With fall on the horizon, you're probably counting down the days until you can get your hands on a pumpkin spice latte. With pumpkin-flavored bites and sips already beginning to return, it's natural ask: when will Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte come back? On Tuesday, Aug. 25, Starbucks announced the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte to U.S. and Canadian locations for a limited time.
Before Starbucks confirmed the early return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte on Aug. 25, fans were looking to past years to get a clue. In 2019, the PSL returned on Tuesday, Aug. 27, which was the earliest official return of the sip to date. A year earlier, it came back on Aug. 28, 2018. Before then, though, the pumpkin-flavored beverage hadn't been available before Labor Day weekend in early September.
Given the company's most recent trends, it seemed reasonable to expect a late August return. In 2019, Starbucks dropped hints about when the drink would drop, but this year, you had regular ol' leaks to lean on. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, Food & Wine reported that a Starbucks location in Madera, California, may have spilled the beans on the PSL's official return date, although it turned out to be inaccurate.
In a now-deleted Instagram post on Tuesday, Aug. 4, the Starbucks location at Yosemite and Tozer posted a photo of Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Flavored Syrup, and it read, in part: "Coming August 28th!!" Starbucks didn't confirm that return date, but there was another reason Aug. 28 was probably not accurate: Starbucks usually doesn't typically repeat the PSL release dates , according to Business Insider. Additionally, Starbucks usually releases new and returning seasonal menu items on Tuesdays, and Aug. 28 is a Friday this year.
As August was winding down, Starbucks came to rescue and finally put the questions to rest. Along with the returning PSL, you can keep an eye out for the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew on menus. You'll remember the new pumpkin-infused cold brew sip as a new offering in 2019. It seemed to be a fan-favorite, so its return was likely.
Even before the official 2020 PSL release, Starbucks got somewhat into the fall spirit when it unveiled at-home Pumpkin Spice products in its fall line, which became available in grocery stores on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Whether you're going out to grab the PSL from Starbucks, or stocking up on at-home sips, be sure to follow the coronavirus safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of Aug. 3. To avoid exposure to others where possible, avoid unnecessary errands, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands after you're done handling to-go or grocery packaging.
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