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Pumpkin Pie Kit Kats Actually Sound Delicious (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

Well gosh. I’m usually jealous of Japan’s multitude of novelty Kit Kat flavors, but for once it seems like us stateside consumers have lucked out.

Go overseas to the Asian country and for a limited time, you can pick up some cough drop-flavored Kit Kats. Seriously. Seriously.

But meanwhile, in the U.S., we have a much calmer and certainly less controversial flavor that a lot of fall-loving folks will enjoy: pumpkin pie — and just in time for the fall craze of pumpkin everything.

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These candies start with the same wafer base that we all know and love and then they’re filled with pumpkin pie-flavored creme, according to Delish. Then, they get coated with a pumpkin spice shell.

Sounds pretty good to me — and I’m not the only one who thinks so.

“Break me off a piece of that pumpkin pie, baby!” a social media account called Junk Banter posted on Instagram ” … These were found at a Dillons, another store owned by Kroger. No word on other retailers yet but something of this magnitude should make it to other retailers too. … Weird Kit Kats and pumpkin spice-flavored things are basically the two reasons I exist.”

Same, Junk Banter. Same.

So it seems like it’s getting to be time to say goodbye to summer and gear up for fall — at least in the kitchen. Though summer doesn’t start until late September, it’s about that time that you’ll start seeing PUMPKIN everything, and you won’t be able to escape it.

And if you’re a pumpkin spice hater, you’re just going to have to suck it up and let people have their fun, because it looks like the polarizing seasonal flavor has cemented its place in the fall lineup year after year.

“From an emotional standpoint, pumpkin spice evokes the comfort of a cozy kitchen and good things baking in the oven,” Eliza Cross, author of the cookbook “Pumpkin it Up!” told USA Today’s 10 Best in 2016. “More than any other flavor, I think pumpkin spice encompasses the sweet comfort of being home. … The pumpkin has been part of America’s culinary repertoire for centuries, so I like to think that people will continue to enjoy eating it and finding creative new ways to cook with it.”

Sources: Delish, 10 Best / Featured Image: Evan-Amos/Wikimedia Commons

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Starbucks PSL Fans Can Get An Early Fix At The Store (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

Spring, summer and winter can be dreary affairs for die-hard fans of Starbucks’ infamous Pumpkin Spice Lattes. But starting a little later in August, you can pick up your own bottled PSLs and Pumpkin Spice-flavored coffee to start satisfying your cravings a little earlier this year — and possibly stock up for the long winter ahead.

“Customers can start prepping for fall with new Starbucks Pumpkin Spice offerings and other returning favorites, for cozy coffee moments at home,” Starbucks said in a press release.

There will now be six different ways to savor the flavor that you probably either love or hate, since the company is also bringing back Pumpkin Spice Caffe Latte K-Cup Pods, Iced Espresso Classics Pumpkin Spice Latte, VIA Instant Pumpkin Spice Latte and Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Chilled Coffee Drink, so you definitely have some options.

As for the new stuff? The ready-to-drink 14-ounce Starbucks Iced Pumpkin Spice Lattes will likely sell for around $2.79 a pop. The folks at ‘Bux say that it “features Starbucks high-quality arabica coffee with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spices, and creamy milk,” which sounds a lot like the ones they’ll be making in their coffee shops at some undisclosed time in the fall.

Plus, you can also pick up the Pumpkin Spice Coffee (PSC?) in grocery stores around the country for a suggested $9.99 for an 11-ounce bag.

“This new fall coffee features Starbucks lightest roast coffee with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg,” the release says. “Add a splash of cream and a bit of sugar to evoke the familiar flavors inspired by the handcrafted Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.”

Starbucks remains tight-lipped about the actual launch date of their PSLs in cafes, although they typically roll out in early September. Last year you could order one in stores as early as September 1, which Fortune notes is well ahead of the first official day of fall on September 22.

Sources: Starbucks, Fortune / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Starbucks

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M&M’s Is Already Promoting Its Pumpkin Pie Flavor (Photo)


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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This Amazing Meringue Coffee Defies Gravity (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

Look: we get it. Pumpkin-spice lattes are a thing, and they’re a thing for a reason. They’re seasonal, festive, sweet and delicious, and by this point they basically have a cult following (as well as some very vocal haters).

