The return of pumpkin spice to menus typically signifies the beginning of a new season, and although it’s still summer, customers can get an early taste of fall at Starbucks.
The chain has announced its fall menu is now available, including its iconic Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, back for its 19th year. The beverage combines Starbucks Signature Espresso and steamed milk with flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove to complement the real pumpkin in the sauce. It’s then topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices.
Also available for a limited time is the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, which returns to the menu for a fourth year. Crafted with Starbucks Cold Brew sweetened with vanilla syrup, it’s topped with pumpkin cream cold foam and a dusting of pumpkin spice.
Joining the pumpkin spice beverages after first being introduced last year is the Apple Crisp Macchiato. A twist to the standard recipe this year is that it’s now made with creamy oatmilk and Starbucks Blonde Espresso. The Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato combines layered flavors of apple, cinnamon and brown sugar with a spiced apple drizzle.
“Crafting the Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato with Starbucks Blonde Espresso gives the beverage a soft and smooth foundation that ties all the flavors together,” says Harvey Rojas Mora, Starbucks beverage developer. “The oatmilk adds a creaminess and brings forward the oat flavors of a traditional apple crisp topping.”Starbucks’ bakery case also gets a seasonal upgrade with the return of pumpkin items, including the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin and Pumpkin Scone, both available for a limited time, as well as the Pumpkin Loaf, which is available year-round. They’re joined by the new Owl Cake Pop, which combines vanilla cake and buttercream, dipped in purple chocolaty icing and finished with an owl design.