Now that it’s officially fall, we’re well into every white girl’s favorite time of the year – Pumpkin Spice season. I don’t know how it got to the extreme level of obsession, it’s like you really enjoy Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks one day, and the next thing you know, they’re marketing it as “PSL”, which is obviously the acronym for it and also the code baristas write on the cups. It’s gotten so crazy this year, that Starbucks tried to make it seem like PSL was available to VIPs, and if you wanted to get the bev 1 week early, you needed to know the secret code. There was a secret code to get a $5.75 PSL ONE week before it was released in stores. This is where we are now.
Last year, we covered the PSI (Pumpkin Spice Items, obvs) currently on sale, and because apparently this is an ever-growing market, I decided we needed to dig into this year’s offerings. Now, to be honest, I haven’t tried most of these things, so these comments are purely based on conjecture, but if you’ve taste tested any of these, feel free to chime in!
Pumpkin Pie Mochi
Pumpkin Spice Meter: 2. Mainly because it’s pumpkin pie flavor and not pumpkin spice.
Is it necessary? Maybe. OG Japanese ice cream mochi has flavs like chocolate, vanilla and AZN ones such as grreen tea, but I feel like pumpkin may be too out of the realm of normal. But that doesn’t matter, I bet this is good, anyways.
Pumpkin Spice Meter: 9 – the perfect amount.
Is it necessary? Yes. This is the only item on the list that I’ve actually tried. These waffles have just the right amount of pumpkin spice in them that it’s not overwhelming and tastes like autumn in your mouth.
Pumpkin Spice Peeps
Pumpkin Spice Meter: 4 – based on the “flavored marshmallow” and overwhelming white fudge.
Is it necessary? No. I get that the Peeps company is trying to get consumers to buy their items year-round, and not just for Easter. I get that. But that doesn’t mean use the ziestgesty flavor of the season, dip it in white chocolate, and sell it to sugar heads. Maybe just still to the original recipe and do a different color. Rainbow, perhaps?
Pumpkin Spice Mini Wheats
Pumpkin Spice Meter: 7 – those pumpkin spice granules can easily get lodged in all those mini-wheat nooks and crannies.
Is it necessary? Sure. I feel like pumpkin spice goes well with breakfast foods (waffles, bagels, oatmeal), so why not with the Frosted Mini-Wheats. Does pumpkin have fiber in it?
Pumpkin Spice Latte M&MS
Pumpkin Spice Meter: 4 – the PS flavors are artificial so I’m guessing not the PS goodness that we expect.
Is it necessary? No. These are the flavors that only need to exist in M&M world: original, dark chocolate, peanut and peanut butter. I don’t want your crispy or pretzel or lemon lime (not real) and I don’t want your pumpkin spice.
Organic Pumpkin Spice Kale Chips
Pumpkin Spice Meter: who cares this sounds disgusting
Is it necessary? Absolutely not. Can we stop trying to make kale more than it isn’t? It’s fine in salads and ok as chips, but why does it need to be added with pumpkin spice??? Just stop.
Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses
Pumpkin Spice Meter: 3 – again, artificial PS flavor, real gross flavor
Is it necessary? No. Does anyone else just not like all the other flavored Hershey Kisses? I still would pick a million other candies over a Kiss, but if I had to, the plain chocolate is the way to go. Also do people actually just want a lil but of pumpkin spice in their bellies? If you’re hankering for that flavor, just get a PSL.
Pumpkin Spice Milanos
Pumpkin Spice Meter: 5 – not real pumpkin spice flavor, but good enough to be edible.
Is it necessary? Perhaps. Pepperidge Farms usually does really well with their different flavors. I used to be obsessed with the mint ones. The mini mint milanos? Forget it.
Pumpkin Spice Terra Chips
Pumpkin Spice Meter: 8 – yeah, I’m in support of this
Is it necessary? Yes. I fel like this would be a great mix between sweet and salty. Also Terra chips are bomb, so they usually don’t do wrong.
Boom Chicka Pop Pumpkin Spice
Pumpkin Spice Meter: 7 – I can’t imagine this using artificial spices on the kettle korn
Is it necessary? Yeah, okay. It’s another case of sweet and salty, so it’s probably good. But we need to draw the line somewhere.