VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Breathe in that late-summer air and chances are you’ll catch a whiff of pumpkin spice.
Coffee shops are already pouring their fall-flavoured lattes — which is a welcome sign of the season ahead for some people and an irritant for others who see it as the advance guard of the annual pumpkin attack on our senses.
In the distant past, we used to celebrate the harvest flavour only in the form of pies and maybe the odd bit of loaf or muffin.
But then came the pumpkin-spiced latte, starting an avalanche of gourd-and-nutmeg flavoured products in just about any form you can imagine.
Pumpkin soufflé scented candles? Breathe deep!
Pumpkin-infused beer or milkshake? Drink it down!
Pumpkin-spiced Oreos, Pop-Tarts and Jet-Puffed Jumbo Pumpkin Mallows? Dig in!
There’s even a pumpkin spice cordial syrup, presumably for adding a little more winter squash flavour to your margarita. “It’s crept earlier and earlier into the year — Starbucks has made its pumpkin-spice latte available in September,” says Danielle Dauenhauer, the viral content manager at Ranker.com, which lists the top few dozen pumpkin products by popularity.
“The pumpkin pie, the pumpkin breads, the pumpkin latte — all of sudden manufacturers said ‘Pumpkin? Oh my gosh, yes! Let’s do this for everything!'”
“If anything can have pumpkin folded into it, it’s now a candle-flavour, an incense, perhaps a car-freshener, I don’t know,” she tells NEWS 1130.
By the way, pumpkin — the actual fruit (and it is a fruit, not a vegetable) — is ranked very low on the list, only a little ahead of Pumpkin Spice Jell-O, but well behind International Delight Pumpkin Spice non-dairy coffee creamer.