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Too soon for pumpkin spice? Heartland says yes

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Fall is 15 days away.

However, the pumpkin spice season is upon us.

Dunkin Donuts started selling pumpkin spice lattes on Aug. 29.

The McCafe Pumpkin Spice Latte returned to McDonald's on Aug. 30.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte went on sale at Starbucks on Sept. 6.

"Not only food but candles and pumpkin spice alcohol and pumpkin spice everything, bath soaps, lotions, it's everywhere," coffee drinker Jill Sanders said.

This year you'll find pumpkin spice pop tarts, cheerios, M&Ms, and yogurt on the shelves. 

Big question: is it too soon?

A large portion of people say yes.

"It's way too early in the season," Adam Criblez said. "I mean it's September. We don't need to have pumpkin spice everything. Wait until October, wait until there's pumpkins, wait until it's not 92 degrees outside."

Kristen Applewhite agreed. The weather just doesn't fit with the trend.

"Until I can like stop dripping sweat every time I go to class I will not be drinking a pumpkin spice latte anytime soon," Applewhite said.

Tina Abbott, co-owner of Cup 'n Cork in Cape Girardeau, said they sell pumpkin spice lattes all year. 

However, Abbott said they are holding off on bringing out all of their pumpkin items.

"Our big pumpkin item is our pumpkin cheesecake and we go through lots and lots of that but we're holding off," Abbott said. "It's not cool enough. It's not quite the right time of year."

Some people just don't like pumpkin spice at all. That is the case for Gordon Bradley who said the food items are too sweet.

Other people just flat out hate the fad.

"My husband I have a pretty definitive disdain for pumpkin spice," Sanders said. "It seems to come out more and more earlier every year."

The problem at the core of this debate: everything seems rushed.

"We move through the holidays so quickly," Sanders said. "School starts earlier, holidays come quicker, everything is rushed. It doesn't really give you the time to enjoy things."

"It's good to look forward to fall but it's not fall yet keep the pumpkin spice away," Criblez said.

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