There may be a great pumpkin shortage, but pumpkin spice is everywhere. I like pumpkin well enough but not the spice that has appeared in way too many places.(More)

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First here’s some interesting pumpkin trivia:

Large canned-pumpkin manufacturer Libby says yields could be off by as much as a third this year in Illinois, where about 90 percent of the pumpkins grown in the U.S. come from within a 90-mile radius of Peoria.

Now for the pumpkin spice. It is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice There’s a recipe at the link if you want to make your own. Some chefs add cloves to the mixture.

I like pumpkin pie just fine. I like spice cakes which use the same basic spices. This rush to turn Halloween into a fall holiday extravangza doesn’t work for me. I don’t like flavored coffee at all. I prefer mine black. A Starbucks “pumpkin spice latte” sounds like a terrible thing to do to coffee. Your mileage may differ. For sure I don’t want pumpkin spice in my Kaluha nor in my tea. I’m not sure I want it in beer either.

It’s not just beverages. A quick google of pumpkin spice images shows how this has crept into everything. Chipotle has a pumpkin spice burrito. You can get Ramen noodles, M&M’s, Skittles, Dorito’s, Twinkie’s, marshmallows, Jello and Oreos with the flavoring. Peeps have escaped from the Easter baskets and are now available in, you guessed it, pumpkin spice.

It’s also not just food. Images for Tampax, two brands of condoms and Monistat 7 (for yeast infections) are also pictured. Egads!

If you’d like to escape the whole pumpkin spice bandwagon, may I suggest curried pumpkin mushroom soup. It does have a tiny bit of nutmeg but the curry covers it. I have made this and love it. Just be sure to buy your canned pumpkin early. There may be a shortage.