Starbucks and Panera Say Sayonara Artificial Ingredients in Pumpkin Spiced Lattes
Pumpkin spice flavored food and drinks have become just as much a part of fall as colorful leaves and cooler weather, and one product towers high above the rest in popularity: the pumpkin spice latte.
While the “PSL,” as we mega-fans call it, is justly beloved for its sweet mix of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove, one ingredient has long been missing from the famous Starbucks drink: actual pumpkin. That all changes this fall, as Starbucks recently announced that they’ll be swapping out the caramel coloring that used to give the PSL its signature orange hue for real pumpkin puree. The changes come from growing consumer concerns over health risks associated with artificial additives, like caramel coloring, in many processed foods.
Panera also announced big changes to their version of the seasonal drink. While the pumpkin spice latte at Panera has “long been made with real pumpkin and without artificial caramel color,” according to Panera’s Head Chef, the new version of the latte will be free of all artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives. This is in line with Panera’s announcement earlier this year that it would be removing nearly 150 artificial ingredients from its recipes.
You can pick up a new and improved pumpkin spice latte from Panera starting September 9, 2015. Starbucks has not yet announced when their new version of the PSL will be available.
What do you think of this change? Will it affect whether or not you order a PSL this fall?