It’s that time of year again. The weather is cooling down, the leaves are beginning to turn, the scary movies are coming to Netflix and of course...pumpkin spice is back.
I’ve written about how little I like this flavor before in the past, but I’m going to take a risk and do it again, largely because I get to have some fun with it and it’s been a stressful week.
Last year, I pointed out the loathing of pumpkin spice largely comes from it being forced onto everything. Snack cakes? Pumpkin spice it. Cookies? Sure, tasty every once in a while, but overall not worth it. Cereal? Why is that even a thing?!
The reason I listed these specific examples is due to the fact that I have some very, very evil family members that took the time to send me weekly packages full of pumpkin themed goodies. Of course, with Starbucks announcing the Pumpkin Spice Latte being back, I am slowly beginning to relive the trauma that caused.
It all started with a mix for pumpkin spice pancakes. I was equally confused and disgusted. Pancakes are fine on their own (or better with blueberries or chocolate chips), so why added in the unnecessary taste? I later received a text from the aunt who sent it asking what I thought of it. Naturally, I just laughed and never opened the packet. If I remember correctly, I threw it away after it sitting in my apartment for roughly a month.
More and more packages began to come in, and at one point I was wondering if it was ever going to end. When it finally did, I nearly cried with relief, which definitely got a few odd looks from my coworkers in the office.
I know by writing this column I’m simply drawing another bullseye on my back when it comes to my weird family sending even more weird pumpkin themed treats, but with fall “officially” about to begin, I wanted to share my thoughts on the topic.
P.S.: Apple cider is the true taste of fall. There is nothing better than having some while around an open fire with friends.
Andrew is a staff writer for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-847-4487, or followed on Twitter @christmangcdw.