Before the latte and before the "basic" backlash, pumpkin pie spice was enjoyed freely and joyfully as a signature flavor of fall… and we believe that can (and should) remain the case. Consider this is a safe space for all levels of pumpkin spice enthusiasm.
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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.

Say what you will about pumpkin spice, but this autumnal concoction isn't going anywhere anytime soon. So what if it's barely September? Who cares if sweater weather seems an eternity away? Pumpkin spice is toasty, soul warming, and makes people happy, darn it; I say let them enjoy it in peace.

If you can't get enough of the now controversial spice, you may be wondering how to incorporate it into your diet in even more ways. Pie may be the obvious choice, but we think you can get a little more creative than that. Grab a bottle of pumpkin pie spice at the grocery store, or you can opt to make it yourself with individual spices you likely already have. Allspice, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are all you need to create this warming blend in your own kitchen.

If you need a little inspiration, check out some of our favorite ways to utilize pumpkin pie spice:

1. Pumpkin Spice Fudge

Pumpkin Spice Fudge
Credit: Jennifer Causey

Jennifer Causey

This melt-in-your-mouth confection is easier than it looks and is apt to impress even the most adamant pumpkin spice-skeptics.

2. Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Credit: John Kernick; Styling: Marcus Hay

The Holy Grail of pumpkin desserts, this cheesecake can be made up to two days before serving.

3. Pumpkin Spice Cornbread

Pumpkin Spice Cornbread

Warning: This is a dish best served to other pumpkin spice extremists.

4. Apple Pie-Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Apple Pie-Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Credit: Romulo Yanes

Put those jack-o'-lantern castoffs to good use. Or, you know, buy some raw pumpkin seeds from the grocery store being that it's September.

5. Pumpkin Maple Sauce

Credit: Sara Tane

Sara Tane

This multi-purpose sauce can fall-ify everything from your morning waffles to your afternoon tea.

6.  Pumpkin Spice Streusel 

Pumpkin Pie Streusel
Credit: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Top off your pumpkin muffins with this simple spiced streusel.