(WHTM) — Fall is almost here and that means chillier weather, leaves changing, nights getting longer, and football season. It also means another thing, that pumpkin spice has made its grand return.
But is pumpkin spice actually made of pumpkin? Well, you may be surprised that there is no pumpkin in the pumpkin spice flavor.
According to the Food and Wine website, pumpkin spice is the seasoning that can flavor pumpkin pie. This seasoning blend usually consists of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves.
This spice blend has been around for a very long time. Food and Wine says the spice can be traced back to the 1930s. This was when Thompson & Taylor Spice Co. and McCormick & Company came out with the pumpkin pie spice. This was a preblended blend that bakers could buy instead of buying the five to six separate ones that they needed in the past.
Today, McCormick’s blend includes four spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice, plus sulfating agents, according to Food and Wine.
Allrecipes.com says that pumpkin spice really came into prominence with the Pumpkin Spice Latte created by Starbucks. The seasonal drink made its debut in 100 stores in 2003 and was then given to all stores the next year.
Nowadays, we see everything come out with pumpkin spice, from cookies to trash bags and everything in between. Allrecipes believes that pumpkin spice is loved by many due to its smell and because it is nostalgic.
So next time you eat that pumpkin spice cookie or drink that latte, you can thank those who made the famous blend way back in the 1930s.