ok I checked the indredients of the "bad mix". So! you get "natural flavor, cinnamon, ground ginger, salt, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, annatto powder" in that mix. So what made it taste so bad? Hmmm. main ingredient is sugar. then "semisweet chocolate chunks (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, natural flavor), oats, unbleached enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), dried pumpkin, brown sugar, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, cormstarch, monocalcium phosphate)" (then the spices. what is natural flavour? Natural flavour of what?)
Yep -- the seasonings being at the end makes sense of course, but I couldn't discern any specific seasoning that was overly weighted -- it's not like they taste super strongly of cinnamon or nutmeg, I'd recognize the ingredients of the spice. Annatto is usually not very flavorful, it's a colorant that's used in other stuff like macaroni and cheese mix, so I don't think it's that. And the only other thing that really stood out to me as unusual was the dried pumpkin, especially since it had a distinctly "dried vegetation" flavor to it, so I think that's got to be it.
IDK why most pumpkin spice things bother including pumpkin anyway. The flavor everyone's after is the spice mix, not the pumpkin.
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Pumpkin spice hate season is coming again,
so here's a reminder from a historian: what
we call "pumpkin spice" is just the classic
English and Anglo-American "sweet" spice
mix: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg,
cardamom, and mace. It's been used in
traditional desserts, from apple pie to plum
pudding, for centuries. When did people start
having a problem with it? Not when women
were in the kitchen putting it in their pies but
when women decided they liked it in the
coffee they grabbed on the way to school or
work. So when you see people snickering at
the pumpkin spice products this fall,
remember what they're mocking: women
choosing something for their own pleasure
rather than devoting themselves to pleasing
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Success!!! It rules!!! 🎃
Pumpkin spice syrup for lattes at home!
Devastatingly, I am a pauper with no espresso machine but I thworped it into some cold brew with vanilla almond creamer and 🤌 delichis.
Recipe from Starbucks at home 🥄
1 ½ cup sugar
1 ½ cup water
6 cinnamon sticks (or 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon)
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground nutmeg
4 Tbsp pumpkin puree
•Combine sugar and water in saucepan and bring to a simmer.
•Once sugar is dissolved, add cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ginger, nutmeg and pumpkin puree, and let simmer for 20 minutes.
•Remove from heat and immediately strain through cheesecloth.
•Add to coffee—3 Tbsp syrup, one cup of milk, one shot of espresso OR do what I did & mix cold brew coffee, syrup, and Silk’s almond vanilla creamer together until it’s delicious!
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