The Season of Pumpkin Spice is upon us, and, as in years past, there seems to be more pumpkin-inspired treats to try than ever before. While your finances certainly wouldn't appreciate you buying them all, there may be a few pumpkiny creations worth a try.
For instance, Sam's Club has already started offering some of its pumpkin-spiced selections for the season, including a few new items that are already a hit with shoppers. Take a look.
1. Member's Mark Pumpkin Empanadas
If you're only going to try one pumpkin-inspired Sam's Club item this season, maybe it should be this one. These gourd-eous snacks aren't very healthy (don't look at the nutrition label if you can't handle the truth!), but reviewers seem to think they're downright delicious. They recommend convection baking (air frying) for the best crust.
Price: $12.68 (20 pieces, $0.63/ea)
2. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice coffee
Arguably the most frenzy-inducing of the seasonal pumpkin spice items, this coffee blend will cost you nearly as much per cup at Starbucks as you'll spend on the bag at Sam's Club. Quality-wise, this isn't going to be quite as good as something freshly ground at the cafe, but it has overall positive reviews and is infinitely better for your savings account.
Price: $19.98 (35 ounces, $0.57/oz)
3. Pumpkin & Spice Glade Plug-ins
Scent is pretty powerful — both in good ways and bad — and the right scents can get you ready for the season. Plug-ins are a popular way to add some subtle fragrance to your home, and this Pumpkin & Spice scent from Glade has good reviews for its pleasing aroma.
Price: $12.98 (2 warmers and 6 refills)
4. Member's Mark Pumpkin Spice Pecans
Pairing pumpkin spice and pecans is nearly a seasonal overload. The pecans in this creation are buried under a coating of pumpkin-spice-flavored white chocolate, making it more a sweet snack than a salty one. Either way, Sam's Club shoppers are enjoying this seasonal treat (though a few do point out the high calorie count).
Price: $9.98 (17 ounces, $0.59/oz)
5. Pumpkin-flavored pumpkins
Alright, so they're not actually called “pumpkin-flavored pumpkins.” They're just, you know, regular pumpkins. Like, the vegetable. In all this pumpkin spice frenzy, I think the regular, OG pumpkin often gets forgotten. But no matter what other pumpkin-based oddities hit the shelves this season, remember that the gold-fleshed standard is there alongside them.
Price: $6.98 each
Pace yourself on the pumpkin
Chances are good you're tempted by at least one or two of these goodies. And, of course, Sam's Club isn't the only place packed with pumpkin products this time of year.
But you need to remember that you can't have them all.
Trying even just this small number of items would cost you more than $60 — and that's before you start in on the seasonal favorites popping up elsewhere. In no time at all, your pumpkin-padded credit card bill will be as full as your fridge.
The key to anything in life is moderation. Pick a few particularly pumpkiny delicacies to try — and leave the rest for next season.
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