Too Much Spice?

8 of the Best, Worst Pumpkin Spice Food Products

Camryn Degutis

Camryn Degutis, Staff Writer

1. Pumpkin Spice Oreos

Unwrapping the package revealed bright orange frosting sandwiched between two vanilla cookies. There was no strong scent of pumpkin spice when opening the package, which gave some hope for subtle pumpkin spice flavor. The first bite of cookie itself wasn’t all that bad; it was actually quite delicious. The vanilla cookies complemented the pumpkin spice so well. With milk, the spice really began to shine.  It was definitely a treat to eat these Oreos

2. Pumpkin Spice Cheerios Cereal

If you can get past the overwhelming smell of pumpkin, these Cheerios are the perfect amount of spice and pumpkin. When opening the box, the Cheerios had a bright orange color with an intense smell of pumpkin. The taste of these Cheerios matched the smell to a T. There was a perfect balance between pumpkin and spice. The milk only seemed to intensify the cinnamon taste. On another positive note, Cheerios claims to use real pumpkin puree, being gluten free and having 17 grams of whole wheat in one serving. 

3. Nature Valley Pumpkin Spice Crunchy Granola Bar

At first glance, these appear to look like the normal Nature Valley Bars. The only way you could tell the difference between the Pumpkin Spice and Original bars is the packaging. When first taking a bite of the granola bars, there was a warm welcoming of pumpkin spice. It wasn’t an overwhelming taste of pumpkin spice but a perfect mixture between the granola and spice. As the bar progressed, the taste stayed the same. Not one section of the bar had too much spice while another part had none. It was the perfect blend.  They were so good, that you may want to consider switching to Pumpkin Spice instead of the Original bars.

4. Ghirardelli Halloween Pumpkin Spice Caramel Squares

What was really exciting about trying these bars, is that the product advertised a “Pumpkin Spice Caramel.” At first bite, the decadent milk chocolate hits your taste buds. Then the smooth caramel oozes out. There wasn’t an instant pumpkin spice taste when getting the caramel, but more of a slow seeping of the spice into your mouth. It wasn’t an overwhelming pumpkin spice flavor, and it seemed to fit perfectly with the chocolate.

5. Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Snack Bites

These little snack bites have such a cute demeanor to them. They are the perfect size for snacking on the go. On the other hand, these may not be the pumpkin spice product for you. When first biting into the snack bites, there was an overwhelming natural pumpkin taste. Archer Farms definitely hits the mark on pumpkin but doesn’t have the spice part nailed. There didn’t seem to be any hint of cinnamon, ginger, cloves or nutmeg (a traditional pumpkin spice blend).  

6. Pepperidge Farms Pumpkin Spice Swirl Bread

This bread looked so promising. It had the perfect swirl in the bread. As soon as it was put in a toaster, the smell of cinnamon filled the air. When biting into the bread, the only spice present was cinnamon. There was no ginger, no nutmeg and absolutely no pumpkin. The bread is very similar to cinnamon raisin bread but without the raisins.

7. Nature’s Path Organic Pumpkin Pop-Tarts

Although these Pop-Tarts smelled absolutely amazing in the toaster, the taste did not live up to the smell. The first bite of the Pop-Tart seemed to fall flat. There was no profound taste; except for a plastic aftertaste. Not even the taste of cinnamon or pumpkin: just plastic.

8. Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Covered Pretzels

At first glance, the pretzels are a bright orange with a white powder sprinkled on top. They seem to be like normal yogurt covered pretzels, except they are not. At first bite, you can’t taste the pumpkin spice at all. The first bite seemed to consists of mainly pretzel. A few chews later, and a powerful taste of artificial pumpkin hits your taste buds. It wasn’t the most pleasant thing to taste. Unlike the Snack Bites, Archer Farms has put way too much artificial flavoring onto these pretzels.