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10 Times Pumpkin Spice Went Too Far Slideshow

We can’t deny our love for pumpkin spice lattes, but these products show there’s a limit to our obsession
Pumpkin Spice
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10 Times Pumpkin Spice Went Too Far

10 Times Pumpkin Spice Went Too Far
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Though we are definitely always keen to celebrate the start of fall with a classic pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin cookies, and even pumpkin spice oatmeal, there is definitely a limit to our pumpkin obsession. Paired with coffee and frothy milk, we love it; in pumpkin pie, it’s fantastic — we’re even keen on pumpkin spice breakfast cereal. However, there are many, many occasions when we’ve seen, stumbled upon, or tasted a pumpkin-spice-flavored product that proves this craze really has gone too far. Does the world really need pumpkin spice cheese, hummus, or water? Umm… we think not.

Pumpkin Spice Cheese

Pumpkin Spice Cheese
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Flavoring cheese with anything is always risky. Infusing sweet, autumnal pumpkin spice is next level risky. Though it sounds like a prank, Beemster released a pumpkin spice-infused Gouda. They recommend serving it in savory sandwiches with turkey or ham, but we’re not so sure.

Pumpkin Spice Dog Treats

We humans may be obsessed with pumpkin spice, but this doesn’t mean our dogs will be too. Don’t force your own tastes and cravings into your dog’s mouth: We’re 99 percent certain they won’t appreciate pumpkin spice treats, anyway.

Pumpkin Spice Gum

Pumpkin Spice Gum
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We’re not a big fan of sugary, sweet gum after the age of 10 and tend to stick to spearmint, but there’s a big difference between mint chocolate chip gum and one that tastes like pumpkin pie. Extra’s pumpkin spice gum will make your breath taste like a candle, and we’re not so sure that’s a good thing.

Pumpkin Spice Hummus

Pumpkin Spice Hummus
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How many trendy foods can you pack into one container? With pumpkin spice hummus (offered by Cedar’s Foods), the answer is, well, two — but that’s at least one too many. We’re not so sure how the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves fit in with hummus, and we’re not too anxious to find out.

Pumpkin Spice Margarine

Pumpkin spice can (and often does) go too far, but we still love it in autumnal baked goods. That doesn’t mean every ingredient in your cookies needs to have pumpkin spice in it. Country Crock’s pumpkin spice spread is mostly just unnecessary. Add fall flavors to your dishes in their original form — spice.

Pumpkin Spice Pringles

Pumpkin Spice Pringles

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There are many slightly off-kilter flavors of Pringles: pizza, dill pickle, and zesty Southwestern cheese, to name a few. But sweet Pringles are never as successful as their savory counterparts, and the blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, potato, and salt in the pumpkin spice Pringle is as off-putting as it sounds.

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds

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Yo dawg, we heard you like pumpkins so we put pumpkin on your pumpkin so you can pumpkin while you pumpkin. We just can’t wrap our heads around coating an actual pumpkin product with artificially flavored pumpkin spice. This creation seems like an insult to the original food that this flavor was supposedly based on.

Pumpkin Spice Sausage

Pumpkin Spice Sausage

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Pumpkin spice-flavored chicken sausage is oh-so real. As we’ve said before, we don’t need pumpkin spice in our savory applications. Pairing this sausage with some peppers and onions seems downright disgusting.

Pumpkin Spice Spray

New for 2017, pumpkin spice spray is a part of Simply Organic’s spray-on herbs collection. While the other sprays tasted delightfully of oregano or roasted garlic, the pumpkin spice spray is reminiscent of a particularly fragrant candle. We can’t for the sake of us think of a single practical application of this, except for as a truly bizarre perfume.

Pumpkin Spice Water

Flavored water can be a great way to stay hydrated if you’re not a fan of everyday, unflavored H2O. But mixing together the flavors of pumpkin pie with water is a far cry from lime or cherry-flavored beverages. You can get your fall fix elsewhere, we’re sure of it.