Last year, our friend Vani Hari, aka the Food Babe, uncovered the unfortunate fact that everyone’s favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte from from Starbucks contains absolutely no pumpkin. This came as a shock to hundreds of thousands of fans. In addition to the lack of pumpkin in the beverage, the ingredient list itself certainly proved to be lacking in many other areas. Here’s what we found out back then …
Espresso (Water, Brewed Espresso Coffee), Pumpkin Spice Flavored Sauce (Sugar, Condensed Non-Fat Milk, High Fructose Corn Syrup or Sweetened Non-Fat Condensed Milk (Milk, Sugar), Annatto (for color), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Caramel Color (Class IV), Salt, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Whipped Cream (Whipping Cream, Starbucks Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Caramel Color (Class IV)), Pumpkin Spice Topping: Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove, Sulfites)
Not exactly the most appetizing ingredient list FoodFacts.com has ever seen.
This year, though, Starbucks has had a change of heart … or recipes anyway.
One of Starbucks’ most iconic drinks will finally be flavored with the ingredient that it’s only been mimicking for years.
The pumpkin spice latte will have real pumpkin on the ingredient list when it returns to stores this fall, Starbucks said in a blog post Monday. The drink will also no longer have caramel coloring added.
“After hearing from customers and partners about ingredients, we took another look at this beverage and why we created it so many years ago,” said Peter Dukes, Starbucks’ director of espresso Americas and the product manager who led development of the pumpkin spice latte 12 years ago.
A spate of major food companies have made announcements this year about using more natural ingredients in product lines and getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, including General Mills, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Subway and Kellogg.
The new pumpkin spice latte will include espresso, milk, pumpkin spice-flavored sauce made from ingredients including pumpkin puree, whipped cream, vanilla syrup and a spice topping of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger.
We’re hopeful that when the actual ingredient list is released it will include exactly that … nothing more and nothing less. That would certainly kick off pumpkin season the right way for all of us.