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Pumpkin Spice: Delicious flavoring or scourge of humanity?

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Texas weather has started to hit the high 60s, flannels, leggings and combat boots are becoming in styleyup that’s right, fall is here and you know what that means: the hype for pumpkin spice lattes (PSL) is greater than ever. Whether it’s from the nearby Starbucks or your campus coffee shop, popularity for the PSL is at an all time high.


But what makes this seasonal drink so worth the hype? I mean, is it really all that great, or is it just a way for big chains like Starbucks to make their money’s worth?

Many will argue that a PSL tastes like fall in a cup; and before I begin to argue against that, let me just say, I tried to like pumpkin spice lattes.

I went to Starbucks, paid five dollars that I probably couldn’t even afford to spend, and used every force in my mind to like at least a drop of the 8 oz drink.

But truthfully speaking, all I could think was, “Oh god, this tastes like a melted candle with whip cream on top.”

While my own opinion is strong enough to argue my case that PSL’s are certainly not worth the hype, I decided to turn to my fellow Hilltoppers for their various opinions.

Sophomore Michael Foster agreed that pumpkin spice lattes do taste like it’s been melted.  

“It’s like a cup of melted pumpkin pie, with a hint of cinnamon,” he said.

Circle K President Samantha Hull poked fun at the popular drink saying,

“If you like the taste of cinnamon sticks being shoved down your throat, then it’s great,” Hull joked. “It smells great, but I don’t like the taste, just the smell.”

Others, like Writing and Rhetoric major Asia Smith, stated that the PSL might mark the beginning of fall, but it “has been made into this huge thing that is not even necessary.”

But along with those who agreed that PSL’s are overrated, there were a few that vouch for the popular fall drink.

Senior Manny Esparza expressed his love for pumpkin flavored items and recalled the first time he ever tried a PSL stating, “It was enjoyable.”

Global studies major Kassey Rocha also praised the concoction for having a “really great flavor that doesn’t add too much sweetness to the drink.”

Business major Tristan Garcia said, ”it took time for to grow a liking for a PSL, but now it’s an all time favorite.”

Freshman Sammi Nelson admitted that she has yet to try the PSL, but plans to “hit up Starbucks this season and see if this drink lives up to its hype.”

Whether you’re a fan or not, or have yet to try it, the pumpkin spice latte has become a popular drink in today’s culture, especially in the fall season. While I may argue that it’s not worth the money or the hype, I don’t judge those who think otherwise. If you find the taste of melted pumpkin pie and candle wax appetizing, go for it.

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Pumpkin Spice: Delicious flavoring or scourge of humanity?