Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Madi Lowe, Editor

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If you are not already aware, it is now fall and pumpkin spice season, and everything is coming out pumpkin spice flavored. Most people know about the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks, but how many things can you think of that are pumpkin spice related foods?

There are cookies, cakes, donuts, granola bars, breads, cereal, even dog treats, and much much more. If you check your local grocery store, there will be lots of pumpkin spice flavored things. Trader Joe’s has been a top place to get lots of pumpkin flavored things, so if you need a pumpkin spice fix, head over to Trader Joe’s!

The spices in pumpkin spice flavors are cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, ginger, and vanilla. The first reference made of pumpkin spice was written in the “American Cookery” book written by Amelia Simmons in 1796, and her original spices were molasses, allspice, and ginger. If it weren’t for Simmons, we probably wouldn’t have anything pumpkin spice so we have her to thank! Back in 1936, Washington Post made a recipe called “Spice Cake of Pumpkin Newest Dish:Delicacy Tempting to All Appetites and Easy to Prepare. Ideal Dessert for Family Dinner, Healthful for Children.”

That was another first reference to the creation of pumpkin spice that made it so popular. Originally, it was called pumpkin pie spice and has been used in all pumpkin spice related things since then. But the original creator of the pumpkin spice latte is named Peter Dukes, he was told to make a pumpkin-y flavored drink for coffee lovers and he called it “Fall Harvest Latte,” but it came to be the all season named, Pumpkin Spice Latte.

All Hallows Eve is the most popular time for PSL because people crave pumpkin for the Halloween season. But don’t you worry, if you aren’t a fan of the PSL, the Peppermint Mocha will return on November 1 and everything will be peppermint flavored for the holiday season.

We recently did a poll that asked who liked pumpkin spice or peppermint flavored things, and the votes were 50/50! Some said neither or both, but pumpkin spice and peppermint are booming flavors during the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas season.

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