Pumpkin spice is everywhere.
The flavor of the season has become so ubiquitous that my Facebook feed is often filled with joke advertisements for items like Chipotle Pumpkin Spice burritos and Pumpkin Tampax.
I decided to sample some of the many seasonal pumpkin spice specials being sold in local grocery stores, and several were quite good.
Of the four products I tried recently, only one – Pumpkin Spice M&Ms – was a miss. They aren’t pumpkin-y enough to justify buying them to celebrate the season. In fact, blind tasters probably wouldn’t realize they were fall-flavored at all. I could detect only a bit of a spicy kick on the candy shell. The seasonal M&Ms weren’t disgusting, but they weren’t as good as regular or even peanut butter M&Ms.
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Here were the three products I loved and am considering stockpiling before the season ends.
Chobani pumpkin Greek yogurt: This one was my favorite. The yogurt was silky smooth and tasted almost just like pumpkin pie. The texture added to the experience. I will eat this until I can’t find it anymore, and I might even use it as a dip for graham crackers.
Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice: This tea comes in a pretty box decorated with pumpkins, cloves and cardamom pods that contains 20 bags of the most aromatic, autumnal tea I’ve tasted. The flavors aren’t overpowering and aren’t sweet, and the tea tastes just as good warm as it does poured over ice. I served it iced at a recent baby shower, and it was a hit.
Nestle Tollhouse Pumpkin Flavored Morsels: The “flavor-ologists“ at Nestle have come up with a chocolate chip replacement for the fall season that tastes like pumpkin pie. The package contains two recipes: one for pumpkin spice molasses cookies and one for pumpkin blondies. They’d also be good as the chocolate replacement on some Halloween s’mores.