Fall is coming, and we all know what that means: pumpkin spice lattes. But what started out as just a fall beverage of choice has taken an obsessive turn for the worse in recent years.
This week, we took a look at the most ridiculous pumpkin spice-inspired products available, which includes everything from Spam to running shoes to deodorant.
1. Spam gets basic
The Hormel-owned mystery meat brand unveiled a new product just in time for the fall season: Pumpkin Spice-flavored Spam. Beginning Sept. 23, customers will have the opportunity to purchase the limited edition product at Walmart.com and Spam.com while supplies last.
Nothing says fall quite like frying up a big slab of canned meat. Delicious.
2. Pumpkin's next pit stop
The direct-to-consumer brand known for its non-toxic deodorants created a pumpkin spice latte-scented product, as well as other seasonal scents, including honeycrisp apple and cinnamon, and candy cane.
Consumers can now be delighted that their armpits have a scent with notes of nutmeg and clove. Something absolutely nobody asked for.
3. The world runs on pumpkin spice
While the running shoes don't feature the taste or smell of the seasonal favorite, the colors resemble the orange gourd and frothy milk of the beverage. Saucony, which has a knack for creating shoes based on food items (read: Dunkin Donuts sneakers), said these sneakers will "instantly become your favorite fall treat."
We're not sure about that, but we're here for anything that doesn't contribute to the already cinnamon smothered air we'll all be breathing in for the next several months.
4. Dunkin takes the trend too far
The coffee giant released its pumpkin flavored food and beverage assortments this past Wednesday. But now fans can get their PSL fix in a different way: Pumpkin flavored Dunkin lip balms.
The product comes in a set of two, one pumpkin and one cinnamon bun swirl flavored. Unlike some of the others, this product may actually come in handy as we approach cooler, brisker weather.
5. Pup-kin spice treats
The dog dental treat brand is selling a pumpkin spice variety for all of those basic pooches out there. Pair this with a flannel dog vest and some sherpa booties, and your dog will be the epitome of what fall is all about.
I just bought pumpkin spice greenies for my dogs, yes, I am that dog mom????????♀️— Celeste Rose♡ (@cele_rose94) August 5, 2019
6. Pumpkin spice gets a savory makeover
As if the lattes and other sweet treats weren't enough to satisfy consumers' pumpkin spice itch, Terra jumped on board with this savory snack. The brand is selling pumpkin spice-flavored sweet potato chips because nothing compliments the paste-like consistency potato chips create in someone's mouth quite like a heavy dash of cinnamon, nutmeg and regret.
Pumpkin spice is no longer just a festive spice blend, it's a true lifestyle. This, right here, is what commitment looks like.
7. Chew on this
Not one, but two, major gum brands have released pumpkin spice-inspired flavors. Both Extra and Trident released the flavors previously, and while the products don't appear to be available widely anymore, curious consumers can still purchase the novelty flavored gum on eBay. But their limited availability may be for the best.
It's a known fact that cinnamon is the single worst flavor of gum ever created, but it may get a run for its money with these concoctions.
8. The ones that never were ... at least for now
Some brands over the years have placed the seasonal spice blend at the center of jokes and fake products.
Users on Twitter rumored about a Charmin pumpkin spice toilet paper variety. However, the toilet paper brand quickly shut the rumor down saying the scent was just too "basic" for it.
Annual Fall PSA: we do not make pumpkin spice toilet paper. Even Charmin isn’t THAT basic... pic.twitter.com/oAHXhIjAqB— Charmin (@Charmin) September 17, 2018
Busch on Twitter also joked that it would release a pumpkin spice flavored hard seltzer. However, after some users voiced concerns over the 17% ABV, the beer maker seemingly deleted the tweet, and assured users it was simply a joke. The beer maker did, however, recently released "Busch Latte," poking fun at the seasonal drink.
Sorry Pumpkin Spice Lovers, Busch confirms Pumpkin Spice Hard Seltzer Just A Joke https://t.co/sS2NLby62M— 102.5 KZOK (@KZOKFM) August 21, 2019
Calm down guys. It’s a joke. We would never interrupt brewing the nectar of the gods.— Busch Beer (@BuschBeer) August 16, 2019
While we'd like to assure consumers they won't be seeing these products on shelves any time soon, Pumpkin Spice Spam began as a joke and look where we are now.