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10 things you never knew about Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte

Forget about changing leaves, cozy sweaters or football games, the official signal of fall has arguably become the arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte to Starbucks cafe menus nationwide. But before you take a sip of your first PSL this season, here are 10 fun facts you need to know about everyone’s favorite fall beverage. Also read, how Americans became so obsessed with pumpkin in the first place.  1. A smashing pumpkin success Starbucks sells about 20 million Pumpkin Spice Lattes every year. Considering how many I personally purchase … yeah … that sounds about right. It remains the store’s best-selling seasonal drink of all time. And more than 200 million have been sold worldwide. 2. It’s all thanks to Peter Dukes Peter Dukes was the director of espresso Americas for Starbucks back in 2003. He led a development of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. His team of employees ate slices of…

How to cut sugar and calories from your Pumpkin Spice Latte order

Fall is the season for swopping swim suits for sweaters and popsicles for PSLs. Yes, another Pumpkin Spice Latte season has arrived. But before you head to Starbucks to wrap your hands around a warm cup of PSL goodness, wrap your brain around the fact that each standard Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte has 380 calories and the sugar equivalent (50 grams) to 3.5 giant Starbucks sugar cookies! Yikes! At that rate, you’ll be packing on the holiday pounds before we even enter October. So what’s a PSL fanatic to do? Well, there are a good handful of ways to cut back. The best all-around way to cut calories and sugar is to stop them at their main source. That delicious pumpkin syrup  comes at a cost. Each pump delivers 7.5 grams of sugar and 30 calories to your drink, and each Grande PSL takes four pumps. The numbers add up…

Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes store bought cookies look so good that you can’t pass them up. I bought a dozen pumpkin spice white chocolate chip cookies the other day. They were so tempting, I had to have one in the car before I even made it home. But that’s where the excitement ended. The cookies barely had any spice flavoring to them, and they were greasy on the bottom. Not even milk could make it right. So, I set out to make a better version on my own. Try this recipe if you like your pumpkin spice cookies to have tons of cinnamon and clove flavor along side the smooth white chocolate, and just say “no” to bad store bought pumpkin spice cookies. Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Chip Cookies Makes about 3 dozen small cookies, or 18 large cookies Ingredients 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips 1…

Pumpkin recipes perfect for fall

Autumn is the best time to get back in the kitchen. The fall flavors are delicious, the aromas are blissful, and our appetites are basically craving anything pumpkin. It’s hard to go wrong when a fall recipe calls for a can of pumpkin and the usual suspect companion spices — cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. The combination invokes pleasant memories of back-to-school, football games, Halloween and hayrides. Try these four cool weather pumpkin recipes and enjoy the season. Hearty Pumpkin Oatmeal Yields: 2 servings Hearty pumpkin oatmeal is a seasonal take on a classic cool-weather breakfast. The chopped dates and walnuts along with the crunchy apples will make this a household favorite. Ingredients 2/3 cups pumpkin 1 cup rolled oats 3/4 cup water 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground cloves pinch of salt 1 cup milk of your choice 1/4 cup dates (6-7), chopped 1 apple, chopped 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped Directions…

Anthony Bourdain gives opinion on Unicorn Frap and other food trends

Unicorn Frappuccino fans won’t be pleased to hear Anthony Bourdain’s strong opinion of the recent Starbuck’s sugar-bomb beverage. The celebrity chef shared his opinion during an interview with Town & Country last week by saying: “Wow, that’s like four things I hate all in one sentence: Starbucks, unicorns, and the colors pink and purple.” Bourdain then delivered another entertaining drink diss. Just add pumpkin spice to that mix, and you can nuke the whole county. And his least favorite food trend? “The Kobe slider is an indication of a douche economy that’s threatening to me personally. It’s like bottle service at the nightclub; it’s a societal ill. It’s a clear example of nothing being added to the slider experience by using Kobe beef other than the price. No one who orders a Kobe slider wants the unctuous, fatty experience of ordering a Kobe steak. What they want is bragging rights in front of their princes of…