A reporter's pumpkin spice latte, purchased at a Starbucks in Baltimore. Researchers say the appeal of pumpkin spice-flavored items is less about the taste than the smell and its associations. (Christina Tkacik/Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Don’t shoot the messenger! It’s almost pumpkin spice season. For some, they wait all year for pumpkin spice season. Others, see pumpkin spice as the sign that the summer is almost over so they HATE it. Regardless if you love pumpkin spice or not, you can’t avoid that it’s just about that time of year. There are several stores, brands, coffee shops that thrive off of their pumpkin spice flavors. We will take a look at which ones are coming back and when.

What exactly is pumpkin spice? Well it depends on who you ask. A general consensus is that pumpkin spice blend combines warm, earthy spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, allspice, and cardamom. Believe it or not, pumpkin spice does NOT contain actual pumpkin. You can use it in things like coffee, pies, ice cream, beer etc. And there is a science behind why we as humans love pumpkin spice as much as we do. Not to get into too much detail but it has something to do with our taste buds and our minds hallucinating into thinking it’s fall. Either way, there is a large group of people who count down the days until all of their favorite pumpkin spice products are back on the market. This article is for those people.

So get ready pumpkin spice freaks! As of the writing of this article, it is August 9th. Some brands like Dogfish Head have already brought back its pumpkin spice. However some, like Dunkin’, have near futur dates when it’ll be back. We will take a look at many of your favorites including Starbucks. That way, you can mark your calendars and set your alarms. Are you a pumpkin spice freak? IT’S ABOUT THAT TIME! Get ready to enjoy your favorite pumpkin spice products. Enjoy friends!

  • Dunkin'

    Dunkin’s line of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING will be back in full force August 16

    Dunkin' brings back pumpkin spice, unveils fall menu

    Dunkin' brought back its Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte, Pumpkin Swirl and fall menu items, as well as introduced Dunkin' Rewards details for August and September.

  • Starbucks

    Starbucks already has its pumpkin menu listed. Its release date: August 24th.

    Starbucks fall menu!!
    Coffee::
    -Pumpkin Spice Latte
    -Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
    -Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato

    NEW Coffee::
    -Iced Apple Crisp Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

    NEW Tea::
    -Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte

    Ground coffee!!
    -Guatemala Casi Cielo(not pictured)

    Food!!
    -Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin
    -Owl Cake Pop

    NEW Food::
    -Baked Apple Croissant(Warming stores only)

    Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte is back - along with 2 new seasonal drinks

    The Pumpkin Spice Latte has returned to Starbucks for its 20th year. Here's everything we know about Starbucks' fall menu, including two new seasonal drinks.

  • Sam Adams

    Sam Adams Jack-O AND Octoberfest are already in liquor stores and bars. Its release date was August 1.

    The Pumpkin Creep Cometh

    We're still in the middle of summer, but pumpkin spice is coming for us all.

  • Dogfish Head

    Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale is already available. It came out August 1.

    The Pumpkin Creep Cometh

    We're still in the middle of summer, but pumpkin spice is coming for us all.

  • 7-11 stores

    Its pumpkin spice latte is back already! They dropped it August 1.

    7-Eleven unleashes its Pumpkin Spice Latte unseasonably early

    7-Eleven is the first major chain to put out its Pumpkin Spice Latte for the season, beating Starbucks, who hasn't yet announced the return of its fall menu.

  • Trader Joe's

    Trader Joe’s pumpkin items including pumpkin spice hummus, pumpkin butter and pumpkin cheesecake will be back the second week of September.

    47 Best Trader Joe's Pumpkin Items Under $9

    The answer to "does Trader Joe's have pumpkin yet?" is yes! We found dozens of Trader Joe's pumpkin products you'll want to add to your cart this year.

  • Krispy Kreme

    Krispy Kreme rolled out its pumpkin coffee and donuts on Tuesday, August 8th.

    Krispy Kreme Kicks Off Pumpkin Season Early With New Fall Menu

    Krispy Kreme knows it's never too early for pumpkin spice season to start. That's why they're officially rolling out fall flavors on Monday, Aug. 8 with an updated lineup.

  • Shipyard Pumpkinhead

    One of the most popular pumpkin beers brought to you by the Shipyard Brewing company is available NOW at various liquor stores.

    Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Company

    4.5% ABV | 18 IBUs Willamette, Saphir Pale Ale, Whole Wheat, Munich Light CANS: 12oz - 6 pack, 12 pack 16 oz - 4 pack BOTTLES: 12oz - 6 pack, 12 pack Keg The Greatest Pumpkin Beer of All Time Pumpkinhead is a crisp, refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spice flavor.

  • Dairy Queen

    Dairy Queen’s Blizzard of the Month for September is the fan-favorite Pumpkin Pie Blizzard! It’ll be available September 1. 

    Your Official Pumpkin Spice Watchlist For 2023

    Curious about when Starbucks will release its PSL? Read on. Craving a pumpkin doughnut? We've got that, too.

  • McDonald's

    McDonald’s pumpkin spice latte will be back this month. Exact date hasn’t been announced but in year’s past, it’s been back 8/31

    https://people.com/food/pumpkin-spice-latte-release-date-starbucks-mcdonalds/

  • Wendy's

    Wendy’s is launching a pumpkin spice frosty and cold brew on 9/12!

    Wendy's Reportedly Releasing Pumpkin Spice-Flavored Menu Items for Fall

    Word on the street is that Wendy's is getting in the fall spirit with two new items: Pumpkin Spice Frosty and Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew.

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