challenge is knowing how many grams of sugar are added in each drink, since nutrition labels cluster naturally occurring and added ones under the blanket category of just plain “sugar.” At this point, the American Heart Association recommends checking the ingredients listing for sucrose, maltose, honey, cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, syrup, corn sweetener or fruit juice concentrates.

3. It’s the Most Popular Seasonal Drink the ‘Bucks Has Ever Sold.

The PSL has such a cult following that 108,000 people follow the drink—yes, the drink—on Twitter, waiting for clues to its return. It even had a secret Orange Sleeve Society last year, and to this day, it remains the siren-logoed store’s best-selling seasonal drink of all time. More than 200 million have been sold, according to a representative for the brand.

4. Starbucks Used Pumpkin Pie to Create the OG PSL.

The next time you complain about your job, consider how rough the recipe developers at Starbucks have it: To create the very first pumpkin spice latte, the product development team ate slices of pumpkin pie while sipping espresso to figure out how to blend the two flavors together, without one overpowering the other. It took three months of tasting and re-tasting drinks until they settled on The Pumpkin Spice Latte, a recipe that hadn’t changed until last year (more on that below).

5. Not Every PSL Contains Real Pumpkin.

Just because “pumpkin spice” is in the name doesn’t mean the gourd’s actually used to make the drink. In fact, it wasn’t until last year that Starbucks reconfigured its PSL to include it. Previously, the pumpkin spice sauce was largely autumnal seasonings.

If drinking a latte that doesn’t contain real pumpkin puree makes you feel like you’re living a lie, ask to see the ingredients listing before ordering (or look it up). Sometimes, pumpkin spice simply refers to a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves, and the drink’s golden hue can be the result of caramel coloring. As more brands move away from using artificial colors and flavors, expect to see more of the real thing.

6. It Could Make You Spend More Money.

People tend to spend a $1.14 more in stores when they’re ordering a Pumpkin Spice Latte, according to a study by the NPD Group. The organization analyzed 35,000 receipts, finding that buying the latte was a true #treatyoself moment—many people also splurged on something to eat with it, ratcheting up their bill a bit more than usual.

7. People Crave Pumpkin the Most on All Hallows Eve.

For three years running, more people have downed pumpkin-y treats (including PSLs) on Oct. 31 than any other day of the year, according to data from MyFitnessPal. That’s probably because Halloween acts as a trigger, making you crave a festive drank to go with your mood.

8. This Man is the Godfather of the PSL.

Twelve years ago, when Starbucks’s director of espresso, Peter Dukes, was a project manager, he was given a task: Create a pumpkin-y latte to round out the brand’s fall seasonal drinks. Duke’s team decorated the “Liquid Lab,” an R&D kitchen at Starbucks’s Seattle HQ, with fall decorations and brought in the aforementioned pumpkin pies, testing what was almost called the “Fall Harvest Latte,” before they settled on the name (and acronym) you know today.

“Nobody knew back then what it would grow to be,” Dukes said in 2014. “It’s taken on a life of its own.”

9. Knowing When The PSL Hits Stores *Could* Make You Seem Cooler.

There’s a certain social currency in being that in-the-know friend; the one who tips other people off to what’s trending and what’s coming back, Invisible Influence author and Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger told us last fall. Even though Pumpkin Spice Lattes have become lampooned, knowing when the latte returns before anyone else does could earn you bragging rights—at least in some circles.

KISS Fact:  If you will die without your fall PSL, have one only once and a while.  Remember it’s about living in abundance not gluttony. One won’t kill you but everyday is another story.

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