Doesn't matter where you go in West Texas. The grocery store. The mall. Gift shops on Wadley in Midland like Tuesday Morning--who has shelf after shelf dedicated to it. Local coffee shops, chain coffee shops. It's EVERYWHERE!!! And it's not even October yet! Of course, I'm talking about Pumpkin Spice! It's on store shelves in coffee grounds, scented candles with varied combinations of Pumpkin Spice scents (who knew Salted Caramel and Pumpkin Spice candles existed--IN ONE CANDLE??!!). Even in those little home plug-in air fresheners with the adjustable scent output.  You can get it for your car, too, if you're so inclined. It always seems like the lines at the Starbucks on Big Spring St and the Human Bean further down the street in Midland are ALWAYS longer this time of year as people clamor for their Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

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I have never been a fan of Pumpkin ANYTHING. Not even Pumpkin Pie at Thanksgiving. I'll take Grandma's Apple Pie every time over Pumpkin. And no whipped cream is necessary. Vanilla ice cream on top instead! Speaking of ice cream--when I was shopping at Market Street on Midkiff yesterday--I saw Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream too. PLEASE STOP! I know it's a seasonal thing for some people and finding it everywhere in all shapes and sizes can help usher in the fall. I'm fine with just keeping it to the cooler temperatures and calling it good. For those of you who love it--I hope you enjoy it. For those like me who can't wait till it's gone--let's just focus on the Christmas flavors to help take our minds off the pumpkin. Yay for Peppermint!

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