Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
It seems as though just yesterday the leaves were beginning to turn and the weather was becoming more fall-like. Then, in the blink of an eye, all the leaves were on the ground and the world began to look more barren and bleak. As if this weren't bad enough, a soft blanket of snow covered the ground the other morning, truly signifying the end of fall and the beginning of winter. Sadly, it would appear the autumn season is already coming to an end.
The transition from fall to winter is almost never an easy one, especially for those who adore everything fall. Yet, it's one we must make every year, whether we're prepared for it or not. If you live in an area where it could come at any time on any day, you'll understand why it's so important to relish every moment of it. Not knowing how long it will last is one of the reasons we get so excited when it first hits. And boy, do we get excited. If you don't believe me, the video below shows just how crazy we get.
We Go Nuts Over Fall
A Little Too Crazy
Sometimes we get a little too swept up in fall madness, though. The pumpkin spice epidemic is perhaps the best example of this. From cookies to lattes to butter, the flavor is everywhere in the fall. We've gotten so used to it at this point, it's hard to find something pumpkin spice flavored that actually surprises us.
Fall lovers don't dislike pumpkin spice, but even we get sick of it after a few weeks. Though, it's important to note that we probably wouldn't get tired of it at all if it simply got toned down a bit. The problem is, it's become too much of a trend and is drastically overdone these days.
Rather than realizing this, however, companies are still trying to capitalize on the pumpkin spice craze. As stranger and more obscure products begin to pop up on the shelves, boasting of their pumpkin spice flavor, we're pushed even farther away from the whole thing. Eventually, there will be a pushback and the bubble will have to burst. Many people hope this will be sooner rather than later.
Not Everything Should Be Pumpkin Spice Flavored
Has the Pumpkin Spice Craze Gone Too Far?
It's Still a Yummy Flavor
One of the biggest downsides of everyone overusing the flavor of pumpkin spice is how quickly it's being ruined. Rather than enjoying and cherishing the flavor while it's available, we've become annoyed with it. More and more people dread the coming of fall because they don't want to be bombarded with pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Considering the gross amount of pumpkin spice products out there, it's hard to blame them.
Fighting back against the overwhelming insurgence of pumpkin spice is as simple as not buying the weird and unnecessary products that pop up each year. Lessening the demand for them will quickly and effectively squash the endless supply. Unfortunately, we can't control what everyone else buys, so there's no guarantee this will work. There's still a chance the flavor influx will continue each fall.
Perhaps a better way to push back is by using the flavor of pumpkin only in the ways it was intended. Go nuts making baked goods, buy all the fall beers, and burn as many candles as you want, but keep potato chips and whey protein out of the mix. Reigniting your love for fall and pumpkin spice is all about finding the right balance.
Pumpkin Pie Breadsticks
Fall Will Live On
Whether or not you're a fan of pumpkin spice and everything else fall-related, there's no question the season will remain in existence. Hating the flavor, or even the season itself, isn't going to change this. You're better off embracing the insanity and powering through it, because it won't last that long anyway. If you really can't stand it, you might want to try hiding in your home until winter arrives.
If there's one thing both fall lovers and fall haters can agree on, it's that companies need to chill out on the pumpkin spice front. If we fight back, hopefully we'll be able to return to the simplicity that makes autumn such a special time of the year. Until then, we shall suffer together.