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    Posted on Sep 29, 2017

    We Tried 12 Different Pumpkin Spice Foods Because We're Basic And Proud

    PumpKAN you handle this?

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    Hi! We're Crystal, Pablo, Farrah, and Chris: pumpkin spice-loving humans.

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    And we've noticed (and you probably have, too) that there are a shit ton of pumpkin spice-flavored products EVERYWHERE right now because, well...fall.

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    But we wondered if EVERYTHING pumpkin spice-flavored is actually as delicious as the iconic PSL. Like, there's no way pumpkin spice COUGH DROPS can be good...can they?

    So, we decided to taste and review a bunch of ~interesting~ pumpkin spice-flavored products and rate them on a scale of five pumpkins.

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    And a lot of the results were actually very surprising.

    1. Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

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    Crystal: I fucking LOVE Cheerios and I wanted to eat like 10 more bowls of this.

    Pablo: As soon as I tried these, I went out and bought my own box. These stay true to their classic Cheerios flavor, but add just the perfect amount of pumpkin spice to every bite.

    Farrah: These were delicious. Not TOO sweet, and not too pumpkin spice-y either. 10/10. Would eat again.

    Chris: These are officially my new favorite seasonal cereal. I’ll be eating several boxes of these while they’re available and mourning the loss of ‘em when they’re gone.

    Overall group rating: 4 pumpkins.

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    2. CVS Pumpkin Spice Cough Drops

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    Crystal: I was expecting this to be so gross, but honestly? This was probably my favorite pumpkin spice product we tried.

    Pablo: Well, wouldn't you know, this actually tastes good! The next time I have a cough, I'd prefer one of these over a regular cough drop.

    Farrah: These are truly the weirdest thing to pumpkin-ize. But...they aren't that bad? Who says you can't be festive when you're sick?

    Chris: Somehow these managed to be better than any other flavor of cough drop I’ve ever had and, frankly, they could pass as pumpkin spice-flavored hard candy.

    Overall group rating: 4.5 pumpkins

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    3. Coffee-mate Pumpkin Spice Liquid Creamer

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    Crystal: I'm a human, therefore I love pumpkin spice lattes. So, I was NOT disappointed! This was SO GOOD.

    Pablo: The creamer represents everything I love about pumpkin spice stuff and, if it was socially acceptable, I would honestly drink this all on its own.

    Farrah: I love coffee. I love fall coffee flavors. I LOVE THIS PUMPKIN SPICE FLAVOR. Call me basic, but it's delicious.

    Chris: If you don’t want to keep spending money on Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks, but you want to enjoy seasonal coffee, this is the perfect solution.

    Overall group rating: 5 pumpkins.

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    4. Kraft Jet Puffed Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows

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    Crystal: I was expecting a lot from these, but TBH, this baaaaarely had any pumpkin spice flavor in it.

    Pablo: These are shaped like pumpkins, which is clearly adorable, but they just taste like marshmallows to me? If the label reads "pumpkin spice," I expect a strong pumpkin spice taste.

    Farrah: These are more of a one-and-done situation. Too many of these and your stomach would be treating you to some pumpkin spice vom coming back up.

    Chris: I’m curious how creative one can get with these, whether it be putting them in a hot beverage or trying to make Rice Krispie Treats with ‘em.

    Overall group rating: 3 pumpkins.

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    5. Chobani Pumpkin Spice Blended Greek Yogurt

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    Crystal: The moment I saw this I thought, "Oh, boy." I just didn't think pumpkin spice was the most complimentary flavor for yogurt.

    Pablo: I'm all for a weird mix, but this is a little too weird. It's a multi-layered experience, but one I'm not trying to have again and again.

    Farrah: Is anyone out there truly craving pumpkin spice yogurt? It has more of a vanilla taste, so if you were hoping for some serious OOMPH of pumpkin, this is not it.

    Chris: This is probably not something you’re going to consume daily, but if you’re feeling festive it’s worth a shot!

    Overall group rating: 1.5 pumpkins.

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    6. Little Debbie Pumpkin Spice Rolls

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    Crystal: The Little Debbie roll smelled REALLY good, but the filling-to-cake ratio was a little too high for me.

    Pablo: Maybe it was because I had just eaten 11 other pumpkin products and my taste buds shut down, but these didn't have the slightest pumpkin taste to me.

    Farrah: I had very low expectations, and it wasn't too terrible to be honest! I feel like it'd be good to eat with a warm cup of coffee.

