Fall is my favorite time of the year. Summer transitions into cooler weather, hearty comfort foods become the norm and I break out a second comforter at night. But it also signals a not-so-pleasant time of year — pumpkin season.
It didn’t bother me so much in years past. I enjoyed having a slice of pumpkin pie after a Thanksgiving meal but lately pumpkin has infiltrated every aspect of grocery stores and coffee shops. People may notice the rolling of the eyes and slight lurching sound from my throat whenever they bring up pumpkin-anything. I wanted to know where my sudden distaste for pumpkin came from, so I delved a bit farther and discovered that my hatred, yes hatred, of all things pumpkin comes from the holidays “arriving” sooner every year. And pumpkin products mark the start of that period.
— Travon Free (@Travon) September 24, 2014
The first Instagram post I saw of someone’s pumpkin latte directly correlates to seeing Christmas trees displayed at big box stores. IN SEPTEMBER. And as much as I love Trader Joe’s, just how many pumpkin products can they put out in one season? Frankly, it’s just too much.
I’m obviously not the first person to rant about pumpkin spice — I think John Oliver says it best in his recent rant when he points out the pumpkin spice lattes are “coffee that tastes like a candle.”
Well said Mr. Oliver. But when Thanksgiving rolls around, please pass the pumpkin pie.