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The Rumors Are True

by Courtney on August 25, 2011

So this morning, I was reading through the comments on last night’s Tangents post and saw that Karen had mentioned Dunkin Donuts already having their Pumpkin Spice coffee available.

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So then I even put out a call on Twitter to find out if the rumors were true, and many of you were just as excited about this information as I was…

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By this point, I really couldn’t go much longer without finding out whether or not the rumors were true, so I hightailed it out to the closest DD’s to get the scoop.

Well, here’s the scoop…

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Pumpkin Spice is BACK, baby! Open-mouthed smile

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I know it’s still August. I know it’s still technically summer. But today it’s damp and dreary, and gosh darn it, I wanted some pumpkin spice in my life. Ohhhhh pumpkin spice, how I’ve missed you!

FYI: Want to make your pumpkin spice coffee a little healthified?

The syrup that DD uses is thick and full of sugar and calories. From what I remember, a medium will typically have about 160 calories, and that’s with using 3 pumps of syrup. So do what I do and ask for 1-1/2 pumps (half the amount of syrup) – you still get plenty of pumpkin flavor, with half the guilt!

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Now it’s about time to go find something for lunch; I’m thinking a colorful combo like this one may be in order!

Question for the Afternoon:

Do you have any tips or tricks when trying to “healthify” some of your favorite foods or drinks? Share away! Maybe we can all learn from each other? Smile

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1 Samantha @ Running and Cupcakes August 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Ooooooooooooooooooh I can’t wait to get my hands on one of those!!!!

Since I don’t like milk in coffee, if I order from Dunkin’ and I’m headed home, I’ll get the coffee black then go home and put my liquid fat free coffeemate creamer in it!
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2 Lindsey August 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

YAY! I have never tried Dunkin Donuts coffee and am thrilled they have Pumpkin Spice out just in time for my trip down to the States! I am getting it for sure and with half the syrup :) Thanks for that tip!
My absolute favorite is Starbucks Skinny Cinnamon Dolce latte – so sugar free syrup and skim milk! I go all out with a Venti for 160 calories, totally worth it!
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3 Ashley@MyFoodNFitnessDiaries August 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I’ve actually never had the DD pumpkin spiced latte! (gasp!) I LOVE Starbucks’ pumpkin spiced latte, so I definitely need to hightail it over to DD and try their’s!

Ways I “healthify” my drinks: ask for nonfat/skim milk, ask for sugar free syrups (if available), and go with the small size. Pretty simple stuff, but it all adds up!

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4 Jen August 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

You seriously just made my day! Can’t wait to head to Dunkin in the a.m. :)

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5 Emmarie @ Bananas And Beer August 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm

OOh, I didn’t realize they used syrup. I thought it was just flavored coffee, thanks for the tip,
And the Twitter shoutout!

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6 Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real August 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I love the word “healthify” and I am so glad to see that I am not the only one who uses it. I try to healthify baked goods all the time, so at least I feel like I am feeding my kids healthy treats. I used whole wheat flour, oat bran, bananas and non-fat yogurt to make blueberry muffins a few weeks ago and they came out delicious!

Now I am contemplating running out the Dunkin Donuts for lunch – even though it is going to be 108 degrees here in Dallas and there is not a hint of fall in the air!
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7 Khushboo August 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Oooh fancy sharing the recipe? sounds great!

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8 Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real August 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Sure! You can find my recipe for Blueberry Banana Muffins here http://foodandfitness4real.com/2011/07/24/blueberry-banana-muffins/
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9 Heather @ Side of Sneakers August 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I think I might be the only one not excited by the return of pumpkin spice lattes- even though I love pumpkin and I love lattes, I just can’t on board with them being in the same cup. Although I do love that that means fall is just around the corner. ;)

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10 Kellie Wagner August 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

If I only had a Dunkin Doughnuts in this town. Booo! When is the official release date for Starbucks PSL? It’s not fall until I have my PSL! Happy for all you, though! :)

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11 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I typically buy the flavored coffee beans instead of using the flavored syrups to save calories.
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12 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I didn’t even KNOW that DD had a pumpkin spice coffee too! I’ve only tried Starbucks..
WHERE HAVE I BEEN!?
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13 Khushboo August 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Can you believe I’ve never tried Pumpkin in my drinks…or oats for that matter! Greek yogurt makes a fabulous sandwich spread replacer in place of mayo!
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14 heather August 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Eekk! I love it! So excited for fall!

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15 Hope August 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I am super excited for Pumpkin Coffee!! I don’t think I ever had it from Dunkin Donuts! Have you tried the Green Mountain Pumpkin Coffee?! Theirs is amazing!! I love the pumpkin spice k-cups! :)
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16 Leslie August 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Did you happen to notice there were 497 entries for the 479 popcorn? Whoa!

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17 Courtney August 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Yes! When I first read it, I actually thought there were 479 which would have been REAL crazy! ;)

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18 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Ahh!! That is very exciting!! Love all things pumpkin flavored!

