Pumpkin pie, and things that actually have pumpkin in them as a principal ingredient, are right and proper places for the spice. And, for that matter, the same spice mix is used in a lot of pies and baked goods. And used too good effect.
Somehow, I cannot conceive of instant coffee being a good place for it. Just no.
@earl_danger@ircon96@Kyeh I wonder if kabocha is what they use for the coconut-pumpkin curry at our favorite local Thai restaurant? I’m pretty sure that it isn’t actual pumpkin, since the flesh doesn’t seem quite as dark and traces of the green rind are visible.
Pumpkin (pie) spice merely started out as a convenience item, to save time having to measure out several different spices when making baked goods. Just because greedy corporations take advantage of many people’s love of the flavor combo by stuffing it into the strangest foods, don’t blame the spices, just don’t buy the crap. The fact that so many people lose their shit over the subject is the reason why we have to listen to endless “news” reports, talk show hosts, commentators, etc, go on & on about it every year. Remain calm, people!
@Kyeh True, on the one hand, it would be nice to give India some credit, but on the other hand, then THEY’D be the innocent victims of the corporate greed & widespread hate that poor pumpkin spice has become, so I’m guessing they’d say, “Hard pass!”