In 2003, Starbucks introduced the Pumpkin Spice Latte, marking the early millennium as a time when the encroaching of Labor Day also guaranteed an uptick in food products. Since then, the flavor profile steadily gained steam, inspiring a predictable seasonal rush of everything pumpkin spice that seems to increase in creativity and fervor every fall for the past 15 years. What used to be a joke has become so ubiquitous as to barely be worth remarking on.
Whether you like it or not, autumn is also informally reocognized as pumpkin spice season. Although the flavor blend has become a subject of contention in recent years, we are of the opinion that this heavenly mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice remains as delightful as ever. So don't let the pumpkin spice haters get you down—celebrate the season by whipping up one of our 25 favorite pumpkin spiced recipes.
Ah, pumpkin spice: We love to hate you and hate to love you.
Look, pumpkin spice is a delicious flavor profile. Sorry, but it’s true. It’s warm and cozy and spicy and sweet and everything anyone could possibly want in a fall flavor. So chill with the PSH, OK? It’s not cool.
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Love it or hate it, Pumpkin Spice Season is upon us.
If you thought piping hot Pumpkin Spice Lattes in August were all Starbucks had to offer this fall, this week the coffee chain put a few cold items on the menu for anyone still feeling the heat of summer. One is an iced take on a recently introduced autumn flavor, while the other is giving the chain’s nitro cold brew an added flavor kick.
We need to talk about a trend that’s on its way out—and it’s not what you think. I’m talking about PSH: Pumpkin. Spice. Hate.
Recent years have seen a sharp increase in PSH, with peak heights of hatred being reached earlier and earlier each year. Lovers of the iconic fall flavor are relentlessly mocked, shamed, and banished to the most basic corners of their local Starbucks.