11 Horrible Crimes That Have Been Committed Against The Pumpkin Spice Flavor

Just as Hillary Clinton has spent her entire adult life trying to fight off Isis, I often feel as though I have spent my entire adult life doing something equally taxing–trying to figure out how, exactly, I feel about pumpkin spice. 

You know, the flavor. On the whole, my overall sentiment towards pumpkin spice probably averages out at a solid “meh”–pumpkin bread is great, pumpkin spice lattes are just okay, and pumpkin pie is trash and also the worst part of Thanksgiving, don’t @ me–but a lot of the time, it seems as though one must take a definitive, declarative stance on pumpkin spice and all of its derivatives. Some herald it as the true reason for the season (the “season” being autumn and the Jesus-reason stand-in being, uh, a PSL), some malign it as the emblem of all that is basic, and still others say that calling anything basic is problematic and reductive. It’s a lot!

In any case, I suspect that, like most things, it doesn’t actually matter. Eat pumpkin spice if you want, don’t if you don’t, and, uh, that’s it. Today, however, I have some pretty solid pieces of evidence that may be used in the case against pumpkin spice in the form of pumpkin spice-based products that exist, for some reason, even though there is no earthly reason why they ever should. So, check out these totally unnecessary, egregious, and offensive crimes committed against the pumpkin spice flavor in recent memory:

Kale Chips

LISTEN. I love kale. I love kale chips. I even, on occasion, love some pumpkin spice. But these flavors, together, are, objectively, an abomination.

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Kitty Litter


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Pasta Sauce

Like pumpkin pie! On, uh, your pasta. Sure!

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Dog Food

Your dog doesn't appreciate this. I promise.

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Fish Bait

Nor does the fish that you are trying to capture, gut, and one day, eat.

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French Fries

These are from McDonald's, but, for now, available in Japan. With good reason? Probably.

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DIY Funnel Fries

Of course, you can make your own pumpkin spice fries with this DIY pinterest recipe. It looks like it might be pretty good, actually, but on principle I have to Just Say No.

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All I want is to wake up from this dream.

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The last stop on LaCroix's reign of terror.

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Not to kink shame, but this is an abomination.

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What do you think of pumpkin spice? Would you ever eat any of these flavors? Let us know in the comments!

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