That Precarious Pumpkin Spice

"Pumpkin Spice Love," by Denise Mattox. This photograph is licensed through Creative Commons 2.0.

by Ace Hobfoll

The pumpkin spice Latte is back at coffee shops around the country, which means fall is coming! But where did this iconic drink originate? Why did it come to be?  Why are the memes made about it so funny? What’s really in it?

If you’ve never had a pumpkin spice latte, you’re in the minority. It seems that everyone has at least given it a try. There is a lot of variety in the pumpkin spice market: hot beverages, iced beverages, frozen … beverages. It’s a lot to take in! Just knowing where to start can be difficult, and that’s where The Double Space comes in.

The pumpkin spice latte was brewed into existence in 2003 at Starbucks, and these days tends to be made available in the very beginning of September. In 2003, it quickly became the most popular beverage — it still is today!

From Bath and Bodyworks lotions to scented stickers, the pumpkin spice latte is no longer just a beverage, it’s a legend. In 2015, Starbucks began using actual pumpkin instead of just artificial pumpkin flavoring.

There’s a lot to say about this little beverage. If you’re a fan, grab one before it’s too late!

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