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Pumpkin Spice Drinks Ranked Best to Worst

Fall is officially here. There are several foods and traditions that symbolize fall but pumpkin is fall’s ultimate representative. You could eat a pumpkin, paint a pumpkin, go to a pumpkin patch, or drink any of these pumpkin-based drinks. To fully honor fall, I went to five different restaurants and tried a pumpkin-based drink. While each drink is recommendable, I enjoyed some a little more than others.

7 Brew
7 Brew’s menu consists of a variety of coffees, shakes, smoothies, sparkling waters, teas, energy drinks, and kids’ drinks. I ordered 7 Brew’s Pumpkin Blondie, and it’s my favorite drink on this list. It was significantly sweeter than most of the pumpkin drinks at the other restaurants. I will say that the pumpkin wasn’t very strong. I thought the sweetness balanced well with the pumpkin, but if you’re looking for an intense pumpkin taste, this drink probably isn’t for you.

Dutch Bros
Dutch Bros offers five pumpkin drinks: iced or hot Caramel Pumpkin Brûlée Breve, iced Caramel Pumpkin Brûlée Cold Brew, blended Caramel Pumpkin Brûlée Freeze, blended Pumpkin Pie Frost, and iced or hot Pumpkin Pie Latte. I bought an iced Caramel Pumpkin Brûlée Breve. It almost became my favorite until I tried 7 Brew’s Pumpkin Blondie. These two drinks possess the same taste of pumpkin but Dutch Bros is a little less sweet. I prefer any coffee drink that I buy to be really sweet, but if you’re not looking for that sweetness you may enjoy the Caramel Pumpkin Brûlée Breve more than the Pumpkin Blondie. I would definitely buy this drink again, though.

Starbucks
Starbucks’s menu currently features four pumpkin items: the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte, a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, a new iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte, and a Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin. I ordered an iced Pumpkin Spice Latte. I never tasted Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte and I typically felt that their coffees weren’t sweet enough, but Starbucks surprised me. The Pumpkin Spice Latte had the perfect amount of sweetness and the strongest taste of pumpkin. I felt the pumpkin slightly overpowered the latte, but overall it was extremely tasty and I would recommend all pumpkin lovers to try Starbucks’s Pumpkin Spice Latte at least once.

Dunkin’ Donuts
Dunkin’ Donuts’ pumpkin collection consists of six items: their Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte, Nutty Pumpkin Coffee, Pumpkin Cake Donuts, MUNCHKINS® Donut Hole Treats Pumpkin Muffin, and limited-edition Goldfish® Dunkin’™ Pumpkin Spice Grahams. I tried Dunkin’s Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte first out of all these restaurants. Similarly to Starbucks’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, the pumpkin was strong, but the sweetness wasn’t there. The Latte wasn’t bad, but the lack of sweetness allowed too much room for bitterness. I could definitely see why someone would enjoy this drink especially if they aren’t big on sweetness, but I personally think it could’ve been a lot more balanced.

Flying Squirrel
Flying Squirrel’s September menu features drinks named after famous writers, one being J.K. Rowling, a pumpkin and cinnamon roll coffee. I initially thought the J.K. Rowling would be very sweet since it includes a cinnamon roll taste, but it was probably the least sweet. It also had the least strong pumpkin taste. The J.K. Rowling honestly tasted more like a slightly pumpkiny coffee. The coffee taste was prominent, but not in a bad way.

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