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19 Gina @ running to the kitchen August 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I do the same thing with halving the syrup but Then I probably end up ordering twice the amount of coffees over the course of the season!
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20 Mallory @ It's Only Life August 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Never tried the pumpkin spice from DD! I’m such a hazelnut girl at heart. But i’m gonna have to take the plunge…esp because DD is easier on my wallet!
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21 Mallory @ It's Only Life August 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm

** Easier than starbucks pumpkin spice lattes , I mean!
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22 Girl In The Pink August 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I think another thing to remember when ordering coffee drinks is size! Save money and calories and order 8-12 oz!
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23 Brigitt August 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Thanks Courtney!!

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24 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled August 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I love Starbucks vanilla lattes, but usually order it non-fat, caffeine free, and sugar free, then dump Splenda in it. I like it sweet but low in calories!
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25 Pamela August 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm

If you like lattes from Starbucks, another (healthier) option is a Misto, which is 1/2 coffee, 1/2 steamed milk (I get soy). For some sweetness, I just add a splenda and a small amount of chocolate powder. Delish!

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26 Jess @ Jess Go Bananas August 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Hmmm…maybe request they not put in the milk or sweetener and do it yourself????
I am in love with the fact that America likes to get a kick start on holidays 2 months before the actual holiday…just wait, Xmas decorations will be hitting store come Spetember! lol

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27 Stefanie @TheNewHealthy August 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Ahh, I like DD pumpkin spice even better than starbucks!! But I went to my DD today and they didn’t have it stocked yet! Boo! I can taste it :)
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28 Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life August 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I know where I’ll be stopping on my way to school tonight. Can’t wait!

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29 Mac August 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm

No DD here, but pumpkin anything is in my boat! Taking a couple road trips soon, I’ll have to see if there are any DDs on my way.

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30 Karen August 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I told you! :) Isn’t it fitting that I’m sitting at my kitchen island reading this post while sipping my own cup of Dunkin pumpkin spice coffee surrounded by my fall decorations watching the rain come down? Love fall! (even though you are correct it is still August and in fact still summer)

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31 Maria@La_Piattini August 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I think I’m more excited about the Pumpkin Spice muffins! I was there this morning and didn’t see them, but then again I wasn’t looking… ;)
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32 Kristen August 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Courtney, I tried making your Neapolitan cupcakes today (yum!). Do you know if they freeze well??

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33 Courtney August 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I’ve never tried…sorry! I know that I’ve kept them refrigerated just over a week and they were ok though. Not sure how long you need to hold off with them?

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34 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Those sound great! -If only we had a DD or starbucks within a days drive. I’d be alll over that! :)
My best bet is just to try to make it at home to keep it healthy!
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35 Sweet and Savvy August 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I always ask for SF flavors and minimal milk usage. Though I don’t think splenda is the greatest alternative, that much sugar is not good!
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36 Jordan August 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Ahhh yay! I am in LOVE with pumpkin spice. I usually get the pumpkin spice latte at starbucks, but last year I tried the pumpkin spice flavored drip coffee from DD and loved it! And since it’s not flavored with syrup (i don’t think…?) it’s definitely not as much of a guilty pleasure :)

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37 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Ahhhh I love, love,love signs of fall like that!! when stores start bringing out their fall gear, you know its around the corner. :)
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38 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries August 25, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Oh praise the Lord!! Looks like this girl is making a pit stop at DD tomorrow in between the social security office and the DMV…I’m officially changing my name tomorrow! I think that calls for a little pumpkin spice celebration ;)
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39 Courtney August 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I agree!! :-D

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40 CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ August 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I made a pumpkin recipe tonight, inspired by you!!!!
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41 Shayla @ The Good Life August 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I love summer but I really do love everything that comes with fall…like everything and anything pumpkin flavored!!

Btw, where are your sunglasses from? Super cute! :)

I love using PB2 to healthily anything that calls for peanut butter…I don’t really like it in sandwiches, but it’s an awesome way to give anything (like smoothies, oatmeal, and greek yogurt) a peanut butter flavor for more than 1/2 the calories! :)
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42 Courtney August 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I’m totally with ya on the PB2 on sandwiches…not the best. But LOVE it in everything else!

Sunglasses are from JCPenney from 2 years ago :)

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43 Sarah @ Food and Love Diaries August 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Ahhhh I am OBSESSED with pumpkin coffees!!!

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44 Marykate Sinnott August 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm

My all time favorite @ DD’s! They have it already?!?
Shut the front door! That made my night :) !!!
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45 Laura @ Unchartered 20s August 26, 2011 at 11:19 am

ZOMG PUMPKIN SPICE IS BACK??!?!? YAYY!! I love it and i love autumn! Did you know AC Moore already has Xmas stuff out??? Now.. that’s a wee bit insane.
PS Starbucks Pumpkin Spice date – 8/30!!
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