Written by Steven Vitte
As the temperatures start to cool down and as the Fall season has steadily arrived, one particular spice typically becomes popular around this time of year. Pumpkin pie spice is generally used in foods that relate to pumpkin pie in some way, but the unique thing about pumpkin pie spice is that it is flexible enough to make just about any food taste better. Sweet but not overpowering, you can conceivably add pumpkin pie spice in drinks as well as foods. In fact, on plenty of occasions I have been able to put pumpkin pie spice in my homemade cappuccino drinks, and being careful with how I taste my cappuccino, I have to say that the pumpkin pie spice adds a rich taste to it. Here is a list of foods that you can add pumpkin pie spice to.
Believe it or not, pumpkin pie spice actually goes well with baked potatoes. Along with butter, I tend to add various spices to my potatoes, and occasionally I will sprinkle in some pumpkin pie spice. This addition makes the taste of the potato more sweet and it helps because a potato by itself tastes bland otherwise.
If you are making your own chili in the Crock Pot, for example, you may want to experiment with some spices to give that chili the kick it needs. Some people may resort to cayenne pepper and chili powder, which would make sense, but pumpkin pie spice gives your chili a distinct taste that the more powerful spices often lack. Taste isn’t just about being spicy. Taste is something that you can recognize, and when mixed with other spices, pumpkin pie spice will stand out, especially in chili mixes.
Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
Desserts are definitely friendly towards pumpkin pie spice, and there certainly isn’t anything wrong with adding some of this spice when making your own peanut butter and banana sandwich. All 3 components of this custom take on Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich are healthy for you, and as stated before, pumpkin pie spice is not overpowering, so not only does it complement the texture of the banana, but it blends in very well with the peanut butter spread.
Chicken Salad Sandwich
Sticking with sandwiches, the chicken salad sandwich also benefits from the addition of pumpkin pie spice. Now you may be wondering how and why pumpkin pie spice works with chicken, but then again, since pumpkins are associated with Thanksgiving and turkey, it isn’t that farfetched to think that this spice can work with chicken just as easily. Pumpkin pie spice doesn’t hinder the taste that the chicken salad sandwich already provides, but rather enhances it to give off a Thanksgiving-like feel.
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Having pumpkin pie spice as a key ingredient of a custom made ice cream would be a very wise idea. This is proven and true. If you are still in the mood for cold ice cream but would like to get a taste of the Fall theme, then this would be your snack to get at places like the grocery store. I have bought pumpkin ice cream on multiple occasions during the Fall season, and adding pinches of pumpkin pie spice to it clearly makes sense.