|All Pumpkin Everything!
By: Justine Huffman
WARNING: The word pumpkin will be generously used throughout this post. Prepare yourself!
It’s not officially autumn until the pumpkin-flavored and/or scented items come out to play. The orange squash of Halloween-inspired carvings is no longer limited to spooky displays and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Surely you’ve noticed that every time this season has rolled around, at least within the past four years, some glorious pumpkin-themed product makes its debut. This does not include the birth of the beloved fan favorite, Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte (which contains zero pumpkin spice), which appeared in 2003.
Thomas’ Bagels released its pumpkin spice bagels in 2011. Unlike Starbucks’ famed fall latte, this form of sustenance has pumpkin spice.
Why stop at bagels and coffee? Pumpkin-flavored creamer, beer, baking mixes, snack cakes, cream cheese, and ice cream are all available for the taking. Luckily, the rumors about pumpkin-scented tampons were just that – rumors.
Some things are better left pumpkin-less.
Even Trader Joe’s has gone pumpkin wild, releasing pumpkin toaster pastries, pumpkin cereal bars, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin tortilla chips, pumpkin ravioli, and [drumroll please] pumpkin body butter.
According to Vox, Americans purchased $308,000,000 worth of pumpkin-flavored foodstuffs in 2013. Frozen goods and ciders with a marked pumpkin taste are on the rise.
At this rate, you either vote “nay” or “yay” for pumpkin.
Justine Huffman is an indie author, poet, and graphic artist residing in Delaware, USA. When she's not unleashing her creative powers, she enjoys reading humorous fiction, dining at local seafood eateries, and daydreaming.
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