It’s true, pumpkin spice contains no actual pumpkin whatsoever!

Fall is synonymous with pumpkin spice everything, including coffee, pastries, lotions, and even candles. But the truth is that pumpkin spice actually does not contain any pumpkin at all, as a matter of fact, there is no stand-alone spice for pumpkin.

Pumpkin spice is actually a combination of various spices which includes, a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and sometimes allspice. Pumpkin is actually bland on its own and if you’ve ever made a pumpkin pie you know that it will ask for the addition of allspice or pumpkin spice which gives the pumpkin pie its unique flavor that Americans can’t seem to get enough of.

So the next time you order that pumpkin spice latte or you pick up anything with pumpkin spice flavor or scent, remember it isn’t pumpkin at all but the combination of spices that you are smelling instead.