It's officially autumn, and that means the leaves are changing colour, the temperature is getting cooler, and it's time for warm, creamy Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

Believe it or not, Pumpkin Spice Lattes don't necessarily include any actual pumpkin (or even pumpkin flavour). Pumpkin spice refers to the spices used to make another traditional autumn treat - pumpkin pie. These generally include cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and allspice. This traditional recipe is found in cookbooks written as far back as the 1800s.

In 2003, in a search for delicious new winter seasonal drinks, Starbucks launched the Pumpkin Spice Latte. It quickly became their most popular drink, and launched a worldwide trend of pumpkin spice products and flavours. 

If you're one of those people that can't wait for "PSL season," and want to enjoy the trendy flavour combination at home, check out some of these interesting recipes and products.


Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Looking for a great fall breakfast? Sprinkle some pumpkin spice into your pancake batter for a satisfying meal. Pumpkin spice works very nicely with maple syrup, so don't be afraid to drizzle lots over your stack of pancakes.


Pumpkin Spice Buns

You've heard of cinnamon buns - why not add a few more savoury spices and turn them into warm, chewy Pumpkin Spice Buns? Whether for breakfast on a chilly fall morning or a snack after raking the leaves, they'll be a big hit.


Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

Want that spicy, delicious taste every morning without all the hassle of whipping up a latte? Just pour yourself a bowl of Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, cover with your milk of choice, and you can enjoy pumpkin spice every morning. 


Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

Bring pumpkin spice to the gym. This simple recipe is packed with protein and can be made in under 10 minutes for a delicious and quick pre- or post-workout pick-me-up.


Pumpkin Spice On Ice

Say you're at a "grown-up" Halloween party and you want a drink that suits the occasion. Why not bring pumpkin spice into the mix? This recipe for a pumpkin spice cocktail combines apple cider, dark rum and club soda with all the usual pumpkin spices for a cold beverage that might warm you up a little, too.