While it’s still summertime – and hot in most parts of the country – Starbucks is rolling out one of their most popular autumn products … the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

It’s hard to imagine sitting poolside sipping a pumpkin drink isn’t it? 

Well, Starbucks is doing it because their customers are demanding it. At least, the sales figures of the pumpkin drink say the demand is there.

Believe it or not, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is one of the chain’s most popular drinks, having sold over 200 million cups since debuting in 2003. At about four bucks a pop, that’s 800 million worth of business through the years – enough to capitalize on early and often, even if customers are still battling the summer heat.

Oh, and here’s a fast fact that probably won’t surprise you … The Pumpkin Spice Latte doesn’t actually contain real pumpkin. It gets its flavor from a creamy, artificial pumpkin sauce.

Nothing says “summer” quite like creamy, artificial pumpkin sauce, does it