There is a frequently travelled road. It is a magical road that only appears to the true followers of Fall. The name of this magical road is called "The Spice Trail." If you are like me, Fall is your favorite time of year. The foods to make and eat during Fall are among my favorites because Fall is the season of baking! The heat of summer has passed and the colors that surround us provide inspiration for new culinary creations.
Now, hold onto your rolling pins, Dear Readers, Fall is also a volatile time. Why is Fall so volatile? That's easy, Pumpkin Spice. Pumpkin Spice is big business. Really big! Huge! Gi-normous! In fact, Pumpkin Spice is a $500,000,000 industry! THAT is a HUGE LOT of zeros Dear Readers! How did all this multimillion dollar craze begin? One word, Starbucks. Starbucks first introduced the Pumpkin Spice Latte in 2014 and in so doing, launched a craze of ridiculous proportions. From July, until things go on clearance, there does not seem to be a product that some company has not flavored with Pumpkin Spice. There are granola bars, cereal, candy, chips and of course, coffee. There are cookies and cakes and ice cream too.
Although Pumpkin Spice can be purchased ready made on the baking aisle shelf, it's super easy to make and traditionally, consists of only four spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. Most of us have these four spices in our cabinets but if you don't, it's probably more cost effective to just purchase a little jar of the stuff. If you do have the spices on hand, go online and find a recipe for Pumpkin Spice that appeals to your tastes or make up your own combination. (The whole process should take a matter of minutes.) Once you purchase or make the spice mixture, use it in your coffee or favorite shortbread cookie recipe. Make a batch of the spice mixture and add it some apple cider to both drink and make your home smell like a heavenly, Fall escape.
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