Spicer than ever before

Some readers may be inclined to close their eyes, block their ears, and plead for it to stop, but it’s that time of year, and we all know that pumpkin spice chatter is inevitable. With leaves taking on golden hues and a refreshing crispness to the air, the scent of pumpkin spice permeates the atmosphere. From pies and candles to cereals, and with over 2.8B views on TikTok alone, this flavor profile once again claims the spotlight in the lead-up to Thanksgiving. Whether you're an avid enthusiast or totally over it, it's time to delve into the trend that owns this season once again.


The pumpkin spice latte, affectionately known as #PSL, made its debut in the spring of 2003. It was born from the Starbucks product team's taste test concoction of pumpkin pie and espresso. Now, in 2023, the seasonal beverage that propelled pumpkin spice to stardom celebrates its 20th anniversary. And unlike the cooling autumn days it pays tribute to, there's no chill in customer demand. Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte reigns as the coffee giant's most sought-after seasonal offering. Since its inaugural appearance in 2003, hundreds of millions have been relished by PSL enthusiasts.


For those craving even more pumpkin spice indulgence, consider booking a luxurious escape at the Great Wolf Lodge. This chain of indoor waterparks has introduced its all-new Pumpkin Spice Suites for the season, elevating the trend to a whole new level with a fully immersive autumn experience. These suites are not just adorned with the scents and colors of fall, featuring wall art in shades of orange and brown, wreaths, faux florals, and over 100 plush pumpkins. They also offer family-friendly games and a daily delivery of pumpkin cream cheese-frosted cinnamon buns. And perhaps the best part? Booking one of these suites includes access to an endless supply of delectable pumpkin spice lattes.


And finally (and not to lower the tone in any way), the pumpkin spice frenzy has clearly reached new heights of absurdity, courtesy of Dude Wipes, who have hilariously introduced DUMPkin Spice wet wipes to the market. These wipes promise to leave you feeling not only cozy but also refreshingly scented with a blend of clove, nutmeg, and other autumn fragrances. What's more, they are flushable and come in an extra-large size, ready to tackle any residue left behind by the multitude of pumpkin spice products you may have indulged in.