A Beginner’s Guide to Pumpkin Spice


September is just around the corner, but pumpkin spice is already in the air. And in the grocery store. And in Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s pretty much everywhere. While it’s gotten a bad rap as being a little basic, the truth cannot be denied: pumpkin spice is AWESOME. Here’s your guide to everything pumpkin spice themed.

7. Cereal

Image result for pumpkin spice cereal  General Mills Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Cheerios Box Limited Edition Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cereal Box

Pretty much every cereal imaginable has been pumpkin spiced at this point. Pumpkin Spice Cheerios got a lot of press this year, but if Cheerios aren’t your thing, there are so many other options. Pumpkin Spice Crunch is Special K’s take on the flavor. Then there’s Pumpkin Spice Life, which is also a cereal, but mostly just sounds like the catchiest celebrity lifestyle brand I’ve ever heard. Look out Goop, Pumpkin Spice Life is coming for you! Frosted Mini-Wheats also make a pumpkin spice flavored version, but for some reason that sounds really unappetizing.

6. Candles

Pumpkin is synonymous with fall, which is the perfect recipe for candles. After all, soon it will be time for blankets and frost on the ground and those super cute sweaters we bought on sale in the middle of summer and have been waiting for months to actually wear. And that means it’s time for candles! The thing is, pumpkin spice candles can be sneaky…they’re not always called pumpkin spice. I’ve seen candles called Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pumpkin, and Gingered Pumpkin. But they all smell suspiciously like pumpkin spice. So far my favorite is called “Spiced Cake” (it doesn’t even have pumpkin in the name!) from Pier 1. It is amazing.

5. Pop-Tarts/Popcorn

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Pop-Tarts and popcorn are stuck together on this list, even though they are obviously not the same thing, because they both start with “pop” and end in pumpkin spice. In my extensive tasting experience (I am Pop-Tart trash and proud of it) they’re both pretty average. We all agree that S’mores is the best Pop-Tarts flavor, and they never really needed to bother with any of the others. But if you’re craving that pumpkin flavor, or you just want to make your friend and family start to worry at the sheer amount of pumpkin spice things in your cupboard, both of these options will do the trick.

4. Drinks

Pumpkin spice isn’t just for coffee drinkers. Whether you don’t want the caffeine or just hate the taste of coffee, there’s still pumpkiny hope! The Republic of Tea makes a delicious Pumpkin Spice black tea, and also a Ginger Pumpkin black tea that I’m scared to try in case if it’s spicy, because I have the taste-buds of a five year old. There’s also pumpkin spice flavor Kahlua, which is simultaneously surprising and not. It was only a matter of time until pumpkin spice flavored booze came on the scene, really. At least reviews of this seem not-disgusted, so that’s good.

3. Oreos

Ugh. Trust me when I say, Pumpkin Spice Oreos are just gross. I wanted to love them, so, so much. Oreos? And pumpkin? What could go wrong? Apparently, a lot.

2. Hair

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Pumpkin spice hair is a legit thing. At least, according to Pinterest, it is. What I love most about this trend is how wildly the color varies. Probably because pumpkin spice isn’t an actual thing — we all know pumpkin spice consists of nutmeg and cinnamon and pumpkin, but it doesn’t have a specific color. Which is why there’s dramatic orange versions, red versions, and brunette versions all labeled “pumpkin spice.” 

  1. Lattes

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Ahhh, pumpkin spice lattes. The holy grail of pumpkin spice! The original pumpkin, the spice that started it all. A team of product developers at Starbucks created the pumpkin spice latte thirteen years ago. According to the Starbucks Newsroom, the process involved taking bites of pumpkin pie, then drinking some espresso, to figure out which flavors worked, which sounds like the coolest job ever. They tasted hundreds of different versions, altering the amount of spice and sweetness to find the perfect fit. The recipe is a little different now than in 2003, as of last year they removed the caramel coloring and added real pumpkin. Even with a slightly different taste, the pumpkin spice latte is still crazy popular, and crazy delicious. In a world of pumpkin spice things, it takes the cake. 

Alright guys, sharing time: what’s the weirdest pumpkin spice thing you’ve seen?

Photos courtesy of cerealously.net/sweets.seriouseats.com/theberry.com/starbucks.com

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