Bad news for anyone dreaming of having delicious, pumpkin spice-flavored sex this fall: The images of Durex pumpkin spice condoms that started circulating the Internet over the weekend aren’t real. Much like the fried chicken Oreos that had the Internet all in a tizzy earlier this year, these festively seasonal love gloves are nothing more than a clever hoax. Sorry, everyone. But that's the Internet for you, isn't it?
Flavored condoms have never really done much for me, but I can’t deny that the idea of a pumpkin spice condom fills me with glee. For reasons I can’t explain, I find it delightfully odd. Is it because pumpkin spice is now considered the most basic of flavors? Maybe. Bustle actually reached out to Durex over the weekend to find out whether there was any truth to the rumor; alas, though, we didn’t hear back. But on Monday, the company finally confirmed via Twitter that it was a hoax:
They made the same statement to BuzzFeed, too, just in case you needed further proof.
It’s worth noting that Quartz also made an effort to get in touch with Durex, reaching out to both the brand’s parent company, Reckitt Benckiser, and its PR company, Virgo Health — but, as they wrote, their attempts “didn’t yield a conclusive answer.” A representative from Virgo Health neither confirmed nor denied the rumor, stating that she “couldn’t say whether the company was or was not actually developing such a thing.” Some are taking this waffling as an indication that a pumpkin spice condom might still be in the cards for the future… but I think that’s stretching it a little a bit.
In any event, Durex’s Taste Me line of flavored condoms does currently feature banana, strawberry, orange, and apple; although without the same seasonal sparkle as pumpkin spice, apple is an autumnal enough flavor that it should get the job done. Happy copulating, everyone!