BY LINDSAY MOYER
This year marks an early return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, the Starbucks fan-favorite seasonal drink that first debuted in 2003. How sugary is it? Plenty.
A grande (16 oz.) hot Pumpkin Spice Latte made with 2 percent milk has 380 calories—more than a Starbucks Chocolate Croissant (340 calories).
But only about half of the Pumpkin Spice Latte’s 380 calories come from the milk and espresso you’d get in a regular latte (190 calories). The rest comes from pumpkin spice syrup—with more sugar and condensed milk than actual pumpkin purée—vanilla syrup, and whipped cream.
All told, the PSL packs 50 grams of sugar. Some of that sugar occurs naturally in the latte’s milk. But we estimate that about 7 teaspoons (29 grams) are added sugar, from the PSL’s syrups and whipped cream. That’s more than half a day’s max.
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