It wasn't until I heard the news of the new M&M's flavor that something inside of me snapped.
M&M's now have a special pumpkin spice flavor. You can only get this new candy at Target. Has anyone ever suggested that Target should come to Quincy? I've never heard anyone complain about the fact Quincy doesn't have a Target. (Since there is no sarcasm font in print, the preceding was a joke. I only hear complaints from my wife about once a week about the lack of a Target in the Gem City.)
Even if Quincy had a Target, there's no way I'm shucking out $2.99 for a bag of Pumpkin Spice M&M's because I hate pumpkin.
Yes, I hate pumpkin.
Pretty sure that hatred goes back to when I was young and someone tried to force some pumpkin pie on me. One bite and I was finished.
Pumpkins are good for one thing: making jack-o'-lanterns. Oh, and I make the worst jack-o'-lanterns in the history of mankind. The ones I carve are lucky to have things that resemble eyes and a mouth. I never will understand how some people make their pumpkins look like pieces of art every Halloween. It's no wonder that people take our jack-o'-lanters and smash them on the street. If I were a Halloween fan -- or some teenager with nothing better to do -- I would smash the jack-o'-lanterns I make, too. They're hideous.
While I might not like pumpkin, there are plenty of millions of people out there who do. How else can you explain people posting photos on social media of their first pumpkin spice latte of the season when they roll through Starbucks? Earlier this month, Starbucks announced that its pumpkin spice latte -- called PSL for short -- is its most popular seasonal drink ever, having sold more than 200 million since its debut in 2003. Heck, there was even a shortage of the drink last year. As a lover of the Shamrock Shake, which also seems to be in short supply every March, I can feel their pain.
If you're a pumpkin lover, don't fret because we don't get those new M&M's around here. According to a story posted on Yahoo earlier this week, there are plenty of other pumpkin food options out there for you to enjoy. The next time you stroll through the aisles of your favorite grocery store be on the lookout for Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts, Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles, Kahula Pumpkin Spice, Rossi Pasta Pumpkin Spice Fettuccini, Silk pumpkin spice soymilk and pumpkin spice Hershey's Kisses. Krispy Kreme is selling pumpkin spice donuts. And Trader Joe's -- another store that isn't in Quincy but people have been clamoring for -- is selling pumpkin-flavored dog treats.
Restaurants are catching on to the pumpkin craze. According to CNBC, restaurants' pumpkin-inspired offerings are up 234 percent from 2008 to 2012. Bloomburg's BusinessWeek reported that from August to November 2012, the nation's 250 largest chains introduced 105 pumpkin-themed limited-run items.
If you're having that pumpkin-flavored meal at a restaurant with a liquor license, it's a pretty good bet that you could have a pumpkin ale beer to go with it. There are so many pumpkin-based beers being made that if you can't find one, you're not really looking.
All of you pumpkin heads, enjoy your time of year. Thankfully, it will be over before we know it.