Pumpkin Spice Everywhere (and We Do Mean Everywhere)
So many pumpkin spice products, so little time. Who will stand up to the madness?
It’s that time of year again, when pumpkin spice products start popping up all over the place, leering at you from supermarket shelves like scary jack-o’-lanterns — although that characterization may depend on whether you are a pumpkin spice fan or among those opposed to the seasonal seasoning’s steady creep beyond its natural habitat (i.e., pie).
Even the latter probably can’t help from marveling at the ever-increasing number and diversity of pumpkin spice-flavored comestibles that vie for our attention as the leaves turn from green to gold and red and the kids anticipate costumes and candy.
This year, we’ve collected a few pumpkin-spice doozies (some new, some returning) — beyond ye olde Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes, the one that started it all — to mull over. Because nothing brings people together like gawking at pumpkin-spice products. Or something like that.
Riffing on the original: Starbucks has expanded its PSL line with two new grocery products “for cozy coffee moments at home.” Ready-to-drink Starbucks Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL in a bottle!) features arabica coffee and milk flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spices. Pumpkin Spice Flavored Ground Coffee (PSL in a bag!) offers an autumn blend of light-roast coffee spiced up with the taste of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg that, when drunk with cream and sugar, mimics the original PSL.
What if pumpkin spice and caramel corn had a baby? G.H. Cretors Popped Corn has bestowed upon the world Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn. Made with brown-rice syrup, no artificial flavors or colors, fresh creamery butter, and “buttery caramel infused with the classic flavors of pumpkin pie,” the limited-edition popcorn mix is punched up with roasted pumpkin seeds and walnuts and is gluten free.
Pumpkin pie that melts in your mouth (not in your hands): This year, Mars is introducing White Pumpkin Pie M&M’s — white chocolate with a pumpkin-pie flavored candy coating. You can get the seasonal candies (in hues of orange, brown and ivory) at Walmart. And is it us, or does the M&M featured on the bag look a little uncertain?
A pint of pumpkin pie: Halo Top ice cream has added a pumpkin pie flavor to its lineup — its first limited-edition seasonal flavor. The brand boasts that you can eat the whole pint of the low-cal, high-protein ice cream and take in only about as many calories (360) as you would if you gobbled down a single slice of pumpkin pie. For those of you inclined to make the tradeoff …
Even in your morning cereal: Now even non-coffee drinkers can start their day with pumpkin spice. Limited-edition Pumpkin Spice Cheerios feature real pumpkin puree and cinnamon, nutmeg and clove seasoning. “It’s fall in a box!” the Cheerios website exclaims. (Pumpkin spice cereal aficionados should be aware, too, that Pumpkin Spice Life Cereal and Kellogg’s Special K Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cereal are also available to fill their bowls.)
Pumpkin pie a la mode? Unless pumpkin spice leaves you cold, you’ll be pleased to know that Talenti is bringing back it’s Pumpkin Pie Gelato this season. It’s made with real pumpkin, pie-crust bits, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Relatedly, Talenti’s Caramel Apple Pie Gelato – cinnamon gelato with pieces of apple and pie crust and caramel swirl -- is also returning.
Fat free and yogurt: One reviewer called Dannon Light & Fit Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt “very good and pumpkin pie-ish” and especially liked the “cinnamon specks floating in the yogurt.” (Note: Chobani has also jumped on the pumpkin spice yogurt bandwagon, with Chobani Limited Batch Pumpkin Spice Blended Greek Yogurt and Chobani Flip Limited Batch Pumpkin Harvest Crisp Greek Yogurt.)
The way the pumpkin cookie crumbles: Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies are “naturally flavored” and soft-baked “with ingredients to satisfy the most decadent cookie cravings,” according to the Pepperidge Farm website.
Pumpkin spice plus chocolate plus caramel: Ghirardelli's Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Caramel Squares feature a “luscious filling” and both natural and artificial flavor. One Amazon reviewer gushed that they were “autumn in 2 bites.
Pumpkin smooches: Hershey’s Kisses Pumpkin Spice are wrapped in seasonal orange foil and promise to be “the perfect addition to any candy bowl, fall baking recipe, or dessert platter during the fall season.”
And in your morning oatmeal: Pumpkin Spice Quaker Oats Limited Edition Instant Oatmeal combines “the fall season taste of pumpkin spice” with 100 percent whole grain oats to give you a warm feeling in your belly as the autumn chill moves in.
The creamer in your coffee: Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice non-dairy coffee creamer is lactose- and cholesterol-free. “Whether you’re serving it at the end of a holiday meal or taking a quiet moment to recharge, the rich, smooth taste of Coffeemate Pumpkin Spice is the perfect way to warm up your cup,” the Coffeemate site says. (You can also warm it up with International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer Singles, depending on your brand loyalty.)
Spread on the pumpkin spice: Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese promises easily spreadable “rich creaminess” and no artificial flavors. (Also for spreaders: Limited Batch Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread – yes, pumpkin spice is even in butter.)
Three words: Pumpkin. Spice. Twinkies. Yes, Hostess is making Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Twinkies, which come 10 individually wrapped pumpkin-spice-cream-filled golden sponge cakes to a box. A pumpkin-spice twist on a lost-and-found classic.
I mean … of course: It kind of goes without saying that there are Pumpkin Spice Oreos, right? The orange-in-the-middle cookies have “got to be tried,” according to Amazon. Is that an order?
In your toaster: Limited Edition Frosted Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts promise a “pocket of pumpkin perfection” — a frosted, sprinkled treat with pumpkin-pie spiced pumpkin pie filling. Sounds like one of the more sensible places to find pumpkin spice, really.
Not to be Katty: Snack-size Pumpkin Spice Kit-Kat candy bars feature “crisp wafer in pumpkin pie flavored creme,” in case you wondered.
Warm and toasty: Pillsbury Limited Edition Pumpkin Pie Toaster Strudel Pastries spice up the traditional Toaster Strudel with pumpkin pie filling and vanilla icing you apply to the gooey-centered, flaky pastry yourself.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry’s is not only upping the pumpkin spice ante with its Limited Batch Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream (with a graham cracker swirl!), but also sharing recipes to take your pumpkin spice game to the next level still: Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie, anyone? Or how about a Maple Pumpkin Pie Milkshake?
Be kind (and crunchy): KIND Nuts & Spices Limited Edition Caramel Almond Pumpkin Spice Bar captures the “flavors of fall” with “crunchy almonds, smooth caramel and a kick of pumpkin spice” as well as just 5 grams of sugar, its label informs. It’s also gluten-free. (Attention, energy bar eaters: Clif Bar Spiced Pumpkin Pie exists, too.)
Boozy pumpkin spice: For those who think the “L” PSL stands for liquor, there is Baileys Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, a fall-only flavor that is “a delightful and versatile Irish cream liqueur that brings a trendy seasonal take on a traditional liqueur offering,” according to the Baileys website. Add it to your coffee — but maybe not on a workday.
PSL armpits: The aroma geniuses over at Native Deodorant are now making a limited edition Pumpkin Spice Latte deodorant. Featuring “subtle notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove,” it “makes the perfect holiday gift,” according to its makers.
It's hard to imagine you can top a PSL deodorant when it comes to PSL creativity, but that’s not stopping all sorts of companies from trying to capitalize on the PSL craze. These are but a fraction of the heaps and heaps (and heaps) of pumpkin-spice products out there. But we probably didn’t need to tell you that. Did we, pumpkins?