Starbucks is making a big deal out of the 10th anniversary of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. After last year’s scary pumpkin emergency when some stores ran low on the pumpkin spice mix, the coffee chain has apparently stocked up this year. It started selling the popular drink earlier than usual.
There’s a new problem with the seasonal drink, though. Vegans, who have been ordering the drink with soy milk and no whip, have discovered they’ve still been consuming milk products. The mix for the drink contains condensed milk, but many Starbucks' employees didn't know that, so they haven't been passing on the information to consumers. A petition with more than 4,000 signatures is on Change.org to convince Starbucks to create a Dairy-free #PSL.
#PSL is the hashtag created so that latte lovers can tell the Twitter world they just bought one or that they’re dying to have one. After reading tweet after tweet about how amazing this drink is, I decided it was time to give one a try. I jumped in the car and sped around to my local Starbucks to order a 360-calorie, 13 grams of fat, 49 grams of sugar, tall Pumpkin Spice Latte.
$4.01 and half a cup later, the drink went down the drain.
I need to know: what’s the big deal? I realize that everyone’s tastes are different and I’m not going to like everything that other people like, but this was not appealing at all. I got a hint of pumpkin taste on the first sip and then a horrible aftertaste. After a few sips, I stopped tasting pumpkin and just started tasting nutmeg. The drink was kind of gritty, too. I wasn't expecting to find it so bad. I enjoy the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha enough that I made my own peppermint syrup last year to make a version at home. This Pumpkin Spice Latte, though, was just not to my taste at all.
I asked my friends of on Facebook what they thought of the drink. Out of the nine responses I got, only one person said they liked it.
Have you ever had a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte? Are you one of the addicted who can’t wait to get your #PSL? And, if you’re a vegan, what do you think of the request to make it dairy-free? Does Starbucks need to offer a vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte or should vegans simply order a drink that’s already dairy-free?
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