Yes, I know that today is the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. I debated writing a post about this day, but decided not to, as that’s generally not why y’all come here to read. Just know that it’s on my mind too, as it is with all of you, and we’ll get through this terrible anniversary, as we do every year.
I was at Tarzhay the other day and discovered that M&Ms has jumped on the seasonal pumpkin madness by offering Pumpkin Spice M&Ms.
Before you dash off to find yourself a bag, let me tell you straight up that no pumpkins and no spices were harmed in the making of this candy. In addition to tasting utterly fake, these M&Ms are really just bland and not worth getting excited about.
The concept of seasonal foods and drinks is fun. I love knowing that my favorite cupcake place will have various pumpkin and apple offerings in the coming weeks, that local coffee shops will have seasoned beverages, and that other eateries will offer similar foods.
However, the execution can also be disappointing. For example, I know many of you love Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes and, later in the fall, peppermint mocha and gingerbread lattes, but I have tried all of them and found them to be vile. If I can taste a lab technician’s labors, then that’s a bad thing. Instead, if I want flavored coffee, I’ll make my own. After all, Pinterest is just chock full of recipes and those never go wrong, right?
Some food companies are really pushing the envelope, such as Pringles, which will be debuting pumpkin pie spice potato chips, cinnamon and sugar potato chips, and white chocolate peppermint potato chips later this fall. Early reviews are not good, not good at all. If the words revolting and abomination are used, then I think we can all agree to just skip the taste test.
On a related note, it sounds like we should all skip pumpkin pie vodka too. Blech.
But, there are plenty of yummy seasonal foods out there. I have some pumpkin puree in the pantry and will soon be making a fall-ish granola. And when it’s finally chilly, I’m going to go back to pumpkin pie oatmeal as my breakfast of choice: Oatmeal made with milk and a little pumpkin puree, then stir in some pumpkin pie spices, pumpkin seeds, and raisins. On special days — any day ending with a Y — crumble part of a ginger snap on top. (The ones I get from Whole Foods are really spicy and not very sweet.) Delish.
Unfortunately, this week, Mother Nature is messing with us and giving us one final (I hope) blast of summer in order for us to truly appreciate autumn. It’s going to be in the 90s today, so not really good pumpkin weather. Rumor has it that things will cool off by the weekend. I will be ready.
What’s your favorite fall food?