Pumpkin spice gets a lot of hate. Every year when August and September hit, haters start to spout off a whole bunch of nonsense about how the pumpkin spice latte has gone too far or jumped the shark (and so have all of the other foods the beverage has inspired).
But we’re not sure why. Because pumpkin spice is delicious. I mean think about it… who really, truly hates the magical combination of spices that goes into making your desserts, drinks, and even savory dishes instantly autumnal? Pumpkin spice is awesome, and honestly, we don’t think it can be enjoyed early enough in the year. Don’t believe us? Here’s why.
It’s Actually Good for Your Health
You don’t have to eat healthy pumpkin spice products to get health benefits. Pumpkin spice is made up of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice. Cinnamon alone can help lower blood sugar and boost brain activity, and ginger can help aid digestion.
The Flavors Are Comforting
Hygge has nothing on #PSL. There’s something inherently cozy about pumpkin spice. The act of drinking a pumpkin spice latte, eating a pumpkin spice cookie, or even nomming on a pumpkin spice sausage essentially demands that you do so in front of a fire, wrapped in your favorite giant wool sweater.
It Means Sweaty Summer Is Almost Over
You know what season is seriously overrated? Summer. Sure, we love sipping frosé poolside and lounging at a beach bar as much as the next person. But fall is idyllic weather-wise, and pumpkin spice season means cooler days and colorful trees are just around the corner.
It Smells Amazing
You don’t even need to enjoy the flavors of pumpkin spice to get your fix this fall; the smells are tantalizing enough. Whether you’re baking a pumpkin dessert, sipping on Starbucks’ classic pumpkin spice latte, or burning a pumpkin candle, the scent of cinnamon, cloves, and sweet, fresh pumpkin is enough to soothe any soul.
Pumpkin Pie Should Be Served More Than One Day of the Year
Pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving go together. That’s just understood. But how often do you really indulge in a slice of creamy, spiced pumpkin pie with a flaky homemade crust? Probably not very often. And that’s silly! Pumpkin pie is delicious. So use its spices all season long and as soon as you can.
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