Despite inflation, Americans still shelling out for this fancy Starbucks drink

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In another sign that consumers keep spending money, undeterred by inflation, Starbucks reported record sales for its fourth fiscal quarter that ended October 2. The world’s largest coffee chain that operates more than 35,000 stores around the world posted $8.4 billion in revenue, up 11 percent from the same quarter last year. That brings the company’s total sales for fiscal 2022 to $32.3 billion, up more than 20 percent from its pre-Covid high of $26.5 billion.

 

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Global comparable store sales, a metric used by retail chains to measure performance without the impact of newly opened locations, increased 7 percent in the past quarter, driven by strong results in North America.

 

Internationally, results were dragged down by lockdowns in China, which led to a 16-percent drop in comparable store sales in Starbucks’ second-largest market, while the company recorded double-digit sales growth in the rest of the world.

 

Looking at the full year, comparable store sales growth was not only driven by an increase in average ticket/order value (i.e. rising prices) but also by a small increase in the number of comparable store transactions despite the negative impact of Covid restrictions on store traffic in China.

 

That means, even amidst a global cost of living crisis, which ought to make people think twice about discretionary spending, coffee apparently remains non-negotiable for many consumers.

 

There’s always money for Pumpkin Spice Latte, it seems.

 

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Delicious fall recipes for the pumpkin-spice obsessed

 

If you’re among the throngs of people ready to pull on your boots, a cozy sweater and cuddle up with your favorite pumpkin spice-flavored treat, we’ve got the goodies for you.

 

Here are 30 recipes sure to satisfy your pumpkin spice craving.

 

Related: 42 fabulous fall pumpkin recipes

 

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This pumpkin spice granola bark is a delicious treat for Fall! It’s portable, sweet, and filled with whole grain goodness.

 

 

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This time of year, everything on the internet gets flavored with pumpkin spice. There are a thousand memes out there to attest to the fact. This pumpkin spice french toast casseroleis perfect for pumpkin season!

 

 

 

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This Delicata squash recipe makes a delicious autumn-inspired side dish!

 

I always tend to forget just how good delicata squash is. I’m not sure why. If I was smart, it would be the first squash I buy every season. They are smaller squashes, so the portions are perfect for me and my son. They are pretty versatile as far as the seasonings you can put on them, and they turn out amazing each and every time.

 

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This whipped maple butter recipe with pumpkin spice will the most delicious topping for your toast all season!

 

I love playing around with flavored butters. Particularly when you can whip it soft for easy spreading over toast. But don’t stop at toast with this deliciousness! This whipped maple butter with pumpkin spice goes great on baked sweet potatoes, pancakes, waffles and even muffins straight out of the oven!

 

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This Instant Pot pumpkin spice cake is the perfect, small yield cake for the cooler months! If you’re as excited about fall arriving as I am and you love your Instant Pot, then this is the cake for you.

 

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This delicious pumpkin spice yogurt recipe makes a perfect, autumn-inspired snack!

 

I haven’t had dairy in a really long time, but my little guy is another story. He loves flavored yogurts at the moment (this could change on a whim), but I hate the ingredients found in most store-bought flavored yogurts.

 

So I started making it at home. Over the summer, he preferred a mixed berry flavor. But now that he is seeing pumpkin pie in the stores, he is much more interested in pumpkin pie flavors.

 

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This latte with coconut milk is the perfect, dairy free start to your morning!

 

I have to admit, lattes are a weakness. Decaf or fully leaded, I just love the flavor. I even have this one cup, pictured above, that I drink them out of. In fact, it’s just not a latte if I don’t drink it from that cup. It’s this whole little ritual I have. Maybe I should be concerned by this odd behavior, but I’d rather just enjoy my latte.

 

Since I gave up dairy (and boy has that been a bumpy ride!), I have relied more and more on the use of light coconut milk in cooking. So I figured why not try it in my coffee, too?

 

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This pumpkin spice chai latte is an easy, homemade version of this coffee shop classic.

 

This type of drink takes a process. A process where each step lends itself to the full and wonderful flavors that chai tea and spice can impart. It’s warm, spicy and perfect for warming up from the inside. If you live in snow country or just generally tend to run cold, this is a wonderful winter drink, especially during the holidays! All those warm spices brewing on your stove will make your house smell wonderful!

 

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This pumpkin spice coffee creamer recipe is a delicious, healthy, homemade creamer you’ll love waking up with!

 

I do love pumpkin time. And pumpkins. And eating them. And now, I can even drink them with this pumpkin spice coffee creamer! Oh, when did life become so perfect?

 

I absolutely adore this creamer. It’s just creamy enough that you can taste the real pumpkin in it (nothing worse than fake pumpkin flavoring … yuchhhhh!), and it’s totally low in fat and calories!

 

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These cute pumpkin spice mini muffins are perfectly portioned for a sweet treat!

 

So if you know anything about me, you know that I love a good muffin. And I’m here to tell you that the apple does not fall far from the tree. My son loves them just as much. Maybe more! But lately, I’ve noticed that if I give him a whole muffin, he’ll eat the entire thing and want more. So to remedy that, I started baking mini muffins on a more regular basis.

