Hands up if you can't wait for fall to get here! Summer is easily my favourite season, but I can't deny that I'm actually excited for the start of autumn this year. After all, it's a time for cozy sweaters, ankle boots, crunchy leaves, nights by the fireplace ... and the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Starbucks Canada has officially announced that the PSL will return to stores sooner than ever before: on Tuesday, Aug. 27! That means you can head to a store near you TODAY for your first taste of fall.
I pass a few Starbucks locations on my way to work every morning, and I missed the big rush ... but they still came close to having lines out the doors. So if you're hoping to get your hands on a PSL, you may want to plan on taking a few extra minutes. And if you've never tried a PSL before, here's what you should know:
What's in a Pumpkin Spice Latte?
Like most Starbucks drinks, you can customize the Pumpkin Spice Latte to accommodate for just about any allergies or preferences. But if you just order one straight off the menu, it's a coffee drink made with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, as well as pumpkin puree, steamed milk and sugar. If you want, you can have the entire thing topped off with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.
Is the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte good?
Obviously, this is a matter of personal taste. I honestly prefer a simple black coffee, but I'll always sneak a sip or two of my husband's PSL when he orders one. But if you generally like lattes (and don't mind your drinks on the sweeter side), you might fall in love with the Pumpkin Spice Latte. It's pretty much all the fall flavours you could imagine rolled into one – but I'd still rather eat my pumpkin in a coffee cake or muffin.
How do I order a healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks?
While I won't say that a PSL is necessarily good for you, there are definitely things you can do to reduce the amount of sugar and calories in one. To start, try ordering a short or tall latte instead of a grande. You can also ask your barista to refrain from adding the whipped topping or pumpkin pie spice. Plus, you can always swap out the milk for a non-fat dairy option or switch over to coconut or almond milk.