Pumpkin Spice Season

Pumpkin Spice Season

Pumpkin Spice Season is Now

Fall is here, bringing with it crisp air and pumpkin spice...everything. Besides the pumpkin spice lattes that kickstarted the craze, we're seeing pumpkin spice doughnuts, cookies, even dog food and deodorant...the flavor now has its own holiday, #nationalpumpkinspiceday, which was this week on October 1st.


The Current Pickle

Now that it's taking over all product categories as well as our calendar, have we finally reached peak pumpkin spice?

It would appear so. Whether due to overexposure or the rise of the anti-PSL movement (supporters include Martha Stewart), pumpkin spice demand is tapering off. 

But what exactly is it, anyway? Most recipes include cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and vanilla, but not every incarnation of the concoction is the same, and some mixtures contain more than 300 elements (and no, pumpkin isn’t one of them) according to this video by food scientist and spokesperson for The Institute of Food Technologists, Kantha Shelke, Ph.D, C.F.S.:

What's the Dillio with Calling it Pumpkin Spice?

Since there's no actual pumpkin in pumpkin spice, what’s the connection to the season’s most beloved orange fruit? (Yes, pumpkin is a fruit! We'll be carving out more fun facts about those babies next week.)

Flavor companies add in skillfully designed compounds that mimic the taste of pumpkin pie.

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"Compounds" totally sounds mysterious and chemically. Is it harmful? Each chemical must be reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and approved at concentrations of about 20 to 50 times the normal consumption level. Still, we're with Michael Pollan when he says "eat food," meaning real unprocessed whole foods, so we love to make our own.

The Hot Pickle

Here's all we need for a homemade spice mix to trick our brains into thinking, “Mmm, just like Thanksgiving!”:

(Image credit:  Christine Gallary )

(Image credit: Christine Gallary)

Oh She Glows skips the mace to make hers with just 5 ingredients!

Once you've got your mix made, use it to whip up:


Bonus PSA to noodle lovers: today is #nationalnoodleday! Read up on the discovery of 4,000 year-old noodles that were unearthed in China!