Starbucks’ favorite seasonal drink hasn’t returned to stores yet but it’s already getting people excited.
Monday, the chain announced that the new Pumpkin Spice Latte will, for the first time ever, be made with real pumpkin puree and contain no caramel coloring.
In between a yoga retreat and a vision quest, I made a big decision to use real pumpkin. My dad is so proud. http://t.co/2gmKiRAkhe
— Pumpkin Spice Latte (@TheRealPSL) August 17, 2015
Last year, fans were upset to learn that the drink didn’t have any actual pumpkin in it—and instead was a mix of spicy syrups found in traditional pumpkin pie like cinnamon and ginger. Others expressed concern over the drink containing 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI), a chemical compound that forms as a trace impurity when certain types of caramel coloring are made.
In a blog announcement, Peter Dukes, Starbucks' director of espresso and brewed coffee, said that the chain listened to its customers and decided to make a change to the popular formula this season.
"After hearing from customers and partners about ingredients, we took another look at this beverage and why we created it so many years ago," Dukes posted." It was simple - espresso, perfectly steamed milk, warm fall spices with delicious flavor of pumpkin pie that reminds you of the cool, crisp days of autumn."
This is the ingredient list of the new Pumpkin Spice Latte:
--Pumpkin Spice Flavored Sauce (Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Pumpkin Puree, Contains 2% or Less of Fruit and Vegetable Juice for Color, Natural Flavors, Annatto (Color), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Salt)
--Whipped Cream (Light Whipping Cream [Cream, Mono and Diglycerides, Carrageenan])
--Starbucks Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Citric Acid)
--Pumpkin Spice Topping (Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove)
There’s still no word on when the drink is headed back to barista counters, but a company rep told CNBC, “it was coming soon.”