 

Related: Forget pumpkin pie. This recipe is soooo much better

 

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These pumpkin spice pancakes are the perfect autumn breakfast!

 

My son was bugging me for pancakes the other morning. Normally, these are a Saturday morning affair around here. But he wanted them now. And I caved. Good thing, too, because these were scrumptious!

 

I have to tell you that this will be the first of two recipes. I was in a hurry when I made these, so I simply used pumpkin spice for flavor. But I’m also working on a batch of pancakes that will have actual pumpkin in them. So stay tuned for that!

 

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This pumpkin spice latte brings new meaning to the word: delicious! I remember the day I took my first sip of a friend’s pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks and just about fell over at the amount of sugar. It made my teeth ache! So this recipe cuts down on sugar.

 

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These pumpkin spice protein bars are wonderful for a fall “meal” on the go!

 

I’m really having fun with this protein bar thing. The last batch I made was cinnamon chocolate chip, and it was pretty tasty. So I just had to try another favorite, pumpkin spice.

 

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This pumpkin pie spice recipe is the perfect, make-it-at-home recipe for for the autumn and winter season.

 

 

 

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This pumpkin pie oatmeal smoothie is the perfect breakfast or snack for Fall!

 

This is the closest you’ll ever get to drinking pumpkin pie. And the nice thing is that the oats will keep you full for hours, I promise!

 

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This pumpkin baked oatmeal with pumpkin and cranberries is destined to become a family favorite. Start your holiday mornings off right with a big bowl of oats, pumpkin, cranberries and so much more!

 

 

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Nothing beats a good sweet bread around the holidays, and this delicious, clean eating mini pumpkin banana bread loaf is no exception.

 

 

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I love this time of year, not just because of the turning leaves and Halloween, but also because of the autumn-inspired foods that pop up everywhere! And I always like to bring autumn produce into my kitchen.

 

Through fall and most of winter, you can pretty much always see either a sugar pumpkin or spaghetti squash sitting on my counter. They are a permanent fixture for most of those two seasons because I enjoy cooking with them so much. Squashes inspire autumn dishes like no other, and this clean eating ground turkey pumpkin skillet recipe is a perfect example.

 

 

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This slow cooker pumpkin cobbler is a fun way to enjoy an autumn-inspired dessert after dinner.

 

Cobblers always sound like such a homey type of dessert to me. The word “cobbler” sounds like something that’s totally comforting, warm, welcoming and ooey-gooey delicious. And seeing as how it’s currently pumpkin season, I thought I’d give a pumpkin cobbler a try.

 

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This pumpkin fries recipe is an easy way to get more of this nutritious food into your eating plan, the tasty way!

 

 

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Growing up as a child, my grandmother’s kitchen was always a safe haven. It was a place of comfort, laughter and too many wonderful memories to count.

 

One thing I remember most about mornings in Oma’s kitchen was the smell of brewing coffee. I remember our mornings together sitting at her tiny breakfast table in the breakfast nook of her kitchen. The aroma of coffee wafting up into my nose as we waited for coffee to brew and our toast to pop up so we could spread brie cheese on it.

 

Check out Oma’s coffee recipe here!

 

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I love soups this time of year. Those creamy, rich soups that warm your tummy from top to bottom on a cold night. This curried pumpkin soup is so easy to make and tastes amazing on a chilly night!

 

 

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This apple pie spice latte is fabulous on an early autumn morning!

 

So usually, I’m all about the pumpkin spice lattes this time of year. But this season, I tried something a little different, omething a little bit more “holiday” than “autumn,” an apple pie spice latte. And you know what? It turned out fabulous!

 

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I love pumpkin. It’s just so versatile. There aren’t many other veggies that are so full of potential. Pumpkins can be anything from breakfast to dinner or dessert! You just can’t lose with pumpkin. And it’s so good for you! In fact, I would go so far as to say that this may be one of the most nutrient-dense ice creams on the planet! How’s that for being humble?

 

This pumpkin ice cream is dairy free and satisfies your pumpkin cravings for fall!

 

 

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If you have never made your own apple pie spice, you’re missing out. This stuff rocks, and it’s great for so much more than just apple pie.

 

 

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As you probably well know, pumpkin eveything takes over the internet this time of year, and for good reason! Pumpkin and pumpkin spice are quintessential autumnal fare! So I’m joining in on the barrage of pumpkin recipes with this delicious sweet bread.

 

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This Crockpot pumpkin chicken curry is perfect for your dinner table tonight!

 

If you love spicy curry, this is the dish for you! This fast and easy recipe gets assembled in 5-10 minutes and cooks for 4-6 hours while you do other things.

 

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This pumpkin hummus recipe makes a delicious, autumn-inspired snack!

 

 

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This clean eating Mexican pumpkin rotini is packed with good for you nutrition!

 

 

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This pumpkin butter recipe is the only thing your morning toast is screaming for this season!

 

Can’t get enough pumpkin? Click here for more pumpkin recipes! You can also check out the author’s book Clean Eating Freezer on Amazon.

 

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