Turns out Starbucks is paying close attention to feedback received from customers and investors about their much-loved seasonal drink, the pumpkin spice latte. In a recent blog entry, Starbucks’ Peter Dukes admits that ingredients for the famous drink has already started getting shipped to stores. And in fact, Starbucks has a nice surprise for pumpkin spice latte fans this year.
The coloring that can cause cancer
To start, Starbucks is removing something that’s absolutely not good for you: caramel coloring. The John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently found out that consumption of food and drink items (most commonly, soda) with caramel color exposes a person to a carcinogenic byproduct known as 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) that can cause cancer.
So when the Pumpkin Spice Latte returns this fall, there will no longer be any caramel color in the famous drink. Instead, there will be real pumpkin. According to Dukes, Starbuck’s autumn latte will feature a pumpkin spice flavored sauce that’s made with pumpkin puree, sugar, condensed skim milk, about 2% or less of fruit and vegetable for color, natural flavors, anatto (for color), salt and potassium sorbate. Meanwhile, the drink will also have espresso, milk, whipped cream, Starbucks vanilla syrup and a delightful pumpkin spice topping made with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove.
Panera is set to introduce their new pumpkin spice latte too
Meanwhile, U.S. News reports that Panera Bread Co. will be serving a more wholesome pumpkin spice latte beginning September 9. The company had said that this year’s latte will be free of any artificial colors, sweeteners, preservatives, flavoring and high fructose corn syrup. And yes, it will also have real pumpkin.