I appreciate changing of the seasons and the flavours we associate with different times of the year. With shorter days and chilly evenings, autumn has sneaked up on us. We collectively begin to crave the harvest tastes of apple and pumpkin accented with warming spices. I love a good piece of pumpkin bread or apple pie. They make my kitchen smell heavenly.
A few years ago, pumpkin spice jumped the shark. Starting in September, it floods our grocery store shelves and restaurant menus. The sensory attack doesn’t stop until last week of November with the conclusion of American Thanksgiving. Some products I look forward to every year while others are so bad that I cringe with dismay. Pumpkin Spice Latte continues to puzzle me with its popularity. Why would you want your cup of coffee to taste nothing like coffee? If I want whipped cream, pumpkin, and spices in a calories-laden bite, I would most certainly reach for a slice of pumpkin pie instead. This year, the frenzy has reached a new high. Pumpkin spice latte is now officially, affectionately known as PSL. Feel free to imagine my best eye roll. And I do a really good eye roll.