Monthly Archives: May 2012

Holiday Season 2012 List!

On a way more positive note, where are the foods I cannot wait to try next holiday season!

I really wanted to try this this year because I saw them on sale for an extremely low price, but the season was almost over and I could not figure out on what I could eat this. Now I’ve realized toast, bagels, waffles, and all other bread products are all fair game.

 

Again, I saw and wanted these, but I could not justify purchasing them for no purpose. I do not eat marshmallows whole, and I do not like pumpkin and milk chocolate. However, I like pumpkin and white chocolate, so I could top my white hot chocolate with these adorable marshmallows. Or I could make pumpkin spice rice crispies.

 

I haven’t craved yogurt in a long time, including last holiday season. But I’m going to suck it up anyway. I do like frozen yogurt, so I’ll probably try freezing it as well.

 

I also usually don’t like pudding, but I regret not getting this every time I pass the pudding section of the grocery store.

 

I couldn’t find these! I was so excited to try them, and they were nowhere to be found 😦

 

Since the Einstein’s ones were a little disappointing, I’m willing to give these a shot in hopes for a more pumpkin-y bagel.

 

Another regret. The only thing is, I may have to make a choice between this and the pumpkin spice spread, because I know I’ll be getting the Philadelphia cream cheese again and don’t want too many spreads when I will not have enough products. It all depends on which two I find first.

 

This wine claims to not be strong in the pumpkin flavoring, which, if what I tried this year is “strong pumpkin flavoring” in a wine, I’m more than willing to give this one a chance.

 

I couldn’t find these, but I’ll be so happy when I do because I love TLC bars as a snack or breakfast.

 

Woodchuck is a good time, so I figure I’ll step up my cider game.

 

The pumpkin was so good that I would hope these are also wonderful. I don’t know which one I’ll end up buying this year and which one next, unless I share with my future roommates and a whole gallon is practical. I’m getting slow churned though for caloric purposes.

 

The calories in this terrify me, but it’s the baby of my two favorite holiday foods. I’ll just be in the gym a lot the week I consume this.

 

This could be really good or really bad, but I love the gingerbread crust idea as well as this brand of lemon bars. So it’s worth a shot. I’ll probably make this for myself and my future roommates so that I’m not stuck with an entire batch.

 

I don’t like beer, but my Great Imperial Pumpkin Beer experience turned out well. And I always neglect maple in the holidays even though it’s just as seasonal and I do enjoy it (as your local coffee place if they have maple spice syrup. tastes great in chai). So maybe I’ll like maple beer as much as pumpkin beer.

 

This ale is supposed to be made with quite a bit of pumpkin, and the Great Imperial Pumpkin Ale made me adventurous. Hopefully I like it.

 

I think this is a decent list. I probably will not get the opportunity to try all of this, but as many as I can consume and find I will!

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The Worst of 2011

I figure I should let everyone know what I think they should stay away from during the holiday season, most of which I did not review. I’ll try nearly any seasonal food once, but some of these make me wish I saved my money.

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The Dunkin Donuts pumpkin doughnut was just not good. I was so excited because back at home, we have a Dunkin right by my house, making these easily accessible. That was thoroughly disappointing. The look itself took my mom and I aback. The ad made it look like a natural color, but the real thing is bright orange (as featured in the two pictures). BRIGHT. Orange. And then I took a bite and was overwhelmed with spice and really bad imitation pumpkin. But mostly spice. I wouldn’t buy these for someone I’m not fond of. Stay away and get your pumpkin doughnut fix at a Wegman’s if you live near one. You won’t regret it.

 

 

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My old roommate and I freaked out in the middle of our dining facility because they were selling these cute little pumpkin pies before the pumpkin season was really starting. We were pumped to add this to our reunion date which consisted of watching “Thumbelina” and drinking pomegranate apple cider. When we cut this in half and put it on our plates, we were a little skeptical about how smooth the consistency was, but we ate it gingerly anyway. It was very gross. The crust was fine, as all Tastykake crust is, but again I was tortured with really bad, imitation pumpkin! And we never did get over the smooth consistency. At least “Thumbelina” and pomegranate apple cider are good.

 

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As I already mentioned, I was thoroughly disappointed in Panera’s latte. It wasn’t appalling, like most of the food on this list, but I did not taste pumpkin! Just pumpkin pie spice. Either whatever syrup they use is bad or they do not pump enough of it. I’ll still review this again next year though because I get Panera rewards (I love that place) and will probably get a free one.

 

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I would eat one of everything on this list to avoid this experience. I just tried this earlier this week so that I could, again share it with my old roommate – you all are probably thinking we should stop eating pumpkin stuff together by now haha. The smell was pretty funky, undescribably so, and then we tasted it … First, you were hit with a powerful sweetness. And I’m not talking wine sweetness. I’m talking children’s lunch box beverage sweet. Then this horrible aftertaste of something sour. I don’t understand how a wine could be so bad, and now I have almost a whole bottle in my fridge. The only redeeming quality is the kindness of the gentleman you e-mail for online orders. His e-mails are formal but you can tell he wrote them. But this is by far the worst thing I’ve tasted ever, not just seasonally.

 

So try any of these if you like, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.