Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
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Happy anniversary, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte! With ten tasty years behind it and (according to Starbucks) over 200 million sold, the so-called “PSL” can officially be called a seasonal American institution and a veritable symbol of autumn alongside Halloween jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin pie. Unlike these other familiar fall offerings, however, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice lattes don’t contain any appreciable pumpkin, just the spice… not that this is a bad thing.
Pumpkin Spice is the key here and the emphasis is firmly on the spice. In most forms a combination of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cloves (homemade PSL recipe here), pumpkin spice is so distinct it not only stands on its own, it’s come to flavor a host of foods and food-like products that wouldn’t be eaten with actual pumpkins if that was the only remaining edible complement on Earth.
Kraft Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Mallows
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If you’re one camper confused about the “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” tradition clashing with the time-honored practice of roasting marshmallows on the end of a stick (or coat-hanger, for tree-deprived urbanites), the Kraft Foods has got the perfect seasonal compromise: Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Mallows! Fat-free and artificially flavored, these vaguely golden mallows are shaped like stylized pumpkins but according to taste-testers at the ingeniously-named Spoil Your Dinner blog, are somewhat lacking in pumpkin spice presence. Perhaps dipping each speared mallow in your Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte before fire-roasting might help.
Silk Pumpkin Spice Soy Milk
Silk, founded in 1978, manufactures soy milk and other dairy-substitute products such soy yogurt and almond milk. The company’s popular specialty soy milk is available in a wide variety of flavors including Chai Tea, Coffee, Mocha, Spice, Chocolate Mint, Nog, and Pumpkin Spice with the latter two only sold seasonally.
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Embraced by vegans and those who for various reasons prefer to enjoy dairy-like but non-dairy foods, Silk soy milk features in a growing host of recipes including the above Pumpkin Spice Smoothie. This smart seasonal smoothie is based on Silk’s Vanilla soy milk but the addition of traditional pumpkin spice ingredients give it a decidedly autumnal twist.
Country Crock Pumpkin Spice Spread
Country Crock Pumpkin Spice Spread joins Cinnamon and Honey as the latest flavor in the Country Crock corral – for a while, at least, as this seasonal variation is a limited edition.
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The Country Crock website suggests this sweetly-scented spread is “the perfect pairing for sweet potatoes, yams and more.” In the “more” department, the clever chefs at Club Chica Circle offer this intriguing recipe for Sweet Potato and Yam Galette that employs a heapin’ helpin’ of Country Crock Pumpkin Spice Spread to give it that pumpkin-y seasonal slap to the taste buds.