It's October, pass the pumpkin. From pumpkin-spice lattes at you-know-where to pumpkin-spice Oreos ("surprisingly tasty," our testers say) to apparently 90 percent of the inventory at Bath & Body Works, we Americans are out of our gourds over the seasonal treat.
But at least one person's not having it: in a rant on his show "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver railed against all things pumpkin spice — and his rant quickly went viral.
"Yes, it's that special time of year, where we voluntarily imbibe pumpkin-spice lattes, the coffee that tastes like a candle," Oliver announced. "And I don't mean, 'tastes like a candle smells,' pumpkin-spice lattes taste like a candle tastes. Don't ask me how I know that."
But pumpkin-spice mania has an expiration date, Oliver says. "Nobody wants anything pumpkin-flavored from December through August." His theory: It's less the taste of the pumpkin snacks, and more good feelings about the season with which they're associated. "(Fall) is the best season, because you get to stop thinking about how weird your legs look in shorts."
Oliver's rant mainly slurped up criticism for pumpkin-spice lattes, but just walk down the grocery-store aisle and you could quickly fill a trick-or-treat bag with pumpkin products. Trident has Pumpkin Spice gum. Pepperidge Farm has pumpkin-spice Milano cookies. Kraft has pumpkin-spice marshmallows, and Planters went nuts for pumpkin-spice almonds. (Pumpkin Spice Crest toothpaste is still only a hoax, but we can envision it happening.)
So tell us: Are you pumped for more pumpkin, or should the whole craze just rot away at the bottom of the patch?
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