For such a long time when I was younger, I thought ‘pumpkin spice’ was it’s own spice and that it actually had something to do with pumpkins. Hilariously wrong! All the spices that make up the pumpkin spice mix pair really well with pumpkin flavors, and actually all of these autumnal flavors, like apples!
You can of course pick up a jar of pumpkin spice from the grocery store or Amazon (and there are some great ones out there) or you can make it yourself and really customize it to fit your own tastes. Some people love allspice than others, for some it’s the nutmeg. Whatever it is you want to turn up or down (or add that’s not usually in it or totally remove that usually is in there) you can do that!
This mix is one I’ve been using ever since I discovered I could make my own mix! It’s been about 10 years now that I’ve been playing with these rations to find just the right fit. This recipe is not so overpowering that it fights with whatever other flavors are going on, but it’s also not so subtle that you cant taste it, either.
I’ve tested it on people who love warm spices and on some who are not the biggest pumpkin spice fans and it’s been a hit all around. I think because it’s heavier on the cinnamon as the main base and everything else is much less, but equal to each other.
Pumpkin Spice Mix
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp ground allspice
- Whisk all ingredients in small bowl and use in every recipe that calls for pumpkin spice!
Links to these spices!