Pumpkin Spice Err’thang

Rose Truesdale

Anyone out there ready for autumn? How many days of lounging poolside, piña colada in hand, must we endure?! Honestly, when it comes to light sweaters, rich colors, clean notebooks, and warming foods, I say bring on the fall!!

Amidst the falling leaves and back to school vibes, one harvest staple stands alone, and that, friends, is the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Ever since the PSL became a thing, there appears to be a pumpkin spice version of every food item out there. Pumpkin spice truffles, pumpkin spice vodka… pumpkin spice kale chips (word to the wise — try those at your own risk.).

Here’s what you need to know about The Pumpkin Spice Phenomenon.

  • First things first, let’s make this clear: pumpkin spice does not imply the use of actual pumpkin. Rather, you can expect your pumpkin spice snack to include pumpkin pie spice… allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. Pumpkin optional.
  • Approximately 20 million PSLs have been sold each year since the ubiquitous beverage came to be, generating upwards of $1 billion for these caffeinated marketing geniuses to date.
  • In 2015, Starbucks announced that the drink would contain real pumpkin and no caramel coloring. As a result, people in over 50 countries worldwide can enjoy this seasonal necessity, regardless of government health regulations!
  • Whether you’re a PSL lover or hater, you’ll find joy in following @TheRealPSL. Seriously. His/Her tweets are as satisfying as jumping into an extra crunchy pile of leaves.

Speaking of satisfying, here are three Home Chef pumpkin recipes sure to satiate your autumn tooth: