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Spoilers: You need exactly 0 of these to make everything taste like autumn

It’s become such a cliché in the past few years: nothing goes together quite like (primarily American) white girls and autumn. Memes multiply and stereotypes sprawl across the Internet about Ugg boots, circle scarves, pumpkin patches and – most saliently – Pumpkin. Spice. Everything. Though the legendary Starbucks PSL is perhaps the most famous culprit, the American market becomes saturated with pumpkin spiced everything starting as early as August. There are pancakes, candles, vodka, and, new this year, Oreos. People – especially, at least stereotypically, American, high school and college-aged white girls – flock to these products, often paying exorbitant prices to make everything that goes into their mouth between August and December (when they can seamlessly transition into candy cane or egg nog flavored everything, rinse and repeat) taste like pumpkin pie.

 

However, here are some fun facts: pumpkin spice has no pumpkin or pumpkin flavor in it. And you can make it at home.

Pumpkin spice, also known in the baking world as pumpkin pie spice, is simply the combination of everyday household spices used to flavor the perennial American classic: the pumpkin pie. It’s easy to make and can be added to, say, a regular latte or regular pancakes to get that taste of Autumn you crave without you going broke in the process. So, white girls of St Andrews, rejoice! You no longer need your parents to send you over boxes of your favorite pumpkin spice products or panic about how you’ll get your autumn ‘fix’. All you need is a few spices and less than 5 minutes to make all the pumpkin spice you could need.

 

Easy Pumpkin Spice Mix:

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tablespoon ground nutmeg or mace
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice

Instructions:

  • Mix together evenly and store in a sealed jar. Keep no longer than 6 months for optimal freshness.
  • Add to just about anything.

 

It’s just that easy, folks! Enjoy, ironically or otherwise!

 

 

Emily Grant

 

 

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