I L.O.V.E. fall. I don’t know if it’s the sweater weather, the boots, the changing of the leaves, the crisp chill in the air, or . . . the pumpkin spice, but I just love it. Fall will be here in less than two days and I’ve already consumed four pumpkin spice lattes, bought a pumpkin spice candle and a pumpkin spice sugar scrub. I seriously considered buying ready to bake Pumpkin Spice cookie dough and even pumpkin spice Terra chips, but thought better of it.
Some pumpkin spice ‘hard no’s’ went to: pumpkin spice Candy Corn, Hershey Kisses, Milano Cookies, Shredded Wheat Cereal (yes, cereal, Seriously! ), M&M’s (why mess with perfection there) and lastly pumpkin spice cream cheese. . . . which got me thinking. . . What the what?
What else can they possibly put pumpkin spice on / in? And is pumpkin spice really as good for you as it is good to your taste buds?
Well, turns out pumpkin spice is not so nice. In my research I found out some not so great facts about this popular ingredient. The first fact is that there really isn’t real pumpkin in most pumpkin spice products – ! Crazy, huh? Not so much. Anyway, that really made me question any and all ‘pumpkin spice’ products. In just one example I found here are the “pumpkin spice” ingredients in Pumpkin Spice Shredded Wheat.
Whole grain wheat, sugar, contains 2% or less of brown rice syrup, cinnamon, ginger, gelatin, nutmeg, allspice, annatto extract color, natural flavor, BHT for freshness.Vitamins and Minerals: Reduced iron, niacinamide, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), folic acid, vitamin B1 (thiamin hydrochloride), zinc oxide, vitamin B12.
Seriously, “natural flavor” means what? And BHT – well you can just read what that is here: BHT is nasty. I almost cut ties with my favorite latte too . . . until . ..
Much to my delight, Starbucks has stepped up! After 12 years of their famously non pumpkin, pumpkin spice lattes, they are actually changing the recipe, adding actual pumpkin into their oh so famous (and delicious) PSL’s. See more here: PSL FoodFacts
However, I had no such luck in finding real pumpkin in any other fall treats:
So, here’s to breaking the “pumpkin” spice craze . . . well for all things except my PSL’s 🙂