I had a soy caramel brulee latte at Starbucks in Walt Disney World. Enough said.
Target has been slacking for me this year on pumpkin treats. It seemed like they always had at least one new and exciting item and carried more of those hard-to-find big brand items, like pumpkin spice Eggos. However, their slacking has forced me to branch out and scope for pumpkin goodies in other stores, which has proved to be a positive thing. In my recent trip to Aldi, I went on the hunt for pumpkin and did not leave empty handed.
The first thing i tried was the pumpkin pie yogurt. Generally, I try to stay away from milks and yogurts because my stomach likes them better some days than others, but I couldn’t resist. When I first took a bite, it tasted pretty delicious, pumpkin-y and cinnamon-y. Then, the aftertaste was bothersome. I scanned the ingredients and realized it was aspartame. While I could finish it, it became less and less enjoyable with each bite. If the taste of aspartame or artificial sweetener, this yogurt is good for you.
Fit & Active Pumpkin Pie Yogurt: 3/5
The next morning I had a half a bagel with the pumpkin spice cream cheese. The color is an alarming dark and artificial orange coloring with huge flecks of what I assume are nutmeg but can’t be too sure. I slathered it liberally on my bagel half (if I can stick with half a wheat bagel, I’ve earned my extra cream cheese), took a bite, and was not pleased. It was chalky, just like the Great Value version, and tasted as artificial as it looked. I was so upset I refuse to buy pumpkin spice cream cheese unless it’s Philadelphia or Einstein Bros.
We’ll see if I can stick with those convictions.
Happy Farms Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese: 1/5
Accompanying my bagel, which was soon replaced by a bowl of cereal, was my signature cup of Veranda Blend Blonde Roast and the pumpkin spice coffee creamer. Now, I’m an avid International Delight pumpkin pie creamer enthusiast (Coffeemate’s pumpkin spice creamer has so much spice it burns my throat if I accidentally overpour), but it seems like this year they have been focusing so much on their new sugar free version that the original version is nowhere to be found. So I decided to branch out and try this. Fortunately, my entire pumpkin haul from Aldi was not a waste because this was delicious. It is almost exactly like the International Delight creamer. I would have just liked it to have had a tad more spice, but otherwise, I was very happy with this and will probably purchase every time I’m at Aldi until it is off the shelf.
Friendly Farms Pumpkin Spice Creamer: 4/5
Just a little back story on the picture. Finals week is approaching, so I’ve had lots of late nighters writing papers (boo). Usually my TV is always on The Food Network or The Cooking Channel, and while watching “Extra Virgin,” I learned what affogato was, a life changing experience, I assure you. And thus, this concoction was born. Pumpkin affogato.
I would be lying of I didn’t admit I searched reviews on different store brand pumpkin ice creams to find one worth purchasing. Near my university is a Kiwi Yogurt and a family owned ice cream shop called Scooped, both of which are serving festive flavors, including pumpkin. While both are absolutely delicious, I cannot afford to spend $4+ whenever I am craving pumpkin ice cream, one of my favorites since my freshman year (my first school’s dining facility actually carried pumpkin and pumpkin pie ice cream, brought by a local creamery, so I was spoiled). But I can spend that much on a gallon. So after some research, I came across Edy’s pumpkin ice cream. And I was not disappointed. The texture was smooth, and the ratio of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice was 50/50. The only reason it does not get a perfect score is because it does not have anything that makes it particularly special, like gram cracker or pie crust chunks, but it’s exactly what I wanted.
Edy’s Pumpkin Ice Cream: 4.5/5
Honestly the only reason I got the Dunkin pumpkin spice coffee was because it was on sale for under $2. I aleady had regular coffee and International Delight pumpkin spice creamer. But I am glad I got it. It was labeled correctly, pumpkin spice, not pumpkin, was flavored well, and smelled heavenly. A satisfactory choice in holiday coffee.
Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice Coffee: 4/5
Pumpkin Spice Latte So this is one of the most popularized beverages of the holiday season, at least for coffee lovers, since it gracing our Starbucks' in 2004. I cannot say it has ever been my favorite drink. I get one every year in honor of the fall. The first few years I have had them I thought they were bitter, but that was probably because I liked coffee with my milk in its initial years. However when I really started to appreciate coffee, I was always upset over how spicy it was and not pumpkin-y. Until this year. This year was the first time I had a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks every day for a week. I could not get enough. I could clearly taste the pumpkin AND the spices. It's still not my favorite rendition of pumpkin and espresso, I am glad to have a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks with an equal emphasis on pumpkin AND spice. Rating: 4/5 Pumpkin Spice Creme A drink I was not aware of for the longest time was the Starbucks Pumpkin Pie Creme. When I went to Starbucks this past weekend, I went with my friend who is not a coffee drinker but is a fellow pumpkin obsessive, so we asked the barrista if there was a pumpkin spice latte without the coffee. Thus, she got a Pumpkin Spice Creme. While it's not a drink I would drink too regularly now, it was better than I expected. It was essentially the pumpkin spice version of hot chocolate. It was extremely sweet, which is why I would have to be in the mood if I wanted one, but is definitely delicious. This is a also great option for kids of Starbucks or coffee addict parents who also want to participate in the pumpkin fun. Rating: 3.5/5