But hear us out: there’s a new kind of specialty coffee out there, and we dare say it has the potential to blow those PSLs out of the water. This thing is seriously lush.

Take-Out Drawing, a cafe in Seoul, South Korea, has invented the miraculous meringue coffee. If you’re wondering what, exactly, is so impressive about that, rest assured: we’re not talking about coffee flavored with meringue-syrup, or anything like that. Oh, no. We’re talking about a plain old cup of joe topped with a gravity-defying and super-deluxe-looking mound of decadent meringue.

The best part is that the meringue doesn’t actually melt, which means it will maintain its massive shape and crunchy, sugary profile. You can dunk it, bite it, or just admire it from afar for as long as you’d like.

Good news for all of you lactose-intolerant coffee drinkers out there who are looking for a treat: these meringues, according to Independent, are also dairy-free, and Take-Out Drawing additionally offers a variety of dairy alternatives to cut the bold flavor of coffee.

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Sources: Independent / Photo Credit: Teresa Wu/Instagram

Tags: meringue coffee, psl, pumpkin spice, specialty coffee, viral food
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Go To Trader Joe’s Now For Pumpkin Spice Cookie Butter


By Cooking Panda

Trader Joe’s always has cookie butters to choose from, but the pumpkin spice flavor is brand new!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the innovative grocery store has added to our pumpkin spice obsession in the form of cookie butter.  According to Brand Eating, the cookie butter features a blend of crushed pumpkin, Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s Cookies, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Its purpose is to be a spreadable pumpkin pie in a jar. Yum!

Trader Joe’s explains the process of making cookie butter by saying they first start with cookies (as they do with all of their cookie butters), then they crush them up and blend them with real pumpkin puree. They’ve even left chunks of cookie in the cookie butter to pay tribute to the “oft-overlooked” pie crust.

This cookie butter provides that extra touch you need with your vanilla ice cream, or with your brownies or sugar cookies for dessert. Personally, I think I’d use it in any way I’d use Nutella. Just spread it right on toast! A 14-ounce bottle of Trader Joe’s new Pumpkin Spice Cookie Butter is only $3.69, which is to be expected at this affordable chain. Seriously, they always have the best selection and the best prices. Definitely my favorite place.

If you’ve never tried any cookie butter before, it’s a must. Especially since our diets fly out the window during the holiday season. What better time is there? Some of Trader Joe’s other cookie butters include: regular cookie butter made with speculoos cookies (a Belgian type of cookie), cocoa and regular mixed and crunchy. The cookies used have a timid gingerbread flavor. They are crushed and mixed with vegetable oil to create a spread. Cookie butter is said to resemble peanut butter in color and texture. Trader Joe’s says the difference between the regular cookie butter and the crunchy can be compared to the difference in creamy and crunchy peanut butters.

Try the new pumpkin spice flavor while it’s out, but I recommend also picking up one of the other flavors while you’re at it. That is, if you’re new to the whole experience. 

Sources: Brand Eating, Trader Joe's (2) / Photo Credit: Brand Eating

Tags: cookie butter, pumpkin spice, Trader Joe's
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Krispy Kreme Jumps On The Pumpkin Spice Train


By Cooking Panda

For one full day, at least.

Brand Eating reports that Krispy Kreme plans to change its original glazed doughnut into a pumpkin spice version for one day only on Oct. 26. This will be in celebration of National Pumpkin Spice day, and the new Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed donut will be available at participating locations in the United States and Canada.

If you can’t make it to a Krispy Kreme location on that particular day, you can always try their seasonal pumpkin spice cake donut instead. Brand Eating did a taste test of this doughnut flavor, which they described it as soft, moist, sweet and yummy. Although they claimed that it was lacking in the taste of pumpkin, it did have plenty of spice.

If you’ve really got a serious case of the pumpkin spice fever this year, you can always try to make it to Krispy Kreme in time to try both the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut and the pumpkin spice cake doughnut and compare them.

Maybe the pumpkin spice cake doughnut is supposed to be less pumpkin-y and more cake-ish? And maybe the new Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut will have more of that pumpkin kick you might be expecting. Either way, I’m sure they’re both delicious. Who can go wrong with a doughnut? Certainly not Krispy Kreme.

