The pumpkin spice latte is getting a lot of airtime. People on Twitter and Facebook are all about it. It’s a little bit of coffee drinking peer pressure.
As an experiment I headed off to my local Starbucks to sample this fall time treat.
I am not a Starbucks aficionado, I don’t understand the lingo or the sizes. But I persevered.
I drank my flavoured coffee. It didn’t taste like pumpkin.
Then I came home and searched the mighty interweb. What is in this coffee? How do the Starbucks folks get it to taste enough like pumpkin that they can call it a pumpkin spice latte without actually having any pumpkin in it?
What I Learned About The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
To imitate a pumpkin flavour the Starbucks folks created a flavoured syrup. It’s made up of sugar, artificial flavours, artificial colours, salt, sweetened condensed milk and I few other things that the girl couldn’t pronounce and had a hard time spelling.
So the pumpkin and the spice. It’s fake. And I’d say that’s pretty much how it tastes.
In a grande pumpkin spice latte, there is more sugar than in a can of coke. MORE. And there’s no fiber in there to slow that sugar parade from heading right into your blood stream.
But wait, I hear you saying, Starbucks doesn’t use HFCS, they use real sugar. Sugar is sugar people! Cane sugar, beet sugar, organic happy valley sugar, no way no how does anyone need 49 grams of it in one shot. Don’t be fooled.
Fear Not. I Have A Solution.
And it was fantastic.
Brew up your coffee, however you like to.
In your blender mix 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree, 1 cup of milk, 1/4 tsp each cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger.
Blend it all up. Pour into a microwave safe dish and heat it up. Or heat on the stove if you prefer.
Mix milk and pumpkin with coffee and drink up.
I added some maple syrup but I found it too sweet, so I recommend tasting before sweetening.
Also I added some whipped cream. The cream was already whipped, sitting there. What was I suppose to do?
This recipe will make 1 BIG coffee or 2 coffee mug sized ones.
I will tell you this about a homemade pumpkin spice latte, it tastes. It tastes pumpkin, it tastes ginger and cinnamon and nutmeg. There are real flavours in this coffee.
I paid $4.50 for a small size pumpkin size latte at Starbucks. No way I spent anywhere close to that making it at home. And I have lots of pumpkin leftover to bake up some muffins.
Here’s The Bottom Of The Pumpkin Line
If you are fit and healthy and a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte once a week is going to put you in good spirits. Fine, go to it. I am not the boss of you.
If you are struggling to get healthy, working to lose weight or dealing with a health challenge you have no business lining up for a flavoured coffee. Have an unsweetened latte, it’s your best choice. Or make your own.