These Items Prove the Pumpkin Trend Has Gone Too Far
Every year, the launch of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte signals the beginning of "Pumpkin Season" — formerly known as fall or autumn. And every year, brands of all sorts — from Bath & Body Works to Pringles — try to capitalize on this trend.
Love it or hate it, surely everyone can agree that some products should not undergo a pumpkin transformation. Read on to discover some of the most ridiculous items that prove the pumpkin trend has gone too far.
Pumpkin Spice & White Fudge Peeps
Peeps are already a "love them or hate them" Easter candy. Every few months, the folks behind the marshmallow chicks and bunnies like to push the envelope and grab a share of other holidays’ treat spending. After all, they want Peeps to remain relevant well past April these days.
Pumpkin Spice Spam
Spam is already a food item that inspires harsh judgements from a lot of folks. If you already aren’t down for Spam and eggs, it’s possible this pumpkin spice version of Spam will really turn your stomach. Nevertheless, Hormel Foods encourages customers "to look beyond lattes and donuts" with this item.
Pumpkin Spice Biocellulose Face Mask (& 20+ Other Items) by Trader Joe’s
No one does seasonal fare like Trader Joe’s. The winter holiday season alone is packed with treats ranging from peppermint bark to the Thanksgiving leftovers-themed Gobbler wrap. But the grocery store’s fall line may take the (pumpkin) cake. This year, Trader Joe’s is going a step further and offering a pumpkin spice face mask.
Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast Pumpkin Spice Rum
Most breweries serve up a pumpkin-influenced beer every fall, but Captain Morgan is taking pumpkin drinks to the next level. Step aside, Fireball — there’s a new Friday night shot on the menu. As you might expect, the seasonal Jack-O’Blast mixes pumpkin spice and spiced rum.
Land O’Lakes Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread
The folks over at Land O’Lakes are hoping to spice up your next slice of toast. And nothing gets shoppers more excited than the phrase "limited batch." Except, in this instance, a finite amount of pumpkin pie-flavored butter spread sounds like a victory to some, right?
Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein: Pumpkin Spice
Ancient Nutrition’s Bone Broth Protein is all about promoting healthy skin, joints and immune systems. And, this season, it’s all about promoting fall flavor as well. This protein supplement promises a "taste of fall" with a "decadent pumpkin flavor and traditional fall spices in every serving of powder."
Pumpkin Spice Twinkies by Hostess
Not only are there a ton of pumpkin spice treats on the shelves every fall, but there are mountains of baked goods packed with this fall flavor. So no one can blame Hostess for jumping on the trend with their ever-popular — and ever-adaptable — Twinkies.
Adam's Pumpkin Spice Detail Spray
Holding steady at a 5-star rating on Adam’s website, the pumpkin spice detail spray promises to enhance the glossy shine of any automobile. Not to mention, it comes in a fun orange color and smells like a freshly-brewed PSL.
Thomas’ Bagels & English Muffins
Half a dozen years ago, Thomas’ — a top name in English muffins — jumped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon. Luckily for the brand, the autumnal English muffins were a hit. One reviewer for Serious Eats noted that the muffins embrace the pumpkin taste "without tasting like seasonal potpourri."
Pumpkin & Spice Triscuits
Nabisco is no stranger to trying out new flavors. One of their best-selling brands, Oreo, seems to launch a different cream filling every week. It’s no surprise that the company would try this process with another beloved brand like Triscuit.
Nancy’s Petite Stuffed Bagels
Philadelphia makes a mean pumpkin spice cream cheese — and, as any New Yorker worth their bagels knows, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with whipping up a fun schmear flavor. What’s rough about this product from Nancy’s is just the combination of items.
Pumpkin Pie in a Can Pringles
A few seasons ago, Pringles released a pumpkin pie spice flavor. The autumnal take on America’s favorite stackable chip was well-received by consumers. So, like all smart food sellers, Kellogg’s took it a step further, releasing a "no cooking required" Thanksgiving dinner set of Pringles.
McDonald’s Pumpkin Spice Fries
According to McDonald’s, even French fries aren’t exempt from this autumnal trend. After experiencing a good deal of success in Japan with the McChoco Potato — French fries soaked in chocolate sauce — McDonald’s thought it would try and replicate that success.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Deodorant by Native
Founded in San Francisco, Native is an online-based maker of deodorant, body wash and more. Best of all, Native is above using aluminum, parabens, sulfates or other harmful ingredients found in most commercial products. What are they not above using? The pumpkin trend.
Pumpkin Spice Waffles by Eggo
Forget about fighting over the wishbone on Thanksgiving day. Kellogg’s — mastermind behind some of America’s favorite breakfast brands — is giving consumers a new reason to say "L’Eggo my Eggo!" Shoppers agree that you’ll be fighting over the last, tasty bite of these pumpkin-themed waffles.
