The flavors of fall, now with less pollution

Tim Nelson
August 13, 2018

In today’s world, plastic straws are public enemy #1, unless you’re trying to trigger some libs. Depending on who you ask, Pumpkin Spice is either the best part about autumn or a close second on the public enemy list. Well, no matter how you feel about straws or pumpkin spice, you have to admit that Starbucks’ latest product offering is an ingenious way to take on their plastic straw problem while giving the people what they want.

The global coffee giant has transformed their trademark pumpkin spice flavor into not just something you can eat, but sip through as well. Available at grocery stores, the Pumpkin Spice Cookie Straw is a cylindrical white chocolate wafer loaded with pumpkin spice flavor. It will turn every sip of even the blandest coffee into the equivalent of throwing on a sweater and going leaf-peeping. They’re sold in packs of 20 and retail for $6.99.

The move was a no-brainer for Starbucks as they prepare to lead us into a post-plastic straw future. Earlier this summer, the company said they’d get rid of (almost all) plastic straws at Starbucks locations by 2020, and offering an alternative that you can dispose of inside your stomach after your coffee (or other beverage, if you’re a weirdo) is done seems to make perfect sense. They should also be a nice complement to pumpkin spice K-Cups, which will be available this fall.

There’s no word on when the PSL will be making its triumphant (or terrifying) return to Starbucks. Given that we’re halfway through August and Starbucks has a tendency to introduce these fall flavors while it’s still warm enough for shorts and a t-shirt in the northeast, it can’t be too much longer of a wait. Soon enough, the Pumpkin Spice safe space Facebook group will no doubt be inundated with pictures of Pumpkin Spice Cookie Straws being used to sip Pumpkin Spice Lattes.


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