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Great Pumpkin Search 2017: Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Pretzels

Target is my go-to store for Pumpkin Spice flavored treats. Every year they have exclusive treats and offer a few of their own brands.

This post is all about Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Pretzels.


Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Pretzels - Great Pumpkin Search 2017

Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Pretzels


These are naturally flavored pretzels coated in pumpkin spice chocolate.


I’m not usually a fan of salty and sweet but these are so good! Even my toddler loves them.

The salty pretzel really makes the chocolate coating shine. Pumpkin spice adds a nice fall touch to these treats. A few go a long way for me. If you can find them I definitely recommend these pretzels.


What pumpkin inspired treats have you found this season? Feel free to share in the comments.


Stay tuned for more pumpkin treats!

Until Next Time

Great Pumpkin Search 2017: Pumpkin Pie M&Ms

For the last few years M&Ms has given us some interesting pumpkin spice flavored candies. They have usually kept to a milk chocolate center with a pumpkin spice flavored shell, or pumpkin latte flavored chocolate.


This year M&Ms is giving us White Pumpkin Pie flavored M&Ms.


White Pumpkin Pie M&Ms -

White Pumpkin Pie M&Ms


These candies have a white chocolate center with a pumpkin pie flavored candy shell.


They are very sweet, with a bit of spice. They do have a pumpkin pie flavor, but for me, the white chocolate is a bit too much. I prefer dark chocolate or milk, but that’s personal preference. These are pretty good and do add a bit of variety to the usual pumpkin spice flavors out there.


I plan to mix them in with some Pumpkin Spice Cheerios and Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows to make pumpkin cereal bars.


What strange or delicious pumpkin inspired treat have you found this season? Please share in the comments.


Stay tuned for more pumpkin treats!

Until Next Time.

Great Pumpkin Search 2017: Panera Pumpkin Muffie

Happy Fall Ya’ll!


Time to launch the annual pumpkin search. To start this year I’m reviewing Panera’s pumpkin muffie (muffin top).

Panera pumpkin muffie

Panera Pumpkin Muffie

This is a delicious little treat. Just like a homemade muffin, but in the simple shape of a cookie.


Tastes like fall, full of spice and rich pumpkin. Covered in a dusting of powder sugar. A convenient way to eat a pumpkin muffin on the go.


I might try these again.


Stay tuned for more pumpkin treats.


Until next time.

Great Pumpkin Search 2016 – Pumpkin Mochi Cake Recipe

I love trying my hand at international recipes, especially when it comes to desert and pumpkin.


There are a lot of pumpkin mochi cake reciepes out there. I created this recipe from combining a Butter Mochi Cake recipe I loved with a pumpkin mochi cake recipe. The flavors are Hawaiian and Japanese inspired. I wanted something that would be more cake consitency than gummy mochi consitency. This managed to have a nice cake density with a  slight chew. The flavors are perfect for fall.


Hope you enjoy.

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Pumpkin Mochi Cake

Pumpkin Mochi Cake


• 1 Box Mochiko (16oz) sweet glutinous rice flour*

• 1 1/2 Cups sugar (can use half white and half brown for flavor)**

• 1 TBS baking powder

• 1/2 Cup (1 stick) Butter, melted

• 5 Eggs beaten

• 2 tsp vanilla

• 1 can Coconut Milk (I used full fat)

• 1 can (29 oz) Pumpkin Puree (or one small pie pumpkin, which is what I used)

• 3 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice+ 1 tsp Cinnamon (or to taste)



1). Melt butter and cool slightly. In large bowl combine butter and sugar until blended. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Add pumpkin and milk until smooth.

2). In a separate bowl, combine Mochiko, baking powder, and spices

3). Add dry ingredients to wet and combine until batter is smooth. Pour into well greased or parchment lined 9″x13″ pan.

4). Bake 375°F for 1 hour, until toothpick comes out clean.

5). Cool completely (about 3 hours) and cut into squares


Storing and Re-heating:

Can be eaten room temp or cold. Store in refrigerator wrapped in plastic and foil. You can warm cut pieces in foil in the oven at 350-375°F for 10-15 minutes. I personally like that just out of the oven taste, so this is how I like to eat them. Make sure to remove plastic wrap and re-wrap the pieces in foil before warming in oven. If you’re using microwave safe plastic wrap, you can also pop the plastic wrap pieces into the microwave until heated through, a few seconds at a time. It’s also fine to eat cold from the fridge if you like.


*Mochiko is gluten free, but it is a specialty rice flour that you can usually find in Asian supermarkets or online. Regular rice flour will not work in this recipe.

**I used Demerara sugar that tastes like an in-between white/brown so I didn’t mix anything with it


Please share your experience if you try the recipe or have your own version. I’m curious how others like pumpkin mochi dishes.


Until Next Time

Great Pumpkin Search 2016: Treats and Eats

In this post you’ll find a review on Culver’s Salted Caramel Pumpkin Concrete Mixer, First Watch’s Pumpkin Pie Porridge Breakfast, and Little Debbie Pumpkin Spice Roll.


A week ago I drove through our new Culvers for some comfort food after a rough day and saw a sign for Pumpkin Concrete Mixers.

I had to go big and get the Salted Caramel Pumpkin Concrete Mixer.

Culver's Salted Caramel Pumpkin Concrete Mixer Review |

Culver’s Salted Caramel Pumpkin Concrete Mixer – Slurpable Pumpkin Pie

My thoughts: Slurpable Pumpkin Pie.

While I saw the caramel swirled on top, I didn’t really taste it or get any big gobs of caramel stuck in the straw, and I definitely did not detect any salt. I have a feeling it was really well blended. It was delicious all the same, very rich and creamy. It tasted like real pumpkin pie, with a beautiful blend of spices. I would absolutely get this again. Read the rest of this entry »