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.|
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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