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How To Order Starbucks’ Secret Pumpkin Frappuccino!


By Cooking Panda

After a much anticipated countdown to pumpkin season, spurred by an actual pumpkin spice latte tracker, it can be officially ruled that pumpkin season has arrived.

So until next year, there’s no escaping the ubiquitous Instagram post of a pumpkin-flavored such-and-such.

True to its reputation, Starbucks is way ahead of the sweater-weather game with its hasty rollout of pumpkin-spiced lattes that already hit stores (a little over two weeks early for fall, but OK). Not everyone is ready for the fast-approaching fall season. Some of us need time before digging out plaid button-ups and brown boots.

If you’re looking at another way to enjoy pumpkin season that doesn’t involve a hot beverage, I welcome you to try the colder and much, much sweeter version of the beloved PSL (pumpkin spice latte): the Pumpkin Cheesecake Frappuccino. Many fans have already christened it as “a dessert in a cup.” (And they’re not that far off the mark.)

This pumpkin dessert frapp is one of several that go unnoticed in Starbucks’ Secret Menu. That’s because it’s not an official menu item, so if you want to try this dessert-in-a-cup, you’ve got to know what’s in it. Note: This is an aggressively sweet frapp and lives up to its name; it contains enough sugar to make your sweet teeth throb!

Ask your barista for a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino base with one pump of Cinnamon Dolce syrup, one scoop of vanilla bean powder and another scoop of white mocha syrup. If you’re ordering a grande, ask for two pumps of each syrup and two scoops of powder. And if you’re taking the plunge in the form of a venti, ask for three pumps and three scoops.

According to Secret Starbucks, it tastes better than it looks!

A less sweet alternative uses a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino base with two pumps of pumpkin syrup, which was recommended by Delish.

And here’s a pro-tip: If you don’t want to be caught ordering a complicated drink to a tired and overwhelmed Starbucks barista, with a growing line under-caffeinated customers, check out the Starbucks mobile-ordering app to skip the line entirely.

Sources: Delish, POPSUGAR, Teen Vogue, Secret Starbucks / Featured Image: Pexels

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Starbucks PSL Fans Can Get An Early Fix At The Store (Photos)


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Spring, summer and winter can be dreary affairs for die-hard fans of Starbucks’ infamous Pumpkin Spice Lattes. But starting a little later in August, you can pick up your own bottled PSLs and Pumpkin Spice-flavored coffee to start satisfying your cravings a little earlier this year — and possibly stock up for the long winter ahead.

“Customers can start prepping for fall with new Starbucks Pumpkin Spice offerings and other returning favorites, for cozy coffee moments at home,” Starbucks said in a press release.

There will now be six different ways to savor the flavor that you probably either love or hate, since the company is also bringing back Pumpkin Spice Caffe Latte K-Cup Pods, Iced Espresso Classics Pumpkin Spice Latte, VIA Instant Pumpkin Spice Latte and Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Chilled Coffee Drink, so you definitely have some options.

As for the new stuff? The ready-to-drink 14-ounce Starbucks Iced Pumpkin Spice Lattes will likely sell for around $2.79 a pop. The folks at ‘Bux say that it “features Starbucks high-quality arabica coffee with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spices, and creamy milk,” which sounds a lot like the ones they’ll be making in their coffee shops at some undisclosed time in the fall.

Plus, you can also pick up the Pumpkin Spice Coffee (PSC?) in grocery stores around the country for a suggested $9.99 for an 11-ounce bag.

“This new fall coffee features Starbucks lightest roast coffee with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg,” the release says. “Add a splash of cream and a bit of sugar to evoke the familiar flavors inspired by the handcrafted Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.”

Starbucks remains tight-lipped about the actual launch date of their PSLs in cafes, although they typically roll out in early September. Last year you could order one in stores as early as September 1, which Fortune notes is well ahead of the first official day of fall on September 22.

Sources: Starbucks, Fortune / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Starbucks

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This Amazing Meringue Coffee Defies Gravity (Photos)


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Look: we get it. Pumpkin-spice lattes are a thing, and they’re a thing for a reason. They’re seasonal, festive, sweet and delicious, and by this point they basically have a cult following (as well as some very vocal haters).

But hear us out: there’s a new kind of specialty coffee out there, and we dare say it has the potential to blow those PSLs out of the water. This thing is seriously lush.

Take-Out Drawing, a cafe in Seoul, South Korea, has invented the miraculous meringue coffee. If you’re wondering what, exactly, is so impressive about that, rest assured: we’re not talking about coffee flavored with meringue-syrup, or anything like that. Oh, no. We’re talking about a plain old cup of joe topped with a gravity-defying and super-deluxe-looking mound of decadent meringue.

The best part is that the meringue doesn’t actually melt, which means it will maintain its massive shape and crunchy, sugary profile. You can dunk it, bite it, or just admire it from afar for as long as you’d like.

Good news for all of you lactose-intolerant coffee drinkers out there who are looking for a treat: these meringues, according to Independent, are also dairy-free, and Take-Out Drawing additionally offers a variety of dairy alternatives to cut the bold flavor of coffee.

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Sources: Independent / Photo Credit: Teresa Wu/Instagram

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This Pumpkin Spice Latte Beer Is Your New Favorite Fall-Time Booze


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Autumn is upon us, which means that so, too, are the many different Pumpkin Spice consumables.

We have the controversial PSL from Starbucks; countless chocolate and cookie brands have revealed pumpkin spice truffles, or Milanos; Oreos had a go at it; Trader Joes even offers a special Pumpkin Spice cookie butter around this time of year.

So is it any wonder that the craft breweries have taken note?

Honestly, it was only a matter of time before something like this happened: say hello to Breckenridge Brewery’s on-trend offering, the pumpkin spice latte beer.

Per Tasting Table, the Colorado-based brewery’s nitro is made with “carefully roasted, cold-pressed coffee beans” from Cabin Coffee Company, and also makes use of real pumpkin, in addition to cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to round out its flavor profile.

What’s unique about this brew is that it’s a nitro, which means that the bubbles in the beer are smaller, resulting in a less carbonated, and more smooth and creamy PSL texture.

You can use the brewery’s website to find out where the closest location is for you to pick up your own boozy-PSL treat.

Source: Tasting Table / Photo credit: Breckenridge Brewery via Tasting Table

Tags: Beer, craft beer, nitro, psl, pumpkin spice
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