What is pumpkin spice?

We continue to see new foods, beverages, cosmetics, perfumes & variety of other products that are either flavoured/scented with “pumpkin spices”, “pumpkin spice”, “pumpkin & spices” or “pumpkin pie”. Whats the difference & why do people complain they can’t taste or smell the pumpkin?

Well, pumpkin spices or pumpkin spice basically consists of a mixture of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, vanilla extract and sometimes allspice & mace. This spice blend was traditionally mixed with pumpkin to make pumpkin pie as far back as 1796. A pumpkin & spice flavour is essentially pumpkin pie, without the crust. Its flavour profile is more complex & contains dominant pumpkin or squash notes. A pumpkin spice flavour (or the spices used to make pumpkin pie) is what most food & beverage applications will use, but with varying ratios of spices. The harmony of spices usually marries well with a range of applications, but it simply is not as sophisticated as a pumpkin & spice or pumpkin pie which would also have crust notes.

Get into contact with Novotaste if you wish to try a pumpkin pie-related flavour for your applications. We can provide you with customized flavours consisting of the perfect blend of spice, pumpkin & even crust notes. Request your flavour solution today!

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