Everybody loves a good old Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. It seems to be all that anybody is talking about these days. But what is really in the PSL?
According to the Starbucks website, a Grande 16oz Pumpkin Spice Latte with 2% milk and whipped cream on it has 40% saturated fat of the recommended daily value for the average adult. Thats a ton, especially for a child or teen who would drink it. It has 150 mgs of caffeine, which is equal to 3 cans of Coca-Cola. And thats a lot of caffeine.
The ingredients may be deceiving, as there is not much good in it. It has NO ACTUAL PUMPKIN in it, which is said to be because actual pumpkins are very bitter in flavor, while a PSL is nice and sweet. It actually uses a combination of nutmeg and allspice, which is what most people associate with a “fall” flavor.
As for the popularity, #pumpkinspice has been tweeted almost 30,000 times! And you have to give it to Starbucks for accomplishing this. They have influenced the trend of “pumpkin spiced everything”, and pretty much revolutionized the way that we think of fall foods. Even if a “Pumpkin” Spice Latte does not have any pumpkin in it, makes you hyperactive, and can make you fat, it still tastes delicious, and is extremely popular, which is exactly what Starbucks was going for.
When you think of fall, you think of leaves, Thanksgiving, family, and Pumpkin spice lattes. It seems like they accomplished their goal. So go out there, and grab yourself some sweet, sweet PSL, and have fun with it.
If you want to see more about the PSL, visit Starbucks’ site.