Pumpkin Spice Everything

I joked yesterday that Boston Harbor now has a very slight (almost homeopathic) level of pumpkin spice flavor to it. However, unlike Boston Harbor last Sunday, pumpkin spice doesn’t actually contain any pumpkin. Instead, it has cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and of course, sulfiting agents, and it’s often used to make pumpkin dishes such as pumpkin pie.

You’ve probably noticed that pumpkin spice is taking over the world. It’s now a surer sign of fall than back to school sales, which start in June or so, or Halloween decorations, which appear in the supermarket as soon as the July 4th decorations come down. When pumpkin spice beverages appear, that’s when you know fall is really on its way.

Given the tremendous quantity of pumpkin spice products out there, I thought I was inured to the fad. And yet, it was with no small amount of revulsion that I came upon this product in my local pharmacy:

It’s very difficult to get good lighting inside a CVS.

Yes folks, for a limited time, you can soothe your sore throat with pumpkin spice cough drops. If the thought of that makes you sick, well, be sure to grab some Pepto-Bismol while you’re there.