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When Does Pumpkin Spice Come Back to Starbucks Every Year?

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You can tell it’s fall by the smell of fallen leaves, the crisp feel of the early morning air, and of course, the appearance of pumpkin spice everything. Pumpkin spice ushers in the autumn season every year, from donuts to cakes and hot to cold drinks, customers crave it all.

Every restaurant, diner, and of course,  the coffee shops get on board, and Starbucks is no different. Traditionally, pumpkin spice comes back to Starbucks between the end of August and early September, though the exact launch date varies from year to year. We will discuss what Starbucks is releasing for fall this year and more in the blog below.

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Why Is Pumpkin Spice Seasonal?

If you think about it, the reasons pumpkin spice everything is seasonal is right there in the name. While pumpkins are available most of the year, they are mostly sold in the fall, and it’s a great marketing decision to sell everything pumpkin during the autumn season, just as it’s a good idea to sell certain things during the Christmas season.

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How Long Can You Get Pumpkin Spice at Starbucks?

Starbucks has a variety of pumpkin spice items, from desserts to hot and cold drinks. Pumpkin spice is synonymous with fall menus everywhere, and Starbucks goes all out.

These treats are usually available starting in late August or early September, but the date changes yearly. If you’re waiting to get your Starbucks pumpkin spice fix, just keep an eye on their ads. They’ll start advertising heavily before the season begins.

Pumpkin spice is a seasonal treat mainly because it goes well with pumpkin pie, something that sits on most dining room tables on Thanksgiving Day. If you want your fix of pumpkin spice from Starbucks, you need to get it quickly; it’s an autumn favorite, and supplies run low pretty quickly.

When Does Starbucks Stop Selling Pumpkin Spice?

In most cases, Starbucks stops serving its pumpkin spice treats early in November to start preparing for Thanksgiving. However, not all Starbucks stop selling the treats at the same time. Usually, the loyal customers of Starbucks stop asking for their pumpkin spice treats right after Halloween, which means they’ll soon stop offering them until the next season rolls around.

In many cases, how long the pumpkin spice latte and other treats stick around according to how much supply the store has left after Halloween and how much demand there is to keep it going for just a little bit longer. You can expect your pumpkin spice to disappear for good around December when the menu changes to make room for the Christmas drinks and treats instead.

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What Are Some of the Pumpkin Spice Treats Being Offered at Starbucks This Fall?

Of course, if you’re a pumpkin spice lover, you’re going to be itching to try everything pumpkin spice that Starbucks is offering in the autumn of the year. We’ll give you a few of the treats below.

  • Pumpkin cream cheese muffin
  • Pumpkin scone
  • Pumpkin spice latte (hot and cold)
  • Pumpkin loaf
  • Owl cake pop (brand new item)

Of course, you know Starbucks and every other brand out there will continue to capitalize on the pumpkin spice craze. We have heard of everything from pumpkin spice candles to pumpkin spice Goldfish crackers this year. If you love pumpkin spice, then fall is your time of year, whether you’re a fan of Starbucks or not.

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Wrap Up

Who doesn’t love pumpkin spice? Fall conjures images of falling leaves, cozy fires, and pumpkin spice lattes for many people who love the cooler times of the year. If you’re all about the pumpkin spice, then you’ll want to visit your local Starbucks when their fall menu items are released.

However, if you missed the pumpkin spice craze this season, stay tuned for the Christmas menu to be released really soon.

See Also: Does Starbucks Serve Breakfast All Day? What to Know!

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Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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