Summer may not be over yet, but people are already yearning for pumpkin flavors. And if you are one of them, then listen. Susana Victoria Perez has more.

You have not started your Labor Day barbecue yet, but autumn is here – at least with Starbucks.

Her Pumpkin Spice Latte will return for the season on August 28, the coffee chain announced Tuesday.

This year is the 15th anniversary of the highly anticipated autumn drink and more than ten years old since the drink, known under the initials PSL, has become a favorite favorite.

It began in a research and development laboratory, where tasters bite from pumpkin pie followed by sips of espresso to mark the precise taste, according to Starbucks. The new drink – almost called the Fall Harvest Latte – was sold in 100 stores in Washington, D.C. and Vancouver, Vancouver in 2003, and launched from coast to coast in the following autumn. Real pumpkin was added to the recipe in 2015.

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Since then, Starbucks has expanded its range of pumpkin specialties with Ready-to-Drink Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Spice Flavored Ground Coffee, Pumpkin Spice Caffe Latte K-Cup Pods, Iced Espresso Classics Pumpkin Spice Latte and VIA Instant Pumpkin Spice Latte. This year Pumpkin Spice has added Cookie Straws and Pumpkin Spice Flavored Ground Coffee K-Cup Pods.

The familiar taste of pumpkin herb has been embraced by many other brands and can now also be found in products from ice cream to liqueur.

A 16-ounce PSL is $ 4.95 to $ 5.45, depending on the market, and according to Starbucks contains 380 calories, 14 grams of fat and 50 grams of sugar.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte helped Starbucks get in the mood by offering a special drink to customers for a short period. The PSL is on sale for much of the fall, although the best example of a limited Starbucks offer is the Unicorn Frappuccino. Available for a few days in April 2017, it went viral, as customers turned to social media to share photos of the pink and blue drink and comment on the sweet-than-sour taste.

But exactly a year later, the chain announced that it was intended to reduce the number of temporary additions to the drinks menu by 30 percent and instead focus on its mainstay.

The Starbucks shares are closed at $ 53.92, an increase of 36 cents or 0.67% on Monday.


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