Starbucks' Pumpkin Spiced Latte and 10 More Ways to Get a Pumpkin Fix

This story has been updated from Saturday, Sept. 20 with additional pumpkin information.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Ahh, fall. The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling down and consumer-focused companies have rolled out the red carpet to fall festive products. On top of that list? Anything pumpkin.

Pumpkins are symbolic of the fall season and an increasing number of retailers, manufacturers and restaurant companies are taking advantage of the consumer demand, said Rick Zambrano, food research editor for Packaged Facts, a market research firm. "Pumpkins are nostalgic for Americans - they take us back to when we were in school, when we enjoyed Halloween and decorated pumpkins as kids... enjoyed pumpkin pie baked by grandma. It's a flavor that is not only taste-centric but also a sensory experience that connects us with our past," he wrote in an email to  TheStreet.

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From the myriad of pumpkin-flavored lattes, beers, baked goods and things that smell good, it's clear that consumers cannot get enough of the fruit. (Yes, it's a fruit!) And that goes way beyond our love affair with fall foliage outings, pumpkin picking and corn mazes. Here are 10 favorite ways to enjoy the flavor of pumpkin.

1. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

For those that don't like beer, Starbucks' (SBUX) Pumpkin Spice Latte may be the quintessential fall beverage. Now in its eleventh year, the popular drink has its own Twitter (TWTR) hashtag, #PSL, and even its own Twitter handle @TheRealPSL that has more than 93,000 followers.

The latte is a decadent combination of Starbucks' signature steamed milk, creamy pumpkin-flavored sauce and spices of the season such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove, the coffee company has said. Top it off with whipped cream and an extra bit of pumpkin spice topping and customers swoon. The beverage is available as a hot item, iced or as a Frappuccino blended beverage.

The popularity of the beverage has surprised even Starbucks' management team. During its 10th anniversary last year, Starbucks noted that it had sold nearly 200 million pumpkin spice lattes since 2003.

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