Starbucks Pumpkin Latte 'Crisis' Sends Die-Hard Drinkers to Their Crazy Place


pumpkin spice latteStarbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes have a cult-like following. Even though the coffee chain seems to be bringing them out earlier and earlier every year, pushing pumpkin on us when we're still in flip-flops, they definitely hold a special place in my heart. Forget falling leaves, chillier temps, sweaters ... It's almost as if we rely on this one flavorful, cozy drink to ring in autumn.

Think that may be taking it too far? Well, think again! Starbucks fans on Twitter went berserk when some locations reportedly ran out of the drink's signature pumpkin spice syrup due to unexpectedly high demand. A couple sample tweets: “Starbucks is out of Pumpkin Spice Latte. NOW WHAT,” wrote one fan, while @TheFakeCNN poked fun by tweeting, “BREAKING: Fights between soccer moms on the rise after Starbucks announces Pumpkin Spice Latte shortage." Geeeze! It was enough to think, "OMG IT'S THE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTEPOCALPYSE!"

Thankfully, we can all now rest assured that any potential shortage never existed in the first place or has been completely averted by Starbucks corporate ...

A Starbucks representative denied any major problems, claiming that the distribution centers are now "100 percent stocked" with ingredients necessary for the in-high-demand PSL. Global Brand PR Director Lisa Passe told ABC: “I can confirm that there are no actual pumpkin emergencies." Whewwwww!!

Apparently, a few stores initially sold out of the drinks due to higher than expected demand, but have no fear -- they were able to order more as quickly as that evening or even borrow the pumpkin spice syrup from other stores until their shipments arrived, she said.

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Talk about going to great lengths for your seasonal treat. And you know, what? This is just further proof that people are truly out of control with this pumpkin-mania this year! Nothing's gonna stand between Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte fanatics and their cult-ish coffee!

Well, hopefully, this averted crisis helped Starbucks learn their lesson. Because I wouldn't be surprised if there's almost as much enthusiasm for next month's holiday drinks, and the last thing they need is another "IT'S THE END TIMES!" Twitter backlash over gingerbread lattes. Yeesh!

Would you flip out if Starbucks ran out of pumpkin spice syrup?

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Deborah Bryant

Really? Make your own!!!! Foam some milk or cream ( I use an AeroLatte that I got online for $3)with pumpkin pie spice and some sugar, mix in with fresh brewed coffee and dust with more pie spice! A true latte is about half milk and half coffee, but I prefer more coffee and less milk.

kelti... kelticmom

No, but I will if they run out of Gingerbread lattes! I look forward to that all year!

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I was craving one for about two weeks before I finally cracked and bought on the other day. If they'd been out of syrup the security guards might have been dragging a hysterically sobbing pregnant woman out of the store. But when I'm not under the influence of crazy hormones I'd just make a sad face and either order something else or make a slight detour and get one on the way home. They're good but not good enough to induce panic and rioting in the streets.

Andrea Byrd Plate

I do like the pumpkin spice latte, but what really gets me going is their salted caramel mocha-I love them!  And I did have to make a sad face the other day when the Starbucks near my house ran out of sea salt and couldn't make me one.


Deweymom Deweymom

No...but I was super bummed when my local Dunkins was out of pumpkin 8:40am!!

jessi... jessicasmom1

pumpkin latee yummmmm

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