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Since it is that time of year again, the air is crisp, the leaves are changing and that one well-anticipated (or dreaded) staple is back to reminds us all that summer is officially over. Yes, it is Pumpkin Spice Season and, it is not only taking over our coffee, but our lives. Are we totally obsessed or so over it?
Pumpkin Spice: Totally Obsessed or So Over It?
Amanda (30-Something Millennial): “Totally Obsessed”
I think Fall is the best season. The air is crisp, the humidity drops so the chances of a good hair day increases and fall flavors abound. From coffee to cookies to body lotions and candles, you can’t help but be swept up in all of the madness.
I’ll admit, I made an apple crisp this week solely because I was inspired by snaps of folks going apple picking filling my Insta feed.
I even enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Latte every so often. BUT – I don’t get the hysteria over this specific blend, nor do I want to rub it all over my body. What about other flavors that pair well with plaid, flannel, Ugg boots and football season, like Chai or Caramel? I’m sure those will garner the same amount of likes in your feed. #daretobedifferent
AND . . .don’t rush Summer, no #PSL until at least September!
Lindsay (Fabulous Forties): “So Over It!”
When I was growing up I loved to go to the pumpkin patch. Never once (not once!) did I think of taking a bite out of or licking a pumpkin, it has never seemed appealing to the taste buds. You cut up the pumpkin to make it a jack-o-lantern. At least that’s what the kids in my neighborhood did. My mom would mess up her kitchen for such fun.
Now I am an adult and Pumpkin Spice is taking the world by storm. WTH is pumpkin spice anyway? It is a multitude of spices Betty Crocker put into a pumpkin pie eons ago and now someone had to put them together in a jar and label it. The spices have nothing to do with pumpkin. Do you know why I don’t like pumpkin pie and pumpkin roll or anything else made of pumpkin? Because the spices, in combination, are dreadful. Clearly my second sentence is true, pumpkin is ewwwww, so let’s throw so many spices into it so you can’t actually taste the pumpkin. Ok . . . do it, but let’s stop there.
Pumpkin spice (aka dreadful spice) is in beer, which for this beer lover, is a travesty. It’s in lotion, because I have always dreamt of smelling like a custardy, gelatinous, burnt orange pie which, by the way, after five minutes makes you smell like you need a shower.
Pumpkin Spice, I have been over you long before you were labeled. I am sorry, only because people of my generation are either sorry for everything or for nothing. I’m one dragging around the burden of apologizing for all.
Karen (F’ing Fifties): “So Over It!”
Why, just why, does it have to be in EVERYTHING? And, can somebody please explain to me why I have to wait in line an extra 20 minutes at Starbucks so some basic b**ch can record and post to her Insta story, forever documenting the completely uninterested barista as she whips up this frothy potion of hell? And then, as if that is not enough, proceed to take numerous selfies with said frothy potion of hell.
Besides, “Pumpkin Spice” sounds like the result of one of those “match the name of your first pet with the name of the street you grew up on” games to determine your stripper name. Who has time for all of that? I am an adult, I have a job to get to. I just want to get my Venti iced sugar-free syrup, extra shot, no whipped cream, light ice, skinny hazelnut macchiato and be on my way!
Oh and, btw, my stripper name would be Smokey Galavin.
Brooke (60-Something Baby Boomer): “So Over It!”
I’m so over it, I was never into it. I’ve never really had a pumpkin spice coffee or other polysyllabic, caffeine-based drink (full disclosure: I serve a pretty fabulous pumpkin spice rumchata pudding shot at my annual Halloween bash).
I’m not sure I ever understood the national obsession for pumpkin spice. Like the Beaujolais Nouveau in France, every fall Americans coast to coast wax rhapsodic over the return of their flavor fave.
I don’t want to piss in the punchbowl here, but you can enjoy pumpkin spice any time you like! Why suffer from December through August? It’s not like KFC’s secret herbs and spices, just mix up some nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and sprinkle with impunity.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t totally dismiss the pumpkin spice phenomenon. I’ve enjoyed immensely the many imaginative pumpkin spice products I’ve seen online, including Charmin, Trojans, chloroform, flu shots and Xanax. But when it comes to my coffee? I like coffee in my coffee!
Hey Karen! Pumpkin Spice would be a really good stripper name. But she only works two months a year!
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I like pumpkin desserts, in fact, I have a highly requested pumpkin ‘cake’ that I make for the holidays. Never had one of those pumpkin spice drinks however. Oh, I have had a wonderful pumpkin enzyme mask at a lovely spa in California, made my face feel ever so festive!
The combination sounds like a little slice of heaven. Cake & spa treatments, whether or not pumpkins are involved, are always a welcome treat!
Good blog keep it up 4fab!!! I’m a boomer and I like my coffee bulletproof!!! Not pumpkin spice😁👍 Karol
Does your bulletproof coffee come with the vest 😁?? Have you tried it with a splash of rum? It’s like a little splash of keto tiramisu heaven!
HATE pumpkin anything….give me an apple pie anyday (but please not in my coffee, only french vanilla)
Oui oui! Do they just call it vanilla in France?
Never liked pumpkin anything. Well, pumpkin seeds when roasted and a dash of salt. But no pie, cake, spice, coffee, etc. I’m anti-pumpkin.
Anti-pumpkin seems to be the general consensus, who knew?
Loved your first blog!! And I too, hate pumpkin spice! Would love to read a post about my favorite rant….grammar!! As in, does anyone know and follow the rules any more?
Great suggestion! We do already have a badge-carrying member of the grammar police on our staff 😁
I’m afraid of pumpkins, always have been. You know that I-Hop commercial where the talking pumpkin head is extolling the virtues of all the pumpkin laced fare at their restaurants? Then the guy whose house the pumpkin is laying in front of shrieks and picks it up and heaves it? Recurring (nightmare) dream #14 for me since 1967, usually involves a guy named Jack O’Lantern coming after me, well you get the gist.
I-Hop. . .creepin’ it real since 1967!
Never mind the Pumpkin Spice. I’ll have a Cafe-Mocha-Vodka-Marijuana-Latte…to go. Please
Make that two, please!
I have to admit I do like pumpkin….pie, bread, roll, etc. On the other hand I don’t get pumpkin spice in everything else, especially coffee. So over it!