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Online: It's pumpkin spice season again

by Shannon Reagan - The Stylus
Mon, Oct 2nd 2017 11:00 am
Image courtesy of Denise Mattox on flickr.com
Many identify pumpkin spice most closely with the seasonal latte from Starbucks, but the flavor has grown in recent years. There are now many different types of food that come in pumpkin spice flavor, many of which are much more bizarre than coffee or baked goods.
Image courtesy of Denise Mattox on flickr.com Many identify pumpkin spice most closely with the seasonal latte from Starbucks, but the flavor has grown in recent years. There are now many different types of food that come in pumpkin spice flavor, many of which are much more bizarre than coffee or baked goods.

The temperature is finally cooling down and autumn is officially here. That means one thing for many consumers: pumpkin spice season. Pumpkin spice lovers go crazy for the flavor, judging by how many places make it a seasonal addition.

Junior Kayli Zeluff loves how pumpkin spice is something that can only be purchased during fall.

“It is not something you can get all year long” Zeluff said, “It is something special around fall time.”

Pumpkin spice is a mix of several different spices, which does not necessarily include pumpkin. According The Washington Post, pumpkin spice is a combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger and only sometimes actual pumpkin. It is also mentioned that pumpkin spice started to become a huge trend after Starbucks released its pumpkin spice latte 14 years ago.

Ever since its release, pumpkin spice has taken over fall and a majority of cafes and grocery stores. There are some items, like baked goods, that go well with the sweetness of cinnamon and pumpkin.

While there are items that seem like a great mix with pumpkin, there are certainly some interesting matches as well. According to delish.com, odd items include pumpkin spice sausages, pop rocks and fish bait.

These are not the only weird products out there. According to Fortune, “Villa Italian Kitchen introduced [...] what it calls the first-ever Pumpkin Spice Pizza at nearly 230 locations across the U.S. because the company knows we crave that warm pumpkin spice flavor.”

Many companies have seen how successful Starbucks has been and want to replicate it. Chains such as Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds and Tim Hortons have also jumped on the bandwagon. Dunkin Donuts even started to offer pumpkin spice lip balms that look like the Dunkin cup.

Many love the pumpkin spice trend, but there are some who do not. Sophomore Jamie Rowe is someone who does not care for the flavor as much.

“I do not like pumpkin spice because [at] most places I have gone to that have pumpkin spice, it is not even pumpkin flavored,” Rowe said. “It is literally a bunch of spices put together and told to be pumpkin, and I also do not like it because it varies so much. I could go to Starbucks and their pumpkin spice could taste different from Dunkin Donuts’s pumpkin spice.”

Another thing Rowe talked about was how annoying, and “basic” some people got over the products.

Whether you are someone who wants a sweet treat or you just want to use that pumpkin spice fish bait, there is most likely a pumpkin product with your name on it, and they promise to spell it right.

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