Starbucks to Actually Put Pumpkin in Pumpkin Spice Latte

The battle over caramel coloring comes to an end
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2015 8:00 PM CDT

Starbucks lovers, rejoice: The pumpkin spice latte controversy is over! The company announced today that its popular fall drink will finally be made with real pumpkin, USA Today reports. To recap, (the controversial) food blogger Vani Hari wrote a viral piece about the latte drink last year and pressed Starbucks for the ingredient list, notes the Atlantic. Turned out the drinks contained no pumpkin but did have caramel coloring, and it's been made that way for about 10 years, CBS News reports.

John Oliver even joked about "the coffee that tastes like a candle" in a segment on Last Week Tonight. Now Starbucks has revealed an updated recipe that includes espresso, milk, pumpkin spice-flavored sauce (with real pumpkin puree), whipped cream, vanilla syrup, pumpkin spice topping—and no caramel coloring. "After hearing from customers and partners about ingredients, we took another look at this beverage and why we created it so many years ago," reads a blog on the Starbucks website. (More Starbucks stories.)

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