There's a scientific reason why you love pumpkin spice so much!
There's a scientific reason why you love pumpkin spice so much! Source: Budget Bytes

As it turns out there’s actually a reason why we crave pumpkin spice - and no, it’s not just because it’s delicious.

Whenever fall approaches, the pumpkin spice memes show up. Fall decorations (more like pumpkin decorations) are seen all around, and the beloved pumpkin spice starts trending. And like everything that has become a meme, it stirs both love and hate whenever it starts popping up on people's feeds - even though the hate part is not justified.

Way before it became a thing people rolled their eyes at when it showed up on their Facebook timeline, pumpkin spice had already been a well-known combination in various cultures for millennia!

And that is, in part, why it’s still so successful:

Pumpkin spice reminds us of good things.

Can't you just smell it?
Can't you just smell it? Source: Averie Cooks

It brings back childhood memories of long days at grandma’s and eating sweet pumpkin pie. Just that particular smell of pumpkin spice creates a strong connection with your previous memories associating it to happy memories. Ultimately, you enjoy it not just because of the taste, but because of what it means to you: happy memories.

And if you’re someone who loves the fall season, the association is even stronger. Just seeing all the pumpkin recipes popping up left, right, and center, seeing the fall colors taking over, dry leaves on the driveway…

… And suddenly you can smell that sweet pumpkin spice.

But there’s also another reason…

Obviously, we can’t forget the most logical reason why we crave it too much:

It’s very, very sweet.

So even if it’s you’re first being introduced to pumpkin spice in 2017 (for some reason), its particular sweet smell and taste could inadvertently leave a strong impression on you, simply because your body loves sugary things. Sugary things means good taste and lots of food energy!

How to make a classic pumpkin pie spice

Learn how to make a classic pumpkin spice!
Learn how to make a classic pumpkin spice! Source: The Pioneer Woman

After all this talk of pumpkin spice, you must be wondering how to make your own delicious homemade pumpkin pie spice!

Sure, plenty of options are available to purchase on grocery stores, but there’s something special about homemade pumpkin spice. Perhaps this is recipe that will create those unforgettable memories for your children, and when they’re adults, they will remember your delicious recipe whenever the first days of Fall come along.

And to make things even better, making the perfect homemade pumpkin pie spice will take you up to three minutes.

First, grab these ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves

Then, mix them all together in a bowl. When they’re well mixed, simply store your homemade pumpkin spice in a spice container or mason jar. Done!

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