The Top 10 Weirdest Pumpkin Spice-Flavored Foods That You’ll Never Want (Probably)
There’s nothing we love more than a good PSL. However, there are times when it seems like the pumpkin spice trend may have gone, well, a little too far. Pumpkin pie ice cream? Sign us up! Pumpkin-based dessert bars? Absolutely! But pumpkin spice-flavored gum?? Maybe not so much. Here’s your definitive guide to the 10 weirdest pumpkin creations that you should (probably) stay away from, from the simply questionable to the absolute WORST.
10. Pumpkin Spice Candy Corn: Look, there’s candy corn, and there’s pumpkin spice. Both are wonderful flavors for fall. Which begs the question: Why combine them? (Photo via Mike Mozart)
9. Pumpkin Spice Gum: Listen, when we chew on gum, our goal is to make our mouths feel fresh and clean. Mint, bubblegum and cinnamon are palate-cleansing and ultimately appropo for the job. But pumpkin spice? The idea might not be HORRIBLE, but it’s certainly not great. (Photo via Mike Mozart)
8. Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt: There’s something about healthy, protein-packed Greek yogurt (which is supposed to be low on sweeteners and artificial ingredients, BTW) that just doesn’t scream “pumpkin spice-flavored.” Maybe it’s just us… (Photo via Mike Mozart)
7. Pumpkin Spice Little Debbie Rolls: Little Debbie rolls are ooey and gooey with a chocolaty taste and cream filling, but are they a good fit for pumpkin spice flavoring? The verdict’s out, but we can’t help but suspect a really big *no.* (Photo via Mike Mozart)
6. Pumpkin Spice Peeps: Peeps are strange little things, but there’s no doubt that many of us, for some reason, absolutely LOVE them. However, we’re still pretty unsure about the idea of dipping them in white fudge and adding pumpkin spice on top… (Photo via Mike Mozart)
5. Pumpkin Spice Kale Chips: AHHHHHHH kale chips. They’re healthy, they’re snackable, they’re… perfect for pumpkin spice flavoring? Um, probably not. (Photo via Cookies and Sangria)
4. Pumpkin Spice Pringles: Up until now, these foods were at the VERY LEAST sort of dessert-like, which made them somewhat conducive to a pumpkin spice takeover. But potato chips? That’s just weird. (Photo via Joel Kramer)
3. Pumpkin Pie Kettle Chips: Pringles wasn’t the only potato chip brand to come up with a pumpkin-inspired product. These kettle chips are just as weird — perhaps even more so. (Photo via theimpulsivebuy)
2. Pumpkin Spice Sparkling Water: La Croix is trendier than ever, but we love it for its refreshment factor. Think citrusy, light flavors like grapefruit, lemon, lime and maybe coconut. NOT pumpkin spice. (Photo via theimpulsivebuy)
1. Pumpkin Spice Bistro Bowl: Yep… you read that right. Instead of just having a PSL as a treat or snack, you can now make an ENTIRE MEAL out of pumpkin spice with this bistro bowl. Now who wouldn’t want that? (Photo via theimpulsivebuy)
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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