Fall is officially Pumpkin Spice Latte season, but if you don't live near a Starbucks, getting your fix isn't always easy. That could soon be changing, though, thanks to this little tidbit: A reader of The Impulsive Buy recently spotted bottled Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos on shelves at Costco. Finally — it's about time we had a take-home version of our favorite fall obsession!
The Impulsive Buy originally reported that the bottled PSL Frapps were going to be a Costco exclusive, a fact which was later confirmed by Consumerist. "Starbucks confirmed that it's new," wrote Consumerist's Laura Northrup, "but it will only be available at Costco during the magical 'limited time' that is pumpkin spice season." (Bustle reached out to Starbucks for comment, but received no response by press time.) It's kind of a bummer that we can only get them in one place, but hey, if you already have a yearly Costco membership, it might be worth trucking down to your nearest location to get your hands on a package of these autumnal goodies. It's the first time bottled Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos have been available, so they're definitely something to celebrate!
(UPDATE: A Starbucks spokesperson has confirmed with Bustle that bottled Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos are, in fact, now available for a limited time at Costco. Starbucks Iced Espresso Classics Pumpkin Spice Latte drinks are also now available at grocery stores, so if you're not a Costco member, there are still options!)
If you're not a Costco member, though, there are still plenty of ways for you to revel in some pumpkin spice goodness at home. Here's how to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at home, and check out five more options below:
1. Get Your Hands On Some Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Sauce
Yes, you can actually purchase a gallon-sized bottle of the Fontana Pumpkin Spice Sauce that's used by Starbucks to make their PSLs taste like pie. It will set you back $25.95, but, well... let's just say that you can make a whole lot of lattes with a gallon of sauce.
2. Try This Simple DIY Recipe
There are a lot of DIY PSL recipes out there, but unfortunately a ton of them are for the advanced at-home barista. That's where YouTube chef April Athena comes in: Her clever DIY recipe uses simple ingredients like vanilla extract, pumpkin puree, and milk to create an easy-peasy pumpkin spice latte you can whip up in your own kitchen.
3. Go Instant With Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte Via Mix
Starbucks also recently released a Via Instant Latte version of the PSL, which you can simply stir into any coffee beverage to transform it utterly. A package of five will set you back $7.95, which means your drink will only cost you about $1.50. Very cost effective!
4. Three Words: Pumpkin Spice K-Cups
Although Starbucks hasn't released a K-Cup version of the pumpkin spice latte for the Keurig, you can still buy a Café Pumpkin Spice version that is made by Keurig itself. This is the most budget-friendly option yet, as a pack of 16 will only cost you $10.99.
5. Get Your Pumpkin Spice Latte Tazo On
If you're more of a tea drinker, Starbucks still has your back! Their Tazo tea line offers a pumpkin spice latte chai concentrate mix, which includes black tea and pumpkin spice flavoring. The best part is that 32 oz only costs $5.95, meaning you can drink this as much as you want during the fall season — or even stock up for the rest of the non-PSL seasons of the year.
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