    Chris: These are sweet and pumpkin-ish, and I’d highly recommend you eat with caution if you don’t want to scoff the entire box.

    Overall group rating: 2.5 pumpkins.

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    7. Oreo Pumpkin Spice Crème Sandwich Cookies

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    Crystal: This smelled super strong, like Yankee Candle strong and the flavor was pretty spot-on, too!

    Pablo: Unlike most packages of Oreos, I couldn't finish this one because they are extremely sweet.

    Farrah: These didn't taste SUPER pumpkin spice-y to me, so if you're more of a low-key pumpkin spice fan then I would give them a try.

    Chris: Oreos are always satisfying in their many variations, but these were exceptional!

    Overall group rating: 5 pumpkins.

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    8. Lindor Pumpkin Spice Truffles

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    Crystal: This was messy to eat (IDK, maybe I'm just a messy person), but the flavor was VERY pumpkin spice-y.

    Pablo: I'm too broke to enjoy these fancy chocolates on the regular, but if you're feeling particularly fancy and festive, these definitely do the trick.

    Farrah: There's definitely a hint of pumpkin spice, but the milk chocolate is super overpowering that flavor.

    Chris: These will melt in your mouth if you have the patience to avoid chomping into these delicious little chocolates.

    Overall group rating: 4 pumpkins.

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    9. Quaker Instant Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

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    Crystal: This tasted like a pumpkin pie made with oatmeal (if that makes any sense?).

    Pablo: This definitely tastes great, but if you told me it was maple and brown sugar oatmeal, I would have believed you.

    Farrah: This wasn't SUPER pumpkin-y, but it does taste like fall!

    Chris: For me, I need some type of flavoring in my oatmeal to be able to finish it, and this one worked for me. This is definitely a solid fall breakfast option!

    Overall group rating: 4 pumpkins.

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    10. Hershey's Fall Harvest Kisses Pumpkin Spice

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    Crystal: HOLY SHIT these have a TON of pumpkin spice flavor. Like, legitimately the most out of everything we tried!

    Pablo: These taste like the smell of a Michael's craft store.

    Farrah: If you were really feeling indulgent, you could pop one of these in a hot cocoa to make it a little more festive. Add in the pumpkin spice marshmallows, too.

    Chris: These put a drastically different pumpkin spice spin on the traditional milk chocolate Hershey Kisses that you’ve come to know, but in a good way!

    Overall group rating: 4 pumpkins.

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    11. Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Kellogg's Soft Baked Cereal Bars, Pumpkin Spice

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    Crystal: This was decent, it tastes almost like a mini pumpkin pie!

    Pablo: These are not too sweet and not too bland, so I feel like they're a good snack if you wanna pretend you're the healthy type.

    Farrah: This was just OK. I think they'd be great for granola bar fanatics who want to mix things up a bit.

    Chris: They’re tasty like most Nutri-Grain bars, though the filling doesn’t particularly stand out as pumpkin spice-flavored.

    Overall group rating: 2.5 pumpkins.

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    12. Werther's Original Harvest Caramels: Pumpkin Spice Soft Caramels

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    Crystal: SADLY, I'm not a huge caramel person. So, this was not for me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Pablo: OK so I've basically eaten the entire bag at this point. I must be 110 years old, 'cause I stan for Werther's now.

    Farrah: This is EXCEPTIONALLY sweet. The caramel overpowers the Werther's pumpkin spice flavor in my opinion, but it isn't bad.

    Chris: These are chewy and pleasantly pumpkin-y. If your grandparents had Werther’s in their house all the time, these might make you feel a little nostalgic.

    Overall group rating: 3 pumpkins.

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    Final thoughts:

    Crystal: I'm shocked, SHOCKED, that I loved the cough drops the most. "WTF is wrong with me?!" she shouted, slowly popping a pumpkin spice cough drop into her mouth, even though she was not sick at all.

    Pablo: Eating all these foods was my dream come true, but if I had to choose a top dog, it would absolutely be the Cheerios. I’ve already gone through two boxes since, so please send help.

    Farrah: You know what? I'm not mad at this pumpkin spice stuff! It gets me in the fall mood, and now I've found some things (CHEERIOS, HELLO) that I will actually buy that I probably wouldn't have before.

    Chris: I fully support any and all forms of pumpkin spice innovation, and my favorite out of all of these were the Cheerios. I'm fully convinced that every company who makes something edible should be experimenting with seasonal concoctions!

    Pumpkin Spice Forever!

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