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Sep 30, 2013 10:53 AM

Support group for those unexcited by pumpkin-related seasonal products.

I can't be alone in this. It's partly the fact that the smell of clove or allspice makes me feel sick. I also am not a huge nutmeg fan. I see people raving over pumpkin cookies, lattes, ice cream - pretty much everything you could cram pumpkin flavoring into, someone will cram pumpkin flavoring into it. It seems like everything is pumpkin this type of year - I'm surprised that there's no Pumpkin Spice Coke or Drunken Punkin Chardonnay or anything (obviously there are dozens of pumpkin beers). Does anyone else automatically stifle a gag reflex when the Great Pumpkin Invasion begins?

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  1. I can relate somewhat, even though I love nutmeg and do not mind the pumpkin pie spice mix... as long as it does not invade all the places I go to.

    The "pumpkin flavouring" that one sees everywhere now, lattes, ice-cream etc. - it has absolutely nothing to do with the taste of the pumpkin itself, just the spice mix. You can probably throw the spices into a latte and call it pumpkin pie latte even though there is not even a slightest hint of "pumpkin" anywhere.

    When you start smelling the same strong mix of spices everywhere, it can get tiring. I have a free room freshener pack, sitting around for years, that has the "Christmas" smell which is essentially the same. I have absolutely no clue how and where I want to use it.

    If only they focus on other types of squash products, that would be more refreshing. How about pumpkin fries? But seasoned with something spicy and salty, please.

    1. While I adore pumpkins and squash in all forms, nutmeg, cinnamon and what we attribute to pumpkin spice, this time of year in NJ and everything Fall has to offer, seeing the laundry list of "jump on the band wagon pumpkin spiced products" is not great news. It represents just one more food thing I love that's gone the way of popularity. One more thing I love that gets watered down by hundreds of brand wannabees.

      So, be my guest get unexcited but for those of us who actually enjoy the real thing-understand the fake thing sucks.

      1. I like pumpkin seeds, but pumpkin pie and pumpkin pie-esque products are not for me.

        1. Whatever you don't, don't go to Trader Joe's this year if you hate pumpkin. I just came back from there and they have pumpkin everything--waffles, biscotti, croissants, oatmeal, ... I love pumpkin so I'll back out of this thread.

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            1. re: Kholvaitar

              I sure hope you got over there before the last jar was gone! I did :)

              1. re: HillJ

                I'm not a fan of nearly anything pumpkin but I'm pondering trying this, maybe it'll make me a convert. Is it really sweet?

                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  It is on the sweet side which is why I like it swirled in tart Greek plain yogurt. It cuts the sweetness but goes really well in combination.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    I'm getting sick of my usual yogurt combinations so perhaps I'll give this a try.

                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                      I'll be curious to hear what you think.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        I'll be sure to report back if I "risk" it. I'm not much for sweet things but the combination might be nice.

                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                          If it's any help, I don't care for sweet things either. Less the older I get. I bake sweets all the time but I'm rather fussy about what I consume in the sweets dept.

                          I started out trying the pumpkin butter as a gift idea because it was cheaper to buy it than make it for gift baskets. TJ's with the plain Greek yogurt turned out to be something I really liked. An unexpected surprise.

                          1. re: HillJ

                            Great, thanks. I'm a Fage fan but have also have the TJs Greek yogurt on my list every week and yet never walk out with it so maybe I'll just pair the two. I just wish it came in smaller containers although I guess yogurt lasts a while.

                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                              I have six full fat individual serving size Fage Greek's in my frig right now. I use those.

                              1. re: HillJ

                                That's my go to. For some reason I pondered trying the 2% and 0% this week...hmm, strange. I've only ever had the full fat. I think I have one or two left so was planning to stock up this week but maybe I'll mix and match and add TJs to the bunch. Have you tried the lower fat versions of Fage?

                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                  Oh sure, 2% for baking and 0% for smoothies. Full fat I like w/breakfast fruit or puree. I haven't had the TJ's Greek in quite some time. I can't recall if I like it. My backup to Fage is Costco's Kirkland Greek.

                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    I see, thanks. I often will make dips with yogurt and I'm wondering if 0% would taste similar to full fat, probably should stick to 2% for that though. I'm very new to Greek yogurt but loving it. Have you tried the Icelandic Skyr?

                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                      Yes, I have. Skyr, the Siggi's brand is lighter, thinner much less sweet. WF and A&P carry it around my area. The orange ginger is the one I usually go for.

                                      For a dip I'd go Fage 2% for the body it will give the dip. Full fat would of course be fine. 0% is thin. I only use 0% in smoothies because I add a banana and an egg which give full body to the smoothie thickness.

                                      No right or wrong, just preference.

                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        I love Siggi's vanilla yogurt - it's more tart than the Fage but delicious especially mixed with berries.

                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                          Next time I see the brand I'll give the vanilla a try,

          1. every year. its a squash. its an oversized squash at that. and as you point out, its mostly a delivery vehicle for spices that have been sitting in the back of the drawer or cabinet since last fall. If you want cinnamon, but some cinnamon flavored cereal. most 'pumpkin' flavor pie fillings are actually made from butternut squash - because it's easier to deal with than 'real' pumpkin. and with all the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice you could probably make it from zucchini and never know the difference.

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            1. re: KaimukiMan

              My grandmother always made her pumpkin pie from Hubbard squash. It was better "pumpkin" than pumpkin.

              1. re: cayjohan

                In central PA my fiancée's family uses long next pumpkin for pumpkin pie. I prefer it. Plus they only use cinnamon which I also like better than the other spices.