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An Ode to Pumpkin Spice Lattes

The ideal vision of fall:

Bright days that grow cool and call for warm knits as we walk under leaves that curl red and gold in a soft wind.

As friends come together to mark the end of summer and anticipate coming festivities, there is one warm treat that has come to stand above all others – one that Starbucks gets asked for again and again and again because people love it so much.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte

© 2011 Starbucks Corporation

Starbucks says the Pumpkin Spice Latte is fall’s favorite drink. Signature espresso blended with the unmistakable spices of fall – cinnamon, nutmeg and clove – smooth with steamed milk and topped with delectably sweetened whipped cream.

Please note, this is NOT a sponsored post. It is simply an ode… a love letter of sorts… to the holiday season that’s finally heading our way. A celebration of the passing of hot summer days, and dreams of snuggling by a fire a toasty beverage in hand.

What is your favorite holiday beverage?

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  1. Kelly @ Not So Rocky Road

    Aside from previously mentioned fall goodness, I love a good Eggnog Latte!! Whoever thought those two would be a match made in heaven!!

    1. Michael Schmid

      Yeah… I’ve had those before, Kelly. As a kid my parents would buy eggnog in the carton and I’d sneak some when they weren’t looking. I’ve even used the Silk Soy Eggnog with coffee before more recently. :)

  2. Heather @ Side of Sneakers

    I can’t stand the pumpkin spice lattes (which is weird because I’m obsessed with both pumpkin and lattes), but my favorite holiday drink was always the cinnamon dolce latte. Luckily it was so popular it’s on the menu all year long now. 😉

    1. Michael Schmid

      Oh, wow… Heather, I just visited Starbucks website and saw this picture of your fav Cinnamon Dolce Latte. That looks REALLY good. Must give it a try next!

  3. azmomofmanyhats

    I love, love, love the pumpkin spice latte. It is still 110 here in Phoenix, but as soon as they arrived, my latte-love affair picked right back up where it left off last winter. I like the gingerbread, but pumpkin will steal my heart every time!

    1. Michael Schmid

      Hi, Angie! I guess for me it’s all associated with childhood comfort food memories and fond feelings for the holidays… all of them from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas! You mention gingerbread, and that immediately reminds me of my mom bringing me a fresh hot slice on a plate with hard sauce when I was a kid in Holland. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. Mumsy

    I don’t believe that I have ever had the Pumpkin Latte. I have had the Eggnog Latte though and those are absolutely divine! Drink one for me my friend!

    1. Michael Schmid

      Yes, someone else mentioned the Eggnog Latte isn’t it? It’s one of their winter treats. Sounds good to me, M!

  5. Working Mommy

    I am not one for coffee…but I know that once this time of year comes around that exact beverage will be running through The Man’s veins as sure as his DNA is what makes Bubba fall down so frequently. Oh how I love Fall!

    WM

    1. Michael Schmid

      LOL… you are too funny. Thanks for sharing. Do you drink tea or soft drinks… or simply forgo these things all together? I LOVE the Fall, too!

  6. Shannon

    I’m drinking one…right now. For real. Inspired by this post. It’s good. MMMmmmm. <3

    1. Michael Schmid

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Shannon. There is something about how smell ties to memory. I think that’s part of the appeal since it conjures memories of our childhood celebrations like Thanksgiving and Christmas?

  7. Jessica

    I tried the Pumpkin Spice Latte a couple days ago and it was very sweet. I’m wondering if they made it wrong. Lately I’ve been getting the salted caramel mocha and it’s delicious.

    1. Michael Schmid

      Yeah, I’m not so big on super sweet drinks. If I get one at all, I tend to ask for half the syrup. I saw they had some “salted” beverages, but haven’t tried them yet. Their good, eh?

  8. Kelly

    Happy to find this post. Really like when Starbucks starts serving pumpkin drinks every fall. Now if the temperature would just drop below 100, I would be a little more content. :-)

    1. Michael Schmid

      Hi, Kelly! I’m so glad the temps finally fell here in Dallas. Now one can truly enjoy the masterpiece that is the Pumpkin Spice Latte. 😉

  9. Barb

    I like those, but every once in awhile I want an iced one, since it’s still so hot in FL!

    1. Michael Schmid

      As I mentioned to Kelly above, it’s finally cooled off here in Texas. Sorry, a couple of these comments got lost in the spam file. Hope you’re weathers nice now, too, Barb?

  10. Barb

    I forgot to respond back to you on twitter yesterday about this! Doing great! (@winterbabe98)

    1. Michael Schmid

      I’m following you of course. Sorry about my overzealous spam filter. Mostly it works quite well. :)

  11. Jason

    Pumpkin Spiced Latte looks delicious. I guess it’s best not to think about the calories from time to time…

    1. Michael Schmid

      I suppose, as with all things, they key with rich sugary drinks is moderation, eh Jason? It’s just the fall is my fav season (well kinda like Christmas, too) and pumpkin spice just seems to capture it in a satisfying way, whether in coffee or… well, pie? :)

  12. Angela

    Yummy! That sounds totally delicious, the best choice for cold halloween mornings! I cannot wait to give it a try the next time! Thanks for the idea!

    1. Michael Schmid

      You’re very welcome, Angela. Have a wonderful autumn!

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