Empty Calories: Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Non-Existent News

Pumpkin Spice Latte. Robert. 2015. Flickr.com. Web. Aug 27. 2017.

From the sun that rises hot and early in the morning to the patios and iced coffees that punctuate its stretch, summer is the most ideal of seasons for many people. In the sun, the long days, the social gatherings and vacation getaways, there is a lust for life that exhibits itself that makes people dread the shorter days of fall and the cold ones of winter where most shuffle to and from work in complete darkness, missing the lazy days of vitamin D and flimsy clothing.

Like many people though, I’ve often considered myself more of an autumn person. I don’t know what it is, whether the crispness in the air, the crunch of leaves beneath my shoes or the slow-burning nostalgia, but there is something about the months of September and October, before the days are too short to get lost among, that is peculiarly enchanting. While I look forward to being able to wear boots and drink red wine, roast squash and make risotto, there is one fall food trend I love that only the appearance of autumn can justify: the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

I always get excited about the drift towards autumn, and few things punctuate it quite like the PSL. It sounds stupid (actually, it is stupid), but every year, for the past few years, I have anxiously started searching the Google news section for the release date of the overly popular latte. I can definitely appreciate the hatred towards the pumpkin spice food trend since I don’t have any enthusiasm for Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Spice Oreos or Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch cereal, but I do reserve a special place in my pumpkin-shaped heart for the Starbucks treat.

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