Pumpkin-flavored everything represents autumn season

PUMPKINS cutoutBy Haley Davis

With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, there is one thing that really puts people into the autumn spirit: pumpkin.

Pumpkins are no longer just for decorations and pie. It seems like during the fall season, pumpkin-flavored things are everywhere, and people are loving it.

“Pumpkin spice candles are my favorite because I love it when I walk into my room and it smells like fall,” Cypress sophomore Macy Dye said.

Many companies such as Yankee Candle make pumpkin-scented concoctions during the fall to heighten the mood for the season.

Companies such as Bath and Body Works also carry lotions and soaps that smell like this seasonal favorite, so people can smell like this autumn scent all season long.

Want something other than the traditional pie or pumpkin spice latte? Pumpkin muffins and bread are popular pumpkin choices as well.

“Pumpkin muffins are my favorite,” Houston senior Beka Hanawalt said. “My friend Katie makes the best homemade ones, and they also make it feel like fall.”

Fort Worth sophomore Amanda Cawood said her favorite pumpkin sweet is pumpkin frozen yogurt.

“Let’s be real, fro-yo is the best food group in the first place, so add pumpkin in the mix, and it’s as close to perfect as food can get,” Cawood said.

Pumpkin spice candy corn is a traditional fall treat. During the fall months, pumpkin-shaped candy corn is sold.

“It’s the perfect combination of fall and sugar, and everything that is bad for you, but yet so yummy,” Austin sophomore Mackenzie Mayo said.

Want a pumpkin drink that is a little healthier? Northridge, Calif., senior Hilary McFall loves the Pumpkin Smash smoothie at Jamba Juice.

“It’s healthy and delicious,” McFall said. “I can still get my pumpkin fix without drinking a ton of calories.”

Many other coffee shops have their own version of the pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. Waco’s local coffee shop Common Grounds has a whole fall coffee menu.

“Pumpkin Patch is my favorite coffee drink because it’s delicious and makes me feel warm and cozy and totally hip carrying it around in the fall,” Plano junior Alexa Curry said.

There are even pumpkin-flavored things that are outrageous, but many companies want to fuel the love of pumpkin. Some of these things include pumpkin pasta and pumpkin potato chips.

It’s true. In America it’s not fall until the pumpkins are out and everything is pumpkin flavored.