I think it's safe to say that pumpkin spice has jumped the shark. We know that folks on this very site think so! Sure, there are still those who are all "Pumpkin Spice Latte 4 Lyfe," but by and large, the stuff had its moment. That moment of enthusiasm has passed leaving behind a trail of simmering hatred.
With what I just learned about the stuff, it's no small wonder! The spice is basically a wolf in sheep's clothing. For a product that describes itself as being comprised of half-pumpkin, the truth is something else altogether. Read on for the gourd-tastic truth.
If you're munching down on all things pumpkin spice this season, you'd better not be doing it because you're trying to get more pumpkin into your diet. A lot of these products use only trace amounts of the gourd. Others like Pumpkin Spice M&M's and Hershey's Kisses (Pumpkin Spice Edition) don't use any pumpkin at all.
So what do they mean when they describe something as being pumpkin spiced -- other than that it is a vile deceiver? Typically if you're eating pumpkin spice, you're eating cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and various other spices. The better name for these products would be "Generic Fall-Flavored Treats" or "Pile of Leaves in Your Yard." Don't worry, I've already sent a memo. To ... someone?
Did you know so little pumpkin goes into pumpkin spice -- does that change things for you?
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