Pumpkin Spice: It’s Everywhere!

It started appearing in stores around the beginning of September, still well ahead of Halloween or Thanksgiving.  Gradually it crept down one row after another.  Eventually you couldn’t walk down a single row in the grocery store without seeing it.  Then it spread to craft booths and specialty stores.  The insidious flavor worked its way into everything.  Nothing was safe!  What am I talking about?  Pumpkin spice, of course!

I have to admit that I am shamelessly stealing this blog topic from Beth Ann Chiles at “It’s Just Life.”  She wrote about pumpkin spice last year and made me more aware of it when it started appearing in the stores this year.  The flavor is a fall thing and it seems like every year they put pumpkin spice into more and more things.

Now, some things are a natural for pumpkin spice.  Pumpkin pie, for example!  But other things are just a weird place to put it.  Mouthwash and toothpaste are two things that come to mind.  I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin and have never willingly put pumpkin spice into anything but there are marketing people out there that seem to think that adding it to the label of anything will make it an instant best seller in the fall.

Here are a few of the things that I have found that have pumpkin spice in them:

Pumpkin pie pop-tarts
Pumpkin oreos
Pumpkin Shandy (I don’t even know what a Shandy is)
Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur
Pumpkin potato chips
Pumpkin ice cream at Graeters
Pumpkin syrup
Pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake fudge
Harvest Pumpkin Cheesecake at Cold Stone Creamery
Pumpkin Rolls (this one makes some sense)
Pumpkin Butter
Pumpkin chewing gum
Pumpkin Pecan granola

I know there are many more products out there with the this flavor, but maybe that is enough for now.

Do you like the pumpkin spice flavor?  Which of these products would you try?  What is the oddest thing you have seen the flavor in?  Let me know – I might have to do this again!