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What is pumpkin spice and why is it so popular in the United States around this time of year?

Pumpkin spice is actually a mixture of several different spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. It has been used since the late 1790s to make a variety of sweet pies. Now it is one of the main ingredients used to make pumpkin pie, a traditional dessert made for Thanksgiving.
You can thank Starbucks for making pumpkin spice a staple of the season. They created the Pumpkin Spice Latte in 2003 and with a lot of clever marketing it became very popular. Now the spiced latte is always associated with fall, and when you’re at the store you’ll start to notice a lot of pumpkin spice items. From scented candles to candy and even lip balm, pumpkin spice has become an essential part of fall in America.
Do you like pumpkin spice? Is it popular in your country? What are some popular spices or flavors in your culture’s food? Let us know in the comment section below!

Key words and phrases
Ingredient (N):
a substance that forms part of a mixture
Staple (Adj): principal; main
Clever (Adj): showing originality or having a quick intelligence
Associate (V): to connect
Essential (Adj): absolutely necessary

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