Pumpkin is over-hyped. Its the spices you like!
What is it about pumpkin pie that makes it such an autumnal success? Well, its the perfect delivery mechanism for our favourite spices: allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, mace and often a big whack of sugar.
Aside from the well-known Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte we see the market is now being flooded with pumpkin ales, pumpkin vodka, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin pie Pop-Tarts, Sweet Harvest pumpkin tea by Celestial Seasonings and even innocent neighbourhood coffeehouses when the weather starts cooling. I’ve even read Pringles pumpkin pie spice chips are coming to a Walmart near you.
According to a recent New York Magazine article, “This year is on track to be one of the most active years for seasonal pumpkin menuing” and could top the 2011 record, when more than 60 pumpkin-related dishes appeared on the menus of America’s top 250 chain restaurants.”
Keep in mind that few of these products use actual pumpkins, or actual spices for that matter. The “pumpkin-flavoured” label is really quite forgiving and lets not forget about the colouring.
Suggestion. Order some of our Everything Nice spice and add it to your coffee filter, whip some into ice-cream or any baking for a pumpkin pie spice experience without all the chemical additives.