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Food trends you're sick of...Pumpkin!

Holy crap. .the whole damn supermarket has pumpkin in it.
I am so over it.

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  1. And still weeks to go before Thanksgiving! I adore pumpkin but even 'i' am displeased by the sheer glut of anything-pumpkin going on the shelves. And the arrival started in freakin August!

    But I'm sick of what's happening to chocolate. What can we add to dark chocolate, what can we put chocolate into, what can we pass off as REAL chocolate. So tired of terrible chocolate flavors and over use!!

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    1. re: HillJ

      That is like the glut of the various holiday-themed "chocolate flavored" cheap candy.

    2. Bacon. I love bacon as much as the next guy. Bacon larded roasts, eggs and bacon, BLTs I love. But enough already, I don't need bacon in my chocolate, ice cream, popcorn or whiskey. Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should.

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      1. re: Bkeats

        I agree with most of this. Except that I love bacon and chocolate. Am I excused because I loved it way way way before it hit its current trend stride?

        1. re: Bkeats

          But..but... everything tastes better with bacon... haha. No, no it doesn't. Bacon is great on it's own and adds flavor to a lot of different recipes but it has it's place like any other food and that place is not in my milkshake, or cookie, or brownie, or cake or...

        2. 2nd the punky... maybe they can be used for super market alley bowling! However, I still love pumpkin pie. Next, I hate all those gross looking marinated meats sitting on display at the meat counter being used as a landing pad for flies.

          1. That reminds me, I need to buy a pumpkin on my way home from work. I've noticed the squirrels are forming a gang near my front door, gnashing their teeth and waiting menacingly for me to put a nice, juicy pumpkin out there.

            Not really food but I'm sick of fancy cocktail recipes cluttering up the food section of my newspaper. I'm a beer, wine, G&T fan.

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            1. re: tcamp

              I love squash. I love pumpkin. Which is a type of squash. But I do not want pumpkin rum, bath salts, beer, ad nauseum. For me it takes the fun of the season away.

              Like a multitude of candy corn flavors. The original flavor for me was a HFCS sugar bomb. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

              1. re: tcamp

                If you can get your hands on it...Cardinal Gin is an artisanal product out of North Carolina. Good stuff.

              2. I wonder how much I'm sick of pumpkin vs. how much I am sick of pumpkin spices?

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                1. re: mwhitmore

                  Seconded, I don't think pumpkin's actual flavor is really assertive enough to get sick of it. Nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, etc. are a different story.

                2. Definitely pumpkin.

                  Cake pops. Cupcakes. Bacon everything. Fried everything.

                  1. Yes, pumpkin, and Trader Joe's is currently the worst offender … which I got my favorite TJ's food demonstrator to agree with, as she tried to give me a sample of yet another pumpkin-based tidbit.

                    I was over the bacon thing eons ago, which does not preclude my interest in trying some new bacon thing IF it looks good. Bacon in cocktails is not one of those things.

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                    1. re: Will Owen

                      Totally concur Will. .

                      I was in TJ's this week and they had a whole display cold case of about 25+ things of everything Pumpkin..spiced, infused..etc

                      Probably in production for next year, Pumpkin feminine products..hee hee

                      1. re: Beach Chick

                        Heh-heh-heh. "Oh my dear, you taste so...Halloweeny!"

                    2. I'm with you. I like pumpkin, and I absolutely love pumpkin pie. It has just gotten out of control. Seeing pumpkin pie spice Pringles recently made me want to scream.

                      1. I'm not sick of it, and it's more of a seasonal headcase than a trend, no? You can predict when the next pumpkin profusion will occur, but I had no idea that oyster crackers will be the next big thing...

                        1. I like pumpkin.

                          Does that make me a bad person?


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                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Bad person?
                            You're my Filet O' Fish home girl..

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              I like pumpkin, too. I also like Christmas carols, but by Christmas I just want to cocoon with my Procol Harum and Dead albums. And don't get me started on heavy-cinnamon potpourri …

                              1. re: Will Owen

                                I dread those horrid cinnamon "brooms" and pinecones that will be at the front of the stores all too soon. My eyes burn and water the whole time I'm shopping.

                            2. Well, I do happen to like pumpkin quite a bit, but every.single.year around this time someone trots out that abhorrent Gourmet recipe, created by RR and re-published several times since: a pumpkin filled with layers of bread, gruyere, cream and broth. Yes, each helping gets a scoop of baked pumpkin too.
                              A lot of words come to mind when I see it, but "grossly overrich" heads the list.

                              1. Seriously! If pumpkin were that delicious, we'd eat it year-round.

                                I am sick of "truffle oil" on everything. I am sick of kale and its evil cousin, Swiss chard. I am sick of retro cocktails like greyhounds and sidecars - if they were that good, they would never have gone out of style.

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                                1. re: shoes

                                  Where are you that greyhounds are everywhere? Because I want to go there.

                                  I love kale and Swiss chard, but I can see where you would be sick of them if you don't like them, or of kale at least. It does seem to be everywhere.

                                2. Pumpkin is a trend? I've always just considered it seasonal. Does that mean it's a "trend" every year?

                                  I'm a big fan of pumpkin as a savory vegetable so I'm always happy to see it arrive in the stores.

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                                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                                    I am with you Weezie. I consider it seasonal and look forward to pumpkin and all their winter squash cousins.

                                    Just the other night I roasted delicata squash until tender and then flipped them, sprinkled with parmesan and broiled for a minute or two. Delicious.

                                    I have 3 smallish sugar pumpkins on my counter as we speak. I plan on making a nice sausage/mushroom stuffing that will be baked inside the pumpkins. Makes a wonderful savory side dish.

                                  2. I guess I am in the minority. I love all the pumpkin stuff. My October has been a pumpkin and pumpkin spice extravaganza and I have no complaints.

                                    1. I'm weary of the glut of gluten-free everything being dumped into the grocery, especially when it replaces something I buy on a regular basis. Yes, I know the gluten-intolerant people benefit from this but I think a lot of manufacturers are just jumping on a bandwagon with GFoverkill. And yes, grocery shelf real estate is limited but when my regularly-purchased item is replaced, making a gluten-free version the only option, I shop at another store.

                                      Bring on the pumpkin! I do love it and just finished eating a pumpkin scone while reading this thread. :-D

                                      1. Yeah, punkin punkin every where. Tired of even seeing recipes and menu suggestions. I like pumpkin and have been toying with a pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust, Maybe next month.

                                        1. There was a discussion on this a few weeks ago, might be of interest http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918663

                                          1. It's a squash............

                                            1. Have you checked out food blogs lately? It's pumpkin EVERYTHING. I don't like pumpkin.

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