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Scratch Cupcakery Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcake

Available at: My work buddy John scored this for me from the Scratch Cupcakery mobile cupcake truck.
Cost: The generosity of others

Notes: Okay, I know I’m trying to better pace my blog posts this year, and this will put me at two posts today alone. But seriously, you guys, when a coworker puts a cupcake on your desk of such exceptional quality, you need to share it with the world.

The bottom layer is pumpkin cake, and it’s very good pumpkin cake, with a strong ginger flavor. The top layer is pumpkin cheesecake flavored cake. I mean, damn. Who knew that was even a thing? The icing is not just buttercream icing, it’s cheesecake buttercream icing. The little chips on top are pumpkin spice. It’s a good thing I was sitting at my desk when I ate this, because I probably would have passed out otherwise.

If you spy the Scratch Cupcakery truck, you should run into traffic to get this, because it is crazy amazing. Craymazing,if you prefer.

Rating: πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

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Breckenridge Brewery Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte beer

Available At: Two beautiful beer angels left it on my doorstep.
Cost: Free, if you happen to know magical beer angels

Notes: This is really a no brainer – take a coffee stout and toss in some pumpkin flavoring. And because it’s infused with nitrogen, it’s extra creamy. Basically, it tastes like winning. Thanks, beer angels!

Rating: πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸΊπŸΊπŸΊπŸΊπŸΊ

Seattle Cider Pumpkin Spice Hard Cider

Available At: Dug it out of my fridge. Did I buy this in Madison? Or maybe Maine? I don’t remember.
Cost: Who knows. Maybe $10 for a four pack?

Notes: Unexpected events in November of 2016 (peak pumpkin season, obviously) that shook me to my very core.

I’m not talking about Cubs winning the World Series (though that was historically unexpected. Nope, in case you’ve forgotten (you haven’t) that was when Donald Trump was elected president.

What does this have to do with pumpkin things? Well, to be honest, I wasn’t in the mood to write silly, frivolous things about pumpkin. And so many pumpkin-related products were put aside. One of them was this cider.

If you’re still reading, maybe you’re wondering how the cider was. It’s good… but I’m not sure how pumpkin-y it is. It definitely tastes like apple cider to me. There are pumpkin spice flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg, though of course those flavors compliment apples, too. I’ve got to split my rating on this one. It’s delicious, and if you like hard cider, you should definitely check it out. But it’s not especially pumpkin-y.

Rating: πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸΊπŸΊπŸΊπŸΊπŸΊπŸΊ

Pumpkin Spice Life Cereal

Available At: Target
Cost: About $3, I think

Notes: Life Cereal came out with a Pumpkin Spice edition in 2016, and I could have sworn that I wrote about it, but a quick search of the archives shows I didn’t. So here we are.

Pumpkin Spice Life (the cereal, not a description of my existence at the moment) has strong cinnamon and nutmeg flavors (come to think of it, this also applies to my life at present, so never mind). It’s not too sweet, though it lists sugar as its second ingredient, which means my mom would never have bought it for me when I was a kid.

The main flaw with this cereal is the same as other varieties of Life, which is that it soaks up milk at an alarming rate. As soon as you pour that milk, you are basically racing the clock before it all turns into a soggy disgusting mess. As a result, I prefer it dry.

Rating:Β πŸŽƒπŸŽƒ 1/2

Homemade Boozy Pumpkin Ice Cream

Available At: My amazing friend Lindsey made it for me
Quick and Easy: Since it was a present for me, very much so! That said, ice cream is pretty darned easy to make with an ice cream maker.

Notes: My friend Lindsay borrowed my ice cream maker and not only returned it promptly, but included a freezer bowl full of pumpkin ice cream. Mental note: find more stuff to loan to this woman.

The ice cream was pumpkin-y and delicious. It had a generous amount of dark chocolate chips in it… and a heroic amount of pumpkin liqueur. It was even better than that sounds. Thanks, friend!

Rating:Β πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

Pumpkin Pie Soda

Available At: I bought this at Aldi last PSSeason
Cost: About $4 for a four pack, if memory serves.

