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Is Pumpkin Spice Overrated? Or Underrated?

by Chelle Jackson and Kaylee Hauck

Chelle: Pumpkin Spice, More Like Nothing Nice.

Photo credit to Starbucks

Some people will tell you that fall is the best season, not because of the beautiful leaves, or the cool breeze, but because of one thing: Pumpkin Spice.

Those people are wrong.

Pumpkin Spice is the most disappointing flavor to ever exist. It is worse than salt-water taffy or pistachio ice cream.

To be fair, I don’t generally like the taste of pumpkin anything. Even pumpkin pie is just meh. But Pumpkin Spice drinks don’t resemble pumpkin in the least. They taste like cinnamon mixed with dirt. Seriously, who thought this was a good idea?

“Pumpkin Spice is… it’s gross,” Autumn Tinta said. Her name is Autumn, so you know that anything she says about fall has to be accurate.

Even the color is all wrong. No drink was ever meant to be such a bright orange, unless it’s orange flavored. Please don’t make an orange-flavored coffee drink now. That sounds equally awful.

It’s even more expensive than the regular lattes. $1 may not seem like a lot of money, but it’s a dollar that you could be spending on cheesecake.

The only thing even remotely edible about the foul tasting, over expensive coffee is the whipped cream. Then, because apparently we can’t have nice things, they have to go and dump cinnamon-cardboard dust on top.

Do the world and yourself a favor; don’t drink Pumpkin Spice.


Kaylee: I Love Pumpkin Spice A-Latte

I have been, and always will be, a fan of pumpkin spice.

The first drink I ever had from a Starbucks was a pumpkin spice latte. It was December, I was in New York City with my friends, and I was freezing.

I realize now that it might have been weird that I bought a pumpkin spice latte in December, but I must have not been ready to let go of fall, and I probably figured if drinking a PSL would bring me back to my favorite season for a little, I was game.

Not only did the PSL warm me up from the frigid NYC air, it also tasted great.

I’m not a fan of overly-sweet drinks, and pumpkin spice is not overly sweet. It’s the perfect mix of spice and sweet.

Sometimes I feel like people don’t understand that pumpkin spice is not supposed to taste like pumpkin. After all, the word “spice” is in the name too.

Pumpkin spice is supposed to taste like the spice that goes into pumpkin pie – so cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice. Not pumpkin.

Another misconception about PSL is that it’s only a drink for basic white girls.

While it might be true that a lot of “basic white girls” like pumpkin spice lattes, there’s literally nothing wrong with that. If you like something, you like something, and that’s that.

All in all? I don’t care if you think pumpkin spice is a “basic white girl” drink. I think it tastes good, so I’m going to continue to drink it until Starbucks decides that they’re tired of it.

And if we’re being real, pumpkin spice is too big of a seller for Starbucks to ever get rid of it.

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