Want even more pumpkin spice? Wash down your pumpkin-flavored doughnuts with Krispy Kreme’s seasonal pumpkin spice latte while you’re at it. According to the doughnut gurus themselves, it’s available this year hot, iced or frozen.

“Our fans crave these seasonally inspired treats, and the pairing of a Pumpkin Spice Latte and one of our doughnuts makes for the perfect comfort food as the weather starts to cool down,” says Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

See? Even they recommend it as a perfect pairing.

If, by some chance, your tastes don’t fall so much into the pumpkin realm, Krispy Kreme also offers a seasonal salted caramel latte donut, which also delivers a taste of fall. Check it all out at your nearest location before the season’s over!

Sources: Brand Eating (2), Krispy Kreme / Photo credit: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts/Instagram

Tags: Fall Flavors, krispy kreme, pumpkin spice
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Put Your Life On Hold For Pinterest’s Pumpkin Recipes


By Cooking Panda

Pumpkin screams “fall.” So loudly, in fact, that Googling “pumpkin recipes” gets you more than 25 million results. How to choose? How to sift through enticing words like “creamy” and “cinnamony” to find the best for you?

Answer: let us do it for you — because we found the top pumpkin recipes on Pinterest. Explore this much more narrowed-down arsenal of pumpkin foods to find the one meant for your tummy.

Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

Watch in awe as the three-ingredient glaze oozes down the sides of the two-ingredient cake. Eat. Never feel lazy for using boxed cake mix again. Repeat.

Pumpkin Nutella Cookie Bars

The blogger behind these bars says pumpkin and Nutella is combination you won’t know you love until you try it. We suppose we’d be willing to give these a sampling.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dump Cake

Highly appetizing layers of pumpkin base, cream-cheese filling and buttery cake mix will make you forget all about your possible hatred of the term “dump cake,” guaranteed.

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Loaf

It’s common knowledge: biscuits are best when dipped in cinnamon sugar, sandwiched together with sweet pumpkin filling, baked and drenched in a cinnamon glaze. Voila, lovely loaf.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Cookies

Unhand those grocery-store cookies and make these soft sweets from scratch!

Pumpkin Praline Cake

In this recipe, sweetened condensed milk lives up to its name as the glue of desserts by beautifully binding together fall staples pumpkin and pecan praline.

Pumpkin Lasagna

While a savory pumpkin lasagna can be done deliciously, why not bump up the creativity by whipping up a dessert version? This one comes together with layers of walnut crust, whipped cream and cream cheese, and pumpkin puree and vanilla pudding.

Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas

This crunchy snack would make the perfect amuse-bouche for friends before a fall dinner party.

Pumpkin Spice Pudding

Satisfy your sweet tooth and get your pumpkin on with this low-carb pudding. 

Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

There are three stages to making and consuming these muffins. First, delight at the three-step process of emptying two containers and stirring their contents together. Second, amazement at their fall-tastic flavor. Third, grateful remembrance that they’re a Weight Watchers recipe, so you can totally have another. 

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

The title has an abundance of words, but the cake will give you an aBUNDTance of autmn bliss. (Sorry.)

Roast Pumpkin Chunks

A simple mix of cumin, brown sugar, salt and pepper gives pumpkin oomph in the oven.

Healthy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Bread

You can customize your mix-ins, flour and sweetener based on your desired level of healthiness.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

A loaf so easy, it was developed by a 14-year-old food blogger. AMEN.

Source: Pinterest / Photo credit: jeffreyw/Flickr

Tags: FALL, fall desserts, pinterest, pumpkin, pumpkin spice
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Twinkies Has A New Flavor And Here’s Where To Get It


By Cooking Panda

It appears Hostess has now jumped aboard the pumpkin spice train, and we are thrilled about it!

According to Delish, this new pumpkin spice flavor is a bit different from the twinkies that debuted in 2015. This new flavor is pumpkin spice cheesecake.  Just when I thought pumpkin spice couldn’t be made any better…

It features a sponge cake with cinnamon in the cheesecake-like cream filling, and then the whole twinkie itself is dipped in white fudge. Wouldn’t want to get it mixed up with the regular pumpkin spice kind!

