There’s more to pumpkins than Pumpkin Spice Lattes


Sanya Sawlani

Pumpkins are a prime symbol of fall

Leaves change color, students whip out their jackets, and pumpkin patches are opened. The first thing that comes to mind when anyone mentions a pumpkin is Starbucks’ overly hyped Pumpkin Spice Latte. Would we be able to survive the fall season without them?

Over the years, the flavor “pumpkin spice” and original pumpkin has become a fall classic amongst all food groups, so I went to my local grocery stores to explore what pumpkin spice had to offer.

1. Pumpkin Cheesecake Square Donut- Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Donuts has a variety of seasonal options
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Dunkin Donuts has a variety of seasonal options, including “Pumpkin Cheesecake” donuts.

While Dunkin Donuts offers a few seasonal flavors such as plain pumpkin and “REESE’S Peanut Butter Square”, the “Pumpkin Cheesecake” option caught my eye because of its complexity. This donut, filled with a pumpkin cheesecake custard, tasted like a normal donut until I tried the filling. It was lacking that pumpkin flavor, but the orange icing, crumbled graham cracker, and white icing made up for it.


2. Pumpkin SpiceMallows- Jewel Osco

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Depicted are Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Mallows. They could go well with hot chocolate as a light accent of flavor.

This seasonally shaped marshmallows were a nice twist on the original. The light pumpkin spice flavor was not overpowering and would taste great in a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Although they are small, they could be used at a bonfire or even eaten plain as any marshmallow lover would.


3. Pumpkin Ice Cream- Oberweis

Out of all the foods I tried, this ice cream had the most authentic pumpkin flavor. It was creamy and rich like any other flavor from Oberweis and is the perfect food for a chill night in October. The aftertaste was reminiscent of a Pumpkin Spice Latte.


4. Pumpkin Spice Sweets: Cinnamon & Nutmeg Chips- Whole Foods

These vegetable chips combined a variety of interesting flavors such as pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, but the flavors clashed and the pumpkin spice flavor was nowhere to be found. The apparent flavor was sweet while the aftertaste was slightly spicy.


5. Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce- Whole Foods

Pumpkin Pasta sauce is a unique twist on the original sauce we're all used to
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Pumpkin Pasta sauce is a unique twist on the original red sauce. The flavor is reminiscent of butternut squash.

The flavor of this sauce reminded me of butternut squash, and would be perfect for a autumnal meal or Thanksgiving dinner. The sauce tasted homemade and had scrumptious tomatoes and a touch of cream. This product uses real pumpkins, unlike many other pumpkin flavored foods, and is also gluten free.

6. Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt with Pumpkin Spice Granola- Jewel Osco/Whole Foods

This greek yogurt reminded me of the Oberweis ice cream, the only difference being that the pumpkin flavor was less prominent. The granola added to the flavor aspect and made it less boring.  Although they tasted fine alone, they were better together.

Pumpkin flavored foods are good at any time of the day
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Pumpkin flavored foods are good at any time of the day. This Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt had a fine creamy taste.