The pumpkin craze

Have you tried pumpkin toothpaste yet?
Neither have I. That’s because it doesn’t exist. I made it up.
But would you be surprised if pumpkin toothpaste did exist? I wouldn’t. It may be the only thing left not flavored with pumpkin.
I hope this does not sound like a complaint because it’s not meant to be. It’s just an observation. An observation that when this time of year rolls around, pumpkin takes over.
It’s a fairly new phenomenon. For most of my life pumpkin was limited to pumpkin pie. Period. Then came pumpkin squares, which are really pumpkin pie with a different shape. Decades went by without a new wrinkle in the world of pumpkin until pumpkin roll came along. Pumpkin roll created quite a stir, at least as far as this guy is concerned. I loved it from the start. But it was more the cream cheese filling than the pumpkin.
At that point I was pretty content. Those three constituted plenty of pumpkin for me.
But then came the explosion.
It started innocently enough. Pumpkin cookies. Pumpkin muffins, Pumpkin lattes. Then it went all-out crazy. If you’ve seen pumpkin Kit Kats, you know what I mean.
We now have pumpkin popcorn, pumpkin peanuts, pumpkin Pop Tarts, pumpkin cereal (have you seen Pumpkin Spice Cheerios on the shelves?), pumpkin milk, pumpkin humus, pumpkin marshmallows, pumpkin ice cream (which I kinda like), pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin bagels (with Philadelphia pumpkin spice cream cheese, of course), pumpkin Jell-O, pumpkin English muffins, pumpkin wine, and, last but most assuredly not least, pumpkin beer. Lots of pumpkin beer. A quick Google search for pumpkin beer just revealed a site listing the “Top 23” pumpkin beers. Which means there’s even more than that.
Put me down as not a fan of pumpkin beer.
But Oktoberfest?
That’s another story.

Ed Ackerman