At last, it's the time of year when you can scoot your sweater-clad self down to the coffee shop, headphones blaring spooky music, and walk out with that undisputed queen of seasonal offerings, the pumpkin spice latte. I'm told, though, that some people prefer pumpkin-flavored things that aren't as basic as it gets. I must say you're missing out, my friends, but to each their own and all that jazz. You don't choose the pumpkin spice life; the pumpkin spice life chooses you. Or rather, it chooses your taste buds by virtue of being delicious.
Despite popular perception, pumpkins weren't always associated with Halloween. Several hundred years ago, people in Ireland carved jack-o-lanterns out of turnips or potatoes; it wasn't until they started immigrating to North America that they discovered pumpkins make the best jack-o-lanterns. Fast forward a few centuries, and pumpkins are synonymous with everything fall — something that retailers have certainly taken advantage of recently. On top of the good old PSL, you can buy non-aerosol pumpkin spice spray, deodorant, and even makeup.
But whatever happened to actual pumpkin products? Not the aggressively autumnal pumpkin spice, but simple pumpkin-flavored things? After some Internet sleuthing, I've managed to compile a list of pumpkin products even the least basic (most complicated?) people will love. I promise that you will find no pumpkin spice yogurt, cereals, or hummus in this article. You can thank me later, but first, coffee.