Pumpkin spice latte, all kinds of pumpkin pie spice recipes – we are literally bombarded these days with Halloween marketing campaigns. If you’re sick and tired of pumpkin related topics, do yourself a favor and stop reading this post. For all of you who adore Halloween stuff, Starbucks, McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts have engaged into a new pumpkin spice latte competition.
Who’s excited about the return of the Pumpkin Spice latte?
I found this funny 2 minutes video from Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Show on YouTube and I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy Jimmy’s analysis – the Pros and Cons of the pumpkin spice latte.
Did you enjoy the good and the bad about the return of Starbucks’ classic Halloween latte?
Which Pumpkin Spice latte is best?
One month ago, editors of The Huffington Post decided to compare the Starbucks classic with two newbies: McDonald’s pumpkin spice latte and Dunkin’ Donuts pumpkin latte.
Outcomes of the Pumpkin Spice latte taste contest:
First off, the drinks’ colors vary wildly. Dunkin’ Donuts’ drink is a dark brown, but Starbucks’ and McDonald’s are violently orange. And Starbucks is the only chain of the three that offered to top its latte with whipped cream and cinnamon.
That whipped cream made a big difference, we decided. Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte was far and away the favorite of every HuffPost editor who sampled it. Its flavor was balanced — not too sweet, but not too bitter — and its texture was velvety from the melting whipped cream.
McDonald’s version came in second. A very distance second. We discerned hints of pumpkin, but the drink was largely unsatisfying. HuffPost editors concluded it was a poorly executed copycat.
Dunkin’ Donuts’ pumpkin latte was the worst of the group. We couldn’t taste any pumpkin, and the drink had an unpleasant bitterness to it. It also had a thin, gruel-like consistency that was completely off-putting. And although Dunkin’ Donuts’ online promotions suggest the drink comes topped with steamed milk and a drizzle of caramel, neither was to be had at the Manhattan location where ours was purchased.
What about you?
McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts’ or good old Starbucks – What’s your favorite Pumpkin Spice latte? Why do you prefer one over the other?