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The Best Pumpkin Spice Foods You Can Buy

Because not all pumpkin spice is created equal
The Best Pumpkin Spice Products 2017
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The sugary, sweet unicorn treats of the spring and summer have faded, making room for the inevitable seasonal obsession with everyone's favorite love-to-hate flavor: pumpkin spice. Pumpkin is the quintessential fall essence and one that is as classic and traditional as it is worn and abused. When did the one flavor that effortlessly and simultaneously captures the yellowing of leaves, the cooling of temperatures and the fuzziness of sweaters become the next cliché?

We're here to tell you there is some hope for pumpkin spice, thanks to the following seven goodies. We tasted our way through both the inspiring and the offensive new pumpkin spice-doused products to bring you the best of 2017.

  • Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea

    Skip the sugary PSL and steep Trader Joe's pumpkin spice tea instead, with natural pumpkin flavor, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add steamed skim milk for a DIY pumpkin spice latte.

    Photo: Trader Joe's 

  • Breckenridge Brewery Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte Stout

    Though plenty of pumpkin spice beers exist, the addition of nitro is what makes this dark-roasted stout taste texturally similar to a real PSL. Nitro makes the bubbles smaller, so the beer tastes smoother and has a creamier head—almost as if made of foamed milk. The beer is even brewed with real pumpkin, as well as the usual sidekicks: cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and cloves.

    Photo: Breckenridge Brewery

  • Talenti Pumpkin Pie Gelato

    Talenti is undoubtedly one of the creamiest, most flavorful grocery store gelatos out there, and its pumpkin pie spice flavor is no exception. With real pumpkin, brown sugar and chewy bits of piecrust, we get the best of both worlds in one bite.

    Photo: Talenti

  • Sweet Home Farm Pumpkin Flax Granola

    Dessert for breakfast is one of our favorite meals, and this pumpkin flax granola does the trick (without actually eating pie for breakfast). With raw ingredients like whole rolled oats, crisp brown rice, pumpkin seeds, molasses and cinnamon bark, all you need is a little milk to get a bowl of crunchy fall goodness

    Photo: Sweet Home Farm

  • Peanut Butter & Co. Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

    Peanut Butter & Co. already captured our hearts and stomachs with its cinnamon raisin swirl and spicy cayenne pepper and chile powder peanut butters, so it's no surprise its pumpkin spice variety also lives up to expectations. This PB is perfect on a sandwich with jelly (duh), as a dip for apples and celery, and especially delicious by the spoonful.

    Photo: Peanut Butter & Co.

  • Birch Benders Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

    Don't have time (or, let's be honest, the energy) to make a batch of pancakes from scratch? Just add water to this mix made with dried pumpkin, buttermilk, cinnamon and nutmeg for fluffy fall hotcakes or waffles in minutes. There's even a Paleo version for those looking to stay healthy during the holidays.

    Photo: Birch Benders

  • KIND Caramel Almond Pumpkin Spice Bar

    Most granola bars are packed with sugar and taste more like a dessert than a supposedly healthy snack, but with only five grams of sugar and no sugar alcohols added, this bar is one we can stand behind. Cashews and almonds come together with honey, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and allspice in this indulgent bar packing four grams of protein.

    Photo: KIND

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