In recent years, you couldn’t have the autumn season without seeing the word “pumpkin spice” added to a bunch of different items. Pumpkin spice donuts, pumpkin spice candles, pumpkin spice dog treats, pumpkin spice toothpaste. Business has been booming for this seasonal sensation in the last few years.
But even with its intense boom over the last few years, the trend had planted its seeds as early as 2003 when Starbucks introduced the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Ironically, the real pumpkin wasn’t added into the recipe until around 2015. But that’s only a small 2% of the entire drink itself.
In its basic form, pumpkin spice lattes are made up of dried ginger, cloves, sometimes nutmeg and other spices. But the crowning ingredient which gives it its flavor is the cinnamon. This means that the pumpkin spice latte doesn’t even taste like pumpkin but rather spices that are said to enhance the taste of pumpkins in recipes or desserts.
Whether you like to joke about its sudden takeover of autumn snacks and drinks or you genuinely enjoy the taste of this fall-focused drink, it definitely has made its mark in pop culture as a drink people just can’t stop talking about.