It seems that for some folks, it’s never too early to celebrate autumn. At least, that’s the motivation behind Starbucks’ decision to release its Pumpkin Spice Latte, a fall favorite, this week ahead of any actual season change.
Made with real pumpkin, Starbucks’ espresso, steam milk and fall spices, the seasonal beverage returned for its 15th year Tuesday — nearly a month before fall actually begins.
Starbucks has created a Facebook group for fall lovers called the “Leaf Rakers Society” to bring together customers interested in sharing their favorite fall delicacies and generally chat about the enchantment of the season.
With so much autumn love, we’ve collected a few more fall-inspired products to be released soon that should get folks excited about the season.
People looking for a bit of fall in their brews can purchase Southern Tier’s Pumking Imperial Ale. At an 8.6 percent abv, this ale is fermented with pumpkin and spices. The taste of pumpkin pie sweeps in with huge flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon.
To spice things up behind the bar, Baileys has a Pumpkin Spice Liqueur that could be added to coffee for a more adult-oriented latte. With this release, Baileys offered up a variety of ways to add the adult beverage to ice cream and other desserts to add flair to an after-dinner cocktail.
Junk food enthusiasts are still waiting to hear if Nabisco will release Pumpkin Spice Oreos, which debuted in 2014. The cookie brand has released this product each year since but has been silent on whether it will return this fall.
Also yet to be released is Trader Joe’s pumpkin spice products. Each year, the retail chain hosts a variety of fall-inspired products including ice cream, tortilla chips, waffles and cream cheese.
Finally, for those running late but still need to grab some breakfast to go, there’s the Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tart. Using real pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon, this tasty treat gets vastly better right out of the toaster oven. The Pop-Tart brand has made no announcements if it will reintroduce the limited-edition flavor, but snack lovers eagerly await the news. And if you’re more into cereal, there’s Pumpkin Spice Cheerios.
With the release of the Pumpkin Spice Lattes, fall enthusiasts have to be wondering: What’s Dunkin’ going to do?