With autumn just around the corner, it won’t be long before Instagram is filled with pictures of people enjoying a hot drink whilst cosied up in their jumpers and scarves. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are one of the favourites at Starbucks during this season, but until now, the sauce used in the drinks wasn’t suitable for vegans.
So if you feel as though you’re missing out on a PSL, as they’re otherwise known, you no longer have to sit this one out. A petition was started five years ago by Brett Caldwell, which gained 11,000 supporters asking them to make the pumpkin spice latte vegan.
Caldwell wrote: “Many people are shocked to hear that the mix contains condensed milk because there’s no way anyone would be able to tell walking into a store and placing an order. Employees don’t even realise it has milk in it!”
Caldwell explained that he had spoken to friends living across the country who were in favour of the bellowed drink being made vegan, and to no avail, his efforts paid off. Starbucks have made the sauce used in their pumpkin spiced lattes across Europe vegan, and this follows Starbucks launching two new vegan cold-brew coffee protein smoothies in the US.
Starbucks have pledged to make more vegan options available on their menu, with their CEO Howard Schultz acknowledging that the market for plant-based foods is huge, as the demand continues to increase.
Specific locations for the new pumpkin spiced latte recipe haven’t been revealed, but they are expected to be bringing back the PSL on August 28th.