A spice of the pumpkin flavor in coffee drinks and many other food items that are popular in the fall season is usually a blend of various herbs (or flavorings) such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg cloves, and, occasionally, the allspice.
Does pumpkin spice contain pumpkin?
It’s referred to as “pumpkin spice,” not for the fact that it contains pumpkin, but rather because it’s the mix of spices typically used to enhance the flavor of pumpkin pie and other baked goods made with pumpkin (which is why it’s often referred to as “plumpie pie spice).
In actuality, many items that advertise “pumpkin spice” flavor don’t actually contain pumpkin, though certain have it. Starbucks added pumpkin puree to their popular pumpkin spice lattes in the year 2015.
In pop culture, the announcement and promotion of the release and promotion of pumpkin spice products–often during the fall months and, more often, later in summer is often viewed as an indicator of the new season (and an illustration of how seasonal marketing commences earlier and later). It is especially prevalent around this time of year to see discussion and debate over pumpkin spice’s absence (or presence) or presence of pumpkin flavor in the pumpkin spice.