How to Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home for Half the Price of Starbucks

You know it's fall when everywhere you look is pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin ravioli, and a whole list of items you never thought would get the fall treatment.

 Well, just like everything else in 2022, the price of a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks has increased. The drink has risen by nearly 4% since last year, costing between $5.45 and $5.95 at Starbucks, depending on location.  

On food delivery services such as Uber Eats, a short-size of the drink will cost 8% more ($5.95) compared to its larger tall size, which starts at $5.45 if purchased in stores. The largest size of the drink will cost 25% more at $7.25 per drink if purchased via Uber Eats – this also excludes delivery fees.  

Food experts, Food Fire Friends, investigated how much it would cost to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at home. The price for one serving of the drink has been calculated using ingredients sourced from Target.   

The homemade variant costs 56% less compared to Starbucks. The price comes to $2.37 or $2.46 if using a plant-based milk alternative.  The good news is that you probably already have some of these ingredients at home, cutting down on new purchases for your PSL habit.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients

  • Whole Milk/Plant-based alternative – price per 1 cup $0.62/$0.71
  • Canned Pumpkin Puree – price per 1 tbsp $0.09
  • Granulated Sugar – price per 1 tbsp $0.02
  • Vanilla Extract – price per ½ tbsp $1.03
  • Coffee – price per 30mls $0.55
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice blend – price per ¼ tsp $0.06 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Steps

  • When ready to make the latte, add the milk, pumpkin puree and sugar to a saucepan and heat over medium. Do not boil this mixture, as the milk -can curdle.  
  • Once the mixture has heated through, add in the spices, vanilla extract and freshly brewed 30mls of coffee.  
  • Stir and then pour into a mug and enjoy!   

Products Used

  • Horizon Organic Whole Milk/Oatly The Original Oatmilk 
  • Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin (Canned)
  • Good and Gather Granulated Sugar  
  • McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract 
  • Folgers Classic Medium Roast Coffee  
  • Good and Gather Pumpkin Pie Spice blend  

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