Starbucks brings back Pumpkin Spice Latte, adds Chile Mocha to menu

Posted at 7:08 AM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 07:08:56-04

NEW YORK — September is here, Labor Day has passed, and if you’re still not convinced that summer is over, the Pumpkin Spice Latte has officially made its triumphant return to Starbucks.

Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte and Chile Mocha made its 2016 Fall debut on Sept. 6. (Starbucks)

Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte and Chile Mocha made its 2016 Fall debut on Sept. 6. (Starbucks)

The coffee chain announced it will be releasing the classic fall drink Tuesday, Sept. 6, although a few lucky Starbucks loyalists were able to score a cup of PSL as early as Sept. 1 through a secret code.

But that’s not the only new menu item. The Chile Mocha “inspired by mole, horchata and a thick Mexican drink called champurrado,” will also be a new fall drink customers can order. It’s a spicier drink, containing ancho chile and cayenne combine with chocolate.

“The first sip should be warm and chocolatey, quickly followed by the creaminess of the whip and just a kiss of sweet and savory heat all at once,” Starbucks Senior Product Developer Michelle Sundquist said in a press release.

Starbucks wasn’t the first chain to bring back PSL this year. McDonald’s added the drink on Aug. 31.

But even though summer “unofficially” ended, fall technically starts on Sept. 22.

Starbucks also has some other pumpkin spice latte competitors, including its coffee nemesis Dunkin’ Donuts.