Oh my gourd! The leaves haven’t even begun to fall. School has yet to be in session. The sun is still shining, most days. And yet, the Cinderella of Starbucks has rolled in early this year in her pumpkin chariot. That’s right, on August 28th, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is making its return. Love it or hate it, nothing says autumn quite like the combination of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and of course, espresso and milk. Let’s not forget the whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices toppings. 

Some would argue that it’s too soon, while others are just as happy to head to their local Starbucks to order one. Whatever your position may be, no one can hide from the abundance of pumpkin-flavoured foods and pumpkin-scented lotions, candles, and soaps that are popping up in stores already.

Whether you’re ready for fall or not, retailers definitely think that we’re ready for pumpkin. From something more traditional like pumpkin pie, to something a bit more unusual, like Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm, it’s pretty hard to ignore their bright orange presence. 

I’ll hold off on the Halloween costume, but I don’t think I’d mind a Pumpkin Spice Latte after all.  

Ian Power

Twitter: @ianonair