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20 Pumpkin Drinks That Are Better Than Your Morning Coffee

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Americans drink a lot of coffee — about 400 million cups every day. Some 64% of the population drinks at least one cup a day, and many of us obviously exceed that. And in 2018, coffee consumption had reached its highest level since 2012, according to a study by the National Coffee Association cited by Reuters. (Here are 20 signs you might be drinking too much coffee.)

There’s nothing wrong with a cup of straight black coffee, or coffee with cream or milk (dairy or otherwise) and/or sugar or some other sweetener. And coffee connoisseurs can detect a wide range of flavor and aroma differences between different blends and single-origin offerings.

But let’s face it: Just plain coffee can be a little monochromatic. Many of those who drink coffee daily probably have it more or less the same way — or they would if it weren’t for the wide range of flavored coffee-based beverages that Starbucks and other chains and independent coffee shops have been offering for the past few decades.

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This time of year, those drinks are often flavored with that now-ubiquitous blend of flavorings known as pumpkin spice. Starbucks started the craze back in 2003. The chain’s recipe includes cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Others might add things like ginger or allspice. 

As pumpkin spice coffees have proliferated, a host of other products with the same or similar flavorings have appeared, some actually involving pumpkin itself as well as the spices. Besides coffee, the beverage entries in the pumpkin spice race include tea, hot chocolate, soda — and even wine and (especially) beer. 

Some of these are truly tasty. Other pumpkin spice products, drinkable or otherwise, just get silly. Here, for instance, are 24 pumpkin spice things we really don’t need this fall

24/7 Tempo has assembled a list of pumpkin spice (and sometimes actual pumpkin-flavored) substitutes for plain old coffee. You may or may not want to start your morning — or pick up your afternoon — with any of these every day, but it’s nice to know that such variety is out there, just in case.

Source: Courtesy of 7-Eleven via Twitter

7-11 Pumpkin Spice Latte
> Serving size: 8 oz.
> Calories: 190
> Total grams of sugar: 27


Source: Courtesy of Avery's Soda via Facebook

Avery’s Pumpkin Pie Soda
> Serving size: 12 oz.
> Calories: 150
> Total grams of sugar: 38

Source: Courtesy of Caribou Coffee

Caribou Coffee Pumpkin White Mocha
> Serving size: 10 oz.
> Calories: 325
> Total grams of sugar: 47

Source: Courtesy of Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel Pumpkin Pie Latte
> Serving size: 16 oz.
> Calories: 230
> Total grams of sugar: 29


Source: Courtesy of Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen Pumpkin Pie Blizzard
> Serving size: 12 oz.
> Calories: 570
> Total grams of sugar: 67

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Dunkin’ Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Signature Latte
> Serving size: 14 oz.
> Calories: 350
> Total grams of sugar: 55


Source: Courtesy of Harry & David

Harry & David Pumpkin Spice Tea
> Serving size: varies
> Calories: 0
> Total grams of sugar: 0

Source: Courtesy of Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme Frozen Pumpkin Spice Latte
> Serving size: 12 oz.
> Calories: 440
> Total grams of sugar: 69

Source: Courtesy of La Colombe

La Colombe Pumpkin Spice Draft Latte
> Serving size: 9 oz.
> Calories: 100
> Total grams of sugar: 11


Source: Courtesy of MoonPie

Lester’s Fixin’s Pumpkin Pie Soda
> Serving size: 12 oz.
> Calories: 170
> Total grams of sugar: unavailable

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Lifeway Pumpkin Spice Lowfat Kefir
> Serving size: 8.5 oz.
> Calories: 140
> Total grams of sugar: 20


Source: Courtesy of Maine Root

Maine Root Pumpkin Soda
> Serving size: 12.5 oz.
> Calories: 165
> Total grams of sugar: 40

Source: Courtesy of Sprouts

Sprouts Pumpkin Spice Kombucha
> Serving size: 16 oz.
> Calories: 35
> Total grams of sugar: 4

Source: Courtesy of Starbucks

Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
> Serving size: 16 oz.
> Calories: 250
> Total grams of sugar: 31


Source: Courtesy of Starbucks via Facebook

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
> Serving size: 16 oz.
> Calories: 380
> Total grams of sugar: 50

Source: Courtesy of Steak n' Shake via Twitter

Steak ‘n Shake Pumpkin Spice Milkshake
> Serving size: 11.5 oz.
> Calories: 640
> Total grams of sugar: 100


Source: Courtesy of Stephen's Gourmet

Stephen’s Gourmet Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
> Serving size: varies
> Calories: 150/diluted 3-tbsp. serving
> Total grams of sugar: 22/diluted 3-tbsp. serving

Source: Courtesy of Twinings

Twinings Pumpkin Chai Tea
> Serving size: varies
> Calories: 0
> Total grams of sugar: 0

Source: Courtesy of Wawa

Wawa Pumpkin Cold Brew Iced Coffee
> Serving size: 16 oz.
> Calories: 120
> Total grams of sugar: 24


Source: Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma Pumpkin Spice Coffee
> Serving size: varies
> Calories: 0
> Total grams of sugar: 0

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