Pumpkin spice once reigned supreme as the flavor marker of fall. We can thank Starbucks for popularizing it with their Pumpkin Spice Latte. And we can thank basic gals everywhere for spreading it to the masses. It wasn't long before brands were cashing in on the craze and releasing pumpkin spice versions of their products. I personally think Trader Joe's has done an excellent job of it.

But then things went too far. The release of the PSL was coming earlier and earlier each year, annoying the haters. Pumpkin spice permeated foods that had no business being flavored that way. A year ago today Walmart released pumpkin spice SPAM. Kraft is releasing pumpkin spice macaroni and cheese. This is not necessary! Everyone is jaded with the pumpkin spice! I'm even mad at myself at how many times I've typed the words!

At its essence, I really enjoy pumpkin spice. I sprinkle it on my sweet potatoes with a little bit of cinnamon. I respect pumpkin spice loyalists. But it's time to give it a break. Let's give maple its time to shine. It's quintessentially autumnal. Who sees a maple leaf and doesn't think of jumping into a pile of them?

Starbucks has a Maple Pecan Latte that is DELICIOUS. MPL is just as easy to say as PSL. Trader Joe's has Maple and Sea Salt Kettle Corn I'm snacking on right now. Pumpkin spice chips? Yuck. Maple bacon flavored chips? Yes! And you don't even have to go out of your way to be fall festive at the breakfast table. You know you're already putting maple syrup on your pancakes or reaching for a maple bar from the donut box.

So let's make maple happen! The transition will be easy, I promise. I'm Angie Morales, and I approve this message.


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