5 things about the Pumpkin Spice craze that might surprise you!

As September approaches and fall is in the air, Starbucks is bringing back their “Pumpkin Spice Latte”.

This is the earliest it’s ever been on their menu. So here are 5 things that might surprise you about the pumpkin spice craze.

1.) The original Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte didn’t contain any pumpkin.  The drink got its name from all the spices that go into a pumpkin pie, except the pumpkin. Then, in 2015, Starbucks tweaked the recipe to include pumpkin.

2.) The flavor profile has been around for centuries.  Pumpkin was a common ingredient in Native American recipes.  And the earliest-known “pumpkin spice” reference dates back to a British recipe from 1675 with pepper, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Also, the spice company McCormick is credited with giving “pumpkin pie spice” its name and putting it on grocery store shelves in the 1950s.

3.) According to data from MyFitnessPal, we order more “Pumpkin Spice Lattes” on Halloween than any other day of the year.

4.) Pumpkin spice food products are most popular in California, Oregon, Washington, Ohio, and Utah.

5.) Some of the STRANGEST pumpkin spice products to ever be created include Pumpkin Spice deodorant, Pumpkin Spice dog shampoo, and Pumpkin Spice SPAM.

-- Doug O’Brien

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