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The 7 Greatest Iterations of Pumpkin, In Case You Needed Pointers

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It's the Great Pumpkin Roundup, Charlie Brown! Here are my favorite ways to eat the squash.

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It's the Great Pumpkin Roundup, Charlie Brown! Here are my favorite ways to eat the squash.

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Pumpkin Bread at S-bucks

Starbucks's pumpkin bread is moist and wholesome. Many autumnal pastries err in the direction of sickly sweetness, but this glaze-free bread is perfectly spicy and seasonal, and sunflower seeds add crunch. It is basically a slice of cake but eating it for breakfast is tooootally ok.

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Pumpkin Flavored Coffee

If you choose a pumpkin spiced latte, the syrup makes or breaks the beverage. I've found the Starbucks version to taste more like a candle than a seasonal beverage. Plus, it was more than $4 — overpriced and weirdly spiced?! I call for a boycott. The Keurig option is more subtle, with minimal candliciousness.

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Pumpkin Pie

This dessert is a substance unto itself, like Jell-o or Flubber. Pumpkin pie is best when the crust is flaky and the texture of the filling is moist but semi-firm. This isn't just for Thanksgiving, people — I advocate for year-round pumpkin pie availability.

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Pumpkin Seeds

Toasted, salted, amazing; pumpkin seeds are crack. You can also call them pepitas, and then they sound exotic!

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Pumpkin-filled Pasta

Because of the similar spices used in each, pumpkin-filled pasta is basically interchangeable with butternut squash-filled pasta, and you can eat the latter while still feeling seasonally appropriate.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

If I marry, it will be to one of these. Is that so wrong?

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Pumpkin Ale

Is there anything more worthy of praise? It's like alcohol made of pie. My favorites are Smuttynose and Magic Hat, though Southern Tier claims theirs is the Pumking.

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