What is Pumpkin Spice? The short answer is: a traditional spice mix usually containing cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove. Historical cookbooks show that those flavours have been combined with pumpkin in sweet pie recipes since at least the late 1790s, and by 1934 a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice was being marketed as Pumpkin Spice by herb and spice sellers McCormick and Co.
But though that particular mixture of spices has got a long history of being mashed into pumpkins, “pumpkin spice” has only become an international phenomenon over the last couple of years. And for that, Starbucks can take responsibility.
The epidemic is already in full force — just take a quick stroll down the snack section of your local grocery store. You can’t escape the pumpkin spice craze, it’s even in your protein powder.
Here is a list of the best Pumpkin Spice things:
1. Whey Blend
3. Air Freshener
6. Bar Soap