Fall is just around the corner and already our favorite fall classics are hitting the shelves, including the much loved pumpkin spice. When most people think of pumpkin spice it is in latte form, but now this spice has a bigger following and is in literally everything. We now see this spice in ice cream, bread, candy, Oreos, and can even make our houses smell like this fall favorite from air fresheners and candles. But where did this flavor come from and why did it get so big in the first place?
In the 1950s McCormick began selling a “pumpkin pie spice” for people who didn’t want to do the work of measuring out cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. With this new seasoning mix hitting the shelves, more and more companies where grabbing the “pumpkin spice” mixture and adding it to anything they could imagine. In 1995 a New Mexican shop began offering pumpkin spice candles.
In 1996 Home Roast Coffee in Florida began brewing pumpkin spice beans for coffee and by 1998 the pumpkin spice coffee had migrated to different states. By 2000 the flavored coffee was introduced as a latte, with loads of cream and sugar, making this once nutty drink sugary and sweet. In 2004 Starbucks released their Pumpkin Spice Latte nationwide and the rest is history. Pumpkin spice was once associated with just ingredients that made a perfect holiday pie and now it is a staple for anything fall related.
Now pumpkin spice has come a long way before McCormick even began making the spice blend but some of us basic folks are happy about the journey it made.