As most of you know, pumpkin spice~ this “autumn flavor” of coziness and warmth and delight~ is one of my favorites. So at this time of year I rejoice! because food brands come out with their own limited edition varieties in this festive taste. This year I made it a goal to try some new pumpkin spiced things. It was an uncertain journey of fork-poke-daring to try some questionable wares… And some were indeed questionable… but most were actually quite delicious. (Surprise surprise!) So join me, dear readers, as I tell of my orange-dyed culinary questing and testing!
KELLOGG’S PUMPKIN SPICE FROSTED MINI WHEATS
Still hearty squares of shredded wheat, these had on one side a layer of frosting that was an alarmingly bright color. But beyond the neon-pastel-orange, this cereal was quite delicious. I like mine with just a little milk, letting the cereal soak it up and get all soft, making for some particularly spiced bites. I give it 4/5 spoons.
PUMPKIN SPICE OREO
These cookies seemed to have a double-stuffed amount of icing, which is too much for me. But the flavor was good with it’s addicting sweetness. I think I’d like it better in an Oreo Thins version. Score: 2/3 cookies.
QUAKER PUMPKIN SPICE OATMEAL
I like oatmeal. Nothing says cozy like a steaming sweet treat. Mostly I enjoy your classic brown sugar or maple flavors… and sadly this one just didn’t measure up. It was alright, but I was underwhelmed. I’ll give it just under half a bowl.
THOMAS PUMPKIN SPICE ENGLISH MUFFINS
These wheaty english muffins had little flavor bits scattered through, but there was only a tint of unique flavor. I liked it alright, toasted and buttered, but just kind of average. I’ll give it half an english muffin- but the half that steals all the soft inners of the other half (because these things never split properly…)
PILLSBURY GRANDS PUMPKIN SPICE CINNAMON ROLLS
Ours didn’t look as pretty as the one on the can and they might’ve been left in the oven a bit too long… But I think I can still say that I this wasn’t amazing. Maybe if they’d made it more of a cream cheese frosting? (How can you say no to THAT idea?) I’ll go ahead and give it 7/10 sticky fingers.
PEPPERIDGE FARM SWIRL PUMPKIN SPICE BREAD
I like Pepperidge Farm’s Swirl breads, but this one might be my new favorite. It smells CRAZY GOOD while toasting to a perfect “crisp on the outside, soft on the inside” because of the slice’s thickness. Delicious buttered… This one gets a full slice rating!
LOCAL BAKER’S DOZEN GLAZED PUMPKIN SPICED DONUT
While picking up a box for a church event I was delighted to get to choose my own flavor- and of course I had to give their seasonal specialty a try! I chose the glazed. It was cakey thick, perfectly need-a-beverage-rich, and just a lovely treat! I also tried my mom’s frosted pumpkin spice donut, but that was just TOO sweet for me. The glazed is what gets a 13/12.
STARBUCKS PUMPKIN SCONE
While the place is popular for a certain flavored latte, they sadly fall short on the scone making. I like their mini vanilla bean triangles, but this larger pumpkin variety just didn’t work. It wasn’t all that moist (okay, I’ll just say it: it was dry) and it was just too too sweet. Way too sweet. 1/3 stars.
STARBUCKS PUMKIN CREAM CHEESE MUFFIN
After being just OVERWHELMED with sugar from the scone, this muffin was a much better experience. The set up is a little awkward, with a big clump of cream-cheese-sweetness in the middle (I would’ve preferred just an over the top frosting) but I did like the variety of textures and the heartiness that the nuts added. Also, this one WAS moist…. Yum. 4/5 pumpkin seeds.
BIGELOW PUMPKIN SPICE TEA
Not completely obvious in it’s pumpkin flavor, this tea is still so yummy and makes a smoother trade off for the chai that I love. I’ve no complaints hear. Full cup with a splash of milk.
R.W. KNUDSEN PUMPKIN SPICE
When my mom and I can across this sparking beverage in the grocery store, we eyed it with speculation. The label mentions “blend of spices… pumpkin juice”. “Like they drink in the Wizarding World!” I tried to be optimistic. *sigh* How foolish. Now, you may not think I’m a very good judge for this because I don’t drink carbonated things, but trust me when I say… This was awful. My mom and I popped the top (or unscrewed the lid…) and poured two small glasses, cringing at the aroma. It was… so bad. I don’t even know how to describe it. This one gets an empty bottle (and not because it was drank, but because it was poured down the kitchen sink.)
ANGIE’S BOOM CHICKA POP PUMPKIN SPICE KETTLE CORN
From one unique food to another, THIS one was actually a grand success. The popcorn is seasoned with generous (and well received) flavor and then drizzled with what seems to be white chocolate. Even though I have a strong annoyance with popcorn kernels poking my teeth and gums, I couldn’t help having this for dessert. I’d be curious about Boom Chicka Pop’s other flavors. This one, at least, seemed luxurious enough to even give as a holiday gift. It gets a Book Chicka Pop POW.
And so ends this parade of pumpkin spiced things. How you guys tried any of these- or found any other season delights? ^^