Happy PSL season—ahem, I mean fall—everyone! We’re deep into autumn and we celebrated in the best and most basic way we know how.
That’s right: We bought six easily accessible pumpkin spice coffee creamers and tried every. single. one. It's noble work, and we're happy to do it.
Of the six we tried, three stood out as tasty and perfectly acceptable ways to satiate a seasonal craving—but only one was truly the cream of the crop (pun definitely intended).
Best for PSL Lovers:
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Creamer, $4.50
If you wait all year for Starbucks to release its seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte, this recently released creamer is for you. It was less sweet and a lot more subtle than other contenders, which, depending on who you ask, may or may not be a good thing.
Best Almond Milk Creamer:
Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice Creamer, $4.99
Full disclosure: I think almond milk is gross and accordingly, I thought this creamer was gross. However, I’m told by my healthier, alt-milk-loving coworkers that this is a damn good coffee creamer.
“This has a very complex and good flavor,” one tester said. “You could just drink this straight.”
“Love the spice level and how the almond flavor still shines through,” said another.
To each their own, I suppose.
International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer, $2.67
Shockingly (to me at least), International Delight’s take on fall’s signature flavor was the runaway winner.
I’ve always thought of Coffee-Mate as the end-all-be-all of coffee creamers and International Delight as a subpar alternative. In fact, heading into this tasting, I truly believed Coffee-Mate had it in the bag.
Boy, was I wrong.
We tried two Coffee-Mate pumpkin spice creamers (classic and Natural Bliss), and everyone found them both cloyingly sweet with an artificial aftertaste.
International Delight, on the other hand, was spicy, authentic-tasting, and pretty much the ideal pumpkin spice experience in every way.
Hats of to you, ID.
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