It's that special time of year. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, and the Pumpkin Spice products are everywhere. Of course, pumpkin pie and spicy cinnamon treats have been an autumn mainstay for years, but some experts say Starbucks single-handedly created an entire market for Pumpkin Spice products when it debuted its famous Pumpkin Spice Latte years ago. Mind you, some of the many, many Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice products out there are great. (We're looking at you, Pumpkin Spice candles and chai tea.) On the other hand, companies sometimes hawk Pumpkin Spice products that are much more trick than treat. Here is a rundown of some of the more questionable Pumpkin-oriented merchandise in stores today beginning with gum.


After enjoying a Pumpkin Spice beverage, you might want to grab some gum to get rid of the lingering bitter aftertaste and bad breath. But mint gum should suffice. Besides, if the Pumpkin Spice flavor of this gum wears off, you could get a double-whammy blend of bitter tastes. Then again, Extra's flavor lasts "an extra, extra, extra long time" according to its old jingle; therefore, this gum could be safe. But we'll let you decide for yourself.


When you think of Pringles, you probably think of salty and savory tastes. A while back, Pringles started persuading us to check out sweet flavors, such as its Milk Chocolate Pringles, which are essentially a regular chip with a dusting of chocolate powder. Those get a mixed review, and so do these limited edition Pumpkin Spice Pringles for the fall. Surprisingly, Amazon reviewers who bought these really, really enjoyed them. Some people even confessed thinking the idea sounded gross until they tried the product and changed their mind. It seems the jury is still out.

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