Forget a drop in temperatures or the presence of changing leaves: the real way to tell that it's fall is by the presence of Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks. Come September, coffee lovers are swapping out their Frappucinos and iced mochas for warmer beverages, including the pumpkin-flavored coffee drink. While the iconic PSL will definitely come to Starbucks this year, we're not getting the same exact latte this time around: Starbucks is making major changes to their Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe.
If you saw the words "major changes" and freaked out because they were associated with delicious, pumpkin-y goodness, slow your roll. The only thing that Starbucks is doing in this case is improving the latte by making it slightly healthier and far more natural. Starbucks is officially removing "caramel coloring level IV," an ingredient made with ammonia, and is changing up its syrup to include - gasp! - real pumpkin puree. (Sorry to break it to you, but there wasn't any actual pumpkin in it before.)
It's awesome that Starbucks is making changes to their beloved beverages in order to make them healthier for the consumer. People down these babies like water on a hot day in the fall, and they can now feel a tad less guilty about their PSL addiction.