The Great Pumpkin Search for Coffee

We are continuing our 2015 Great Pumpkin Search with a coffee focus.

Last year Mars gave us Pumpkin Spice M&Ms, which were really good, and made my non-pumpkin loving sister fall in love with pumpkin spice things. This year we have another Target exclusive Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms.

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms - metacynth.com

Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms

I was a bit skeptical about these. I wasn’t sure how the coffee flavor would translate with chocolate, though I’m a huge mocha fan.

These are pleasant. The slight bitterness of the coffee blends with sweet pumpkin spice and candy coated choclate for a smooth yet spicy treat. It tastes just like the new Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.

 

Which brings me to the next item: Starbucks’ New Pumpkin Spice Latte

Starbucks New PSL Review - metacynth.com

Starbucks New PSL Review

Due to social media buzz, Starbucks changed their pumpkin spice formula to an all natural one that includes real pumpkin.

Just to be clear, “pumpkin spice” refers specifically to the blend of spices used in pumpkin pie, which are cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.  Unless otherwise stated most “pumpkin spice” treats are simply seasoned with these spices and do not contain any pumpkin. In my opinion, treats with real pumpkin in them are always better.

Now back to Starbucks’ PSL.

I have tried this in several forms, all with coconut milk (my current favorite dairy-alternative offered at the coffee chain). I love the new formula. I think the spices are more prominent now. The hint of pumpkin is subtle. They wanted to make the new syrup taste like the old one. All you hardcore lovers of the original PSL won’t be disappointed.

 

And finally for those of you who like to get your caffeine fix at home, my favorite coffee creamer has a seasonal Pumpkin Spice flavor.

Nestle Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice Creamer and Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice Cofee K-Cup - metacynth.com

Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice Creamer and Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice Cofee K-Cup

My local grocer caries this creamer. I prefer it because it uses real cream, milk, sugar, and natural flavors. I’m not super picky when it’s a treat here and there, but I prefer to consume natural over artificial when I can.

The taste is much like other Pumpkin Spice Creamers on the market, just with “better” ingredients.

 

Also pictured is a Green Mountain Coffee limited edition Pumpkin Spice K-Cup.

 

I am no coffee connoisseur. I cannot detect subtle flavors when it comes to coffee, so I am probably not the right person to review a flavored K-cup. For me, the flavor is in the creamer. I prefer to add flavored creamers or syrups to make my coffee taste how I want, instead of relying on the coffee to have the flavors. But I know there are those of you out there who can detect coffee flavors.

If you’re interested and you have a Keurig (or K-Cup compatible coffee brewer system) they do make pumpkin spice flavored coffees. You could of course make this coffee into coffee ice cubes to add a little flavor to milk, cream, or iced coffee.

 

If you asked me about flavor profiles I’m much better at detecting them in tea than coffee.

 

And there you have it. The Great Pumpkin meets coffee.

 

Have you found a delicious coffee-pumpkin mix? Do you have a preferred way of getting caffeine and pumpkin combined? Feel free to share in the comments, on facebook, or twitter @MetaCynth

 

Until Next Time

 

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