The Pumpkin-Lovers Guide To 2017's Best And Worst Pumpkin Spice Products

The Pumpkin-Lovers Guide To 2017's Best And Worst Pumpkin Spice Products

The 11 things I tried so you don't have to.
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If you're like me, September is your favorite month of the year because that means the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks is finally back. I happily ignore all of the comments exclaiming how "basic" I am and manage to take a Snapchat of my PSL. This year, it seems like almost every major brand is trying to hop on the "pumpkin spice train," and I thought I would put my love of pumpkin to good use and try almost everything I can, so you don't have to. I'll rate things on a scale of 1 to 5 pumpkins, five being the best and one being the worst. Just call me you "pumpkin spice fairy godmother."

1. Pumpkin Spice Tazo Chai Tea

I was so excited to try this tea, but I had the hardest time finding it! If you're a chai tea lover then this is for you, but sadly I'm only giving it a 3 out of 5 pumpkins. It tasted just like chai tea, but I didn't pick up any hint of pumpkin. Although it didn't have a pumpkiny flavor, I would definitely buy it again.

2. Pumpkin Spice M&M's

Y'ALL. These little morsels were FANTASTIC. 5 out of 5 pumpkins! The pumpkin spice hits you right in the face as soon as you open the bag and the taste is out of this world.

3. Pumpkin Spice Special K Cereal

I was very excited to try this since I'm a lover of Special K chocolate cereal. However, this was probably the biggest letdown. I'm giving this a 1 out of 5 pumpkins. Unless you happened to get one of the pumpkin spice clusters on your spoon, you didn't get to indulge in any pumpkin spice.

4. Pumpkin Spice Quaker Oatmeal

Y'all, another letdown. I didn't taste any sort of pumpkin spice in this oatmeal. I'm an oatmeal lover, so I was super excited for this but I have to give it 2 out of 5 pumpkins.

5. Pumpkin Spice Oreos

This had to be the BEST ITEM ON THIS LIST. Oreo isn't messing around guys! What I love about these cookies is the fact that they taste more like pumpkin pie rather than pumpkin spice. Rather than getting a mouth full of cinnamon and allspice, you can actually taste the pumpkin. 5 out of 5 pumpkins!!!

6. Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

You'd think this would be a good combination in an ideal world. However this didn't even smell, let alone taste, like pumpkin spice. To be quite frank, it didn't even taste like chocolate. 0 out of 5 pumpkins.

7. Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

There's a reason Cheerios is the king of all cereal. They can do no wrong. This cereal wasn't super in your face with pumpkin spice, but the taste was definitely there. However, I wouldn't call it subtle.This is a good example of the perfect amount of pumpkin spice. 5 out of 5 pumpkins

8. Pumpkin Spice Chobani Flip Yogurt

I'll be honest, I was dreading this item. Pumpkin yogurt doesn't sound like it would be the best combination. Boy, was I wrong. The flip cup comes with pumpkin yogurt with sugared pecans and sweetened pie crust pieces that can be tossed in with the yogurt and it is SO GOOD. 4 out of 5 pumpkins.

9. Pumpkin Spice CVS Cough Drops

Okay, okay, okay. I know this sounds disgusting, but hear me out! I always have cough drops on me, whether it's in my book bag, my purse, or my car. I just love cough drops. So you know when I hear about these I bought about a million bags. Honestly, they aren't bad! Yes, they taste like cough drops so that they have menthol flavor but they're my new favorite. They taste like if big red came out with a cough drop. They have a lot of cinnamon flavor, but almost no pumpkin flavor. 3 out of 5 pumpkins.

10. Pumpkin Spice Wheaties

This has to be my favorite cereal right now. I think Wheaties came out on top and even trumped Cheerios! The cereal itself is orange and the taste is to die for. It's not too much, but it is definitely noticeable. 5 out of 5 pumpkins.

11. Pumpkin Spice International Delight Coffee Creamer

It's like having Starbucks in your kitchen making your own PSL. Do I need to say anymore? 5 out of 5 pumpkins.

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I know there are many more pumpkin spice flavored products on the shelves of Target, but these were the ones that stuck out to me that I knew I would enjoy. If you're anything like me, you probably wish pumpkin spice would stick around year round! However, the sad reality is that it can't, so we might as well try to stock up as much as we can! #PSL FOREVER!

