Monday, October 1, 2012

The Great Pumpkin Shortage.

I am worried about pumpkin supply.

Just a few short years ago, this wasn't something I lost sleep over.  After all, no one craves pumpkin in its raw form.  Difficult to cook and dangerous to carve, the pumpkin is best used for smashing.

But now, with the enormous selection of pumpkin sundries, I am convinced there will be a shortage before Halloween.

My concern took hold while perusing facebook the other night.  Half a dozen friends were swooning over pumpkin coffee, beer, bagels, muffins, and candles.  After a quick trip to the mall and a stop at Target, I knew the situation was dire.

In addition to the aforementioned pumpkin novelties, I saw pumpkin pretzels, pumpkin bars, pumpkin face cream, pumpkin tea, and pumpkin crunch.  When I spotted Pumpkin Poptarts I knew the Pumpkinication of America was complete.

With this proliferation of pumpkin, it's in the number one position on the endangered gourd list.

We have Starbucks to thank for the pumpkin-free state toward which we are headed.  With only steamed milk and spice they made women everywhere covet the previously innocuous vegetable.

Just a quick sidebar; what is it about pumpkin, anyway?  Do we think romance and babies come in the box of Pumpkin Poptarts or are mixed in our $4 latte? The pumpkin crave so primal, we must.

This Halloween, like, you, I will sip a pumpkin beer and burn a pumpkin candle but will sadly be in a pumpkin-free house.  Unless I count my brain.  That has turned to pumpkin and so, my dear, has yours.

18 comments:

  1. haha this is too funny! It really does sound like North America has gone pumpkin crazy this year!! It is even getting to me down here in the DR where all I seem to want right now is a big pumpkin... but nope, not going to happen. I too will be without pumpkin this October.

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    1. We've used it all up over here in the States!

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  2. As a Kiwi I don't get the facination with pumpkin whatsoever! To me the idea of pumpkin in a form anything other than soup or roasted with mutton is CRAZY. But that's just my live-on-an-island-at-the-bottom-of-the-world opinion lol.

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    1. Well, you guys down at the bottom of the world appear to be the only sane ones when it comes to pumpkin. Way to keep your wits about you!

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  3. And just received some pumpkin spice soap for my birthday so that now I smell like one all day! I prefer just to narrow it down to the actual pumpkin and Charlie Brown! :]

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    1. Seriously! Pumpkins don't smell good - how have we been fooled by every retailer everywhere?!

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  4. Pumpkin poptarts? *shudders* It's not just food though...have you noticed the bizarre numbers of striped, dotted, an chevroned pumpkins on pinterest? Is it just me or are holidays getting crazier??

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    1. CHEVRONED pumpkins? Can we get anymore trendy?

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  5. I just gagged at pumpkin pop tarts. UGGGH. I love apple scents for fall, pumpkin just smells like a Starbucks with nutmeg and cinnamon to me.

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    1. You are absolutely right because Pumpkin doesn't smell like anything. We all go nuts for the "spice" part of pumpkin spice.

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  6. You are so right! People cannot get enough of pumpkin. Honestly, I'm not that big of a fan and don't get drawn into the hype of the almighty pumpkin this time of year. Thanks for the laugh :)!

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    1. I used to get suckered in. This year, I am only buying pumpkin beer. NOTHING else.

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  7. Hahaha love this post and I agree. Plus, I'm too lazy to go on a pumpkin hunt. Fake gourds are where it's at, I think. All the beauty, non of the decomposing.

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  8. There's something sweet about pumpkins that brings up childhood memories of the holidays. Pumpkins represent the beginning of the holiday season, and sweet treats like pumpkin pie and gingerbread. I do agree, though, there has been a bit of an overdose these past few years of pumpkins. Pumpkin lattes at Starbucks are like drinking melted sugar-yuck. I just don't get the appeal of those drinks.

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  9. Funny. Yes, I saw the pumpkin ale the other day. The pumpkin is yet another boon for or victim of capitalism. Personally, I can't get enough of the gourds. I love them.

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  10. too funny. I do love pumpkin/chocolate chip cookies. And the other day I made pumpkin waffles that were soooo yummy. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

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