PUMPKIN SPICE, I’M A FAN!
I don’t remember when I became aware of the popularity of Pumpkin Spice. I think it was probably long before social media was a thing. My sweet little mother was a terrific cook. But even more than that, she was a fantastic baker! Most days, when I’d walk in the door from school, I was greeted by the amazing aroma of something delicious baking. Frequently it was cookies or some kind of sweet roll. Often the smell of fresh baked bread welcomed me home. Other times, usually in the fall, it was pies and coffee cakes filled with plump fruit from the autumn harvest.
CINNAMON, CLOVES, NUTMEG, OH, MY!
I think that’s the blend, essentially, right? The glorious trifecta that combines to make what we know as Pumpkin Spice. I just ‘Googled’ it to find out more information, and apparently, according to THIS ARTICLE ON DELISH DOT COM, which was just published yesterday, btw…Merriam Webster has added the term ‘Pumpkin Spice’ to the dictionary. LOL! And according to Merriam-Webster, the term is defined as “a mixture of usually cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and often allspice that is commonly used in pumpkin pie.” Oh! How could I forget ginger and allspice?? Well, then. There you have it! You don’t have to purchase a special pre-made blend at the store. You can make it yourself, in the combination you like best, by simply adding these spices to your recipe.
BUT PUMPKIN SPICE IN COFFEE?
Who came up with the grand idea to take this traditionally popular baking spice blend and add it to coffee? Well, having launched and run MY OWN GOURMET COFFEE, TEA, HOT COCOA, AND BISCOTTI COMPANY for more than four years, I know firsthand why flavored coffees exist in the first place. It’s a great way to use up and disguise the mediocre flavor of lower-quality Robusta coffee beans. Save the better-tasting Arabica beans for those who appreciate the flavor of plain, black coffee, and leave those Robusta beans to the vast array of flavorings that have become available. And Pumpkin Spice just happens to be one of the more popular versions. Especially in the fall.
THESE PARTICULAR SPICES ARE WARM AND INVITING
According to THIS ARTICLE ON MASH DOT COM, “pumpkin spice has a long history dating back to 1934 when McCormick and Company introduced the spice in an effort to sweeten up holiday pumpkin pies.” But the true reasoning behind our love of this unique blend goes much deeper. That same article explains, “The transition to fall marks a particularly difficult time for the 10 million Americans who suffer from seasonal affective disorder — depression caused by changes in season,” and further goes on to say that “In the case of pumpkin spice, marketing tells consumers that these pumpkin-themed items are only available for the fall season.” So, thinking that this spice blend is only available for a limited time, those who love it quickly buy up as much pumpkin spice as they can before the season ends.
TRY THESE PRODUCTS IF YOU LOVE PUMPKIN SPICE BLEND
So, if you’re a lover of this wonderfully flavorful and aromatic seasonal blend, allow me to recommend a handful of products you might want to try!
Available in whole bean, ground, and pod versions.
Slow down, relax and gather with family & friends over a delicious cup of this iconic medium roast coffee with a perfect mix of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon flavors. 100% sustainably sourced Arabica beans are non-GMO, allergen-free, and gluten-free.12 oz bag. (Ah-ha! These guys even use the coveted Arabica bean for their flavored coffees! Bonus!) Just $11.99 for a 12-ounce bag! BUY YOURS HERE
Organic MCT Oil Keto Powder (70% C8 and 30% C10 Medium Chain Triglycerides From Organic Coconut) provides Fast Fuel for the Body and Brain. A Good Boost of Fatty Acids which Strongly Supports Fat-Burning Potential and Promotes Keto Energy. Take it naturally in powder for higher concentration and quicker absorption. BUY YOURS HERE
And why not dip some of these amazing KETO SNICKERDOODLE COOKIES into that Pumpkin Spice coffee you’re sipping? They are low-carb with only 1g net carbs per serving, grain and gluten-free, non-GMOs, with no added sugar! So, you can indulge without trashing your diet, weight loss, and health goals! BUY YOURS HERE
And since you’re sipping coffee…why not choose one of my amazing Jack and the Magic Hat Maker mugs to hold your hot beverage? They are available, featuring all the different book cover versions. BUY YOURS HERE
Until next time…enjoy that Pumpkin Spice in all its glorious Fall varieties!