I have a confession to make…
I maybe am not as obsessed with pumpkin spice as I originally thought. Now before you begin to throw your pumpkin spiced lattes at me in protest, let me explain. I LOVE pumpkin spice done right. I live for that moment when Starbucks begins to sell their pumpkin-flavored beverages, because it makes me giddy. (Probably way more giddy than it should….).
But can we all just admit that pumpkin spice has maybe gone too far? I mean, there comes a point when maybe there is too much of a good thing. I think that I’m particularly picky this year, because of my pregnancy. I’m really into authentic pumpkin flavors and definitely turning away in disgust from the ones that taste a little too fake. But still, some of the pumpkin options out there are just letting things get carried away. 😉
So here are a few of my favorite (and least favorite) pumpkin spice products of 2016 (including a list of products that I’m still looking forward to trying)!
PUMPKIN SPICE MISSES
Poptarts – These were way too sweet and artificial tasting for me to enjoy.
Cookies – Do I even need to explain why these were a fail? I’m definitely just not into packaged cookies… Give me homemade goodies every time!
Gum – Couldn’t bring myself to try it… I just can’t. Gum isn’t meant to taste like pumpkin. ‘Nough said.
Yogurt – I’m a huge fan of Chobani yogurt, but I think this was just a personal taste preference. It felt a little strange eating a chilled pumpkin spice food. Not a huge fan.
PUMPKIN SPICE WINNERS
LaraBars – In true LaraBar fashion, these bars weren’t overly sweet…but were absolutely satisfying. I love the simple ingredient list. I love the feel-good feeling and energy that comes afterward. AND I loved their authentic , pumpkin pie flavor. (Thank you SO much, Janelle, for sending me some to enjoy)!!
Cereal – I’d definitely say that all of the pumpkin spice cereals I’ve eaten this year have been winners.
Bread – This is sooooo good toasted. Delish!
Tea – I LOVE this tea!!
Starbucks Latte – I saved the BEST for last. 🙂 This is the ultimate in pumpkin spice comfort and basically the beverage that started it all.
FOODS I STILL WANT TO TRY
Cream Cheese – I’ve been pretty obsessed with cream cheese this pregnancy. I’d really like to try the pumpkin spice flavored option to see if it’s really good. (I’m guessing it tastes slightly similar to pumpkin cheesecake… 😉 YUM)!
Peanut Butter – I’ve yet to try a Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter that I don’t like, so I’d LOVE to get my hands on one of these.
Baking Chips – The recipe on the back for pumpkin ginger cookies looks really delicious! I think these would be worth trying.
What’s your list? Do you have a favorite pumpkin spice food? Is there a pumpkin spice food that you think just doesn’t work?