KANSAS CITY — Although temperatures may remain high across much of the United States, summer is coming to a close — at least as far as retail flavors are concerned. From energy drinks to cereals, pumpkin spice flavored products are flooding shelves across the United States.
General Mills, Inc. released a host of fall flavored products across a few of its brands, including Cheerios and Pillsbury. The limited-edition Cheerios have been formulated with pumpkin puree, as well as a blend of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Pumpkin-spiced products from Pillsbury include Grands! Pumpkin Spice Rolls and a ready-to-bake pumpkin cookie dough, featuring cream cheese flavored chunks.
Pumpkin spice also may be found in the beverage aisle of grocery stores, in varieties ranging from coffee creamers to energy drinks. Plant-based beverage brand Califia Farms added a Pumpkin Spice Oat Barista blend, meant for making at-home pumpkin spice lattes, according to the company.
“We’re thrilled to introduce our new Pumpkin Spice Oat Barista, which gives oat milk fans an easy way to froth up their favorite seasonal oat lattes at home,” said Suzanne Ginestro, chief marketing officer at Califia Farms. “Pumpkin Spice Oat Barista will launch as a limited-edition item this fall, alongside our ready-to-drink Pumpkin Spice Almondmilk Latte and Pumpkin Spice Almondmilk Creamer. With the launch of Pumpkin Spice Oat Barista, Califia brings yet another reason to celebrate the season with a full variety of yummy plant-based options to make all types of seasonal coffee-house drinks at home.”
Taking pumpkin spice a different direction is plant-based energy brand Yerbaé, which debuted Yerbaé Pumpkin Spice, a zero-calorie energy drink flavored with natural caffeine from yerba mate and nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.
Pumpkin spice also may be found in the snack category, where Campbell Soup Co. partnered with Dunkin’ Brands to launch Goldfish Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spice Grahams. The fall snack combines notes of pumpkin, donut glaze and warm spices, according to Campbell Soup.
“We continue to take Goldfish to the next level with new, delicious and unexpected partnerships,” said Janda Lukin, chief marketing officer of Campbell Snacks. “The new limited-edition Goldfish Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spice Graham crackers bring together two fun and iconic brands to give pumpkin spice lovers a new way to experience the sweet side of their favorite snack. This is the first time Goldfish is tapping into the pumpkin spice season and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with the brand that knows pumpkin spice the best.”