As summer comes to an end we can expect several reminders of fall’s beginning: cool, crisp mornings, the changing leaves, Halloween, and most importantly – everything pumpkin.
Pumpkins are incredibly easy to grow, and can be found on every continent other than Antarctica. It is low calorie and incredibly rich in vital antioxidants, carotenes, and Vitamin A. Perhaps this is why we can find an assortment of pumpkin flavored products hitting the grocery store shelves and restaurants every fall.
Here are the Top 10 Pumpkin Products and Recipes to try this fall:
1. Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts
“Getting your yummy on with this pocket of pumpkin perfection is a piece of … pie. It’s frosted and sprinkled, and filled with pumpkin pie-flavored filling, real nutmeg, cinnamon and clove.” – Pop-Tart
2. Pumpkin Donuts
Pumpkin donuts are available in stores from brands like Entenmann. Dunkin Donuts even has an entire Pumpkin Menu for the fall (complete with pumpkin coffees!) Click here to check out Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Menu.
3. Pumpkin Pancakes with Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Pumpkin lovers can start their day off right with pumpkin pancakes topped with some pumpkin flavored syrup. Here’s a recipe to try:
Ingredients: 1.5 Cups Milk, 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree, 1 Egg, 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil, 2 Tablespoons Vinegar, 2 Cups All Purpose Flour, 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar, 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder, 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda, 1 Teaspoon Allspice, 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon, .5 Teaspoon Ginger, .5 Teaspoon Salt
Directions: Mix the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil, and vinegar into one bowl. Mix the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and salt into another bowl. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Heat an oiled griddle to medium heat and scoop ¼ cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Brown on both sides. Makes 12 pancakes.
Syrup: Heat your syrup in a pan and add some cinnamon and pumpkin spice for an extra punch of pumpkin.
4. Pumpkin Pasta
For the true pumpkin lovers, pumpkin can be incorporated into every meal. A few popular pasta brands have developed pumpkin based pasta that can be paired with a pumpkin sauce.
5. Pumpkin Spice Pringles
Available at Wal-mart stores this fall: Pumpkin Spice Pringles. Mixed reviews of this chip are all over the place, which only means one things – you have to try them out yourself!
6. Pumpkin Coffees
Pumpkin based coffees are all over the place: Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts both pride themselves with pumpkin lattes made fresh, but pumpkin flavored coffee for home is available in nearly every grocery store.
7. Pumpkin Cocktails
We’re all aware of the latest pumpkin and fall based beers, but liqueurs have been introduced to keep the pumpkin lovers happy. Here’s a recipe for a pumpkin cocktail, a pumpkin spice martini:
Ingredients: 1 Shot Vanilla Vodka, 1 Shot Irish Cream Liqueur, 1 Shot Pumpkin Flavored Liqueur, 1 cup Ice, 1 Pinch Cinnamon, 1 Pinch Nutmeg
Directions: Combine the shots in a cocktail shaker with ice. Cover and shake until frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with cinnamon and nutmeg.
8. Pumpkin Candies
Do you love pumpkin as much as you love chocolate? Both M&M and Hershey Kisses have a limited edition pumpkin flavor available this fall.
9. Pumpkin Ice Cream
Ben & Jerry’s, Edys, and Blue Bell all have a pumpkin flavored ice cream out this fall. Pumpkin ice cream starters for making homemade ice cream are also popular.
10. Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows
Perfect for campfires, hot coco, or even a late night fall snack, Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows from Kraft are available in nearly every grocery store.
Are you pumpkin crazy this time of year? Let us know some of your favorite pumpkin flavored foods and drinks in the comment section below!
– Taylor Trembley, The New 103.7 Charlotte