Think you drink too many pumpkin spice lattes come October? If you live in one of these states, you might be right.
October is coming, and that means one thing: pumpkin spice. Every single coffee and tea drink served in every coffee bar across the country will flip the switch on the pumpkin spice trough, filling every beverage with enough faux pumpkin flavoring that it’ll basically be all you can taste for a month and a half.
We say a month and a half because new data from Grubhub indicates that although October is the month most associated with pumpkin spice consumption, November isn’t too far behind.
Using data derived from their massive food delivery service, Grubhub calculated where and when pumpkin-flavored dishes are ordered. As expected, October is the month most associated with the gourd at 118% more dishes ordered than the usual average. November is close behind with 92% above the usual average, while September comes in third thanks to early-bird pumpkin spice adoptees like Starbucks.
As for where you’re most likely to consume pumpkin spice, that’s probably not all that surprising. West Coasters are in love with the stuff, with California, Oregon, and Washington topping the list. Utah is also a pumpkin spice fan, as is Ohio, but a Midwest state enjoying pumpkin stuff is hardly remarkable. You can grow a pumpkin in Ohio--you can’t in Utah.
Grubhub data also indicates the biggest spike in pumpkin spice took place between the fall of 2017 and 2018. The biggest increase in pumpkin-flavored dishes during this period were pumpkin spice pancakes at 365% more popular, followed by pumpkin pie milkshakes (339%), pumpkin spiced cheesecake (329%), pumpkin cupcakes (263%) and pumpkin spice cookies (155%).
But pumpkin isn't the only flavor of fall. Other flavors are looking to dethrone the pumpkin spice menace, including caramel apple in second place, then apple cinnamon, pear, and maple flavors.
And finally, Grubhub made several predictions for the tastes of fall 2019: pesto pasta, fried okra, and lemongrass soup. Not exactly typical fall dishes, but neither are they poor choices either.
(via Huffington Post)