I love fall. I love apples and sweaters and crock pot recipes. I live for boots. October is my favorite color. Name a fall cliche, and I’ve done it, worn it, eaten it, or lived it.
Fall has been my favorite season since I was old enough to understand seasons. Or happiness. Since fall=happiness. So I have to admit, I’m more than a little resentful of those people who jumped on this fall bandwagon.
These people don’t love the schizophrenic weather and crunchy leaves and itchy sweaters. They like fads. The flavor of the week, if you will. And it happens to be pumpkin spice.
Like every other loyal fall lover, I adore all things pumpkin, and always have. But in recent years, I’ve noticed that pumpkin spice has infiltrated every edible (and some non-edible…) product you can imagine. Can we blame the fame and fortune of the Pumpkin Spice Latte? Probably.
But not all things pumpkin spice are created equal. I set out on a gastric journey to determine which products should and shouldn’t stake their claim on fall. Here’s what I found:
Disclaimer—I know this has been written about lately many times, on many sites, with many products. But don’t tell me that you don’t sneak a glance or two at the Pumpkin Oreos and wonder how they’d taste in your mouth. So let’s proceed.
Pumpkin Dunkin Donut—Ah, Dunkin. The ones who can do no wrong. This doughnut, like most pumpkin spice things, was more spice-y than pumpkin-y, but they can be forgiven. One bite and you know you’re eating a piece of fall. B+
Pumpkin Smoothie—I stumbled upon Smoothie King’s new product and just had to try it. You know, for research. This treat had the opposite problem of the other pumpkin spice foods—all pumpkin, no spice. It’s made with pumpkin puree and tasted like drinking a pumpkin through a straw. Yum. A—if you really like pumpkins
Pumpkin Spice M&Ms—What.The.Hell. These guys pretend to be pumpkin spice, but in reality are just fat little M&Ms with fall colors and a slight chemical-y aftertaste. Look, even the M&M on the package knows this is a scam. F-
Pumpkin Spice Oreos—I’m torn on these guys. As cookies, they’re actually pretty good. The spices are strong and taste good with the blonde cookies. They leave your mouth happy, though caked in sugar. But this is not an Oreo. Oreos should taste like Oreos. Period. So my vote would just be to eat the orange cream Oreos. B
Sam Adams Harvest Ale—So many pumpkin beers, so little time. I chose Sam because he’s usually a solid pick and not seemingly popular amongst the pumpkin beer crowd. I now know why. Poor choice. The beer tasted watery and chemical-y and only after you manage to swallow do you get a hint of spices. Bleh. D
Earth’s Best Pumpkin Apple Cranberry baby food—I was curious to see just how far the pumpkin spice craze had stretched, so I meandered into the baby aisle. Where my pumpkin intuition was right! Sitting under a “New Item!” sign was this baby food. To be fair, this had no spice in it, but we’ll count it. It tasted like pumpkin (and apple and cranberry), and I would totally eat one again as fuel for a long run. A-
Pumpkin Spice Milano Cookies—I know, another cookie. But I can’t resist Milanos, especially when they’re frozen and delicious. And this cookie was good. Very good. But like the Oreos, it didn’t taste like a Milano. So I was left indifferent about it. It’s not you, cookie, it’s me. B+
So that’s that. Overall, I think I have consumed way too much sugar and that this whole pumpkin spice thing is out of control. Do you have a favorite pumpkin spice food? Or one you’d like to set on fire?
More pumpkin spice frenzy I found in the stores: