Pumpkin Spice Overload


Sydney Kirsch, Staff Writer

If you have ever watched tv or been basically anywhere then you have definitely seen all the popular seasonal pumpkin spice drinks and what not. Let me tell you just how OVERRATED they are. I personally have never liked anything pumpkin so I never felt the need to jump on the bandwagon. Not only are they atrocious for your health, they’re so cliche. Everyone wants the new hottest thing and apparently everyone thinks that is it, but oh are they wrong. I just don’t understand why anyone would want to taste something you and your family carve every year then put outside and wait till they’re bad to throw away. Don’t get me wrong pumpkin carving is a tradition and that should be a law, but that’s not what we’re here to discuss. We’re here to discuss the monstrosity called “pumpkin spice.” What even is pumpkin spice? It definitely doesn’t taste like a pumpkin and there is definitely no pumpkin in it either. Starbucks calls their seasonal ingredient pumpkin spice “sauce” Like, am I just supposed to put it in my coffee or put it over pasta?? I can’t tell, so someone please let me know. Apparently for years if you wanted the secret “sauce” for yourself you had to go to your local black market and get it there. You can buy almost anything from starbucks and any store, but why not the pumpkin spice syrup/sauce? Let’s just dive right into the ingredients. Reading them is just not an option because I don’t know what half the words are(healthy right) but all i see is sugar, garbage, topped with whipped cream. Right off the bat there is no non-dairy option because they put condensed milk in them. There are these 2 doses of caramel color level IV. WHAT EVEN IS THAT? I’ll tell you- its coloring made with ammonia which is a carcinogen. It also has monsanto milk which is a type of milk a biotech created to get more milk out of the cows. He wanted to milk those udders dry. Not only is there no actual pumpkin in the drink, it doesn’t even taste like a “pumpkin spice” thing should taste. All you taste when you drink it is that stuff  the dentist puts on your teeth to clean. That’s where you’ll end up after drinking just one. There are 470 calories in a venti pumpkin spice latte. Around 7 of those calories are actually the coffee. The only kind of coffee in the drink is espresso. Thats STRONG coffee and yet you still barley taste it. I personally don’t know why people would just want to taste cream and sugar. No one even drinks coffee for the actual coffee anymore. The rest is the tooth-rotting, stomach-turning ingredients they put to make it “pumpkiny”. I just don’t think people understand how bad the drinks actually are for you. Obviously there is an insane amount of people that truly do enjoy this popular drink. Thank goodness it’s only a seasonal drink, because if it weren’t people would definitely buy it all year and destroy their digestive systems.