The End of Pumpkin Spice

It’s almost November and I could not be happier. Not because it’ll finally be cool enough for sweaters and boots (hopefully!). Not because we’re just a few weeks from Thanksgiving yumminess! And not because of Black Friday shopping (online, of course!) and Cyber Monday deals. I’m happy because we will finally be one month closer to the end of Pumpkin Spice Overkill.

Last week, you may have heard me on the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show talking about Pumpkin Spice Overkill. If you missed it, I’ll just tell you. This pumpkin spice obsession is completely out of control. It’s just gone too far. What started as a simple countdown until Starbucks released the Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL if you’re basic), has turned into a full-blown epidemic and I am DONE.


When this craze first started, there were just a few pumpkin flavored products. Creamer, bagels and the occasional specialty beer. And then somewhere along the way, things just went too far. Today you can walk through almost any grocery store and find more pumpkin spice products than you ever could have imagined. Wanna bake something pumpkin spice flavored? Take your pick … marshmallows, cookie dough, pumpkin spice flavored baking chips! Pumpkin for breakfast? How about a Pop-Tart or some oatmeal? Craving something sweet? Hershey Kisses or Oreos! Or how about some pumpkin spice flavored Candy Corn? WHY? WHY would you need candy corn that tastes like spiced pumpkin?

But hurry, because everything is “Limited Edition”. Except it’s not. If it were really limited, pumpkin spice wouldn’t be available everywhere you go. And it wouldn’t be available for months. You could get it for 3 weeks, maybe 4. And then you’d be sad for 48 weeks waiting for it to return. But now, it might as well be available all year long!

Now, I’m not banning everything pumpkin spice. I mean, I’m not a monster. Just for the record, there are a few things that are allowed.

Things that are allowed to be Pumpkin Spice

Coffee/coffee creamer

I know. It’s basic as basic comes. But it’s the original and it’s allowed. But that’s it. No Pumpkin Spice Chai lattes and no Pumpkin Spice espresso spiked with ginger flavored Baileys. PSL FTW.


I love a good candle and even though I’m pumpkin spiced out, the scent is still delish. So it’s allowed.


Obvs. It’s PIE. And you can’t have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. Allowed.

Honorable Mention


Your grandma (or aunt or neighbor) has been making pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving breakfast since you were a kid. So it gets a pass.


Because they’re yummy and it’s wasteful to throw the seeds away after you carve a pumpkin for Halloween.

Outside this list, everything else is hereby banned. No lip balm, no body wash or lotion … not even vodka. I’m sorry if you have pumpkin spice lip balm in your purse or pumpkin spice beer in your fridge. You have to get rid of it. It’s not your fault. It’s the fault of the people who have turned this pumpkin spice thing into an epidemic. And if you’re still unsure …

Down with Pumpkin Spice!



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