11 Things You Didn’t Know About . . . Pumpkin Spice Lattes


It’s official–as of September 8, pumpkin is on the brain. That’s right. It’s PSL season. Before you head to your nearest Starbucks or local pumpkin syrup-pumping station, you might want to check out some of these fun facts.

11. The PSL is available at Starbucks worldwide
This fall, Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte is available in about 50 countries around the world, including Thailand, Romania and Qatar.

10. Starbucks sells more of them than you think
On average, Starbucks sells about 20 million PSLs a year.

9. It truly is ‘spicy’
The spices found in the Torani syrup used in the PSL include cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.

8. It doesn’t have a lot of caffeine
Need a buzz? Then you should probably order Starbucks’ Clover brewed coffee, which contains about twice as much caffeine as the 150 mg you’ll find in the pumpkin spice latte.

7. You and the PSL can be friends
Virtual friends, that is. Follow @TheRealPSL on both Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates and some pretty damn cute pics.

6. It started quite the trend
Starbucks isn’t the only company in the business obsessing over this favorite fall flavor. Other popular brands that have adapted the pumpkin spice flavor include pumpkin pie spice Pringles Potato Chips, Cedar’s pumpkin spice hummus, Pepperidge Farm pumpkin cheesecake cookies, Jet-Puffed pumpkin spiced mallows, Thomas’ pumpkin spiced English muffins, pumpkin spice latte M&Ms and Pinnacle pumpkin spiced vodka.

5. It’ll cut into your daily calories
A grande-sized PSL has about 380 calories, thanks to its 2 percent milk and whip cream. We don’t even want to know how many calories are in a venti.

4. The Twittersphere loves pumpkin spice lattes
Since August 2012, there have been over 29,000 tweets using the hashtag #pumpkinspice.

3. So do your favorite celebs
The rich and famous even submit to the spice. Celebrity PSL lovers include Pete Wentz, Taylor Swift, Pixie Lott, Brittany Snow, Kristin Cavallari and Katy Perry.

2. For the first time ever, there will be real pumpkin included
Over the summer, Starbucks announced that its pumpkin spice-flavored beverages will now contain real pumpkin instead of caramel coloring. Should this be as exciting as it is?

1. The PSL almost never existed
Over 10 years ago, Starbucks’ team of geniuses sidelined pumpkin spice in favor of other flavors. Luckily, they realized the flavor’s potential a few years later and created what is now the pumpkin craze that sweeps the world every September. Whew! That was a close one.



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