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Your Personality as Told by Your Favorite Breakfast Sandwich Ingredients

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Ah, the breakfast sandwich. Easy to make, easy to pick up, easy to love. That is, when its made with everything you want in it. Each of those preferences come from personality, or I like to think so. So here is me trying to be funny and trying to match everyone’s personalities with popular breakfast sandwich ingredients.

Breads

Croissant- Semi introvert, semi extrovert. Loves to socialize, but needs a decent amount of alone time.

Bagel- Tough exterior, big heart. Nice, caring but not until someone really gets to know you. Takes time to show that side.

English Muffin- Sophisticated, sweet. The one everyone loves, and is always on the high end of things.

McGriddle- Mellow, laid back. Not the type to be out socializing all the time but a great friend to everyone they’re close to.

Bread slices- Simple, uncomplicated. Non-judgemental who’s easy to get along with because they accept anyone in anyway they are.

Biscuits- Playful, yet gentle. Sweet on the surface but underneath has a lot more going on, with so many stories to tell.

Meats

Ham- Conscientious. Of everyone and everything around them, takes awhile to trust something new or even to try something new.

Sausage- Open book. Nothing to hide, nothing done to hide. Easy to enjoy time with because there are no secrets.

With Bacon- Live in the moment. Doesn’t always think about the future struggles, just enjoys everything in the present.

Without Bacon- Health conscious. Bacon is in fact not the healthiest meat to out on a sandwich, someone who forgoes the possibility of eating bacon knows it.

Egg Types

Whole Egg- Adventurous. Can’t miss out on anything, has to try everything that is a possibility and sounds appealing.

Egg White Only- Active lifestyle. Tend to skip the egg yellows for diet reasons or according to their diet plan.

Egg Substitute- Vegan. Very likely because vegans don’t eat eggs and this is a decent source of protein to replace meat.

Other

Cheese- Detail oriented, probably from Wisconsin. Unless they know the clear difference of cheese existing or not, and cheese is a big part of the Wisconsin food guide pyramid.

No Cheese- Vegan. Because vegans also don’t eat cheese and have to find something else to add more flavor like...

Spicy Flakes/Powder- Full of life, never a dull moment. Not an awfully popular ingredient which is why it represents adventure and fun stories.

Garlic- Wholesome. Whether or not everything is okay, they put on a smile and do a good job of keeping it together.

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21 Thoughts I Had While Eating These Chicken Wings

I wonder if anyone has ever died from eating too many chicken wings?
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1. I wonder if anyone has ever died from eating too many chicken wings.

2. Nah, I would have heard of it, because it would be a commonly known thing.

3. What if their immediate family and/or friends were embarrassed so they changed the cause of death to something less weird like cardiac arrest or work-related accident?

4. WHAT IF their job involved eating chicken wings and them dying as a result of eating too many chicken wings was actually a work-related accident??

5. Speaking of work, I need to go to work soon.

6. Am I having these thoughts because I’m writing about my thoughts, or am I writing about these thoughts because I’m having them?

7. Damn, I gotta stop confusing myself every time.

8. I wonder if I can get away with not doing calc homework tonight.

9. Nah, I don’t pay all that money to play myself by not doing homework.

10. Wow, I’m actually having a conversation with myself... wtf...

11. And I'm writing about it too… wtffff…

12. If I were to get charged with murder, would this be an acceptable documentation of my insanity and/or mental instability? Would I get off easy because of this? Hmm…

13. Nah, I’m black so probably not…

14. Crap, I shouldn’t have typed that but these are my unfiltered thoughts I’m typing so whatever

15. I wonder if James Madison knew the world would find out that he was a closeted monarchist.

16. Was he even a closeted monarchist or is that just my own conclusion based on what I’ve been taught in my political science course?

17. Damn, I got chicken wing hot sauce on my computer...

18. If this leads to my computer being defective, does the warranty cover "damage by hot sauce?"

19. I really need to leave for work...

20. But it's sooo cold...

21. Better cold than broke I guess...

I'm sorry for anyone who just read this, I just wanted to give an insight on what goes on through my mind as I eat chicken wings on a cold, windy and rainy Wednesday afternoon.

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