In 2015, I realized that there may be two types of people in America, one that likes Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and one that doesn’t, and I needed to know which one I was. So I got in line at a Starbucks, and purchased my first Pumpkin Spiced Latte.
The Pumpkin Spiced Latte is a seasonal coffee drink produced by Starbucks that contains cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, steamed milk, espresso, pumpkin pie spice, and whipped cream.
Pumpkin Spiced Lattes have been around since 2003, but for some reason I just never went out of my way to try it. And, increasingly, every year the mad fervor and excitement around fall when it will be served up just keeps getting louder and louder. Come September, my social media is covered with photos and posts about this beloved drink.
Before the pumpkin craze, pumpkins only interacted in my life twice a year, Thanksgiving my grandma would make pumpkin pie and Halloween we would carve pumpkins for decorations. And now, pumpkin is the new “it” food item. Just this winter I have seen pumpkin flavored Cheerios, jello, almond milk, marshmallows, bagels, beer, pancakes, Pop-Tarts, and pasta. It also shows up in products like candles, lotion, bath scrubs, and shampoo.
According to a Forbes article I read, Starbucks has sold over 200 million Pumpkin Spice Lattes, that’s roughly 20 million drinks per year since their advent.
And so, which person am I? Well, I’m sad to report that I am not on the Pumpkin Spice Latte train. I gave it a try, but it is just not for me. So, I’ll just have to hop on the next bandwagon.
“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” – Winston Churchill