Blue Diamond Pumpkin Spice Almonds
No matter the season, almonds are always a great afternoon snack. This fall, you don’t have to choose between a savory snack and a sweet treat, thanks to Blue Diamond’s pumpkin spice-flavored almonds. Like other trendy almonds in Blue Diamond’s repertoire, these are lightly dusted in flavoring.
Disney’s Pumpkin Spice Milkshake
No one loves to make a limited-edition product more than Disney. (The "Disney Vault," anyone?) And there’s no better way for Disney to capitalize on the pumpkin spice trend than by introducing a slew of festive, cutely-decorated foods in the snack stands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park.
Pumpkin Marshmallows by Dandies
Dandies is known for making "A Better Marshmallow." After all, the treats are all-natural (no corn syrup!) and vegan (no gelatin!). Now, they’re an even better "better marshmallow," thanks to the pumpkin trend.
M&M’s White Pumpkin Pie
From pretzel and caramel to the more adventurous Mexican jalapeno and Thai coconut, M&M’s has certainly gone down the path of "try anything and see if it tastes good." And, to capitalize on that mindset, a bunch of seasonal M&M flavors hit the shelves every fall.
Various Fragrances, Soaps, Candles & More from Bath & Body Works
Move over "Hot Girl Summer." It’s time for "Basic Girl Fall," and no one knows this better than Bath & Body Works. The retail company will seemingly throw any scent at the wall to see if it sticks. Ever wanted your hand sanitizer to smell like pumpkin donuts? Check.
Brach’s Pumpkin Spice Candy Corn
Like pumpkin spice, candy corn is a love it or hate it item, but even if you find candy corn disgusting, there’s no denying that this "Satan’s ear wax" has become synonymous with Halloween. According to Candy Store’s annual survey, at least five states have proven it’s the most popular Halloween candy.
Boar’s Head Pumpkin Pie Hummus
If it were just called "pumpkin hummus," this product might not seem so weird. There’s just something about the mental image of a dollop of whipped cream on hummus that we can’t quite shake. But Boar’s Head makes it clear: This is a dessert hummus.
KFC’s Pumpkin & Feta Twister
KFC in Australia was looking for new and exciting ways to liven up their wraps — known as "Twisters" — in 2016. Combined with the fall season, this led to the creation of the Pumpkin & Feta Twister. This product joined the likes of more traditional wraps, such as the Chicken Caesar Twister and the BLT Twister.
Wrigley’s Extra Pumpkin Spice Chewing Gum
Yes, you can enjoy pumpkin spice for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert already, and thanks to the folks over at Wrigley’s, you can enjoy the seasonal flavor between meals as well. If you need a quick, inexpensive hit of pumpkin spice, look no further than this Extra brand chewing gum.
Pumpkin Spice Beard Oil by Backwoods Beard Company
Virginia-based Backwoods Beard Company is known for crafting handmade, high-quality grooming products. From pomade to mustache wax, the company offers everything a bearded person might need for a little self-care. Obviously, they couldn’t let the pumpkin trend pass them by either.
Pumpkin Spice Cheerios
Cheerios are known for being heart-healthy, safe for babies to snack on and gentle and plain for your upset stomach. Now, they are basic in a whole new way. Although Pumpkin Spice Cheerios are a limited-edition product, General Mills insists this "pantry staple" packs "unlimited flavor."
Greenies Pumpkin Spice Dental Dog Treats
Thanks to Greenies, even your canine companion won’t be able to escape the pumpkin spice trend this year. Greenies, which have become synonymous with a pup’s dental hygiene, makes various types of pet treats, including hard, toothbrush-shaped treats that help fight plaque build-up in dogs.
Maine Root Pumpkin Pie Soda
Crafted in Portland, Maine, Maine Root soda is an organic soft drink line that prides itself on being fair trade certified and free of high fructose corn syrup. It also prides itself on being pumpkin pie-flavored — every month out of the year.
Dunkin’s Pumpkin Lip Balm
As Dunkin’ expands across the country to prove that more than just New England runs on their morning roast and donuts, the company is also diversifying its products. The brand has launched Dunkin’-themed pool floats, t-shirts and lip balms in hopes of capitalizing on their customers’ love.
Will Shortz Presents Pumpkin-Spice Sudoku
If you’re a fan of The New York Times crossword puzzles, you probably know the name of longtime crossword editor Will Shortz. This puzzlemaster also works with NPR and founded the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, now an annual tradition. Shortz is currently getting in on another annual tradition — pumpkin spice.