FRIDAY FACTS: Five Facts You Didn't Know About Pumpkin Spice

Because we should all end our weeks a little smarter than we were before, every Friday we pick a topic and tell you five facts you may not have known! Use these to impress your friends over the weekend.

Sometimes it seems like everything is pumpkin spice, even the stuff that shouldn’t be. The flavor has taken on an iconic status, and some would even argue a life of its own. In honor of everyone’s favorite seasonal flavor, here are some facts about pumpkin spice you won’t read on the labels!

Pumpkin Spice is a $361 Million Operation

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Yes, you read that right. Sales of pumpkin spice products are more than the GDP of the nation of Micronesia. So you can laugh when you see pumpkin spice potato chips, but you could fund a small country with those pumpkin spice potato chips!

People Who Buy Pumpkin Spice Spend More Than People Who Don’t

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The Pumpkin Spice Latte is considered a treat yo self-kind of drink, which means that if you’re willing to shell out the extra $0.50 for pumpkin spice flavoring, you’re more like to spend money on other purchases. To be more specific, a PSL drinker will spend an average $1.14 more at stores than the non-PSL drinker. So drink up! The nation’s economy depends on it!

The original name of the PSL was the FHL (Fall Harvest Latte)

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PSL just rolls off the tongue, but when the drink was developed by Peter Dukes, the Director of Espresso at Starbucks, it was called the Fall Harvest Latte. And it was dreamed up exactly the way you’d imagine — with his team sitting around the Starbucks HQ in Seattle sipping coffee and eating pumpkin pie until inspiration struck. Sounds like every Basic B*tch’s dream job!

The PSL is the Most Popular Seasonal Drink Starbucks Has Ever Sold

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People love their PSLs. Over 200 million PSLs have been sold since the drink’s debut in 2004, and it sells more than any other seasonal drink, even the fun holiday ones. And why not? The White Chocolate Mocha is just a second rate coffee beverage when compared to the iconic PSL!

Pumpkin Spice Doesn’t Always Include Real Pumpkin

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Traditionally, “Pumpkin Spice” is just the spices used when spicing pumpkins, and don’t actually include any pumpkin themselves. Usually, it refers to cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves — the same spices you’d put into a pumpkin pie. In fact, the classic Starbucks PSL didn’t contain real pumpkin until just this past year, when the recipe was changed to swap out caramel coloring with pumpkin. But don’t worry. Santa is still real.

Are you surprised by any of these pumpkin spice facts? Let me know on Twitter!

Heidi Lux
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