The Best Limited-Edition Pumpkin Spice Snacks You Can Get at Whole Foods
I’m the kind of monster that thinks that pumpkin-spice-flavored things taste like liquified Yankee candles, so I’m either the best or the worst person to give you the lowdown on Whole Foods’ pumpkin spice selection. Don’t worry, though. Because I knew I couldn’t be completely objective in my opinions, I recruited a few other Apartment Therapy Media staffers to weigh in with their true thoughts and feelings, too. We got a giant box of pumpkin-spiced treats and gathered around a conference room table to try it all.
Here are the upcoming limited-time-only fall-flavored offerings our team liked the best.
1. Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Sandwich Cremes
Two “pumpkin spice cookies” sandwich a cheesecake-flavored layer of creamy goodness, and our staff was into them. Think of these as fall-flavored Oreos and dunk them in milk. Commerce Director, Mark Marino, says it’s like a “gingersnap mated with a Vienna Finger,” and he’s not wrong.
2. Pumpkin Spice Latte Popcorn
You’d think that PSL-flavored popcorn would be super sweet in the way that caramel corn is, but Whole Foods’ version is surprisingly salty and buttery. The flavoring is less of a coating and more of a dusting. “Sometimes pumpkin-flavored things can have a strange aftertaste, but this one doesn’t and is seasoned just right. Plus you’ve still got that buttery taste that everyone loves about popcorn,” says Apartment Therapy’s Associate News and Culture Editor, Nicoletta Richardson.
3. Pumpkin Spice Granola with Cranberries and Apples
This granola is by far the best pumpkin-flavored snack in the line-up. (Our entire group agreed!) The crunchy mix is speckled with dried pumpkin seeds, cranberries, apples, and a healthy dose of cinnamon. Pack a bag of this for your next apple/pumpkin picking excursion — or just throw it in a bowl with milk and eat it like cereal. You know you want to.
4. Pumpkin Spiced Apple Cider
I was shocked to read the ingredient list and find that a serving of this syrupy goodness only had 23 grams of sugar. (I know that’s still a lot, but I recently tried fresh apple cider from Vermont and it contained almost twice as much!) Whole Foods’ version only contains organic apple juice, pumpkin purée, and lemon juice, which makes it a better-for-you choice. They’re not kidding about the pumpkin purée, either, so make sure to shake well before serving. Serve this hot and it’ll taste like the mulled cider of your Pinterest dreams.
5. Pumpkin Spice Apple Sauce
This apple sauce is made with apple and pumpkin purée, carrot juice, an organic spice blend, and lemon juice — and LET ME TELL YOU it is spiced. A few of us said we couldn’t eat this straight up, but definitely would consider throwing it into a pumpkin-swirled brownie situation, or blending it with a banana and some almond milk for a fall-flavored morning smoothie.
6. Pumpkin Spice Whipped Topping
Few things in life bring me more joy than a slice of my cousin Laura’s pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream after our big Thanksgiving feast. This year, we might have to add this pumpkin spice whipped topping to the dessert table. According to Nicoletta, “It doesn’t taste too different than just regular whipped cream, but definitely has a bit of spice that would pair great with a slice of pie.”
Which of these are you most excited to try?