Pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere

pumpkin spice latte

You don't need a calendar to know that it's fall in the Northern Hemisphere. Just head to any coffee shop or bakery and you'll be reminded of the season, as everything has pumpkin spice in it. Every year, what I'm calling "pumpkin spice creep" makes the flavor appear in more and more foods and beverages. We can credit this trend partly to Starbucks, whose pumpkin spice lattes created a near frenzy for the flavor. This year Starbucks even plans on putting real pumpkin in its drinks!

Yahoo! Food decided there is no escape, telling readers to "Hide your yogurt, hide your pretzels. Pumpkin Spice cometh, and no snack food, beverage, or breakfast items are safe." They decided to embrace the flavors with 18 ways to enjoy "pumpkinsanity". It seems that EYB readers like pumpkin spice, too, because the Library has over 125 online recipes featuring it - and most of them are Member indexed!

Take a gander at these pumpkin spice recipes buzzing in the Library:

Pumpkin spice muffins from Tutti Dolci - All Sweets
Pumpkin spice bread 
from The Craft of Baking  by Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox
Pumpkin spice bundt cake with buttermilk icing 
from Gourmet Magazine  
Pumpkin spice ice cream 
from Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence  by Joy Wilson
Pumpkin spice hot chocolate mix 
from Serious Eats by Alton Brown
Pumpkin spice latte 
from The Recipe Girl Cookbook by Lori Lange (pictured above)

Do you welcome our new pumpkin spice overlords? What's your favorite drink or baked good containing the flavor?

6 Comments

  • veronicafrance  on  9/18/2015 at 2:45 AM

    A friend recently tweeted that the person who invented pumpkin spice paleo latte should apologise to all Italians, and I can't help but agree.

  • veronicafrance  on  9/19/2015 at 1:34 AM

    PS why is this labelled "Antipasto"? I can't imagine any Italian starting a meal with a pumpkin spice latte ...

  • wester  on  9/19/2015 at 11:50 AM

    Here in Europe the spiced pumpkin has never been big. But we do have a very similar spice mix that we use mainly in the fall, at least here in the Netherlands. It's used in "speculaas" (speculoos for the Belgians) and "pepernoten". "Pepernoten" are only sold between August and early December, and most Dutch people actually think August is too early.

  • eliza  on  9/20/2015 at 8:34 PM

    Thank you wester for that info. Now I know how the speculaas cookies get their name! I never have had pumpkin spice, but I love those speculaas cookies.

  • Jane  on  9/21/2015 at 11:43 AM

    veronicafrance - "Antipasto" is our tag for anything that doesn't fit into the other blog categories. It is a bit misleading isn't it?

  • veronicafrance  on  9/23/2015 at 12:55 PM

    @Jane: Yes!!

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