For Some Companies, Pumpkin Spice Season Has Already Started - NBC Chicago

For Some Companies, Pumpkin Spice Season Has Already Started

Pumpkin spice versions of Cheerios, Dannon's yogurt, Ghirardelli's chocolates and Starbucks K-cups were all spotted in stores at the end of July

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    While many foods that contain "pumpkin" are automatically considered to be healthy, some pumpkin-flavored foods may actually be quite the opposite. Erika Edwards reports. (Published Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014)

    It's barely August, but pumpkin spice mania is already upon us.

    World Market released its annual pre-ground pumpkin spice coffee Tuesday, according to Today.com, joining plenty of other fall-themed products in grocery stores during the peak of summer.

    Pumpkin spice versions of Cheerios, Dannon's yogurt, Ghirardelli's chocolates and Starbucks K-cups were all spotted in stores at the end of July.

    Though pumpkin spice lattes won't hit Starbucks locations until Labor Day, the coffee chain has been known to give customers the opportunity to purchase the drink early.

    Total sales of pumpkin-flavored foods in the U.S. grew almost 80 percent between 2011 and 2015, according to Nielsen data. Starbucks alone has sold over 200 million pumpkin spice lattes since 2003.