Pumpkin Obsessed

Pumpkin Spice. Everything Nice.

Pumpkin Spice Larabar

Available At: Grocery or health food stores
Cost: $1.50

Notes: Eating this bar was different from other pumpkin spice items, because there’s no “do I detect a hint of ginger.” That’s because there are only 8 ingredients, and all of them are found in nature: dates, cashews, almonds, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. I loved the nuts in this and was struck by how well pumpkin pairs with dates.

Rating: πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ


Pumpkin Spice Wafers

Available At: A grocery store near you
Cost: About $3

Notes:Β I’m a fan of wafer cookies. I like the way the layers kind of come apart when you eat them. Also if you put them in a dish of ice cream, your dessert becomes fancy.

I shared these with my sweetie, who found them too sweet and “very rich.” A trait that I have inherited from my mother is that I have never, ever taken a bite of a dessert and said, “Oh, this is too rich. I can’t possibly finish it.” In fact, usually when someone else says that, I’ve eaten half of mine already. Suffice it to say, I liked these better than he did.

Rating: πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s

Available At: Trader Joe’s
Cost: Gift from an awesome and generous friend

Notes: You all can look forward to many reviews of Trader Joe’s pumpkin items, because my friend Maria sent me a ginormous care package of pumpkin items. I should have taken a video of my unboxing, because my levels of excitement and glee scared my cats.

I started off with these cookies. They are a sandwich cookie, like Pumpkin Spice Oreos. The difference is that the cookie itself is a pumpkin cookie, whereas Oreo uses their golden cookies. PS Oreos are great, and you should buy them as soon as you see them.

These are better.

The cookie itself is good – a simple base for the cream, but solidly pumpkin delicious on its own. The cream, of course, is even better, soft, perfect texture, good nutmeg flavor. It took a great deal of restraint to not eat the entire box.

Rating: πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

Halo Top Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Available At: Hy-Vee
Cost: About $4.50

Notes:Β  Halo Top ice cream is (with a few flavor exceptions) amazing. It’s a high protein, low sugar ice cream, which means that it’s relatively low in calories.

I found myself wondering if they’d have a pumpkin flavor, because that is absolutely the kind of thing my brain spends time on. I checked their website, and sure enough, it was in the works. We live in a magical world.

This flavor is really, really good. Delicious pumpkin creaminess, with little bits of crust. And the entire pint of it is 360 calories, which means there is no point in wasting time doing things like putting it in a bowl. Because you’re going to eat the whole thing.

Rating: πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

JJ’s Bakery Pumpkin Spice Pie

Available at:Β Hy-Vee
Cost: $1

Notes:Β Let’s be real: this doesn’t even look good.

The picture on the box is a Hostess style snack pie with an orange ooze coming out of it. Β Not exactly appetizing, am I right?

Well, let me tell you: it wasn’t as good as it looked.

The crust was very sweet – think glazed doughnut, then maybe sprinkle some extra sugar on that. And the ooze itself was more of a tan color. Khaki, you might say. Khaki would be a good way to describe the flavor, as well. It was hideous and I ate about two bites of it.

Rating: 0πŸŽƒ

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

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

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