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This Is How Starbucks' New Pumpkin Drink Compares to the PSL

Here's the nutritional breakdown of each pumpkin-flavored drink.
This Is How Starbucks' New Pumpkin Drink Compares to the PSL
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The final days of summer are nearing, which means fall-themed drinks and goodies are underway at your favorite coffee shops. In fact, Starbucks recently announced the famed Pumpkin Spice Latte will return on Tuesday, August 27, but that's not the only pumpkin-flavored drink that will hit the menu that day. Starbucks will also debut its first new pumpkin drink in 16 years: the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew.

This drink took a lot of perfecting, too. Delish reported that a Starbucks spokesperson admittedly said it took the popular chain 10 tries to concoct the perfect recipe.

So, what's this new fall-approved drink all about? Here's what you need to know about the Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew.

What's in the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, and how is it different from the PSL?

The limited-time cold brew contains a pump of vanilla syrup and is topped with Starbucks' housemade pumpkin cream cold foam. The cold beverage is then sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. In other words, the pumpkin flavor comes from the foam and spices dusted on top. We've heard the cold brew itself may be comparable to the taste of the Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew.

pumpkin cream cold brew from starbucks
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Grande size: 250 calories, 12 g fat, 31 g carbs (31 g sugar)

In contrast, the pumpkin flavor in the PSL may be a bit stronger, with pumpkin spice sauce as the second most prevalent ingredient in the creamy drink.

Grande size: 380 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 240 mg sodium, 52 g carbs (0 g fiber, 50 g sugar), 14 g protein

Of course, the latte by nature is a higher-calorie beverage, primarily made of milk and whipped cream. A grande size of the PSL clocks in at 380 calories, 14 grams of total fat, 52 grams of carbs, and 50 grams of sugar. A grande size of the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew yields 250 calories, 12 grams of fat, 31 grams of carbs, and 31 grams of sugar.

At Eat This, Not That! we're advocates of beverages that contain minimal added sugar, so we're thrilled to see Starbucks create a pumpkin drink that won't cost you two day's worth of the sweet stuff.

However, the cold brew drink is still high in sugar because of the addition of vanilla syrup. According to the American Heart Association, men shouldn't consume more than 36 grams of added sugar per day and for women, the recommended daily allowance is even fewer at just 25 grams.

RELATED: The easy guide to cutting back on sugar is finally here.

Keep this in mind as you peruse the bakery items because you know Starbucks wouldn't just launch pumpkin-flavored drinks to celebrate the approaching fall season. Expect to see various treats including a Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin, a Pumpkin Scone, Pumpkin Spice Madeleines, and even a Vanilla Cat Cake pop.

The question is, will the introduction fo the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew cause the PSL to take a backseat or will they compete civilly? Only your tastebuds can tell!

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Cheyenne Buckingham
Cheyenne Buckingham is the news editor of Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and drink coverage, and breaking down the science behind the latest health studies and information. Read more
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