As with all new foods, the new Twinkie flavor is receiving mixed reviews from social media users.

Chew Boom reports that this year’s fall lineup from Hostess includes Caramel Crunch Donettes and Caramel Apple CupCakes as well. Additionally, Hostess is reported to be bringing back some of its old classics, including GloBalls, ScaryCakes and Chocolate S’cream Twinkies.

It’s all seasonal of course, and limited edition, so don’t look forward to enjoying these items year-round. Unless you plan to stock up, of course.

You can find these new Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Twinkies, and the others at Kroger in 9-packs for $2.99.

Sources: Delish, Chew Boom / Photo credit: Andrew Lenards/Instagram

Tags: Fall Flavors, Hostess, pumpkin spice, Twinkies
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Starbucks Is Offering Free Toppings For PSL’s Birthday


By Cooking Panda

Happy Birthday, Pumpkin Spice Latte!

From Oct. 6 to 10, Starbucks is celebrating the 13th birthday of our favorite fall treat. And guess what? Everyone gets a gift! That is, everyone is offered a gift: Pumpkin Spice Whip as a free topping option on any drink.

According to Starbucks, our dear friend PSL joined the world on Oct. 10, 2003. This will be Starbucks first time offering this whipped topping, however.

It’s made with real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg. Sounds just like fall all wrapped up in a whipped cream flavor.

Also, as long as your Starbucks hasn’t run out yet, you can also pick up a free “Happy Birthday” pin for PSL as well. You know, to show your pumpkin spirit.

As if this birthday celebration wasn’t awesome enough, Starbucks has also given us a cute little timeline in the life of its PSL, starting with day 1: its creation by Peter Dukes.

Other great life events include joining Twitter in 2014, being proposed to by a Twitter fan in 2015, introduction as a Frappuccino flavor, and previous birthdays and birthday gifts to fans.

Well, if any drink deserved a huge celebration, I’d say it’s the Pumpkin Spice Latte, and that new whipped cream looks absolutely delish. I think it’s time to head out and try some for myself.

Sources: Starbucks (2) / Photo credit: Starbucks

Tags: Birthday, pumpkin spice, Starbucks, Whipped Cream
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Thought Pizza Was Safe From Pumpkin Spice? Think Again


By Cooking Panda

Ever noticed that the best foods start with the letter “P”? Pasta, potatoes, parmesan, peaches, peanut butter…

Pizza… pumpkin spice…

Coincidence? Absolutely not.

It’s PSL time, and one chef believes the reason for the season is to experiment with pumpkin in ways few have tried before. So the brave man created a pumpkin spice pizza.

The pie’s sauce is a winning combination of fall flavors like pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. It’s then topped with, not one, but two cheeses — soft fior di latte (similar to mozzarella) and creamy ricotta — plus sage and a touch of honey.

The finished product (photo up top) is certainly reminiscent of a pumpkin pie, but take one look at the thing and there will be no mistaking its pizza identity. 

The man behind the crust is pizza aficionado Anthony Rotio. He’s a marketing director at Anheuser-Busch and the inventor of the Pizza Shelf, which is a patent-pending baking steel that will enable pizza lovers to bake Neopolitan-style pizzas in 800-degree ovens.

​They’ll be able to make the pumpkin spice pizza with the Pizza Shelf, too — Rotio tested it.

The shelf is in the works, but in the meantime, Rotio’s Instagram is full of saliva-inducing pizza pics.

“I liked the idea of a ‘pumpkin pie,” Rotio told Cosmopolitan. “Once the fior di latte-PSL pun clicked in my head, it was just a matter of picking a few more ingredients that worked together,” he said.

Though his most recent creation would suggest otherwise, Rotio isn’t particularly enamored with pumpkin spice. His his wife, though, loves the fall. This seasonal pie is for her, he said.

Need ingredients to make a PSP of your own? Here’s the ultimate autumnal shopping list to get you started.

Source: Cosmopolitan / Photo credit: Anthony Rotio/Instagram

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Kellogg’s Is Heading Into Fall With Pumpkin Spice Special K And Caramel Apple Pop-Tarts


By Cooking Panda

Welcome to fall! It’s official, and Kellogg’s seems happy to acknowledge it, since they’re breaking out their new fall flavors.

