Pumpkin pie spice

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Pumpkin pie spice, also known as pumpkin spice, is an American spice mix commonly used as a flavoring for pumpkin pie, but does not include pumpkin as an ingredient.

Pumpkin pie spice is similar to the British and Commonwealth mixed spice. It is generally a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and sometimes allspice.[1] It can also be used as a seasoning in general cooking.

As of 2016, pumpkin spice consumables produce $500 million in annual sales.[2] The spice is often referred to in the context of a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks, with the company selling more than 200 million lattes between its launch and 2013, generating revenue of at least $80 million a year.


A "Pompkin" recipe calling for a similar spice mix (mace, nutmeg, and ginger) can be found as far back as 1796 in the first known published American cookbook, American Cookery, written by Amelia Simmons:[3]


No. 1. One quart stewed and strained, 3 pints cream, 9 beaten eggs, sugar, mace, nutmeg and ginger, laid into paste No. 7 or 3, and with a dough spur, cross and chequer it, and baked in dishes three quarters of an hour.

No. 2. One quart of milk, 1 pint pompkin, 4 eggs, molasses, allspice and ginger in a crust, bake 1 hour.

Pumpkin pie spice has been mentioned in cookbooks dating to the 1890s.[4][5][6][failed verification] Blended pumpkin pie spice was introduced commercially by McCormick & Company in 1934.[7] and is now commercialized by many companies.

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  1. ^ Cadwalader, Zac (14 September 2022). "Pumpkin Spice Is Now Dictionary Official". Sprudge.com. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  2. ^ "A brief history of how pumpkin spice took over our lives". businessinsider.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  3. ^ "American Cookery by Amelia Simmons - Full Text Free Book". www.fulltextarchive.com. Archived from the original on 21 June 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  4. ^ Farmer, Fannie Meritt. 1896. The Original Boston Cooking-School Cookbook, Facsimile Edition of 1986, Weathervane Books, NY,NY
  5. ^ Smiley's cookbook and universal household guide. Smiley Publishing Co. Chicago
  6. ^ Coppin, C.A. 1910. Mamma's Hints to Housekeepers. Advanced Stove Works, Keller-Crescent, Evansville,IN.
  7. ^ McKormick & Company, "Pumpkin Pie Spice: An Iconic McCormick Product (And How We’re Working to Meet the Holiday Demand)", November 19, 2020 Archived October 21, 2021, at the Wayback Machine