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Not Quite Natural: The Science Behind Pumpkin Spice04:45

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It probably won’t surprise you that there isn’t any pumpkin or any spice in your pumpkin spice latte -- or pumpkin spice Greek yogurt, pumpkin spice M&Ms or pumpkin spice vodka.

Instead of the nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla you'll find in a pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice has something more synthetic.

NPR’s food and agriculture correspondent Dan Charles talks to Here & Now’s Robin Young about that pre-peppermint seasonal zeitgeist, pumpkin spice.


This segment aired on November 24, 2014.

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