Dunkin' brings back pumpkin spice latte, coffee, donut early with new fall cold brew

Kelly Tyko
  • Dunkin' has released a new Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew along with returning seasonal items.
  • When does Starbucks release its Pumpkin Spice Latte in 2021? The coffee giant hasn't announced a date.
  • Pumpkin spice cup noodles will be released in late October at select Walmart stores.

Pumpkin spice season is back at Dunkin' earlier than ever before.

The fall menu will be available at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide by Aug. 18, the chain announced Aug. 11. It features the new Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew and returning Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte, pumpkin-flavored coffee, donuts, muffins and Munchkins donut holes.

Dunkin's seasonal menu also features the Apple Cider Donut and two new drinks: Apple Cranberry Dunkin’ Refresher and Apple Cranberry Dunkin’ Coconut Refresher.

Introducing the official flavor of fall earlier and earlier has been a trend for coffee chains. Last year, pumpkin pandemonium returned to Dunkin’ Aug. 19, two days earlier than in 2019. In 2020, pumpkin came back to Starbucks on Aug. 25.

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For a limited time, the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew and Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte in medium will be available for $3, Anh-Dao Kefor, Dunkin’ director of integrated marketing, said in a statement to USA TODAY.

Starbucks has not yet confirmed when its Pumpkin Spice Latte – the drink that started the pumpkin craze 18 years ago – will be released.

According to a survey of 2,000 consumers 18 and older by Nissin Foods, more than 50% of Gen Z respondents are obsessed with pumpkin spice. The ramen noodle company is releasing a limited-edition Cup Noodles Pumpkin Spice flavor at select Walmart stores in late October.

Starbucks PSL, Dairy Queen and more

While a firm date isn't known for the return of Starbucks PSL, the coffee giant said earlier this month that seasonal products were returning to grocery store shelves in August along with some new additions, including Pumpkin Spice Flavored Non-Dairy Creamer and Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Concentrate.

Cracker Barrel kicked off fall Tuesday with the limited launch of its Pumpkin Pie Latte, which is available iced or hot until Nov. 29.

Tim Hortons' pumpkin spice drinks and baked goods launch Aug. 25. Dairy Queen also said it is bringing back its Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat and Pumpkin Cookie Butter Shake for a limited time. Originally, Dairy Queen announced its pumpkin items would return Aug. 30, but told USA TODAY now the products are "coming soon in early September."

More pumpkin announcements are expected soon with products hitting store shelves and restaurant menus in the coming weeks. 

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