Pumpkin Pie Spice Is Exxxtra Nice



Happy Thanksgiving!


Well, happy post-Thanksgiving, to be more accurate. Being filled with days’ worth of weighty piles of leftover turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and all manner of vegetable casseroles might not immediately sound sexy, but you’re reading my blog for a reason…


There are so many things to whet one’s appetite this season, and we’re not talking about a second helping of cornbread… The scents and smells get us salivating in all sorts of ways. Pumpkin pie spice, in particular, is good for so much more than dessert. While I go into more detail about this in my book, let’s call pumpkin pie spice the original “ExtenZe” (but with real science to back it up and no awkward, late night commercials!).


In a few double-blind studies of male sexual arousal, men were blindfolded and presented with several different scents. The smells were tested for one minute each, during which time, researchers also measured penile blood flow. Know what got the…ahem…biggest response from test subjects, aged 18-64? A combination of pumpkin pie spice and lavender. Blood flow increased by an average of 40% in all but the oldest men (they showed more response to vanilla)!


To put an extra sexy spin on this classic treat, try blindfolding your lover and feed him, bite by bite. Or you might consider doing your own “scientific experiments,” and give him tastes of an assortment of different foods and flavors, while the blindfold is on and he is at your mercy. See if he can guess what you’re feeding him and test to see which foods have the greatest response.


Bon appetit!