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For Pumpkinox fans Tuesday is the Pumpkinox.

It's the day Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte – the drink 15 years ago started the pumpkin craze – returns, which for some signals means the unofficial fall beginning. Hot weather and everything.

But the Pumpkin Pandemonium had an earlier start on Monday at Dunkin 'Donuts, 7-Eleven, Cracker Barrel and Wawa. Pumpkin beer and other products have been discovered on the shelves of grocery stores

The fast food giant McDonald's has not announced a date for his pumpkin latte, but in August he has started in the last two years.

Experts say we owe or thank Starbucks for the flood of pumpkin spice food. After the coffee giant started selling its Pumpkin Spice Lattes in 2003, which is briefly called PSL, others quickly followed suit. Real Pumpkin was added to the Starbucks recipe in 2015.

"You can bet I'll be one of the first in line with my Starbucks on Tuesday," said Felicity Breuer of Bradenton, Florida. "My plan is to get my PSL, crank up my car's air conditioning and see a video of leaves falling to make me feel a little better."

Breuer and Kaleigh Black of Livonia, Michigan, have prepared for the return of the drink in Starbucks' new Leaf Rakers Society Facebook group, described as a "safe haven" for pumpkin fans and "year-round shoppers". Carrier."

"It's nice to have people with whom you can identify," said Black's closed Facebook group. "I've dealt with friends, colleagues, and the family who think I'm a little too crazy about pumpkin spices, but I say they miss it."

Black is not only a lover of pumpkin spice coffee, and has tried – and liked – the taste in chewing gum, cereal, salsa, ice cream, pop tarts and oreo biscuits

Not all pumpkin spice items are still available. More menus will be added in the coming weeks, and the big boost, especially in grocery stores, will be late September and early October.

The products are only available for a limited time, which is not sufficient for Dawn Saari from Port St. Lucie, Florida, commonly referred to as PSL.

"I would drink a pumpkin-flavored latte all year round if I could," said Saari.

But limited availability is part of what drives demand, said Annie Roberts, a vice president of the NPD Group, a Chicago-based research facility.

"It's clearly a profitable strategy for coffee chains to continue offering pumpkin spice latte as a limited-time offer," said Roberts, noting that NPD's research shows there is a positive effect on visit frequency and how many customers there are.

But there are signs that the taste of the seasonal pumpkin is losing some of its shine.

According to Technomic, which tracks trends in the food industry, this year, pumpkin is expected to combine more with others or stand in the back seat, such as maple.

Now Available

Pumpkin and pumpkin spice products are available for a limited time at participating locations.

7 -Eleven: Pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin spice latte, milk jug and pumpkin spice muffins. New this year, America's largest convenience store chain has Pumpkin Pie 7-Select Ice Cream.

Cracker Barrel: Select Locally Locations a limited fall menu Monday that includes a Pumpkin Pie Latte. 19659008] Dunkin's Donuts: Pumpkin and maple pecan flavors are available in Dunkin's Complete Coffee Series, including hot or iced coffee, espresso drinks, frozen coffee, and cold-brewed coffee. The chain also has glazed pumpkin donuts and munchkins, muffins and ground coffee and K-cup pods.

La Colombe: The Pumpkin Spice Draft Latte's boutique café debuted on August 20 in its cafes and on its website.

Pilot Flying J: The new Pumpkin Caramel Macchiato is now available for a limited time. Plus in September, pumpkin cake cream and syrup will also return to the shops.

Wawa: Coffee, cappuccino, and all the hot, frozen, and frozen varieties, including pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin milkshakes, came on Monday with mug boxes and ground coffee bags. Pumpkin donuts and muffins will return on Thursday.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to Starbucks on August 28th. (Photo: Starbucks)

Coming soon

Starbucks: Tuesday is the big day PSL is returning to the company's stores in the US and Canada. However, some licensed stores, including those in grocery stores, Target and airports, may be released on another day, according to Starbucks.

Biggby Coffee: Pumpkin Spice Latte, the Chumpkin Latte (chai and pumpkin) and Caramel Apple Cider return to stores on September 1, and fall favorites will be available until at least October.

Dairy Queen: The seasonal Pumpkin Pie Blizzard returns for a limited time on September 3.

Einstein Bros. Bagels: The Chain Pumpkin Pie Latte, Pumpkin Muffin and Pumpkin Walnut Crunch Gourmet Bagel with Pumpkin Shmear Return Thursday

Peet's Coffee: The Seasonal Lineup with Pumpkin Latte and Pumpkin Chai Returns to Peet's Coffee Bars Wednesday

Smoothie King: The Smoothie Franchise launches four limited-edition pumpkin smoothies on September 4, to date will be available on December 26th: Slim-N-Trim Pumpkin, Coffee Protein Pumpkin, Vegan Pumpkin and Pumpkin D-Lite.

TCBY: The last of three seasonal flavors, pumpkin pie yogurt, is scheduled to launch on October 1st. A Graham Cracker flavor will come out on September 6th and an apple pie flavor on September 20th.

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Kelly Tyko is a columnist and retail reporter for Treasure Coast Newspapers and, part of USA TODAY NETWORK. Read her Bargainista tips at, follow her on Twitter @KellyTyko and email her at [email protected]

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