Enough with the pumpkin spice craze already
I love pumpkin pie, homemade or from a great bakery. I do not need pumpkin spiced everything in my life during autumn.
In 2003, Starbucks came out with pumpkin spiced latte. The pumpkin spice craze began and has not abated. Every autumn our eyes and minds are assaulted with pumpkin spice everything in grocery stores.
Land O Lakes has a pumpkin spice spread. Butter with spices and brown sugar. How precious is that?
There are pumpkin spice crackers, potato chips, popcorn, and other snack items.
There are pumpkin spice fragrances, soaps, candles, and other beauty aids. Maybe they will make pumpkin spice pet shampoos so your dogs and cats can smell like pie.
Are we devolving into a Dune-like future where the world will go to war over pumpkin spice?
Marketing people know consumers are gullible. They will buy anything everyone else is. Pumpkin spice has taste and aroma. It is a twofer for marketing just about every kind of product.
Pumpkin spiced junk food is a perfect example of marketing people sucking in the masses of naive babes in the woods.
If you like pumpkin spice so much, make the stuff yourself. It is easy.
This recipe is from Betty Crocker. Besides the great taste, it has that appealing aroma pumpkin spice is known for.
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice and 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves. Mix the spices together in a small bowl. Store the mixture in a clean small jar or spice container.
Now, you can make your own pumpkin spice spread. Or make a dip with sour cream for chips and crackers. Toss it in your popcorn or sprinkle it on chips. Add some to the coffee in your coffee maker. Hell, add it where ever you want.
Or, maybe just use it for what it was meant for. Bake yourself a pumpkin pie.