Notes:Β I was pretty sure that Pumpkin Pie Soda would be a slam dunk for weirdest pumpkin item of 2017… but that was before I learned that CVS will be selling Pumpkin Spice cough drops. Fear not – I will try them.

Let’s talk about the soda. It tastes very strongly of cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s also a little creamy, like a cinnamon-y cream soda. It’s definitely sweeter than, like, a Coke, but not nearly as sweet as, say grape soda. And it would be amazing with ice cream, to make a float. Mental note: buy vanilla ice cream.

If you like cream soda and pumpkin spices, seek this one out.

Rating: πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

Nestle Toll House Pumpkin Cobbler Cookies

Available At: With the heat and eat cookie dough at the grocery store
Cost: About $3

Notes: Β I’ll get the obvious question out of the way, which is that this cookie dough is pretty darned good raw. I know you were all wondering.

20170905_210444 (1)The baked result are an oatmeal cookie with a pumpkin filling. I liked the way the oats gave the cookies some extra texture. The pumpkin filling was also pretty good – a little something different.

I tried these both warm from the oven and at room temperature the next day, because I am a dedicated professional. They were, of course, better warm, but they were still nice and chewy later.

How were they? They were good, especially for how little time and effort it took to make them. But at the same time, I don’t really see myself buying and making it again.

I brought the leftover cookies to the office because (1) sharing is nice and (2) I don’t need to eat two dozen pumpkin cookies that I’m not in love with. I emailed everyone inviting them to have a cookie and that I rated themΒ πŸŽƒπŸŽƒ 1/2 out of five pumpkins. My coworkers said that I’d undersold them and that they were much better than that – one suggested four and a stem. All of them were gone by lunchtime, which is probably not so much a testament to the cookies themselves so much as to the fact that everyone likes office treats.

Rating: πŸŽƒπŸŽƒ 1/2

White Pumpkin Pie M&Ms

Available at: I found it at the grocery store, with the Halloween candy.
Cost: $3-ish

Notes: This is M&M’s third attempt at a pumpkin seasonal candy.

The first was https://pumpkinobsessed.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/pumpkin-spice-mms/Pumpkin Spice M&Ms and they sucked. I don’t think I even finished the bag, which should tell you a lot right there. Last year, they upped their game considerably with Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms.

Those first two pumpkin attempts were milk chocolate. In my opinion, chocolate and pumpkin typically don’t mix well. I was, therefore, pleased to see that they were mixing things up, using white chocolate for the pumpkin pie M&Ms.

The M&Ms are pretty harvest colors and are the bigger candy. More candy = good, so that was a promising start. The taste? Boom, awesome. The creamy white chocolate was a perfect match for the pumpkin spices. If you ever wished that pumpkin pie was crunchy and more portable, this is the snack for you.

Of the three pumpkin M&Ms that have come out so far, these are the best, with pumpkin spice latte a close second and pumpkin spice taking the loser slot easily.

Rating: πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

Pumpkin, Apple, and Cheddar Calzones

Available At:Β I made them using a recipe fromΒ Cook, Nourish, Bliss
Cost:Β Kitchen staples, plus some premade pizza dough

Notes:Β Believe it or not, I have some standard Rules of Engagement for writing about pumpkin things. Okay, probably just one rule, and that is that I won’t write about the same thing twice. You probably don’t need posts to be assured that I still likeΒ Pumpkin Noosa. And at this point, I haven’t seen too many store bought items that I haven’t tried yet. This means I’ll be doing more cooking for the 2017 Pumpkin Season. And as tempting as it is to just live off desserts for the next few weeks, I need to cook some main dishes as well.

That’s why I was psyched to come across a recipe for savory pumpkin calzones. I like packing calzones for my lunch, and the combination between pumpkin, apple, and white cheddar cheese sounded freaking awesome.

Turns out, the flavors didn’t work together as well as I’d hoped. The sharpness of the cheese and the sweetness of the apple are overwhelmed by the pumpkin and even more so by the onion (even though I used about half of what the recipe recommended). These weren’t bad, but I didn’t love them and I doubt I’ll make them again.

But don’t worry, faithful pumpkin heads. There is a five pumpkin review coming soon.

Rating:Β 

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