I Ate Only Pumpkin Spice Products for One Whole Day

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Call me a basic if you so choose, but I love pumpkin spice. I’m not afraid to say it. The very second that mid-August rolls around, I’m scouring the shelves of Target to see what pumpkin spice products are already out. I don’t care that it’s actually still 85 degrees outside here in New York City. If I’m going to be stocking up on coffee, it had better have the sweet, warming flavors of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.

And because I love pumpkin spice so dang much, I decided to challenge myself to eat nothing but pumpkin spice-flavored foods for an entire day. Would my love of this signature fall flavor withstand endless pumpkin-flavored foods?

Carolyn Menyes

None of my spices are the same brand. I know.

The day started off easily enough, with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee from Archer Farms. I dragged my Keurig from its spot on my kitchen table to the outlet and brewed myself an extra-large tumbler. Of course, I flavored it with some pumpkin spice creamer from Nestlé and a little extra pumpkin spice I mixed up and drank it out of my tumbler that is an ode to pumpkin spice everything.

I am nothing if not dedicated to my pumpkin spice aesthetic.

Carolyn Menyes


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The morning sailed by easily enough, and before I knew it, 12:30 p.m. (aka lunchtime) arrived. I pulled a Thomas’ pumpkin spice-flavored bagel out of our office freezer and toasted it up. I slathered that baby in some pumpkin butter infused with pumpkin spice from Trader Joe’s, and it was oh-so-delicious. Let’s be real: Breakfast pastries are where pumpkin spice really is able to shine. Though the pumpkin butter definitely overpowered the much more subtly-flavored bagel, this was a very satisfying first course.

But then, things quickly went downhill.