Pumpkin is The New Mocha

October 30, 2007 at 7:45 pm 2 comments


Am I the only one around here who’s noticed that pumpkin is totally in this season? Bath and Body Works, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are all advertizing their fancy new pumpkin-flavored wares like it’s the hottest new thing. As if pumpkins haven’t been around since forever or something.

I understand that pumpkin is a delicious and fragrant fruit (vegetable?), and I’ve long thought that it’s a shame how we Americans carve and smash them about this time every year, rarely tasting them except in the form of a highly-sugared pie. It’s great that these companies are catching on to the fact that pumpkins are tasty treats, I just think it’s unfortunate that Americans will now get their pumpkin experience in the form of a syrupy cup of coffee, a deep-fried preservative-laden donut, and/or a scented candle that is so far removed from an actual pumpkin that it might as well be a test tube full of wax (smelly wax).

My recommendation is that this season we get our pumpkin flavor from actual pumpkins. Here’s a website that’s a veritable treasure trove of pumpkin info to help get you started: Pumpkin Nook.


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  • 1. Jude Kallok  |  October 30, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Pumpkin flavor reminds me of grape flavor. Pumpkin flavored items don’t actually smell like pumpkin at all — they smell like the spiced version of orange flavor — not orange the citrus, orange the color.

    Grape flavor is in truth purple flavor — it has no relationship to vine fruit at all.

    I think your advice for pumpkin seekers should expand to many maligned fruits.

  • 2. Helen  |  November 1, 2007 at 12:31 am

    Even with all the pictures of pumpkin-enhanced products, my mouth didn’t start watering until I went to the Pumpkin Nook website. And it just listed text. Pumpkin is my favorite pie (maybe because I’m a fall-time baby). Now I have to check the ingredients in the pumpkin mix we use for pies. I hope it’s healthy.

    Good news.
    Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin
    Ingredient ? Pumpkin.


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