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Blame it on Peter Dukes

Nov 02, 2015 08:38PM ● Published by Julie Ross

By Julie Ross 

Welcome to November, full into the fall season. Shorter days, colorful leaves, and welcome, cooler nights are upon us. You might have noticed something else sneaking into our autumn experience. Just take a look at my routine for today: 

Breakfast:    Pumpkin bagels with pumpkin cream cheese

                  Pumpkin waffles

                  Pecan pumpkin instant oatmeal

                  Organic pumpkin toaster pastries

                  Pumpkin cranberry scones

                  Non-fat Greek pumpkin yogurt

                  Pumpkin spice granola

Morning Activity: Carve turkey designs on large orange pumpkins

 and artfully arrange mini-pumpkins on the porch.                 

Lunch:        Honey roasted pumpkin ravioli

                  Pumpkin spice rooibos tea

(That’s all; still full from that big breakfast.) 

Snack:        Pumpkin tortilla chips

                  Pumpkin-spiced pumpkin seeds

Afternoon Activity: Research what “Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter”

                  is, and how to use it.

Dinner:        (Skipping the main course; going straight to dessert.)

                  Mini ginger pumpkin ice cream mouthfuls

                  Pumpkin macaroons

                  Pumpkin cheesecake

                  Assorted Belgian chocolate pumpkins

                  Dark chocolate pumpkin spice salted caramels

                  Pumpkin panettone

                  (Wash down with an ice cold KBC Pumpkin Ale.)                 

Evening Activity: Have Mack and Wylie do tricks in exchange for

                  pumpkin-flavored dog treats.

Bedtime:     Moisturize with pumpkin body butter and enjoy a cup of

                  pumpkin spice chai.

Yes, all of the pumpkin products listed above, plus 25 more, are listed in last month’s edition of Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer. What is going on? 

It dates back to 2003, when Peter Dukes, a Starbucks product manager, led his team in developing the Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL), the company’s most popular seasonal beverage of all time.

Twelve years ago, there were not many pumpkin products in the marketplace. And now, just look at the explosion of “everything pumpkin.”

Peter Dukes, who currently holds the title of Director of Espresso and Brewed Coffee for Starbucks in the Americas, effectively opened the lid on Pandora’s Box of pumpkin spice. In this year’s press release, Dukes is quoted as saying, “When you taste PSL, it tastes just like fall.” He did not add, “So let’s just put pumpkin spice in a whole bunch of random products and make everything taste like fall,” but he might as well have. 

I will say there is one place where pumpkin pie spice can’t be beat. And that of course, is in pumpkin pies. Enjoy all this pumpkin madness while you can. Next month, it will be  “everything mint.” 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

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