War of the Spices

It’s that time a year again where Pumpkin spice and Apple spice go head to head or recipe to recipe.

It may surprise you to learn that pumpkin spice has not always been a fall favorite. It wasn’t until 2003 that it became a popular fall treat. It also may surprise you to learn that there is no pumpkin in pumpkin spice. There are several spices that make up the flavor. Pumpkin spice is a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, allspice, and cardamom.

So then why do we associate it with pumpkin pie? The reason is because those same spices are the used to make pumpkin pie. The smell of those spices can sometimes cause nostalgia. You may have a memory of making pumpkin pie with a loved one. Who doesn’t like to relive a happy childhood memory and pumpkin spice may help you do just that.

We shouldn’t leave out marketing. Marketing can also play a big role in why we love our Pumpkin spice treats. Marketers usually market pumpkin spice early in the fall season. Pumpkin spice is also available for a limited time only. So get it while you can!

On the other side of the fall favorites you have Apple spice. There are no apples in apple spice either. The spices used are cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cardamom. The difference here however, is that there is generally Apples used in the apple treats.

Nostalgia plays a role in apple spice as well. When you think of hot apple cider what thoughts come to mind. You may think of apple picking, hayrides, petting zoos apple, and fresh fall leaves under your feet.

Apple flavors don’t need to marketing in the same war as pumpkins flavors. Apples are usually available all year round as well as cider and apple juice.

Both of these fall flavors can add a little spice to your day. They are also a good way to create more memories with those you love and carry on family traditions. Whether it be your favorite pie recipe or the annual trip to your local café for your latte or cider. These fall favorites are sure to make the cooler months a little more bearable.

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