1. Pumpkin Spice Flavored products have gone well beyond the usual suspects. While pumpkin bread, pies, coffees and creamer are top sellers other products include pumpkin flavored dog food, oral hygene products, pumpkin salsa and chewing gum.
2. There is such a fervor over pumpkin spice that there is even a pumpkin spice product debunking effort. Even Snopes is reporting that there are no such products as Pumpkin Spice toilet paper and pumpkin spice condoms. Other false reported products are pumpkin spice cola, pumpkin spice nasal spray and pumpkin spice orange juice.
3. The myth that canned pumpkin contains mostly squash is false. The actual ingredient in the vast majority of canned pumpkin is in fact the Dickinson pumpkin. This particular pumpkin does not look like your carving pumpkins but is in fact very much a pumpkin.
4. A large portion of the Pumpkin Spice market comes from the alcohol industry including pumpkin wines, pumpkin spirits, pumpkin moonshine and pumpkin beers making up nearly 20% of the craft beer market.
5. Most "Pumpkin Spice Products" don't contain any actual Pumpkin. The most common flavors used are cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla.
6. Pumpkin Spice flavored products are at an all time high sales level with current Nielson numbers at over $360 million per year in sales. That is about 80% up over the 2011 numbers.
7. Actual Pumpkins are not doing as well with sales falling year after year leaving more than 8.6 million fresh pumpkins unsold over the last four years.
8. One of the first references found in America to Pumpkin Spice Flavoring was written in the "American Cookery" book written by Amelia Simmons published in 1796. She referred to this flavor recipe as a “pompkin” with molasses, allspice and ginger.
9. In 1936 the Washington Post posted a recipe titled “Spice Cake Of Pumpkin Newest Dish: Delicacy Tempting to All Appetites and Easy to Prepare. Ideal Dessert for Family Dinner, Healthful for Children,” which may have been one of the first time Pumpkin and Spice were used in the same name.
10. In the 1950's spice companies started bundling Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg and allspice together as Pumpkin Pie Spice. It didn't take long for this new spice to be used in other recipes.