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pumpkin spice mania
by Audrey Poff, illustration by Brittney Guest

I’m a cinnamon girl in a pumpkin spice world.

It’s fall, and that means you can hardly walk down one aisle in the grocery store without being bombarded by pumpkin spice. Following in Starbuck’s footsteps, it seems as if every major food brand is trying its hand at a pumpkin spice-flavored product.

Pumpkin spice is actually a combination of spices that includes ground cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, ground allspice and ground cloves. Although I love a touch of cinnamon in almost anything, I’m not a big fan of ginger, nutmeg, allspice or cloves. Nutmeg is my least favorite spice of all. I like pumpkin and pumpkin pie is one of my favorites, but in case you missed the previous sentence, there is no pumpkin in pumpkin spice. It’s all a farce that generates millions of dollars in revenue for companies hoping to capitalize on America’s seasonal addiction.

I don’t like the sound of pumpkin spice Pringles or pumpkin spice marshmallows, and I don’t need pumpkin spice soap, vodka or dog treats. There’s even a pumpkin spice spray on the market that can make all of your food taste like pumpkin spice. Need a snack? There’s now pumpkin spice hummus. Care for a stick of gum? Wrigley’s Extra offers a seasonal edition of sugarless pumpkin spice-flavored gum.

I understand, however, if pumpkin spice makes your world complete. Don’t throw your PSL (pumpkin spice latte) at me for saying this, but I believe we could have more than one autumn flavor in America. There are a lot of other great fall flavors out there, but pumpkin spice has literally taken over the world. In the craziness to create more and more pumpkin spice products, I think we’ve forgotten about all the other fall flavors that are just as good, if not better.

It’s time to move over pumpkin spice. Show a little respect for apple cinnamon, maple and cranberry.