Now that it's officially pumpkin-spiced everything season, a group of vegan latte lovers are throwing a fit because the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is (still) not vegan. A petition on Change.org started by Michigan resident Brent Caldwell with over 1,700 signatures points out that even when ordered with soy milk, the Fall-themed drink contains condensed milk "which is a total bummer." Championing the concerns of both the vegan and the lactose intolerant, Caldwell writes "nothing about 'pumpkin' or 'spice' has to come from an animal." Consumerist reports that the white chocolate and caramel flavored sauces also contain dairy.
This isn't the first time Starbucks has incurred vegan wrath. Last year, vegans petitioned the coffee giant to stop using food dye made from crushed beetles and Starbucks ultimately stopped using it. For now, Starbucks representatives tell Consumerist that Starbucks VIA Pumpkin Spice instant coffee is dairy-free.
· Starbucks: Please Make The Pumpkin Spice Latte VeganL [Change.org]
· Attention, Vegans: Yes, The Pumpkin Spice Latte Contains Dairy [Consumerist]
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· All Starbucks Coverage on Eater [-E-]