It’s early, but you’re already craving that that creamy pumpkin goodness; the aroma of nutmeg and clove; the jolt of creamy espresso. And you just have to know: When oh when will Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte return in 2024?!

Starbucks Pumpin Spice Latte

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Pumpkin Spice Latte 2024 Release Date

Based on history, our best guess for when Starbucks PSL will be back is Tuesday, August 27, 2024. However, there is a solid chance that Starbucks will move up the date at the last minute, like they did last year! In which case, pumpkin spice lattes can be in your hot little hands as early as Thursday, August 22, 2024.

Pumpkin Spice Latte 2023 Release Date

Starbucks 2023 PSL release date was Thursday, August 24, 2023.

Our best guess for Starbucks’ PSL 2023 release date was Tuesday, August 29, 2023. We were wrong! As the date got closer, the rumors heated up.

Starbucks had yet to give official word, but a foodie Instagram account reportedly received a tip from a Starbucks employee that Tuesday, August 29 was indeed the official return date … THEN they received another tip that Starbucks PSL 2023 release date had moved up to Thursday, August 24! Oh, Starbucks. Keepin’ us on our toes.

Starbucks’ PSL Release Date History

For nine out of the last 11 release dates, Pumpkin Spice Latte has been released on a Tuesday, except in 2023, when it released on a Thursday, and in 2013, when it released on a Monday.

Which is why we think that the chances are high that PSL will once again grace our local Starbucks stores on the last Tuesday of August this year. 🎃

These were the PSL release dates from 2013-2023:

  • 2023: Thursday, August 24
  • 2022: Tuesday, August 30
  • 2021: Tuesday, August 24
  • 2020: Tuesday, August 25
  • 2019: Tuesday, August 27
  • 2018: Tuesday, August 28
  • 2017: Tuesday, September 5
  • 2016: Tuesday, September 6
  • 2015: Tuesday, September 8. This year, customers were given an opportunity to use a special password that unlocked the pumpkin spice latte at their local stores a few days early.
  • 2014: Tuesday, September 2. But on Tuesday, August 26, Starbucks released a secret password for PSL access a week early.
  • 2013: Monday, September 2. There was a secret access code this year, too! Bring it back, Starbucks!

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Season 2023 Menu

Here are all the goodies that were on the 2023 menu. Read this and you’ll really be ready for PSL season!

Starbucks Fall Beverages

Returning drinks

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte (available hot, iced, or blended)
  • Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
  • Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato (available hot, iced, or blended)

New drinks

  • Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte – a chai tea latte with pumpkin cream cold foam and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice topping
  • Iced Apple Crisp Oatmeal Shaken Espresso – Blonde espresso shaken with apple, cinnamon, and brown sugar flavors and topped with oatmilk.

Starbucks Fall Food Items

Returning bakery items

  • Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin
  • Pumpkin & Pepita Loaf
  • Owl Cake Pop
  • Sadly, in 2023, Starbucks did not offer pumpkin scones any longer! But if you’re craving pumpkin scone goodness, I have you covered with these Starbucks Copycat Pumpkin Scones.

New bakery item

  • Baked Apple Croissant – filled with warm apple filling. Yum!

If you’re near a Starbucks Reserve store, rush on over to get your hands on the special seasonal menu which features the Starbucks Reserve Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Spice Whiskey Barrel-Aged Iced Latte and Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini. They also have exclusive bakery items including Pumpkin Maritozzo (a puffy pastry stuffed with cream) and Pumpkin Spice Cake.

Is Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Made with Real Pumpkin?

Sort of! In 2023, Starbucks shared that for the last eight years, their pumpkin sauce has contained Kabocha squash puree. In the U.S., kabocha is generally considered a type of winter squash (and pumpkin is indeed a type of winter squash). But Kabocha is also known as “Japanese pumpkin.” Learn more about Kabocha squash in my Ultimate Squash Guide.

Kabocha Squash

When Does Starbucks Pumpkin Spice End?

Starbucks pumpkin spice season usually ends after Thanksgiving, or when supplies run out for individual stores.

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