Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe + Sulfites Info

When you’re gluten intolerant and cannot find any clearly labeled gluten freeĀ pumpkin pie spice, make your own using spices you have on hand. Often times, multi-ingredientĀ spices contain an anti-caking agent that contains gluten. When they are gluten free, they still may contain a preservative you don’t want in your body. This homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe turns out perfectly; however, you can adjust it to your liking. You just may like it better than store-bought!

Is McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice Gluten Free?

McCormickā€™s single spices are gluten free. Whenever their spices do contain a gluten ingredient, they mark it clearly on their label. McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice ingredients include Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Allspice, and Sulfiting Agents. There is no mention of any gluten ingredients in their pumpkin pie spice.

McCormick Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Spice Extract

Did you know that McCormick now makes a Pumpkin Pie Spice Extract? It’s promoted as being gluten free!


Do You Have Sulfite/Sulfate Allergies?

Per Aggie Horticulture,

These [sulfite] agents have been banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use on fresh fruits and vegetables that are meant to be consumed raw. They also cannot be used in foods considered to be good sources of vitamin B, including fresh meat and poultry products. However, sulfur dioxide is still allowed on grapes to control bunch rot. The gas is almost always applied after harvest, before shipping. Treated grapes must be sampled and analyzed. SO residues above 10 ppm will not be allowed.

Sulfites are still used to help prevent black spot in shrimp and it is supposed to be labeled if the SO residue is 10 ppm or more.


Per the Chicago Tribune,

Now a sulfite must be declared also if it has found its way into the food indirectly and is present in concentrations greater than 10 parts per million. Packaging materials are one source of ”nonfunctional” sulfites.


This recipe is available to everyone.


Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe


Rather than depend upon brands of pumpkin pie spice being gluten free or free of sulfites, make your own and control the flavors you enjoy most.


Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

Rather than depend upon brands of pumpkin pie spice being gluten free or free of sulfites, make your own and control the flavors you enjoy most.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 tablespoons (approx)


  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 2-1/4 teaspoon ground allspice


  1. Combine all of the ingredients and store in an air-tight container. Use in anything any hot liquid or baked good.

One Reply to “Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe + Sulfites Info”

  1. Thank you for posting this information and the recipe for pumpkin pie spice. I like to use 1/8 Tsp in 2 cups of decaf chi tea. Very yummy.

    I was using McCormick organic pumpkin pie spice until I noticed they use sulfating agents, how rude! I guess if it is organic they can add other “agents” that are harmful.

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