When Will Starbucks Have the Pumpkin Spice – Will Dunkin Donuts Beat Them to the Latte?

Pumpkin Spice SeasonThe pumpkin spice products are much anticipated among those of us that love the wonderful flavor.

Starbucks started the pumpkin spice rage in 2003 and it has exploded since then. One of those that have tapped into the market is Dunkin Donuts.

Starbucks is probably the first one we think of when the subject of pumpkin spice comes up, but there are people loyal the Dunkin Donuts brand, as well, to keep it heavily in the game.

The question is when will Starbucks have their pumpkin spice latte and other fall products out versus when will Dunkin Donuts.

Starbucks Prime Products

The word around is that Starbucks is planning to release their fall flavors, including their famous Starbucks Pumpkin Spicepumpkin spice latte, on August 28th. This is earlier than their 2017 release date of September 1st.

Some sources are reporting that in addition to the Pumpkin Spice Latte, Starbucks will bring back the Salted Caramel Mocha and the Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte. And, they may be adding to their fall list of drinks.

The new items are rumored to be an espresso-mocha hot drink, and two cold drinks that come with Cold Foam.

Dunkin Donuts Specialties

Not to be outdone, Dunkin Donuts are reporting that they will release their more extensive list of fall specialties the day before Starbucks on August 27th.

Dunkin is brewing up a longer list of fall flavors, but at the core is their pumpkin spice hot, cold-brew, frozen, and iced drinks. They even have a pumpkin-flavored doughnut to complement the drinks. In Doughnutsaddition to the pumpkin spice, they are bringing back their maple-pecan-flavored products and some new items – a Maple Cream Cheese Spread and an Apple Crisp doughnut with apple filling. A couple of fall breakfast sandwiches and fall doughnuts round out the intense fall fun arriving soon at DD.

Dunkin Donuts has their line of prepackaged ground coffee and K-Cups to round out their offerings.


Is This a Pumpkin Spice War?

Perhaps, it is. However, each place seems to have strong followers, so I suspect the fan lines will When will Starbucks have pumpkin spicehold. There are some, like us, that are open to both and will likely gladly partake in both places throughout fall.

The countdown is on to August 27th for Dunkin Donuts pumpkin spice and fall releases. Unless Starbucks pulls out a surprise, they’ll have their big hoorah the next day.

As I see it, the pumpkin spice lovers are eagerly anticipating the delightful flavors of fall, of which, pumpkin spice is at the top of the list.


What Are Your Thoughts?

We’d like to hear from you. Do you have strong preferences for Starbucks or does your loyalty lie with Dunkin Donuts? It’s time to sound off. We’d love to hear your comments below.





9 replies on “When Will Starbucks Have the Pumpkin Spice – Will Dunkin Donuts Beat Them to the Latte?”

  1. Benji says:

    I’ve never actually tried Pumpkin Spice but now I’m really eager to! Great job, I’m especially curious to see how they pull of the Pumpkin flavored doughnut; have they done unusual flavors like this before?

    • Jeff says:

      What?! You’ve never tried pumpkin spice? Just kidding. You definitely need to find something this year and try it. The season is upon us, so you’ll find plenty to try. Check back and let me know what you think.
      Yes, Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts usually have seasonal flavors. Starbucks started the pumpkin spice latte craze several years ago. The pumpkin spice products have exploded since then due to the popularity.


  2. Tina Cyphers says:

    I love the Pumpkin Spice products…EVERYWHERE! I just can’t get enough. I hope they do move up the release date at Startbucks! That would be heaven!!!!
    And Dunkin with the maple flavored products, another Fave! Need to start the extra cardio now!! Lol!

  3. Hey Jeff, nice post. I love both starbucks and dunkin donuts, but I haven’t had them in so long. I don’t recall ever having pumpkin spice, so I will have to give it a try. Thanks again, and continue to do what you do!!!

    • Jeff says:

      Thanks, Ahmad. You definitely need to try their pumpkin spice offerings. Dunkin Donuts has theirs starting Aug. 27th and Starbucks starts the next day. An exciting week ahead! Let me know what you think once you try them.

      Take care,

  4. Taylor says:

    Starbucks came out with this last week (and it’s only August so I think that’s totally ridiculous) *insert eye roll here. They might as well add it to the menu all year since it seems to come out earlier and earlier every year lol! I don’t think Dunkin will ever be able to take over the #PSL craze

  5. Angelina says:

    Yes! I am so glad I came across this one. Fall is inching in closer day by day, and I can not wait to get down there and get a pumpkin spice latte. They are one of my favorite seasonal flavors. Too bad they only have them for certain times of the year or I would be in there everyday ordering that pumpkin spice. Nice article. I found it very interesting and made me want some pumpkin spice.

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