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By Cooking Panda

Look, I’m a huge fan of autumn; it is by far my favorite season. I love the foliage (yes, foliage … I live in the Northeast, after all), the weather, the colors, the scents, and of course the seasonal flavors. I’m your girl if you want to try out a new Pumpkin Spice-flavored candy or novelty dish.

But this, even for me, is a little too soon. The weather has just cleared up; it’s finally sunny outside. Ice cream truck bells are clanging, children are playing outside again, and I finally don’t dread going outside without nine layers on.

I’m thinking about snow cones and refreshing treats; M&M’s, however, is apparently already trying to push their Pumpkin Spice flavor upon the masses in a super early effort to promote their Halloween flavor lineup!

Are you kidding me?

Thanks to the Instagram account Candy Hunting, it’s confirmed: M&M’s is being a little extra right now with its advertising.

“New Pumpkin Pie M&M’s will be out for Halloween! They are already for sale on candywarehouse.com. One bag with shipping is $19. Next week, I’ll find out if the M&M’s are worth that outrageous price.”

No, they most certainly are not worth that outrageous price. Who in their right mind is stocking up on Halloween treats now? We’re all supposed to be slathering on the sunscreen and sampling all the new iced coffee varieties the different chains are pumping out.

What about the new Apple Pie Oreos? And all of the Fourth of July hoopla that is sure to sweep food retailers in the coming months?

Come on, people. I urge you to eat seasonally and focus on all the Pumpkin Spice stuff when the time comes, in the autumn.

For now can we all just put our excitement for the new M&M’s on the back burner and actually allow ourselves to enjoy the summer harvest before global warming ruins it all for us in the future?

Source: Candy Hunting/Instagram / Photo Credit: Candy Hunting/Instagram

Tags: halloween treats, M&Ms, Pumpkin Pie, pumpkin spice, seasonal flavors
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Here It Is: The Best Canned Pumpkin For Your Pie

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Pumpkins may be orange like Donald Trump’s tan, but I think it is safe to say that they are certainly not quite as divisive as he is. On the whole, the majority of Americans appreciate the special gourds for what they are: delicious in many forms.

Many people customarily enjoy pumpkin pie around the holidays, and if you are planning on making the staple treat this year, you’ll probably need to pick up a pie or two’s worth of the canned stuff. It’s easy, pre-pureed, and usually ends up being pretty dang tasty.

So which brand of canned pumpkin should you spend your money on?

Luckily, our pals over at Cooking Illustrated took on the task of sampling three widely available canned pumpkin products to break it down. Which variety reigns elite? And which one fails to live up to its competitors?

The three different brands varied both in hue and texture; some looked bright orange, as we are accustomed to pumpkin-products looking; others looked anemic. Some were more pulpy, while others offered taste-testers more of a baby-food-like mouthfeel (yuck).

Ultimately, between the three contenders, Libby’s, One-Pie and Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin, one was crowned the obvious winner.

Folks, get yourself over to a store and pick up a can of Libby’s.

According to the testers, Libby’s won because it had a silky and smooth consistency (which is just what you want when digging your fork into a nice, comforting slice of beautiful pumpkin pie) and a subtle sweetness that did not overpower anybody’s palate.

Apparently, Libby’s uses Dickinson pumpkins, which are largely recommended because they boast both a tender flesh and a natural sweet flavor profile, which doesn’t need additional additives to make it taste good.

Thankfully, you probably won’t have to search too hard to find yourself a can of Libby’s — the brand makes 85 percent of the world’s canned pumpkins, which means that even if you have no luck in your first grocery store, you should be able to snag yourself a can or two easily, no matter where you live.

Sources: Cooks Illustrated / Photo Credit: Cooks Illustrated

Tags: canned pumpkin, libby's, pumpkin, Pumpkin Pie, Taste Test
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