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A list of pumpkin products we found in grocery stores to welcome fall

Local stores have been offering a bounty of pumpkin-flavored foods for months.
Pumpkin products found in grocery stores in 2021.
Pumpkin products found in grocery stores in 2021. [ KATHY SAUNDERS | Special to the Times ]
Published Oct. 19
Updated Oct. 21

While pumpkin patches have been sprouting up along roadways this month, local grocery stores have been offering a bounty of pumpkin-flavored foods since summer.

Gone are the pumpkin spice Pringles of years past. The 2021 harvest includes pumpkin spice ramen (in local Walmarts this month) and a cornucopia of pumpkin drinks, including cold brew coffees, seltzers and beers.

We visited the most popular local grocery store chains to see what we could reap for a wrap-up of autumn foods flavored with pumpkin.

Beverages

Drinks with a pumpkin twist are plentiful. Coffees come in all forms of pumpkin and spice, from store brands to specialty shop options. There are ground coffees (Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spice $6.99 for an 11-ounce bag at Target) and K-cups (Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Coffee Single Serve Cups $4.99 for a pack of 12), and Nespresso has Pumpkin Spice Cake pods ($14 for a sleeve of 10 from nespresso.com).

For the Florida folks who prefer cold drinks during these not-really-that-cold mornings, Chameleon is selling Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Oat Milk Lattes ($4.49 Target for 46 ounces); Califia has a Pumpkin Spice Latte Cold Brew Coffee With Almond Milk ($4.49 Target for 24.5 ounces) and Winn-Dixie has 14-ounce Starbucks Iced Espresso Pumpkin Spice Lattes (two 14-ounce bottles for $4). We liked the on-the-go portability of these drinks, the bold coffee flavor and the ever-so-slight pumpkin twist.

Target has Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa Mix ($4.99 for an eight-pack) and Pumpkin Spice Premier Protein shakes ($7.99 for a four-pack). Winn-Dixie carries Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Hearty Spiced Black Tea (two for $5 for a pack of 18), and Trader Joe’s has Pumpkin Spice Rooibos, caffeine-free, herbal tea ($3.99 for 20 bags). We sipped some of the Bigelow hot tea and liked the hints of ginger and cinnamon in the blend. We’ll enjoy this on the front porch while waiting for trick-or-treaters.

Creamers

Creamers are going extra skinny with products like International Delight’s zero sugar Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer ($3.99 for 48 ounces at Walmart). Starbucks has a Pumpkin Spice Latte nondairy creamer with almond milk and oat milk ($5.29 for 28 ounces at Walmart), Chobani Oat Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer is available at Publix ($3.99 for 32 ounces), and Califia has a Pumpkin Spice Almondmilk Creamer ($4.99 for 25.4 ounces at Target). Trader Joe’s is selling something called a Non-Dairy Pumpkin Oat Beverage ($2.49 for a 32-ounce carton) with a note saying, “Enjoy Warm With Whipped Topping & A Dash of Cinnamon.”

Breakfast foods

We found Pumpkin Spice Cheerios (two 10.8-ounce boxes for $5 at Winn-Dixie), Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts (two boxes of 12 for $5 at Winn-Dixie), Pillsbury Grands Pumpkin Spice Rolls ($4.69 for a pack of five rolls from Winn-Dixie) and Krispy Kreme Mini Pumpkin Spice Crullers ($3.88 for a 12-ounce box at Walmart), and Nature’s Path Organic has gluten-free Pumpkin Spice Waffles ($2.99 for a box of six at Target). Or there’s always Pecan Pumpkin Oatmeal ($3.49 for a box of eight packages at Trader Joe’s).

Trader Joe’s has Pumpkin Brioche Twist Bread ($3.99 for a loaf) and Pumpkin Bagels ($2.69 for a pack of six). Adventuresome eaters can slather some Trader Joe’s Sweet and Savory Lightly Spiced Pumpkin Spread on those breads ($2.99 for a 9.8-ounce jar), or Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread ($2.49 for an 8-ounce container at Winn-Dixie) or, the new hit in my house, the Land O’ Lakes Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread ($2.24 for a 6.5-ounce tub at Walmart). This was delicious on warm banana bread and on whole wheat toast.

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Several stores offer a variety of pumpkin bread, pancake or cake mixes, including Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread and Muffin Mix ($1.98 at Walmart), Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix ($2.99 for a 20-ounce box at Trader Joe’s) and Pillsbury’s Perfectly Pumpkin Premium Cake Mix ($1.89 for a 15.2-ounce box at Target).

Meals

At Trader Joe’s we found Pumpkin Bisque ($3.99 for a 25-ounce jar), Pumpkin Empanadas ($3.99 for a 9.5-ounce package) and Spicy Pumpkin Curry Simmer Sauce ($2.99 for a 12.7-ounce jar). Target had Honey Pumpkin Goat Cheese Ravioli ($4.29 for a 9-ounce package). The pumpkin in the ravioli was subtle, which pleased the diners at my house who prefer the goat cheese flavor.

Snacks

Food manufacturers are diving deep into the pumpkin-spiced market of snack foods. Along with the familiar pumpkin-flavored Hostess Twinkies and Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, local stores are selling Pumpkin Ginger Snap Cookies ($3.99 for a 10-ounce container at The Fresh Market), Madelines ($3.29 for a 3.6-ounce pack at Trader Joe’s) and Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Mix ($3.99 for 22 ounces at Trader Joe’s). Pumpkin Pecan Mini Biscotti is available at Target ($3.99 for 7 ounces), and if you aren’t getting enough pumpkin flavor from your roasted pumpkin seeds, Trader Joe’s has bags of Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds ($2.99 for 8 ounces). The spicy seeds had a nice kick and were a tasty late addition to a charcuterie board made for unexpected visitors.

We were especially pleased with the Pumpkin Pie Almonds we found at The Fresh Market ($6.29 for an 8-ounce bag) and at Target ($3.69 for a 5.5-ounce bag). Along with eating them right out of the package, they would look beautiful atop some carrot cake cupcakes or a spiced ice cream dessert, possibly beginning with a couple of scoops of Publix brand Pumpkin Pie ice cream ($10.29 for two half-gallons). The Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Fancy Popcorn ($4.49 for an 8-ounce bag from The Fresh Market) is another fun option for an afternoon snack or dessert treat. Admittedly, we finished off the bag.

We picked up a bag of Nestle Toll House Pumpkin Spice Latte Flavored Morsels & More ($3.48 for an 8-ounce bag at Walmart) to try in some autumn cookies. And we’ll be snacking on Werther’s Original Pumpkin Spice Soft Caramels ($3.99 for an 8.5-ounce bag from Target) for the next couple of months.

Other personal favorites were the Pumpkin Spice Pretzels from The Fresh Market ($6.29 for an 11.4-ounce bag) and the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Tortilla Chips ($2.29 for a 7-ounce bag).

Alcohol

Probably the most unique pumpkin products being rolled out this year are the seltzers and beers available at a number of stores. Shipyard Brewing Company of Maine has launched Pumpkinhead Beer ($16.99 for 12 bottles at Target). We found Pumpkin Spice Seltzer in Bud Light’s Seltzer Limited Edition Fall Flannel Collection ($15.35 for a 12-pack at Publix) and Shell House Pumpkin Spiked Seltzer Waters ($6.49 for a six-pack at Trader Joe’s).

If these pumpkin-spiked foods don’t satisfy your pumpkin spice cravings, we also found Harvest Pumpkin Spice Scented Face Masks ($10 for a pack of 10 from walmart.com).