Just saying pumpkin spice these days elicits a response. Depending on the person, the reaction varies. No matter what the effect is, ever since Starbucks started selling pumpkin spice lattes those two words used in the same sentence means the onset of fall. It is a signal of the changing seasons. At Dolce Foglia, we recognize it may evoke feelings of nostalgia and the coming of the holidays. Given how pumpkin spice has seeped into our national consciousness and has become synonymous with autumn, we thought we’d take a closer look at what pumpkin spice means along with other spices that may arouse those feelings of fall.
Let’s tackle pumpkin spice, first though… Most of us only associate it with the latte as already mentioned, but the truth is, pumpkin spice made its appearance much earlier on the scene in the 20th century. However, origins of pumpkin spice can be traced all the way back to Indonesia 3,500 years ago. Yes, it seems that the combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves has been around since ancient times. Given that Nielsen reports relay approximately a half billion pumpkin flavored products sold last year in the United States, paying attention to the trend seems necessary.
Cinnamon seems to be another flavor connected to autumn. Even though Americans are no stranger to the cinnamon bun consumed for decades before any of these spices made it to the front of grocery shelves or food chains, we do know that cinnamon, the spice, has some health benefits. It is known for aiding the reduction of inflammation. So, when in doubt, add the cinnamon!
Another holiday special includes gingerbread. Who doesn’t think of cute little gingerbread structures with candy adorned accoutrements and associate it with the holidays? We love the combination of ginger, molasses and honey, known as gingerbread, so much that we have created everything from little figures with frosted and candied smiles to breads and beverages. Go ahead and say “gingerbread” and the meaning is clear, the holidays are here!
So, celebrate with spices as the seasons change and we welcome holidays that hopefully bring laughter and joy. Whether it is pumpkin spice, cinnamon on its own or gingerbread, Dolce Foglia knows that spices complement our lives, meaning the old Mother Goose rhyme had it right; it is everything nice!