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Top 10 Pumpkin Products You’ve Never Tried

2014-09-05



Everybody knows that once Starbucks brings back their Pumpkin Spice Latte, fall has begun. It doesn’t matter that it’s 85 degrees outside, or that the autumnal equinox hasn’t happened yet. The pumpkins have been unleashed, so there is no turning back now.

I’m going to make the assumption that you already ordered your pumpkin-flavored coffee, bread, and candles, so I’m going to skip those obvious suggestions (regardless of how delicious they are). Instead, I will tempt you with pumpkin products that go beyond your wildest dreams. A portion of every item is also donated to charity, so really there’s nothing stopping you from indulging in Pumpkin Everything Season.

I apologize in advance to your wallet. Nothing here is too expensive, but you’re going to want to order five hundred of everything.

Pumpkin Simmer Sauce, Chili
Pumpkin Simmer Sauce, Chili

In an ideal world, we’d cook one-of-a-kind, extravagant meals every night. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the time or energy to cook something new every night. However, when I came across this simmer sauce for pumpkin chili, I was pretty taken back. At first, it seemed like a very strange food combination, but then curiosity took over and I had to have it. In 20 minutes, this jar of miracles will give you a meal unlike anything you’ve ever had before.

 Picks from the Patch
Picks from the Patch: Pumpkin Bath & Body Set

The only thing that compares to eating something pumpkin-related is smelling (but not looking) like it. Bath & Body Works has a massive selection of products featuring pumpkin scents, but you can get a little bit of everything in this particular set. It includes Pumpkin Pecan Waffles, Spiced Pumpkin, and Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin fragrances with body lotion, shower gel, fragrance mix, candles, and soaps. It even comes with a pumpkin-shaped shower sponge!

Grandma Lucy's Organic Baked - Pumpkin - 14 oz

Grandma Lucy’s Organic Baked Pumpkin Dog Treats

Your love for pumpkin is only second to the love for your dog, but…wait! Stop everything. You can actually share your love for pumpkin with your dog!

At first glance, you might think this bag of treats is for humans, but you’re wrong–they’re made for Fido. These organic, oven-baked treats are made from 100% human-grade ingredients and are free of preservatives, artificial colors, and artificial sweeteners. They’re the kind of treats that you’d imagine top-celebrities feeding to their dogs in diamond-encrusted bowls, but they’re actually only $5.15. Just make sure that you don’t keep these out on the counter when guests are coming–the bag surely doesn’t look like it’s meant for dogs.

Blissful Brownies Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies

Just when you thought pumpkin couldn’t get any better, it did. These fresh-baked brownies are made with cinnamon-spiced pumpkin, swirls of cream cheese, and premium Guittard chocolate chunks. Words aren’t really needed here.

Brach's Pumpkin Spice Candy Corn
Pumpkin Spice Candy Corn

Halloween is nearly two months away, but hey, who’s counting? These candy corn treats are one-of-a-kind, so you probably won’t want to share them with Trick-or-Treaters anyway. Just pour them into a bowl, find the Nightmare Before Christmas on Neflix, DVD, or VHS (I have all of the above, so I know it’s accessible) and get yourself into the spirit of multiple holidays and seasons, all at once.

Pumpkin Seed Pecorino Pesto
Pumpkin Seed Pecorino Pesto

Williams-Sonoma impresses us again with a unique blend of flavors, including pumpkin seeds, butternut squash, cheese, garlic, and pesto. It works well as a pizza topping, pasta sauce, or toast spread. Or, if no one is watching, you can just grab a spoon and eat it directly from the jar.

Stonewall Kitchen Pumpkin Doughnut with Maple Glaze Mix
Pumpkin Doughnut Mix

As much as I’d love to put on a cute little apron and make something from scratch, I’ve learned from experience that I’m not very good at homemade baking. I’ve attempted enough Pinterest recipes to know that I’m not the next Martha Stewart.

If you’re like me and want to feel like you’re a part of the baking process, but don’t want to mess everything up, the next best thing is a really good mix. This one is relatively healthy (in doughnut terms–this isn’t a salad) because it’s all-natural, doesn’t have any added yeast, and you bake it (instead of fry it). You can take a fancy picture of it and post it on Instagram–no one has to know it was a mix.

Platine Bakery Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
Platine Bakery Pumpkin Crème Brûlée

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to combine your favorite desserts? Well, Chef Jamie Cantor of L.A.’s Platine Bakery took pumpkin pie and crème brûlée and came up with this masterpiece. Each handcrafted crème brûlée arrives in a 3.5-oz glass jar, which can be reused for storing future pumpkin treats.

Pumpkin Haûte Pasta Gourmet Fettuccine
Gourmet Pumpkin Fettuccine

You can have six servings of fat-free, all-natural handmade pasta delivered right to your door. It only takes three to five minutes to cook, so it’s quick, tasty meal to have for lunch or dinner. I must say, minimal effort and exceptional taste is always a good thing in my book.

Scented Pumpkin Pie Necklace
Pumpkin Pie Necklace

If you’re not eating something pumpkin-related or talking about something pumpkin-related, you can show off your love for pumpkin with this nifty necklace. The clay in the pendant is mixed with fragrance oils, it has an authentic Homemade Pumpkin Pie scent. This might be the point in which your love for pumpkin has gone a bit far…but that’s okay. There’s no such thing as too much pumpkin.