This obsession over pumpkin spice everything is getting to be ALOT, kind of like decorating your living room with cat posters is ALOT.
After a couple years without, I ordered a pumpkin spice latte last week.
I’ve probably seen nothing short of 1000 advertisements for it since the end of August, so I thought I’d order the yummy $5 coffee.
The first sip was by far the best.
The first sip tasted like cinnamon syrup with a slight has-been-on-a-shelf-for-6-months taste that I almost missed because it was coated in so much sugar syrup.
I used to work at Starbucks, so I know how much syrup goes into these drinks. Spoiler alert: I won’t ruin your experience by sharing. I couldn’t help but think as I threw the half-finished coffee away because all that was left was syrup:
I am not sure I get the obession anymore.
SO many people wait all year long for the pumpkin spice latte debut, making memes, blogging, creating recipes, etc. Now, you can now get:
- Pumpkin spice pie
- Pumpkin spice cake
- Pumpkin spice syrup
- Pumpkin spice liquor
- Pumpkin spice beer
- Pumpkin spice yogurt
- Pumpkin spice candles
- Pumpkin spice bubble bath
- Pumpkin spice decorations
- Pumpkin spice air freshener
After you sit there, having started the day with a pumpkin spice latte, smelling a pumpkin spice candle at work, dining on pumpkin spice yogurt for lunch and planning to relax with a pumpkin spice beer tonight – do you feel that warm and fuzzy inside?
Or do you feel just a little bit more empty, crashing from the sugar high but addicted?
Please don’t hate me for my thoughts here, but I’ve thought pumpkin spice this week and I’d like to share how I feel:
Screw pumpkin spice
Obsessing over pumpkin spice is no substitute for the real charm of the fall season.
Fall is when we step back from the busy summer months and bring in the harvest for the year.
It’s when we bring in the abundant fruits of our labors and join together with family and friends over Monday night dinners, in the chillier air at games, in pumpkin patches, at the apple orchards and over meals at church. We do things that feed our soul.
Can you bring a pumpkin spice latte along with you? Yes. Does obsessing over this drink/flavor/smell and filling your home with every kind of pumpkin spice you can find, posting memes everywhere – does that substitute a real cozy feeling of fall warmth? Debatable.
I mean, only if filling your house with cat posters can pass as classy interior design.
I think we’re missing the point obsessing over $5 coffees like they will keep us warm inside this fall.
Back to basics.