With Autumn upon us, the inevitable is already happening.

Like Michael Meyers in Hallowe’en, the horror of Pumpkin Spice has returned!

Pumpkin spice gets into everything. Tell people “Autumn is on it’s way”, and watch their shoulders droop, as their memory is immediately conditioned into remembering that smell.

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It’s everywhere. You can’t go past a bakery, or into a coffee shop without being inundated with “pumpkin spice this” and “pumpkin spice that”, and it seems that there is no end in sight. There are coffees, cookies, snack bars, and even Pumpkin Spice Cheerios. CHEERIOS?! (And would you believe you can even get pumpkin spice flavoured dog treats, now? We’re even sharing this trend with our pets.) This is pumpkin spiced madness!

And I think we all know who’s to blame for this…

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All kidding aside, the pumpkin spice craze is in full effect, and we just have to ride the wave until the next big trend – Christmas decorations taking over the stores. (Who am I kidding. I was in a store over the weekend, and the decorations are already making there way into the stores. So, it seems that the pumpkin spice will have to be content with sharing the limelight. The oh-so-tiresome limelight.)

I think a lot of the draw is because of the colours. With the changing of the leaves, we’re in awe of the beauty of the season. And there’s no doubt, pumpkins definitely make for an attractive display, and photograph beautifully.

Case in point:

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That looks delicious. (And personally, I don’t even like pumpkin pie!) But, you see what I mean. Even though they’re unattractive on their own, pumpkins do have that quality that people are drawn to.

(Ok, so I just showed the above post to the Boss, and I’m told I’m “contractually obligated” to start saying some nice things about pumpkin spice. So, here goes…)

Pilar’s Tips for spicing up your Autumn Flavours

When making your pumpkin pie, add a touch of cracked black pepper to your pumpkin pie filling mix, to help punch up the flavour. It will give your pie that extra little touch of flavour that your guests will love. And what would pumpkin pie be without fresh whipped cream? To add another layer of flavour, try adding a hint of dried ginger! (Both of these flavour additions should be included “to taste”, so that you don’t overpower the dish.)

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Generating millions of dollars in revenue for companies that can successfully infuse the flavour into their already popular products, love it or not, pumpkin spice is here to stay, at least for a little while. So, if you’re currently dunking a pumpkin spice cookie into your pumpkin spice latte by the light of your pumpkin spice candle while reading this article, strangely enough, you may actually be in the majority. (Bonus points if your dog is also eating pumpkin spiced dog treats at the same time.)

For me, I would much rather enjoy a nice walk outside in the brisk Autumn air, followed by relaxing by the fireplace with a nice seasonal craft beer. I have simple tastes, and won’t be swayed by a ‘fad flavour’. *takes sip* Hmm, this is pretty good beer. I don’t think I’ve had this one before…

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Well played, Pumpkin Spice Lobby. Well played.

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* The opinions expressed in the preceding article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of Pilar’s Catering. (You may love Pumpkin Spice, and if so, hopefully you found some humour and possibly some information you didn’t already know in the post, above. If not, and you’re like me and cannot stand pumpkin spice, please accept a virtual fist bump. Please drink responsibly, and do not drink and drive.)

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