Numbers in the News: Pumpkin Spice

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October 1 is National Pumpkin Spice Day. Check out some facts and figures about this iconic fall flavor.

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1934

The year food company McCormick introduced the first “pumpkin pie spice”—a mixture of allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg

340

The number of chemical compounds that give natural pumpkin spice its flavor

The top pumpkin-flavored products in 2018.

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2003

The year Starbucks introduced its popular Pumpkin Spice Latte, which contains mostly artificial flavorings designed to replicate the taste of actual pumpkin pie spices

THINK ABOUT IT: Why do you think pumpkin spice products, from cookie dough to dog treats to mac ’n’ cheese, are so popular?

SOURCES: SOURCES: SPICE ISLANDS, INSTITUTE OF FOOD SCIENCES, NIELSEN

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