I don't get the pumpkin spice latte.
I had one a few years back, and I couldn't understand what the fuss was about. It tasted like coffee... with cinnamon and cloves. Every year around this time though, my social media feeds fill with breathless excitement about the "PSL." Even McDonald's is getting into the act with a PSL of its own! So yesterday I thought maybe the first one I had was just a fluke. This time, I got it iced. It was even worse than I remembered. It was too sweet, had a bitter aftertaste, and tasted somewhat like the pumpkin hand sanitizer I have in my car that always makes my eyes water when I use it.
Here's the thing though: I love pumpkin. Did you know this time of year McD's has a pumpkin pie? I haven't had it, but I bet it's delicious. Tasty Pies come in pumpkin as well. Disney carries pumpkin fudge, and once upon a time I was even able to get a pumpkin-fudge-covered apple there. Delicious! Jello's instant pumpkin pudding is delicious as-is, or in any number of different no-bake pies. Pumpkin breads, muffins, or cake? Yes, please! And of course, the most wondrous pumpkin treat of all...
The Little Debbie Pumpkin Cake is the happiest seasonal snack of all. I distinctly remember one year in high school that my mom bought A LOT of these at the Arnold thrift store and froze them. I would rather have one of these than any other packaged sweet treat, even the oatmeal cream pie.
So maybe if there was a pumpkin coffee beverage that tasted more like pumpkin than potpourri I would love it. Maybe I would even lose my s--t over it like everyone else. But for now I think I'll stick with my regular coffee and enjoy pumpkin in other incarnations.