Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Pumpkin: limited editions

If you like to follow food trends (and who doesn't), then limited editions & seasonal flavors are grist for your mill. Take pumpkin, currently starring in Starbucks’ pumpkin-flavored latte and Jack in the Box’ pumpkin pie shake, both back for limited runs. Pumpkin = fall. Very now. But what exactly is pumpkin flavor? Does Starbucks’ pumpkin-flavored latte actually taste like squash? Not really. JITB at least tells it like it is by adding the word PIE. But why not just ID it as "cinnamon-nutmeg"?

22 Comments:

At October 04, 2005 10:24 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Punkin.

 
At October 04, 2005 10:31 AM, Blogger emmmjay said...

Links are awesome, as usual, tg. And I have the same complaint about apple things--should be just labelled "cinnamon".

 
At October 04, 2005 10:43 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

Good going, Teresa. You got two of your fave places in one item, and managed to get in limited edition, too, which made me wonder: Is 7-Eleven doing pumpkin Big Gulps?

 
At October 04, 2005 10:44 AM, Anonymous m.b. said...

I thought I remembererd having a pumpkin-pie shake at Jack in the Box last year?

 
At October 04, 2005 10:47 AM, Anonymous tina louise said...

What! You don't put Ginger in your pumpkin dishes?

 
At October 04, 2005 10:49 AM, Anonymous red ennk said...

m.b. are you asking us to tell you what you thought you remembered? sounds like a job for clairvoyant or soofsayer.

 
At October 04, 2005 11:00 AM, Anonymous m.b. said...

Well, I didn't want to second-guess T.G. I was trying to avoid rudeness.

 
At October 04, 2005 11:04 AM, Blogger Tom Cruise said...

Sometimes Katie and I play, "What's hiding in the pumpkin patch," a little game we invented wherein I hide a small candy corn somewhere on my body and she has to find it with her tongue. I have a penchant for sticking it in the oddest places.

 
At October 04, 2005 12:01 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

Lots of pumpkin beers floating around at this time of year, too. I am not a big fan of those, however.

After long delay (based primarily on my memory of fake flavorings of the green apple variety), I tried Unibroue's fall "Ephemere" beer, which is basically a witbier using green apple instead of bitter orange for flavoring. Very nice.

 
At October 04, 2005 12:11 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

m.b.: reread TG's post. note the words "both back."

 
At October 04, 2005 12:16 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

Red Ennk, so it does! I skimmed too quickly. (And for a good example of rudeness, see Tom Cruise's comment!)

 
At October 04, 2005 12:18 PM, Anonymous charlotte ruse said...

best pumpkin anything i ever had was one night some years ago when i was testing thanksgiving recipes and couldn't find any canned pumpkin at my grocery store. bought a couple fresh ones and roasted them in the oven. hadn't had supper, so when they were done, about 11 p.m., i had fresh roast pumpkin with butter, salt and pepper. don't recall how the recipe i was testing turned out, but i loved that supper, maybe because i was starved at that point.

 
At October 04, 2005 12:28 PM, Anonymous peanut gallery said...

How about the seeds. Pumpkin seeds - very tasty. Good on a salad. But it takes a special kind of person to do the roasting, shelling, etc.

 
At October 04, 2005 12:36 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

don't think you shell them peanut. just clean them and roast with a little oil, stirring occasionally.

 
At October 04, 2005 2:21 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Best Pumpkin thing was pumpkin butter at a dinner at the Texas Discovery Gardens. It was in April, but still, the butter was well received by all.

 
At October 04, 2005 2:40 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

I love pumpkin beer, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin shakes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin etouffe, sauteed pumpkin, pumpkin gumb....

 
At October 04, 2005 2:52 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

garlic-roasted Pumpkin . . . mmmmm

 
At October 09, 2005 2:24 AM, Anonymous Kelly Smith said...

I always look forward to the Pumpkin ice cream at Braum's. It's a highlight o'the year. Some would say Blue Bell's seasonal peach harvest, but my vote is far and away, the pumpkin ice cream. Although, I readily admit, it could just be Braum's. I've had other versions at Paciugo and the late Talenti, and Wild About Harry's, but Braum's texture is key. Kind of a gritty base...in the best way.

 
At October 09, 2005 3:59 PM, Blogger TG said...

what an xlnt tip from kelly smith! i heart seasonal flavors and had no idea braum's did a pumpkin ice cream. and - as has been previously established - i'm a big fan of grit

i suppose i should've done a special-edition pumpkin week, she said ruefully

 
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