Friday, August 29, 2014

The Real Truth About Pumpkin Spice Lattes

I’m not a Pumpkin Spice Latte fan, myself, but I know they are a treat many people enjoy during this beautiful season.  This year in particular,  I've noticed lots of discussion surrounding the iconic beverage, from happy #PSL posts, to posts questioning if it contains toxic ingredients.

The one thing that surprises me about Pumpkin Spice Lattes every year is the number of people that share their surprise that it does not contain pumpkin. 

Here's why it doesn't contain pumpkin: it's not necessarily supposed to contain pumpkin. 

"Pumpkin Spice" is the spice that is used to season pumpkin flesh, to put in pies or pastries. Something like this:

See? Even pumpkin spice doesn't contain pumpkin.  It is simply a combination of spices that taste good when you mix them into pumpkin. 

Evidently they also taste good mixed with coffee, sugar, and milk.

The english language is a funny thing.  Here are another few examples of items that are similar:

This "Meat Marinade" contains no meat. 

This "Body Powder" contains no bodies. 

And finally, my favourite:

This jar of "baby food" contains no baby.
So in short, the fact that a pumpkin spice latte has no pumpkin in it is more of a "Heh, I didn't realize, interesting!" kind of fact, more than a "OMIGAWD STARBUCKS HAS BEEN EXPOSED #PSLISAFRAUD" kind of fact.

It's just a matter of our strange and wondrous language. If you thought there was pumpkin in it, you aren't alone.  It's pretty fair to assume there would be.  But is it a scandal that there isn't? Nope. 

As for those of you who were consuming pumpkin spice lattes to get more veggies into your diet, you may need to research a better approach.

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