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Ultimate Guide to Everything Pumpkin Spice

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It’s September, and although several places have already launched this year’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, to most, September is the official start of all things fall, especially pumpkin spice. While you are on the road, you’ll want to know where you can get pumpkin spice lattes, and what pumpkin snacks you should bring with you. From drinks, food, and even deodorant, we’ve got your guide to everything pumpkin spice. 

What is Pumpkin Spice? 

Before Starbucks made it “famous,” pumpkin pie spice was widely used in baking in kitchens across the world. According to Betty Crocker, pumpkin pie spice is made up of  3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice and 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves

Where to Buy Pumpkin Spice Lattes 

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

The place that started it all, Starbucks, launched the PSL in 2003, and ever since then, it has become a staple every fall. They also have the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, and a pumpkin scone. This year, they have also introduced an Apple Crisp Macchiato if you are looking for something different, or *gasp* aren’t a pumpkin fan. 

Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice Latte

Although Dunkin’ has had pumpkin donuts for a while, it wasn’t until last year that they launched their own version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. They also have pumpkin-flavored coffee, a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, and Pumpkin Donuts, MUNCHKINS® Donut Hole Treats, and Muffins. 

McDonald’s Pumpkin Spice Latte

Yes, you read that right. McDonald’s jumped on the bandwagon a few years ago. Their McCafé® Pumpkin Spice Latte quickly became a favorite and is perfect when you are in a bind and can’t find a Starbucks or other coffee shop nearby. 

Regional Coffee Chains Pumpkin Spice Latte

Many regional chains and local coffee shops have their versions of the PSL, including Caribou Coffee, Peet’s, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Biggby, Dutch Bros, and La Colombe

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Best Pumpkin Spice Products

A small, ceramic bowl of pumpkin spice mixture surrounded by small pumpkins and nuts

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Products

I don’t know about you, but Trader Joe’s sees me coming a mile away when their pumpkin line launches every fall. At the time of publication, they haven’t yet released their pumpkin products, but you can rest assured that it is coming. Get ready for pumpkin cinnamon rolls, cereal, cream cheese, bagels, crackers, waffle mix, and much, much more. 

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Pumpkin Marshmallow Foaming Hand Soap

Get your hand smelling pumpkin fresh with this hand soap at Whole Foods. 

Blossom to Bath Cinnamon Pumpkin Deodorant

Smell like fall all day long with this deodorant from Blossom to Bath. This aluminum-free, long-lasting deodorant is made with natural ingredients, and will keep you smelling delicious from dusk to dawn. 

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Hard Seltzer

Hard seltzer is all the craze these days, so it isn’t surprising that some companies are joining in the pumpkin fun. Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead beer has been popular for some time, so they decided to make a hard seltzer equivalent for those who don’t like beer. 

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Downeast Pumpkin Hard Cider

Cider is just as synonymous with fall as pumpkin is, so this beverage seems to be the ultimate combination. Described as “fall in a can,” you can enjoy fall festivities with a can of Downeast Pumpkin Cider in your hand! 

Frosted Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts

Start your day off right with a Frosted Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tart. This classic breakfast treat is packed with the flavors of fall. 

Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds

Almonds are a great afternoon snack (and a perfect travel snack), and now you can enjoy this limited edition pumpkin spice flavor throughout the fall. 

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Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

While it may be that nobody can say no to Honey Nut Cheerios, I think the same can be said for Pumpkin Spice Cheerios. It’s your favorite cereal with your favorite fall flavoring! 

Swiss Miss Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

If you’re not a coffee drinker and still long for a pumpkin spice hot beverage, you’ll be able to make this one in the comfort of your own home! Swiss Miss Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa has no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives, and is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly fall evening. 

PBFit Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Powder

Whether you like to use PBFit for your smoothies, or add water and spread it on your toast, this Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Powder is a delicious, nutritious way to enjoy some pumpkin spice flavor. 

Pumpkin Spice Jell-O Instant Pudding

The perfect treat, Pumpkin Spice Jell-O Instant Pudding is a fall twist on the classic dessert. 

McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice 

Create your own pumpkin spice creations at home with McCormick’s Pumpkin Pie Spice

Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice K-Cups

A self-brewed one-cup of coffee may not come close to the deliciousness of a cafe-bought pumpkin spice latte, but it is a cheaper alternative to heading to a coffee shop every morning. Green Mountain’s Pumpkin Spice K-Cups allow you to brew your own cup of pumpkin spice coffee from the comfort of your own home. 

Yankee Candle Spiced Pumpkin Candle 

Have your entire house smelling like delicious spiced pumpkin with this candle from Yankee Candle. Long-lasting and extremely fragrant, your house will smell like fall. Available in a variety of styles and sizes. 

Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

The worst part about these pumpkin cheesecake cookies is that you probably will eat them all in one sitting. Soft, filled with pumpkin and cream cheese, these cookies are fall in a cookie. 

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