Q&A 312: Pumpkin Spice: Yea or Nay?

In Q & A, a weekly feature of Fantastic Fangirls, we ask our contributors to tackle a simple question — then open the floor to comments.

Pumpkin Spice: Yea or Nay?


ANIKA: Yea.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes mean Fall! The season of great weather and great fashion!

CAROLINE: Nay.

Such a lovely idea, so frequently disappointing in execution. I will happily eat pumpkin pies and pumpkin breads and roasted pumpkin tacos. I love the associated spices. But — throw it in a sugary syrup and add it to a latte, and it just tastes like disappointment.

Eggnog lattes, now…

DEBRA: Nay.

Now to be honest, I’ve never tried it. But I have never thought my coffee lacked pumpkin, and I have never looked at a pumpkin and wished that I could drink it.

JESSICA Nay!

I am *always* tricked by pumpkin spice because I looooove pumpkin (pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins – anything made with real pumpkins). So every year I get overwhelmed by the variety of Pumpkin Spice offerings: tea, coffee, pudding, oreos, cake…but it’s all gross! Or at least, it doesn’t taste like pumpkin (because practically none of it actually uses pumpkin) but I expect it to and then I feel sad and it tastes weird. I’m going to start a movement. #morerealpumpkin

JULIA Nay.

Pumpkin spice doesn’t do really do anything for me, I’m afraid. Then again I grumble at anything included in my chocolate, so I may be the wrong person to ask…

Brace Yourself

LISA Yea.

I like pumpkin spice time. I get my fill, and then ignore the specials when I’m not in the mood, just like in December when everything is peppermint.

MANDY Um.

This is a difficult question. I’m always a slut for Fall-related items since Fall is my favorite season, but because I live in LA, I can only experience the changing leaves, crisp air, and sweaters vicariously through others.

With that said, I find the “pumpkin spice” flavor to be too cloying. If there were more botanical elements like cardamom and clove, I’d be on board, but for the most part, the pumpkin spice flavor tastes too artificial. Now, there are those who do it well (pumpkin spice crème brûlée, pumpkin spice truffles, pumpkin spice single batch ice cream, etc.), but those are few and far between compared to the ubiquitous pumpkin spice lattes and pop-tarts.

So to actually answer the question, while I don’t necessarily care for pumpkin spice, it’s a harbinger of things I love, so I’m ultimately ambivalent.

POCKY Yea, but…

While I appreciate a good pumpkin spice coffee as much as the next person, I do think the craze can get a bit out of hand sometimes. Pumpkin spice Pringles? Ew!

SARA Yea. Yay!

Yay! While I’m the first person to acknowledge that Pumpkin spice is merely the spices that go into pumpkin pie and doesn’t actually have any pumpkin (I added pumpkin to a coffee of mine once and it was AWFUL), I cannot imagine Fall without that glorious smell permeating the lecture hall. But never stop at PSL—pumpkin spice everything. Candles, perfume, scratch and sniff stationary–go nuts!


Well, FFG is tied at four and a half for each side. So what about you? Pumpkin Spice: Yea or Nay?