Fall is such a wonderful time of year. The weather is cool, your Uggs can come out from storage, and the color leaves are in bloom. Not only is the scenery gorgeous, but fall brings some of the best events of the year. Football tailgates, Halloween, bonfires...and of course, Starbucks fall drinks.
I walked around campus and surveyed one hundred college students asking for their opinion in the hopes of finally settling a debate that has been alive for many generations. I was shocked by the results...and I think you will be too.
For years, Starbucks has produced an amazing handcrafted beverage that comes about every fall, always gone all too soon. In 2003, Peter Dukes- a Starbucks barista was on the hunt to invent a perfect fall beverage. He settled on a drink that would taste like pumpkin pie. As I've grown into liking handcrafted beverages, I decided to see what the hype over the PSL was five years ago. It was fall in a cup. I wondered where had PSL been my whole life?
As a kid, we would always go to the Apple Store in Conner Prairie at the beginning of September. We got apple cider slushies as we shopped around, and then bought a few gallons of cider. After we were home, we'd get out the crock pot, poured in the cider, and put cinnamon sticks into the pot. After a few hours on low, it was cider time. To this day we still do this tradition. I have fond memories of PSL and fond memories of hot Apple Cider, and it wasn't until recently that I realized there is such a debate between the two incredible fall staples. People really have heated arguments over Pumpkin Spice Latte and Hot Apple Cider. Which is better?
I asked one hundred people on Ball State's campus what they thought, and was shattered by the results.
79 people preferred Hot Apple Cider to the 21 people who preferred Pumpkin Spice Latte! I was in a state of shock...I always thought PSL was much more popular! Some people really struggled to pick one, but for most, the reply "hot apple cider HANDS DOWN" was a little too quick...
So which do you prefer? Hot Apple Cider or Pumpkin Spice Latte?