If you didn’t know, Caramel Apple is our new fall-inspired Pop-Tart flavor. It’s about time we had caramel apples for breakfast, and I bet they’re too good, with apple- and caramel-flavored filling and frosted just like we like them. But Kellogg’s didn’t stop there. They’re also breaking out a few more fall 2016 products.

Brand Eating reports that now we’ll have Pumpkin Spice Nutri-Grain Bars, featuring pumpkin and whole grains and flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and ginger. While these aren’t the first grab’n’go bars that are pumpkin spice-flavored, they stand apart with the use of real pumpkin. Also they’re only 140 calories a bar. Sweet. We’ll also have Special K Pumpkin Spice cereal featuring all of those fall spices mentioned above.

We’ve also got Halloween Chocolate Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, with chocolate frosted cereal and skeleton-shaped marshmallows; Pumpkin Spice flavored Mini-Wheats; Special K Apple Cinnamon Crunch featuring apple crumble clusters and cinnamon; Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts; and finally, Keebler Pumpkin Spice Fudge Stripes Cookies. Yum!

According to Delish, Kellogg’s released the Apple Cinnamon Crunch Special K cereal last year, and fans of that treat will definitely be happy to see it again this year. But it looks like General Mills is expected to enter the fall pumpkin frenzy as well, with their new Pumpkin Spice Cheerios. So, in case you were missing pumpkin spice flavors in your breakfast, you should be covered now.

All new flavors are expected to hit the shelves by the end of September, and some stores might already have some of the varieties in stock. So keep an eye out when you’re at the supermarket. As these products are all seasonal treats, you might want to stock up for the winter. You never know when the pumpkin craving will hit.

Souces: Brand Eating, Delish / Photo credits: Pop-Tarts via Delish, Special K

Tags: Caramel Spice, Kellogg's, pop-tarts, pumpkin spice
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McDonald’s Japan Hops On The Bandwagon With Pumpkin-Spiced French Fries


By Cooking Panda

It was only a matter of time before something like this happened.

Actually, now that we’re thinking about it, all of the clues were there.

Earlier this year, McDonald’s Japan released its chocolate French fries to customers, which have likely been doing extremely well, because on Sept. 20 the chain took to Twitter to unveil its newest seasonal offering: Pumpkin-Spiced French Fries.


Per Grubstreet, the Pumpkin-Spiced French Fries are actually just an order of McDonald’s Japan’s shoestring fries, which are then squirt with lines of chocolate and bright-orange pumpkin sauces, but you gotta hand it to em: they sure look cute.

As always, the pumpkin-spiced offering is only available for a limited amount of time. So interested patrons need to visit a McDonald’s Japan location between Sept. 28 and Halloween to get their spooky French fry fix.

Source: Grub Street / Photo credit: McDonald's Japan/Twitter

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This Pumpkin Spice Latte Beer Is Your New Favorite Fall-Time Booze


By Cooking Panda

Autumn is upon us, which means that so, too, are the many different Pumpkin Spice consumables.

We have the controversial PSL from Starbucks; countless chocolate and cookie brands have revealed pumpkin spice truffles, or Milanos; Oreos had a go at it; Trader Joes even offers a special Pumpkin Spice cookie butter around this time of year.

So is it any wonder that the craft breweries have taken note?

Honestly, it was only a matter of time before something like this happened: say hello to Breckenridge Brewery’s on-trend offering, the pumpkin spice latte beer.

Per Tasting Table, the Colorado-based brewery’s nitro is made with “carefully roasted, cold-pressed coffee beans” from Cabin Coffee Company, and also makes use of real pumpkin, in addition to cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to round out its flavor profile.

What’s unique about this brew is that it’s a nitro, which means that the bubbles in the beer are smaller, resulting in a less carbonated, and more smooth and creamy PSL texture.

You can use the brewery’s website to find out where the closest location is for you to pick up your own boozy-PSL treat.

Source: Tasting Table / Photo credit: Breckenridge Brewery via Tasting Table

Tags: Beer, craft beer, nitro, psl, pumpkin spice
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