No matter how hard we try to fight it, summer is definitely over. The leaves are turning red, the days are getting colder and the sun is setting earlier. But the real indication that Fall has arrived is the overwhelming amount of pumpkin spice related items that can be found pretty much anywhere. Personally, I think that over the past 3 or 4 years, the trend has gotten out of hand. Here’s a fun fact for you guys: last year, the world spent approximately 308 million dollars worth of pumpkin products! 308 MILLION DOLLARS! I’m sorry but that’s a little bit ridiculous.
I believe that this whole pumpkin craze was brought on by Starbucks about 11 years ago with their Pumpkin Spice Latte (or PSL if you’re one of those white girls). Although the exact amount is unknown, Starbucks claims to have sold over 200 million of their festive Fall drinks. A grande PSL is 4.75$, so assuming I’ve got my math right, in 11 years, we have spent around 950 million dollars on this singular drink. What is wrong with us? The disappointing part of the story is that we’re still consuming way too many Pumpkin Spice Lattes. This year, Starbucks released the drink almost a month earlier than usual just to keep up with our crazy demands.
Since the creation of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, it seems like other companies have caught on to the trend, and now between the months of September and early December, we are guilted/persuaded into buying useless pumpkin crap. Some products make some sense, for example, pumpkin scented candles to add a festive touch to your Thanksgiving dinners. But then we have companies trying to sell us Pumpkin scented deodorant? I think pumpkin spice has gone WAY too far! Just to show you how far we’ve taken this seemingly harmless trend, here are a few examples of pumpkin things available to you right now:
1. Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows.
2. Pumpkin Spice Pringles. Because nothing says delicious like a potato chip infused with a gourd.
3. Pumpkin spice deodorant! I’m sorry but if you feel the need to walk around smelling like pumpkin 24/7 then you should consider seeing a therapist! WHO FINDS THAT ACCEPTABLE?
It seems like every year during the Autumn months, consumers go into a pumpkin spice frenzy. We allowed pumpkins to find their way into any food or scented product imaginable! Just because Thanksgiving is around the corner and the leaves are falling off the trees doesn’t mean that we have to pumpkin spice our lives for 3 months a year. I’m not saying you shouldn’t have the occasional PSL or bring our your favourite fall scented hand soap, but I’m suggesting you think twice about buying Pumpkin Spice toothpaste or something along those lines.