There’s a new seasonal hot bev option at Starbucks in Canada and the States: The Toasted Graham Latte.
This sweet espresso-milk-syrup drink is a sibling to the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte, and a relative to the coffee chain’s summertime hit, the S’Mores Frappuccino.
The Toasted Graham Latte–the TGL in official S’bux lingo–is where those campfire flavours of summer spend their winter, since the graham comes courtesy pumps of graham “syrup” in the drink–hold the marshmallow. It tastes like a mashup of a Gingerbread Latte and a Caramel-flavoured latte; more sweet, less spice. (Eater calls it “pretty much preschool snack time in a cup.”)
Did Starbucks need to make use of a surplus of graham cracker-flavoured syrup? Their origin story actually kicks off in the Starbucks R&D department, with creator Yoke Wong finding inspiration in the notion of “back to school” and the popularity of “cereal milk” taste in the U.S. and Fior di Latte (flower of milk) in Europe.
To go with these comfy, cozy, autumnal flavours and feelings is a new fall hot beverage cup, created by Jimmy Balch, senior designer for store promotions at Starbucks.
The Toasted Graham Latte is available while supplies last.