That whole pumpkin flavor trend has peaked, right? We’ve pumped the massively popular fall spice into everything we possibly can, right?
Ha! We’ll channel Forrest Gump for a moment as we list just a few of the more recent pumpkin-spiced products:
Pumpkin-spiced beer, pumpkin-spiced wine, pumpkin-spiced Cheerios, pumpkin-spiced Oreos, pumpkin-spiced Pringles, pumpkin-spiced vodka, pumpkin-spiced potato chips, pumpkin-spiced salsa, pumpkin-spiced Peeps, pumpkin-spiced Pop Tarts, pumpkin-spiced almonds…
What’s next? How about pumpkin-spiced body sprays? Or pumpkin-spiced pedicures (with pumpkin-flavored oils)? Pumpkin-spiced fries, anyone? McDonald’s added to their pumpkin-spiced offerings (pumpkin-spiced McCafe, anyone?) with pumpkin-spiced fries in Japan. Will the U.S. get them this year?
Here’s one to top the pumpkin-spiced cake: Pumpkin tennis shoes. Seriously, shoe maker Saucony just debuted the “Pumpkin Spice” Grid SD on their website. In addition to featuring autumn-minded colors of burnt orange and coffee brown, the tongues are emblazoned with a leaf-shaped latte art design.
Presumably, these pumpkin-spiced kicks are an ode to the most popular pumpkin-spiced product of all time, and the one often credited blamed with the pumpkin spice craze: The Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte.
So why is this spice so popular?
First, what is it? Pumpkin spice is a mix that can include such ingredients as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Since those ingredients are often used in pumpkin pie recipes, the concoction became known as “pumpkin spice.”
Why is it so popular? Really? You have to ask? Because it’s amazingly delicious! The blend of those popular spices creates a party of flavor, and everyone wants to attend.
Next up: Taco Bell introduces pumpkin-spiced burritos. Hey, it could happen…