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The Pumpkin Spice Culture

A brief history and ranking of the most iconic fall flavor.
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HERRIMAN– Every year when September hits, it seems the world is bombarded with advertisements and promotions all about one thing: Pumpkin Spice. It fills coffee shops, stores, and businesses with warm fall flavors and scents. With many mixed opinions and items, this flavor has taken over, where did it originate? 

Pumpkin pie has always been a staple of fall and Thanksgiving. To make them taste just a bit better McCormick created a spice blend to add to the pies, they called it Pumpkin Pie Spice. Beginning in 2003 Starbucks launched their famous Pumpkin Spice Latte or their abbreviation of PSL. Soon after it became the trademark drink of the fall season, some would even argue that pumpkin spice isn’t a flavor, it’s a feeling. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. 

Ever since Starbucks’s release, many other coffee shops have hopped on the Pumpkin Spice bandwagon. Many coffee shops near Herriman have pumpkin spice lattes but which is the best? Below there are three different pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks, Beans and Brews, and Scooters Coffee ranked. Ranked from worst to best, pumpkin spice lattes vary in quality.

  1. Beans and Brews

This drink was ultimately the worst out of the three that I tried. It lacked significantly in flavor and simply tasted like a watered-down coffee. It didn’t help that it was topped with a significant amount of Cool Whip and no drizzle or spices on top.

2. Starbucks

Starbucks ranked second overall, while it had a significantly more pumpkin spice flavor than Beans and Brews the coffee tasted a bit burnt. It was a good drink that I’d certainly try again. Additionally, it had whipped cream on top with spices sprinkled on it which added to the completion of the drink.

3. Scooters Coffee

Ranked best overall was Scooter’s Coffee, with a significant amount of flavor and best-tasting coffee it came out on top. This one was addicting and super yummy, It had just enough whipped cream and also came with spices. Scooters and Starbucks were pretty close but Scooters ultimately ended up being just a bit better. 

Pumpkin spice has become a trademark for fall and a representation of the fall spirit, keeping the warm flavors of the season in every aspect of life. It is loved and hated but there is no denying that it has become a huge part of fall culture. 

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