Random Wrap: 8-25-2023, Pumpkin Spice Edition

Very Serious Food Holidays

  • Sunday, August 27: National Burger Day
    • As of 8/25, I’ve not seen any deals, but I’ll edit this post if I do!
    • Some confusion arises here, as there’s also National Hamburger Day in May and a National Cheeseburger Day in September. And a National Whataburger Day, which is bullshit because we don’t even have Whataburgers in Iowa, so it’s not national, now is it?
  • Pumpkin Spice Day . . .
    • isn’t until October.

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Be Nice to Pumpkin Spice

I don’t respond well to hype. In fact, I dubbed myself a Professional Contrarian because if something gets too much hype, I want nothing to do with it. See every Jurassic Park movie (because I haven’t).

However, if the hype goes around the bend and gets backlash for being overhyped, I’m back in. This is my relationship with pumpkin spice. At first, I was all, “Ugh.” And now, I’m the basicest of basic bitches that ever basic bitched.

Here’s where you can get your pumpkin spice fix right now:
  • Beer: If you hate pumpkin spice creep, blame the beer companies. They’ve been at it since late July and the beginning of August.
  • Grocery: Like beer companies, grocery stores started early. Hubster saw pumpkin stuff at the end of July and bought these for me in the first week of August.
  • Dunkin: I tried to get a pumpkin spice signature latte and a pumpkin donut on Monday. I got pumpkin munchins because everything else was sold out. Maybe wait until everyone is sick of pumpkin spice for the season in mid-September.
  • Krispy Kreme: The pumpkin spice cake donut is worth it. The pumpkin spice cheesecake swirl? Sweeter than sugar dipped in cotton candy dipped in soda. I scraped the icing off.
  • Starbucks: As of yesterday, the 20-year old OG PSL is back. Twenty years. How the fuck have we been doing this for 20 years?
  • Caribou Coffee: Never once did I think to visit Caribou for pumpkin spice. That’s how off my radar they are.
  • 7-Eleven: I’ve heard overwhelmingly positive reviews of the offerings from 7-Eleven. Unfortunately, the closest to me is 160 miles away.

Next week’s wrap-up will feature a glance at how pumpkin spice might affect the body!

Have you ever done a body scan after your PSL?

Pumpkin spice latte with a jackolantern in the background

Pumpkin spice creep is my kind of creep.

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