John Oliver Smashes Pumpkin Spice Flavor

Oct 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm |
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John Oliver takes over as summer guest host of 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'

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October can make for an exciting month. The leaves are changing colors, Halloween costumes are the topic of discussion, and oh wait! Starbucks is serving Pumpkin Spice Lattes again!

But if you find that the pumpkin spice drink is too sweet, you’re not alone. John Oliver loathes the flavor. Oliver finds the taste so disgusting that he compares it to “coffee that tastes like a candle.” However, the Last Week Tonight host has some good points about the country’s problematic obsession with pumpkin flavor–like the fact that there is actually no pumpkin in the latte!

Whether you like pumpkin spice or not, Oliver also let us know that America consumes more than 5 pounds of pumpkin per person in a year. Also, pumpkin spice flavored things are selling at an all-time high this year; including such items as cookies, coffees, teas, yogurt, chips, and gum.

“We tolerate pumpkin spice because we like the Fall,” explains Oliver. “It’s the best season because you get to stop thinking about how weird your legs look in shorts.”


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