All about the PSL

By Jamila Faizullabhoy

 

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Every time the fall season rolls around all everybody talks about, besides Halloween, is the Pumpkin Spice Latte, also know as PSL.
Facts:
1.Not every PSL contains actual pumpkin.
2.Starbucks has sold 200 million PSL’s in the past decade.
3.PSL almost wasn’t a thing. Taste testers rated it the worst among other drinks, but it eventually topped a couple others.
4.It was originally called Fall Harvest Latte.
5.There is an official PSL Instagram account run by Starbucks. @therealpsl
6.People who buy PSL’s spend way more money than people who don’t.
7.Just 8 percent of pumpkin spice latte customers buy the drink three or more times during the offer time.
8.The pumpkin syrup on Starbucks.com is not the syrup they use in the store.
9.Research says that PSL reminds you of all the happy times in your life.
10.Doesn’t have that much caffeine.
11.It isn’t vegan

The ingredients are: Milk, Pumpkin Spice Sauce [Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Pumpkin Puree, Contains 2% Or Less Of Fruit And Vegetable Juice For Color, Natural Flavors, Annatto, Salt, Potassium Sorbate], Brewed Espresso, Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Milk, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Pumpkin Spice Topping [Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove, Sulfiting Agents]. Starbucks says that the ingredient that makes it taste so good is the Pumpkin Spice Sugar (PSS). PSS is made of one cup extra granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice.

Want to make your own PSL with fewer ingredients than listed above well here is your recipe.

YOU WILL NEED
2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 to 3 tablespoons sugar, depending on how sweet you like it
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for serving
1/2 cup strong hot coffee
Whipped cream, for serving
DIRECTIONS
Add milk, pumpkin puree, and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until hot, but do not boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and the coffee.
Divide the mixture between two mugs. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

 

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