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If there's an LTO Hall of Fame, these items would be in it

Restaurant Rewind: Draws like pumpkin spice latte and the McRib weren't always the surefire hits they've become.

‘Tis the season for steamed-milk mustaches and pumpkin ending up where no squash has gone before. Like the swallows that made Capistrano famous, restaurant marketers seem to know instinctively that it’s time to bring out their riffs on the pumpkin spice latte.

More a blend of pumpkin-pie seasonings than a true jack-o-lantern extract, the PSL and its derivations have proven they’re among a select group of limited-time offerings that draw a fanatical response no matter how many times they’ve been offered.

This week’s edition of Restaurant Business’ Restaurant Rewind podcast looks at the Big Three traffic-drivers within that elite LTO group. Host and Editor-at-Large Peter Romeo recounts the sometimes bizarre turn of events that established PSL, the McRib and the Blizzard as surefire hits.

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