It's a pumpkin spice world, and we only live in it – especially if you live on the west coast. A new study from online food delivery service Grubhub shows that the state with the highest number of pumpkin spice orders in 2018 was California, while Washington, Oregon and Utah were also in the top five.
Perhaps California, whose long-tempered weather somewhat blurs seasonal changes, enthusiastically embraces pumpkin offerings as a way to convince itself that the fall has come. If so, the reason why Washington, Oregon and Utah all rank so high is still a mystery.
According to HuffPost, data from Grubhub can also ease the fear that pumpkin spice craze will continue to creep into the summer until we crackle on pumpkin muffins at our picnic on July 4th. Not even Thanksgiving is enough to push November into the top spot for pumpkin orders. it takes second place behind October, which boasts 118 percent more orders than the seasonal months. September rounds out the top three, although this year's unmistakably warm temperatures may prompt you to ask for the pumpkin spice latte on ice.
Hot or cold, pumpkin spice latte is definitely a seasonal pillar, but there are some other trendy pumpkin spice treats on the rise. Between 2017 and 2018, Grubhub saw a 365 percent increase in orders for pumpkin spice pancakes, followed by a 339 percent jump for pumpkin milkshakes; Pumpkin spice cheesecakes, cupcakes and cookies also grew in popularity.
Although it seems sometimes that pumpkin spice has established a monopoly on the autumn dessert market, Grubhub's data shows that other classic autumn flavors still see the field. Outside the world of pumpkin spice, caramel apple saw the biggest growth between 2017 and 2018, followed by apple cinnamon, pear and maple.
For those of you who aren't cursed with an insatiable sweet tooth (or just need something to balance out all the sugar), Grubhub had some predictions about which savory foods are likely to see an uptick this season: namely pesto pasta, fried okra and lemongrass soup.
If you're a traditionalist waiting to leave behind to change color to indicate it's time to indulge in every pumpkin spice product out there, find out when the fall foliage will peak in your region with this interactive map.
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