Pumpkin Spice Without Pumpkin GASP

First day of fall & already the pumpkin spice mania begins.

As a HUGE fan of everything pumpkin spice, I am on board since before it was cool to be, but the last couple of years my delight is tinged with a tad of a bad taste.

The holy grail of the season is no doubt the pumpkin spice latter or PSL for the ‘grams. I love it.  Honestly there were a couple of years after I first started drinking coffee that it was nearly the only coffee I would drink. Six months on & six months off unless I found a dear small shop that offered it longer than the chains.  This time of year I will gladly slap on some leggings, a tunic & my boots and savor the experience embracing my basic bitch.

What I refuse to embrace is idiots who have emerged threatening all things pumpkin spice. For some reason there are people who complain about the lack of pumpkin in pumpkin spice.  Most notably was another blogger who was outraged to find (& I quote) “After reading the ingredients in the Pumpkin Spice Latte, I can tell you that there’s absolutely no pumpkin.”  Seriously?  Did you order the pumpkin coffee? (& yes I read her blog prior to that post & then unsubscribed before my head exploded.)

Let me explain to those poor souls who seem to need it.

This is a pumpkin.

Festive fall decor, natural & yes even edible.

This is pumpkin spice.

See the difference here?

One is a squash. The other is a FLAVOR.

Follow me?

Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg & Cloves = Good

Pumpkin the vegetable in coffee = Not Good

Pumpkin Spice was named such because it is the combination that many recipes for pumpkin pie called for.  When we go for a pumpkin spice anything we crave the comfy cozy flavor that is associated with pumpkin pie, which is also most popular this time of year.  The thing we carve has very little flavor and thus the need for the delicious concoction we now lovingly call pumpkin spice.

There never has been any pumpkin in the pumpkin spice.

We put pumpkin spice into the pumpkin to make it taste edible.  We put pumpkin spice into the coffee or in my case all the things to make them wonderful.  We rarely put pumpkin into anything for the flavor because it really has very little, thus the need to make the pumpkin spice.

SO STOP TRYING TO PUT THE DAMN SQUASH IN MY COFFEE.

If this is in fact too much for someone to comprehend perhaps they should just stick to ranch.

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