BuzzLine Contest – Week 22 – Make Mine a Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte!

It’s Friday! That means it’s time for the BuzzLine, a weekly “six-word” contest, which gives you a chance to win a Starbucks gift card.

Congrats to Desiree, last week’s BuzzLine winner for her first six words for an alien encounter. Check out her response and all the others here.

On to this week!

The crisp morning air. Kids back in school. Comfy, cozy sweaters and jackets finally out of storage. Football! There is no mistaking the heralds of fall.

Another sure-fire sign that fall is in the air is the return of Starbucks’ aromatic and deliciously intoxicating Pumpkin Spice Latte, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Starbucks devotees have made the drink the company’s most popular seasonal beverage of all time with more than 200 million sold since 2003.

Even “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” had to acknowledge America’s obsession with the Pumpkin Spice Latte this week, in its “Pros and Cons” bit.

But not everyone is euphoric about the return of this pumpkin spice confection.

Media outlets are reporting that Brent Caldwell, of Ferndale, Mich., has started a petition on requesting a vegan version of the latte.

“There is currently no vegan option for this drink mix, which is a total bummer,” Caldwell’s petition states.

In response, Starbucks says it offers a few vegan-friendly alternatives to the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

“We have our VIA Pumpkin Spice coffee that does not contain dairy. We also have our Pumpkin Spice Topping that you can finish the beverage with if a customer wanted to add that hint of fall,” a company rep said.

Not the same, Starbucks … not the same.

Think fast … if you were in charge of recipe development at Starbucks, what new delectable drink would you come up with? How about:

Leave your six-word response in the comments. We’ll choose a winner on Wednesday!

Remember, six words. … no more, no less.

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