Perturbed by Pumpkin

September is now in full swing and pumpkin flavoring has begun to make its presence known pretty much every where. This is a phenomenon that I really, truly, for the life of me, can not comprehend at all. What is the fascination with pumpkin?

Pumpkin refers to a broad spectrum of winter squash, however, most commonly it is used to refer to the round, smooth orange gourds we carve up at Halloween. Pumpkin a plant does not go to waste; flesh, seeds, leaves, and flowers are all edible. Pumpkins, or rather pumpkin PIE is a staple in Thanksgiving feasts across the United States. This is where I think the “false advertising” of pumpkin flavor comes in to play. Pumpkin doesn’t taste like anything. No really! Have you tried pumpkin? It really doesn’t taste like anything. Bake it, steam it, mash it, boil it. It doesn’t taste like anything!

The so-called “pumpkin flavor” that everyone is so enthralled with, is actually “Pumpkin Pie Spice”. Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and all spice. This is what the world is enamored with, not the vegetable.

Pumpkin Spice Flavored M&Ms... Really!?!??!
Pumpkin Spice M&Ms… Really!?!??!

But honestly, I think we’ve gone slightly over board on this pumpkin thing. I walk in to my local Dunkin’ Donuts and in addition to the pumpkin flavored baked good available (which, I accept) they have pumpkin flavored coffee, lattes, and coolatas. Why? Coffee should taste like coffee, not pumpkin pie. The other day, Ka-Ka texted me a picture of Pumpkin Oreos completely outraged (We are purists when it comes to the sanctity of Oreos. They should be chocolate cookies with vanilla cream. The End! None of these alternate flavor shenanigans; but that is a rant for another day) Advertised in my Target circular this week, pumpkin spice flavored M&Ms. They are M&Ms they are supposed to taste like chocolate, not pumpkin pie! Where do we draw the line?

What do you think dear readers? Are you full of pumpkin pride or are you ready to puke? Take the poll



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