pumpkin spice

Pumpkin spice and everything nice about fall come to CCM

By Gianna Pereira


Students gather in the Learning Resource Center cafeteria which sells Starbucks products. Photo By: Nachi Allah

As fall ramps up, many County College of Morris students have expressed appreciation for the season with cold weather and

“I’m excited that I don’t have to deal with bugs anymore,” said Jessica Haines, a liberal arts major at CCM. “I like the season because of my birthday.”

During the fall season, fashion trends change like the weather does, and Haines said that fall fashion has always been considered comfortable clothing. Sweatshirts, jeans, and sneakers are the articles of clothing Haines said that she wears during the fall season.

“I like wearing it,” Haines said. “This is my normal style, so I like it a lot.”

A common trend during the fall season is the liking of pumpkin spice or anything pumpkin related. As several people during this time of year follow up the trend with all of the pumpkin, Haines completely disagrees and disregards pumpkin spice.

“I hate anything to do with pumpkin spice,” Haines said. “It is disgusting and it needs to stop.”

According to the National Retail Federation, this year more than 175 million Americans are planning on participating in the Halloween celebration.

“I love Halloween and am so excited for it to come,” Haines said. “My Halloween plans are to dress up and go to school, where I have three classes this semester.”

Haines said that there are a few characters she will need to decide from regarding how she will dress.

“I haven’t fully decided yet on what I am going to be,” she said. “90 percent sure a redhead, so I’m stuck between Kim Possible, Black Widow, and Jessica Rabbit.”

As several people love the season because of pumpkin spice and Halloween, many enjoy the start of the football season, but Haines said that she is not a dedicated fan to any team.

“Football is ok, the fights my family has over it is hilarious though,” Haines said. “But if I were to root for someone, it would be for the Cowboys, so go Cowboys.”

Similar to Haines, other students are not as fond of football like others during this time of year.

“I am all right with football, don’t really watch it that much,” said Gibbons, a game design major. “I guess I will say the Eagles are my favorite team.”

Gibbons said that he is excited for fall weather and enjoys wearing jackets, sweatpants,

and sneakers.

“I like dressing this way,” Gibbons said. “It is a casual outfit for fall weather.”

Knowing how popular pumpkin spice is during this season, Gibbons expressed his thoughts on it.

“I enjoy having pumpkin spice,” Gibbons said. “I will have it when it’s around.”

This year, Starbucks launched their seasonal pumpkin spice latte Aug. 28 instead, according to Forbes, instead of Sept. 1, its usual launch date.

“Not a big Halloween person, I mean I enjoy it but not as much like I don’t go out trick or

treating or anything,” Gibbons said. “I don’t have anything planned on the day, just probably going to stay home and watch movies.”

Joe Radwan, an information technology major, said that fall weather helps him dress

more comfortably for work.

“I am mainly looking to get passed fall, I play a lot of winter sports like ski and

snowboard,” he said. “I do a lot of manual labor at my job, so I usually wear jeans or maybe even a long sleeve flannel with the sleeves rolled … I like dressing like that.”

Unlike Haines, Radwan said that he loves the trend of pumpkin spice, not caring who else likes or dislikes it.

“I love pumpkin spice,” Radwan said. “You can call me white all you want, but I love

pumpkin, like pumpkin in hot chocolate.”

Halloween is a popular holiday that is loved by many, especially by Radwan, as he

expressed how much he loves the day and why.

Radwan said that during Halloween, he gets to spend time with long-time friends.

“Halloween is one of my all time favorite holidays,” he said. “My friend and I have

been growing up together for the longest time now and we put together props and see if we can display them in places.”

‘Pumpkin spice everything’ fad continues at CCM

By Rachael Coyman

Throughout the course of fall in recent years, the pumpkin spice flavor rises in popularity, and some students at County College of Morris buy into this trend annually.


Students at LRC cafe which sells Starbucks products. Photo by Arianna Parks.

Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte, which turns 14 this year, is one of the oldest and most popular sources of the widely favored flavor.

The pumpkin spice latte is Starbucks’ most popular seasonal beverage, with more than 200 million sold since it was first established, according to the Washington Post. Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte even has its own Twitter account, @TheRealPSL, where it has a well founded existence on social media.

“I will literally eat or drink anything pumpkin spice,” said Lauren Clarke, a nursing major at CCM.

During the fall, food manufacturers and grocery stores depend on pumpkin-flavored products to boost sales. Pumpkin spice is a mixture of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger.

“You can eat as much pumpkin spice as you want,” said Elizabeth MacDonald, a liberal arts major. “I love baking pumpkin bread and putting chocolate chips on top.”

Cheerios has also come out with a limited-edition pumpkin spice flavored Cheerios. The Cheerios are advertised as “fall in a box” and a must have for all pantries.

Some other foods that are incorporating pumpkin spice for the fall season are Ghirardelli pumpkin spice caramel chocolate squares, Pumpkin Spice Oreo, Baileys pumpkin spice Irish cream, Pumpkin Spice Special K, Ben and Jerry’s Pumpkin cheesecake and many more.

Although it may seem like pumpkin spice is everyone’s fall flavor of choice, there are some people who have other preferences. Not everyone is jumping on the pumpkin spice bandwagon.

“I’ve tried pumpkin spice, but I don’t really like it,” said Evelyn Novena, a communication major. “I do love fall activities though, like going to wineries, pumpkin and apple picking, and Halloween.”

The pumpkin spice trend has also been incorporated into candy. Hershey has come out with Fall Harvest Kisses Pumpkin Spice. Therefore, it looks like there might be some pumpkin spice candy in the Halloween bags.

Fall favorites and trends make fall a tremendously popular season among CCM