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17 Uses for Pumpkin Spice Mix and How To Make It

Falling leaves, cooling temperatures, getting out the cozy sweaters, and the appearance of winter squash, apples and root vegetables at the grocery store means that autumn is underway. Another sign to add to the list of autumn essentials: pumpkin spice. It’s easy to make at home and is an incredibly versatile spice to have in your pantry. 

What Is Pumpkin Spice?

While it may seem that pumpkin spice has been around forever and a day, it’s a relatively new seasoning blend. There is the odd reference to pumpkin spice in cookbooks from the late 1800s, yet it wasn’t until the 1950s that the blend was packaged and sold to be used more widely, beyond recipes that contained real pumpkin in them.

In 2003, a well-known coffee company (you know the one we mean!) introduced its Pumpkin Spice Latte and that’s when pumpkin spice hit the big time. And we’re not just talking lattes – pumpkin spice has permeated throughout the food market, earning just over $500 million in sales in 2019.

This unique spice blend is a mix of:

Cinnamon (the most dominant flavour)
Nutmeg
Ginger
Cloves
Allspice

Culinary Nutrition Benefits of Pumpkin Spice

It doesn’t just taste delicious!

Basic Pumpkin Spice Recipe

This blend is very easy to make at home (you probably already have everything you need) and you can adjust the spice ratios depending on what you like. 

You can easily double or triple this recipe and it will keep well if sealed properly all season long.

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Description

A simple pumpkin spice recipe you can make at home.

1/4 cup ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground allspice

Add all ingredients to a jar or container with a lid.
Stir well, or seal well and shake.
Label the jar with the date.

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