It’s October and that means fall is here. Leaves are changing, the air is cool, and Halloween is on its way. While grocery shopping you might notice that everywhere you turn your favorite snack is now available in a pumpkin spice flavor. How, why and when did this happen? What exactly is pumpkin spice, and why is it so popular?
The first evidence of pumpkin spice dates back to the 1950s. Spice brands like McCormick began bundling together all the necessary spices used to make a pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves were blended together into one package, making it easy to prepare your holiday pie. By the time the 1960s rolled around, chefs were using the spice blend in a variety of dishes including soups and cakes. At that time no one knew of the height of popularity pumpkin spice would one day reach.
Here’s a look at seven of the craziest pumpkin products we could find!
Pumpkin Spice Oreos
Oreo has been releasing new desert flavors for a while now. What started with flavors like mint and peanut butter has progressed to cinnamon roll, red velvet, and of course, pumpkin spice.
Kraft Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows
Marshmallows lend themselves well to pumpkin spice. These tiny pillows of jet-puffed goodness pack a punch of flavor to satisfy your pumpkin spice craving. And they’re shaped like pumpkins to boot.
Burnett Pumpkin Spice Vodka
Flavor infused vodka has become a common occurrence in recent years. Though typically reserved for fruit flavors, Burnett’s decided to try their hand at the pumpkin spice craze with this vodka.
Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds
Cinnamon almonds were already a popular flavor, so why not mix in the remaining pumpkin spices? Planters had this thought and decided to release a limited edition pumpkin spiced nut.
Extra Pumpkin Spice Gum
Yep, you read that right. Extra jumped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon with this out-of-the-box flavor. People are bound to buy this gum out of sheer curiosity.
Land O’Lakes Limited Batch Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread
This spread may actually taste great with the pumpkin spice bagels that just missed making the list. It may even go well with cinnamon bread or pancakes. However, it’s doubtful anyone would put this on their corn or baked potato.
Nature’s Promise Organic Pumpkin Spice Chicken Sausage
What can really be said about such a product? Whose idea was this? Why does such a food exist? Do people actually enjoy it? This one’s a head-scratcher reserved for the truly adventurous pumpkin spice lover.
So what do you think? Has the pumpkin spice craze gone too far? Head to your local Sparkle and see what pumpkin spice items you can find!