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Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | Nov 20, 2009
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Starbucks Pumpkin Spice LatteFall is here! Do you want to know how I know that? No, it's not because my calendar told me so. It's because Edy's Pumpkin Frozen Dairy Dessert and Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea are back on the shelves! Plus, the talented Starbucks baristas are already whipping up the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte.

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: Tall (16 ounces)
Calories: 200
Total Fat: 0%
Saturated Fat: 0%
Sodium: 170 mg, 7%
Protein: 11 grams
Carbohydrates: 38 grams
Fiber: 0%
Sugar: 37 grams
Price: $3.49 (Tall)
I walked into Starbuck's yesterday with a Pumpkin Spice Latte on my mind. In a flash, I was picking up the 10% post-consumer recycled coffee cup and taking a seat. The aroma steaming out of the small slit in the lid was reminiscent of all things fall. And with my first sip, I was hooked. The steamy milk combined with the robust coffee and pumpkin spices that are synonymous with fall create an utterly creamy, awakening and comforting beverage.

To get the most bang for your nutritional buck, specialize your drink as a Tall Nonfat Pumpkin Spice Latte with no Whipped Cream. In this respect, your comforting fall treat will contain 200 calories, no fat but still 37 grams of sugar (ouch!), 11 grams of protein and 40% of the daily value forcalcium. Here's the trick to reducing the sugar and calories a little more ... special order. Since Starbucks has yet to offer a sugar free version of their seasonal latte, ask for half of the pumps of that sugary pumpkin syrup (I promise you won't miss it).

Of course, you could order a Tall Cafe Latte with Nonfat milk (100 calories and 14 grams of sugar) or Hot Tazo Tea (o calories) and save a slew of calories (and some cash, especially since the Pumpkin Spice Latte is a quite pricy at $3.49 for a Tall), but I dare say that indulging in the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte every now and then is well worth it. And luckily, since it's a seasonal item, it won't be here to tempt you for too long!

Rating
Taste: 5
Nutrition: 3.5
Price: 2.5
Overall: 3.5
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