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by CELINE PHU
Pumpkin pie spice was originally sold in grocery stores and incorporated into homemade pumpkin pies. Over the years, its name has been shortened to pumpkin spice and it is now most commonly associated with Starbucks’ famous Pumpkin Spice Latte drink. “Pumpkin spice reminds me of fall and Starbucks coffee,” said junior Desiree Quimiro.
Use of this particular flavor, however, has been expanding exponentially to other products. Inspired by the original latte created in 2003 by Peter Dukes, many coffee and tea industries have introduced their own pumpkin spice flavored merchandise. Brands such as Coffee-mate and International Delight are marketing pumpkin spice creamers. Tazo offers pumpkin spice infused tea bags. Instant pumpkin spiced cider mixes are available in stores, such as Walmart or Target.
In addition to flavored drinks, consumers may also discover a variety of edible pumpkin spice flavored eats. From simple granola bars to deluxe macaroons, pumpkin spice now is quite commonly used in fall. While many stores offer premade mixes, home cooks can easily create their own pumpkin spice pancakes, waffles, French toast or other breakfast favorite. Pumpkin spice donuts, M&Ms, lollipops and jello are available for those with a sweet tooth. Also known for their inventive flavors, chip brands, such as Pringles and Doritos, have added products to the trend.
“Pumpkin spice reminds me of home, being toasty, and enjoying the chilly weather,” said junior Regina Camacho.
Online retailers promote an even larger spectrum of pumpkin spice themed items. Besides the typical candles and fragrance oils, pumpkin spice toothpaste, deodorant and even toilet paper has been offered. Etsy.com also sells items with pumpkin spice lover decals, such as clothing, mugs and handmade throw pillows. Various soaps, bath bombs and hair products are available on Amazon.com. In addition, pumpkin spice Chapstick, lip balm and lotion can be found on Ebay.com.
Derived from simple pie flavoring, the pumpkin spice trend has transformed the fall into a season of flavor.