The Pumpkin Spice Chronicles – Week 2

As we inch closer to the beginning of Autumn I get more and more excited. I’m longing for cooler weather, feeling the crunch of brown leaves under my feet as I walk, and decorating for Halloween, then for Thanksgiving.

I’m also excited because I am starting to find more things Pumpkin Spice and everything nice…er…well, everything limited edition for fall. Which is nice.

This week I have three items to present to you. Without further adieu, let’s get started!

Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

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Price: $2.50 for a 12 oz. box

Rating: A+

My Thoughts: I was blown away by this one. I was expecting the flavor to either be flat or lacking. Part of me was thinking this would taste more like Honey Nut Cheerios than anything. Boy, was I wrong! I tried a handful straight from the box. They were perfectly toasted and the flavor was outstanding: slightly sweet, perfectly spiced, and with just the right amount of pumpkin. The dry cereal reminded me of getting to the end of a slice of pumpkin pie. You know, where you’re eating the crust and it still has some small dabs of pumpkin pie filling attached to it. You get that buttery taste of the pastry with hints of pumpkin. These would be wonderful to snack on by themselves or to make a trail mix with toasted pecans, dried cranberries or dates, and white chocolate chunks.

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It doesn’t stop there. Having the Pumpkin Spice Cheerios with milk was another experience. I was expecting the flavor of the dry cereal to carry through even soaked in milk. Strangely, though not unpleasantly, the cereal had a more pronounced pumpkin flavor. For me, this is an ultimate comfort food for fall. It was familiar and warm.

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Added bonus!! If you’re one of those people who love cereal milk (and really, who doesn’t?) and a fan of PSL (pumpkin spice latte – as if you didn’t already know!), you will become nearly obsessed with the liquid gold left in the bowl after you’ve eaten the cereal. It was an unexpected wonderfulness to drink the cereal milk and discover it was pumpkin spice flavored. To clarify, I knew the milk would at least become sweeter with the cereal, but I was not expecting the level of flavor that greeted my lips as I drank. I would seriously consider adding it to a blender with some ice to make a Pumpkin Spice cereal milk frappe (if this is something you’d be interested in having a recipe for, leave a comment down below and I will create one to share!). It was that good.

 

Eggo Thick & Fluffy Pumpkin Spice Waffles

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Price: $2.54 for a box of 6 waffles

Rating: C+

My thoughts: These waffles were pretty good for a frozen waffle. Of course, nothing beats a homemade waffle hot from the waffle iron, but as far a store-bought goes, these surprised. I tasted the waffle plain (without butter or syrup) after it was toasted. Interestingly, the waffle toasted perfectly on one medium cycle in the toaster. This never happens–usually, with frozen food, you have to run it through a couple of times and still the middle is cold or frozen. However, these were warm and fluffy in the single run through. Shock me, shock me!

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Now, the flavor of these was somewhat disappointing. There wasn’t much of a pumpkin taste. It reminded me more of a gingersnap cookie. The spice was strong with this one. I could, without a doubt, pick up on the clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. With some bites, it was slightly bitter and with others it was just strong. The aftertaste was spicy. I could feel a little burn and bitterness linger on my tongue long after.

Adding butter and syrup seemed to lessen the effects.

Despite my disappointment, I think I could see myself heating up another waffle and topping it with some cinnamon ice cream, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and toasted pecans for a quick dessert in the evening.

Otherwise, this is not something I would look to buy again. In this case, I would gladly “L’eggo my Eggo”.

 

Special K – Pumpkin Spice Crunch

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Price: $2.50 for a 12.4 oz. box

Rating: B+

My thoughts: I was a fan of last year’s Limited Edition Fall flavor of Special K — Apple Cinnamon Crunch. I was ecstatic to learn that this Fall’s flavor is Pumpkin Spice Crunch! In general, I’m a fan of Special K. They usually do a wonderful job of creating great tasting food that’s also healthier for you than other processed foods.

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Opening the box, you can definitely smell the sort of signature oat-y scent that most Special K cereals have. Its not a bad aroma at all. Its almost a hint at the satisfied full belly that’s to come. The serving size is 3/4 cup and it doesn’t seem like too much, but man, it packs a wallop. I was pretty full from the one serving with milk.

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Because of the graininess of the scent, taste, and texture of the cereal, pumpkin spice is a great flavor to add to Special K. It seems to take “hearty” to the next level without losing anything on the Special K side or the pumpkin spice side. Neither flavor was strong, however, there was enough flavor to keep me wanting another spoonful. And those little cinnamon clusters were beautiful. They were soft, sweet, and had the perfect amount of cinnamon and complimented the rice and wheat flakes very well. Surprisingly, there was no bitterness or heavy aftertaste to the cereal like many other products of this type tend to have. Actually, there was zero aftertaste from this cereal at all.

I’m giving this one a B+. It loses some points for simply not having enough cinnamon clusters. Usually this is not a problem, but with this particular box, it seemed the delicious clusters were just too few and far between. The heartbreak. Heart. Break.

Have you tried these or any other Fall foods/snacks/treats? If so, let us know in the comment section below! I’d love to hear your thoughts! If you have anything you’d like me to try, please feel free to make your suggestions. I will do my best to locate the product and write a review!

Til next time, my little pumpkins! Happy soon-to-be Fall!

 

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