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Pumpkin Spice is Nice

Pumpkin Spice is Nice

This short post has nothing to do with books or cats, but it does have to do with tea. Sort of. Yes, I'm late to the party, but I've discovered that pumpkin spice is nice. If you're a pumpkin hater, hear me out.

Photo of pumpkins, autumn leaves, and glasses of orange-colored tea - pumpkin spice is nice

I have long resisted the siren call of pumpkin spice this, that, and everything. This is because, while I like pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread, I couldn't imagine how any squash would smell good in a candle. Or in lip gloss (?!?).

However, as it turns out, no squashes, either large and orange or small and cute, are harmed in the making of pumpkin spice things. I discovered this by way of a friend's pumpkin spice hot chai tea latte. She insisted no pumpkin was involved, and cajoled me into tasting a sip. It's actually quite good. You see, it's all about the spices typically used in a pumpkin pie. For example, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and my absolute favorite, cardamom. Plus sugar and vanilla. (And because this is America, lots of sugar.)

So if you've avoided pumpkin spice because blech, pumpkins!, but you like chai, and snickerdoodles, or baked peach crisp dessert, you, too, might discover that pumpkin spice is nice.

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  1. I was in the military 10 years, coffe was always strong enough to keep you awake on a 12 hour shift, and back then adding stuff other then cream or sugar was a non-no but this was in 1968-1979 when I was “in”. I still can’t drink it any other way.

    1. I can drink a stiff cup of straight black tea, but I’ve never liked the flavor of coffee. So even a double measure of pumpkin spice in the coffee wouldn’t make it drinkable. Fortunately, pumpkin spice tastes scrumptious in desserts.

  2. Pumpkin spice is a great desert blend in most creamed or baked it’s what makes eggnog so great so pumpkin spice is any chief’s delight.

  3. Sorry, not a fan of pumpkin spice or tea, we could also debate about pineapple on pizza, but, since none of these are mandatory; I will let it go…. Have a nice day

    1. I love that people like different things so we aren’t all fighting over who gets that last piece of pineapple on the pizza. 😀

    1. Fair enough. I’m presuming there are no apples involved in apple spice, either. Though I’ll admit I’d be more inclined to accept apple flavor in my tea than squash. 😉

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