Pumpkin spice began life as a pumpkin pie enhancer in 1934. Nearly 20 years ago, it made its debut as a Starbucks drink and now it is seen as the herald of autumn. Photo: Shutterstock
Pumpkin spice began life as a pumpkin pie enhancer in 1934. Nearly 20 years ago, it made its debut as a Starbucks drink and now it is seen as the herald of autumn. Photo: Shutterstock

What is pumpkin spice? From pie flavouring to Starbucks lattes, it’s now seen as the herald of autumn

  • ‘Pumpkin spice’ entered the Merriam-Webster dictionary for the first time this month, but it was created back in 1934 as a mix of spices to enhance pumpkin pie
  • Its popularity soared when Starbucks launched its Pumpkin Spice Latte, widely known as the PSL, in 2003. Now, it’s in so much more

Pumpkin spice began life as a pumpkin pie enhancer in 1934. Nearly 20 years ago, it made its debut as a Starbucks drink and now it is seen as the herald of autumn. Photo: Shutterstock
Pumpkin spice began life as a pumpkin pie enhancer in 1934. Nearly 20 years ago, it made its debut as a Starbucks drink and now it is seen as the herald of autumn. Photo: Shutterstock
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