What is Starbucks pumpkin sauce? (What does Starbucks pumpkin sauce taste like + more information?)

If you’ve had the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte before, you most probably know about the Starbucks pumpkin sauce. So, what is Starbucks pumpkin sauce?

Starbucks pumpkin sauce is a sauce mainly used in the famous Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte and is made with condensed skim milk, 2% or less vegetable and fruit juice for colour, sugar, pumpkin puree, annatto, potassium sorbate, natural flavours and salt.

Being a huge fan of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, I am aware that the Starbucks pumpkin sauce is crucial in giving the latte its distinct flavour. I recently decided to investigate the ingredients used in Starbucks pumpkin sauce and see whether I can replicate it at home. In this article, I have shared everything about this sauce and how you can easily prepare it at home so, read on to learn more.

What is in the Starbucks pumpkin sauce?

The Starbucks pumpkin sauce is made with 2% or less fruit and vegetable juice for colour, condensed skim milk, natural flavours, potassium sorbate, sugar, pumpkin puree, salt and annatto. The Starbucks pumpkin sauce is a major ingredient in preparing the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. The potassium sorbate in this sauce acts as a preservative, the sugar as a sweetener and the pumpkin puree provides the pumpkin taste and flavour to the sauce.

Can I make the Starbucks pumpkin sauce at home?

What does Starbucks pumpkin sauce taste like

Yes, it is possible and fairly easy to replicate the Starbucks pumpkin sauce in your kitchen. With a few ingredients and equipment that you already have in your kitchen, you can prepare the Starbucks pumpkin sauce and use it in your favourite teas, lattes and even frappuccinos.

What equipment do I need to make the Starbucks pumpkin sauce?

What is Starbucks pumpkin sauce?

How to make Starbucks pumpkin sauce at home? (Copycat recipe)

Kai Jordan


  • A small or medium-sized bowl for mixing (depending on the amount you plan to prepare).
  • Teaspoons (to measure pumpkin pie spice).
  • A cup (to measure pumpkin puree)
  • A whisk (optional).


  • A can or 14fl oz. of sweetened condensed milk.
  • 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice (use whichever brand you enjoy the most)
  • ½ cup of canned pumpkin puree (preferably pure and real pumpkin puree)


  • Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk into the bowl and add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice and stir to mix all these ingredients thoroughly.
  • To further remove lumps and have the perfect consistency, use a whisk.
  • Then, pour the sauce is a clean mason jar and place it in the refrigerator.


You can add a tablespoon or more of this pumpkin sauce into your favourite coffee, homemade frappuccinos or lattes and enjoy. A crucial tip to know is that letting the pumpkin sauce sit in the fridge for some time before using it is important to avoid the pumpkin pie spice from getting caught in your throat.
For a dairy-free pumpkin sauce, simply replace the sweetened condensed skim milk with a dairy-free sweetened condensed milk. Some of the dairy-free condensed milk you can use are; almond, coconut, soy and oat milk.
To properly store any leftover pumpkin sauce, simply seal the Mason jar tightly and store it in the refrigerator. The pumpkin sauce should last up to 2 weeks. However, if you notice mould or smell anything funky, throw it away immediately.
Since we’ve used condensed skim milk that’s already sweetened in this recipe, there’s no need to add more sugar or maple syrup to the sauce. The sweetness from the sweetened condensed milk is enough.

What is the nutritional information of the Starbucks pumpkin sauce?

The following are the nutritional values of a tablespoon of Starbucks pumpkin sauce;

Calories – 37, Carbs – 6g, Protein – 1g, Vitamin C – 1mg, Sodium – 14mg, Sugar- 6g, Monosaturated fat – 1g, Calcium – 33mg, Vitamin A – 559IU, Polyunsaturated fat – 1g, Fat – 1g, Saturated fat – 1g, Cholesterol – 4mg, Potassium – 49mg, Dietary fibre – 1g, Vitamin C- 1mg and Iron- 1mg.

What does Starbucks pumpkin sauce taste like?

The Starbucks pumpkin sauce is warm, flavourful, slightly spicy, sweet and creamy. Additionally, this sauce has a prominent pumpkin flavour due to the pumpkin puree used, the sweetness is thanks to the sugar used and the creaminess is due to the condensed skim milk.


Is the pumpkin sauce at Starbucks sweetened?

Yes, the Starbucks pumpkin sauce has sugar as one of the ingredients.

How much sugar is in a pump of Starbucks pumpkin sauce?

A pump of Starbucks pumpkin sauce has 7.5g of sugar.

How much is Starbucks pumpkin sauce?

The price of Starbucks pumpkin sauce depends on the size of the sauce and where you’re purchasing the sauce from.

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