Despite the 90-degree weather and summer storms, autumn is right around the corner for those of us here in Michiana — and that means the pumpkin spice latte is (almost) back.
The spicy drink originated at Starbucks in 2003 and has become incredibly popular. Now the coffee shop sells pumpkin spice K-cups, pumpkin spice latte instant coffee mixes and bottled pumpkin spice latte drinks. Starbucks-owned Teavana also sells Pumpkin Spice Brulee Oolong Tea (and take it from me, it’s really good) in the fall.
Though Starbucks may be the original home of the PSL, Dunkin Donuts is throwing down some competition — pumpkin spice lattes are already available at some Dunkin Donuts locations and will be available nationwide by Aug. 29.
In addition to coffee, Dunkin is offering an entire menu of fall-flavored products, including pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin Munchkins, pumpkin muffins and salted caramel coffees.
The South Bend Chocolate Cafe is also already offering several pumpkin drinks. Stop into the restaurant at 122 S. Michigan St., South Bend, to order a pumpkin spice latte, a pumpkin spice mocha or a pumpkin spice drip coffee.
McDonald’s is jumping back on the pumpkin spice bandwagon. The fast food eatery will offer its first pumpkin spice coffee in three years beginning Aug. 31.
Starbucks has not officially announced a return date for the PSL, but the drink launched nationwide on Sept. 8 in 2015. Expect the drink to return sometime close to Labor Day weekend.
The Electric Brew coffee shops in both Elkhart and Goshen also plan on offering pumpkin spice coffees starting in late September.