For pumpkin lovers like myself, there are exactly two months a year to get your fill.
As soon as mid-September hit, we at OCN set out to collect all the craziest pumpkin-flavored things we could find -- but alas, we were too early. Though we were in the mood for pumpkins, it seems that the rest of the world was not. (Pro-tip for our future selves: Pumpkiny delights don't generally hit the store shelves until October 1.)
Consequently, for our OCN team, the dawn of October meant pumpkin shopping spree. Behold ...
The Pumpkin Things
When it comes to pumpkin-flavored foods, people seem to either really like them or really hate them. And our pumpkin taste testers found it difficult to come to a consensus on most of the products they tried. But here are a few of the highlights:
Noosa's Pumpkin Yoghurt was a solid hit, while Trader Joe's Pumpkin Tortilla Chips and Fall Harvest Salsa came in as a surprise Honorable Mention. Who knew that pumpkin chips and salsa could be so good? But the real winner was Blue Bell Spiced Pumpkin Pecan ice cream. More, please!!
To create a bit of a pumpkiny breakfast, we poured Trader Joe's Pumpkin Almond Beverage over Kellogg's Pumpkin Frosted Flakes. The cereal itself tasted fine, but the pumpkin almond beverage (which is literally orange) was not popular with our taste testers!
Our team was heavily disappointed in the Captain Morgan Jack-o-Blast Pumpkin Spiced Rum, while Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter (spread on pumpkin bagels) was a huge no.
Watch our full taste test video right here!
What's your favorite pumpkin product at this time of year? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!