Masiello Employment is based in New Hampshire, and you may not be aware that our state fruit is – you guessed it – the pumpkin. Our region also hosts the family friendly Monadnock Pumpkin Festival and has been blessed with famous and spook-tacular displays of jack-o’-lanterns along with all kinds of gourd games like pumpkin bowling.

In other words, we know a thing or two about pumpkins.

Which means we have an opinion or two about pumpkin spice.

First, a little background: pumpkin spice—that oh-so-cozy and warming blend of cinnamon, ginger, clove, all-spice, and nutmeg—was first sold as a blended spice in the 50s and reached rock-star status in 2003 when a certain national coffee chain released its Pumpkin Spice Latte for the first time (now, of course, PSL is an annual and highly anticipated introduction to fall for many folks).

The success of PSL has led to pumpkin spice taking over, well, everything, from Pumpkin Spice Cheerios and Greenies Pumpkin Pie Dog Treats to Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm and CVS’ Pumpkin Spice Cough Drops. Worst of all, we now smell the first wafts of this autumnal spice in mid-summer.

Pumpkin spice might even be taking over your workplace. And that’s where we step in with Masiello Employment’s Guide to a Pumpkin-Spice-Free Fall.

  1. At most grocery stores, the color orange is now everywhere, with pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin oatmeal, even pumpkin wine—when navigating the aisles, simply avoid everything orange, except for oranges.
  1. When getting dressed, only wear orange for hunting trips and walks in the woods, lest an over-zealous pumpkin spice enthusiast mistake you for a fellow fan.
  1. When you do encounter a pumpkin spice fan (and they’re easy to spot—or, rather, they’re easy to smell), confuse them by claiming to be an apple spice fan.
  1. Before a co-worker can bring in a bag of pumpkin spice coffee for the communal coffee pot and a bottle of pumpkin spice coffee creamer, bring in an industrial-size container of plain coffee and plain creamer and comment often to everyone on how there’s enough of both to last through winter.
  1. If pumpkin spice has infiltrated your workplace, like a pumpkin candle at reception and pumpkin spray in the bathroom, wear a pair of nose clips—for a bit of irony, try to find a pair in orange.
  1. If “pumpkin” is the affectionate nickname you use for your significant other, try something different for the next few months, like “peaches” or “honey” or “sugar” (assuming you prefer a culinary theme).
  1. Finally, if you do indulge in pumpkin spice products, and you end up with a pumpkin spice hangover, dash to your spice drawer immediately and inhale spices from a different season, like rosemary and basil.

It should be said: we’re huge fans of pumpkin spice in pumpkin pie . . . at Thanksgiving. Until then, remember that Masiello Employment is here to help you find that perfect job. Our recruiting team is always here for a free consultation. Just give us a call.