Pumpkin Lattes: Does Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts Do Fall Better?


starbucks pumpkin latteIf there's a silver lining to the end of summer, it's the return of pumpkin-flavored treats -- particularly pumpkin lattes.

There's nothing quite as comforting as sipping on a toasty pumpkin beverage when there's a nip in the air. The bright fall flavor of pumpkin pie spices makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over. It's no wonder so many restaurant chains and coffee shops add the seasonal treat to their menus.

The only dilemma: Which brand to choose? Here, we pit two of the most popular lattes -- Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts -- against each other to determine the one pumpkin latte to rule them all.

**The following product comparison is between two similar products: Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte and Dunkin' Donuts Pumpkin Latte (both made with 2 percent milk). Prices may vary based on location.


Beverage: Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, 16 oz.

Price: $3.79 (plus tax)

Nutrition: 380 calories, 13 grams of fat

Overall: Starbucks' version is bold and bitter with intense espresso, pumpkin, and cinnamon flavors. The only sweetness comes from whipped cream topping.



pumpkin latte

Beverage: Dunkin' Donuts Pumpkin Latte, 16 oz.

Price: $2.79 (plus tax)

Nutrition: 330 calories, 9 grams of fat.

Overall: The latte at Dunkin' Donuts is more rich and frothy than its Starbucks counterpart, with brighter, warmer flavors of pumpkin pie and a variety of fall spices (including cinnamon). Caramel drizzle on top really amps up the sweetness factor.




The verdict? As is evident from the calorie content, both drinks should be considered a treat, but the Dunkin' Donuts version tastes more like one. Still, it all comes down to which coffee you prefer: I typically think Dunkin' Donuts has the better brew, but Starbucks' fans will argue that the Pumpkin Spice latte tastes more like espresso -- and, therefore, more sophisticated.

Which pumpkin latte is your favorite?


Images via Starbucks.com; DunkinDonuts.com

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hotic... hoticedcoffee

I'm going to go with Dunkin's, mainly because I don't enjoy the Starbucks' experience.  The one that's closest to me is ALWAYS packed and the drive-thru is poorly run, and at least half the time I drive off, take a sip of my drink, and realized I just paid $5 for something I didn't order.  Their drinks are generally too hot for me to taste them right out of the window to make sure, so there's no way around it for me.

Hello... HelloKittyCrazy

I ain't picky I LOVE them both!!!

RanaA... RanaAurora

I don't know what my deal is, but I'm not loving Starbuck's version as much this year.  Did they change the formula?  I'm having to go with a 6-pump (additional pump) and breve Venti Pumpkin Spice to make it as good as I remembered.


Dunkin Donut's... don't have one, don't care to.

Sweet... SweetPieMama24

Every morning I swing by Dunkin Donuts to pick up a pumpkin spice coffee (not a latte) and it's delish! i cant justify spending triple the price at starbucks for half the size that you get at DD.

KatieP. KatieP.

Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice all the way!

sstepph sstepph

Dunkins. With a pumpkin muffin.

frysh... fryshannon34

I like the refrigerated pumpkin flabored coffee creamer


I haven't tried either but they look yummy.

nonmember avatar Abby

I tried the iced pumpkin coffee from Dunkin the other day and it was HORRIBLE! I am not sure what they do different with the iced drink, but it tasted like soap! The spices were just really funky-- so, if you are getting pumpkin there, just make sure to get a hot drink!

nonmember avatar sharon

Starbucks all the way. I prefer the quality of aribica beans vs the cheaper Latin american coffee beans.

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