I’m back with embracing my white heritage with the Third Edition of Pumpkin Spice treats. We have a bountiful harvest this year.
Denny’s Cream Pancakes
Now available on their holiday menu along with their regular Pumpkin Spice pancakes, they offer a new twist. It is their classic pumpkin spice pancakes but with a delicious cream spread on top. No syrup or jam necessary. It honestly tastes like eating a fluffy pumpkin pie!
Culver’s Pumpkin series – Shake or Salted Carmel or Pumpkin Gingerbread Concrete
The shake is more of a sweetened pumpkin than a pie or spice but is still delicious. The salted caramel comes with salted caramel bits and some pretzels mixed with a drizzle of caramel and pumpkin flavoring in their vanilla custard. The Gingerbread one is made the same minus all the caramel and gives off a pie taste and is nice and creamy.
If possible, skip this one and go to Culver’s instead. Sonic’s custard has an aftertaste that reminds you you are eating something really artificial. The pumpkin flavoring is hardly mixed in. I think the stuff sprinkled on top was pie crust.
Steel City Pops
We were introduced to this gourmet Popsicle chain that thrives on local ingredients and locally made this last summer. Like most things, also has seasonal flavors. Their special is their Pumpkin Pie Pop. The base is a creamy pumpkin base Popsicle that is then dipped in white chocolate that then hardens and is then dusted in nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger mix. The result is incredible. Out of the ice cream choices this year, if you can, try this one!
Werther’s Caramel Chews
A twist on the classic caramels with some pumpkin spice flavor and it’s a lovely rich and chewy mix.
We saw these badly reviewed online and we couldn’t figure out why. It took us some time to track it down and its rarity and only 3 bags inside is the biggest disappointment. The flavoring is in the butter itself. A bit messy on the fingers, but it’s a nice consistency on the popped corn.
For those watching their waist line (you could eat the whole pint if you wanted to!) and dying to have some PS in their life, I recommend this ice cream. It’s a bit heavy on the spice, so depending on how MUCH Pumpkin Spice you like to inhale, be cautious.
Twinkies – Cheesecake and Cream
I realized I never reported on last year’s Cheesecake. It was a basic Twinkies coated in a pumpkin cheesecake frosting. It didn’t do much for me as it hardly tasted like pumpkin and the frosting on top of the cream already in a Twinkies wasn’t a good combination. I did, however, like the pumpkin pie Twinkie’s where the cream inside is flavored. The sponge cake gives it a pie sort of taste in a way.
It’s a subtle taste, enough to spice up from original or brown sugar flavor.
Tazo and Peete’s Coffee Pumpkin Chai Latte
Due to use not being coffee drinkers, we get chai. Tazo came out with their boxed chai concentrate in Pumpkin Chai latte. And while we were waiting for our flight out of San Francisco, we hate Peete’s. I like chai, and I like pumpkin, but I wasn’t completely sold on mixing the two. Too spicy in a drink and I was left with a mild after taste.
Archer Farms Caramel Popcorn
A caramel popcorn with pumpkin and chocolate drizzle with some pumpkin and sunflower seeds inside. It’s not a bad mix, but maybe too many flavors you can’t taste much pumpkin.
Nature’s Valley Crunchy Granola
Good in concept, but with so much granola packed in, the pumpkin taste is really subtle it’s not worth buying unless you really love the hard granola bars.
These breakfast cookies are really good, but like the Nature’s Valley, the flavor is pretty subtle. You almost can’t tell the difference between it and their honey or oat flavored one.
The usual corn flakes that are sugary coated with whatever flavor they got going works really well with the allspice. The ginger and cinnamon clusters are a nice touch, too!
Classic Life flavored with pumpkin spice is perfection. It may be too strong to some, but I think it pairs really well.
Also on the possibly too strong list, is KitKat. The pumpkin cream with the wafers is a really tasty treat. This is the closest to Japan America is ever going to get as far as out of the norm flavors.