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Aug 27

Pumpkin Spice Season

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"Oh my gourd! Not yet!" #triggerwarningpumpkinspice

Guess what time of year it is again, folks? Love it or hate it, today is the day Starbucks releases its Pumpkin Spice Lattés! This Royal Pumpkin Spice tartan (designed by yours truly) was inspired by the young ladies at the San Jose School of Highland Dancing, who welcome this harbinger of fall with great glee. Based on Royal Stewart, this tartan is a whimsical nod to the traditional colours and flavours of the season. Considered the Holy Grail of coffee drinks, the Pumpkin Spice Latté craze started in 2003, though this namesake spice combination's spicy origins go back to the 1950's. And in related news, remember when people posted joke items supposedly made in pumpkin spice flavour? Well this year, there really is a LIMITED EDITION PUMPKIN SPICE SPAM! So ... if you've been looking for the quintessential white elephant joke gift for any Secret Santa games, this might be it! 🎃☕

"I spilled my Pumpkin Spice Latté, and now a bunch of ants are making brunch plans and doing yoga."

 

The American craze for all things pumpkin spice is a relatively new one, but the arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latté in Starbucks Coffee Houses is fondly awaited by many as a tasty harbinger of the autumn holiday season.  

 

This flavour fad actually has its origins in the 1950s and 60s, when spice manufacturers such as McCormick began marketing "pumpkin pie spice" and "pumpkin spice" to save consumers the effort of blending cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and other seasonings.

The 1990s saw the advent of pumpkin spice coffee, which slowly made its way into coffee shops nationwide. But the first major retailer to capitalize on the pumpkin spice phenomenon was Starbucks, when they launched their immensely popular Pumpkin Spice Latte in 2004.

 

This drink now has its own Twitter page and hashtag (#PSL) and has a presence on a variety of different social media platforms.

This whimsical tartan is based on the sett of Royal Stewart and pays homage to the favourite colours and flavours of the Hallowe'en season, evoking notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and of course, pumpkin!

For a list of pumpkin spice items that shows just how far a fad can go, including pumpkin spice deodorant, dog treats, and other questionable pairings, click the more traditional pumpkin and spices vignette.