Bow Down To Our Pumpkin Spice Overlords: How This Ubiquitous Fall Flavor Took Over

Just as winter is associated with the flavors of peppermint and gingerbread, over the past several years, fall has become the time of the pumpkin spice.But it's more than just a flavor — it's a way of life.

We're tracing pumpkin spice's timeline, from its humble beginnings as a popular Thanksgiving pie the iconic Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, which was first concocted in 2003 and soon started a nutmeg and cinnamon revolution, much to the joy of leaf-frolicking white girls everywhere.

In 2011, the pumpkin spice craze was just picking up momentum, with products like pumpkin spice honey and several types of pumpkin-flavored coffees infiltrating the market. Pumpkin spice liquor even became a thing. 


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But over the past several years, pumpkin spice mania exploded.

Pumpkin Spice Latte M&M's and Milano cookies.

Pumpkin Spice Peeps.

Pumpkin Spice Twinkies.

Even common household products began to feel the orange burn, like pumpkin spice soap and candles.

Just make it stop. The words have lost all meaning!


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Who among us can resist jumping on the pumpkin spice bandwagon? We predict that next year, pumpkin spice macaroni and cheese will be a thing. Oh, wait.