Okay, so we know that it's early September. But like Christmas creep, American's can't wait for that flavor of pumpkin spice in their food and drink.
Sales of pumpkin flavored items in the U.S. have steadily been rising, from $290 million in 2012, to $308 million last year, according to Nielsen. All this pumpkin loving has pushed pumpkin prices up 11 percent over the past year, as reported by the USDA in March.
While Starbucks favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte hit some coffee shop locations last month, other stores are capitalization on #PSL mania with some amped up fall treats of their own.
Get into the spicy fall spirit with these pumpkin spice treats, you might have a new favorite this season.
1. Pumpkin Spice Malted Milk Balls
These little orange balls look like the real deal, but an artificial candy coating may be so sweet to pumpkin purists. Whatever the look, these little bites have mostly positive reviews: “The taste like Christmas!” writes one reviewer on Nuts.com. These are perfect to gobble down at screening of your favorite silver screen adventure flick.
2. Pumpkin Spice Pudding Dessert from Jell-O
Cut out the crust with this creamy pudding mix from Jell-O. If can't wait for that pie to bake, just whip up some of this instant mix. Like many pumpkin flavored food, this is a seasonal item, so now is the time to spicy pudding fix.
3. Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
Just when you thought pumpkin couldn’t get any more delicious. Sure, pumpkin pie may sound a bit weird infused into a mixed drink, but flavored spirits have been taking off the past few years yielding endless post-dinner libations to satisfy any sweet tooth.
4. Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte tea
Soothing? Check. Warm? Check. Spicy? Definitely. This Tazo tea concentrate incorporates two calming blends into a sweet tea that can be made anywhere. Cinnamon, ginger and cardamom mix together for a blend that's cold weather-ready.
5. Pumpkin Spice Whey Protein
Pumpkin spice goes extreme with this high octane nutritional supplement. Each serving of Core Athlete Premium Whey Protein Blend contains “25 grams of muscle building pure whey protein.” Athletes may be tough as nails but it looks like that signature fall flavor appeals to latte sipping coworkers and body builders alike.
6. Yoplait Yogurt Pumpkin Pie
Presenting an acceptable way to stuff your face with pumpkin pie before 11 a.m. Yoplait is rolling out two fall flavors-- Apple Crisp and Pumpkin Pie. At just 90 calories per serving, dare we say this may actually be healthy, too?
7. Hershey's Kisses Pumpkin Spice Flavored Candies
These orange-foiled treats add a little harvest pizzazz to your next fall fete. The candies are white –not milk chocolate, with an outside layer of pumpkin flavor and a hint of cinnamon.