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Pizzeria Debuts Pumpkin Spice Pizza And We Don’t Know How To Feel

Autumn is here, which means that everyone is coming out with their pumpkin spice-flavored creations. One of the more interesting ones we’re seeing this year comes from Villa Italian Kitchen. They’re debuting a pumpkin spice pizza that is leaving us scratching our heads.

The new pizza will feature pumpkin pie filling as a sauce, mozzarella cheese, and more dollops of the filling on top, according to a press release. Slices will go for $4.09 each, and are available starting tomorrow while supplies last.

Villa’s new addition into the pumpkin spice world has definitely generated some conversations on social media already. For the most part, people are equally shocked and appalled at the thought of pumpkin spice pizza.

To be fair, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen pumpkin spice go on pizza. Legendary YouTube channel EpicMealTime made a Pumpkin Spice Pizza Cake a few years ago that, apart from the bazillion calories on it, didn’t seem too bad. Additionally, pumpkin with cheese is a combination that has been done before. Gordon Ramsay has an amazing pumpkin soup recipe that calls for Parmesan cheese, for example. However, we’re not so sure if the sweet pie filling and aromatic pumpkin spice fit together with mozzarella.

That being said, we’re curious to try a slice or two of this pizza just to see what it tastes like.

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M&M’s Newest Flavor Has A White Chocolate Twist On Pumpkin Pie

With Fall around the corner, it’s about time we get ready for a bombardment of pumpkin-flavored products. M&M’s is getting the ball rolling with their new White Pumpkin Pie flavor already hitting store aisles this August.

The candies are made with a pumpkin pie-flavored coating, while the inside consists of a white chocolate filling.

The  8-ounce bags of White Pumpkin Pie M&M’s can be found at Walmart for  the retail price of $2.98, so you’re going to have to endure the Walmart experience for a bit, run in, grab a bag, and run out as quickly as possible.

While it’s too damn early to be thinking about fall, these M&M’s sound like they’re probably pretty good, so we might have to give them a pass and not get too mad for trying to rush summer out the door.

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2016’s Best New Holiday-Themed, Limited-Edition Food Products

With Halloween done, food companies are getting ready to launch a bucketload of holiday-themed products onto consumers as the holiday season comes around. From gingerbread to peppermint, common holiday flavors will be popping up in grocery stores and restaurants everywhere. With Food Business News releasing a slideshow featuring some of the newest food products that are set to entice holiday shoppers, we got to thinking: which holiday-themed food products are truly a step above the rest this year? Here’s a list of our favorites and which companies are selling them:

 

Starbucks – Spiced Sweet Cream Nariño 70 Cold Brew

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Photo: Delish

Starbucks has definitely gone away from their traditional style of new holiday drinks. Usually, spiced warm drinks splash onto the menu as new introductions this time of year. This time, they went for a cold beverage with holiday flair. For those of us that live in warmer areas during the winter, we’re definitely open to it. Even if we don’t get to drink out of the new green holiday cups.

 

Ethel M (Mars) – Dark Chocolate Crème de Menthe

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The premium chocolate brand of Mars has dropped the mic on the holidays with a slew of new products. While these are mainly new holiday-themed tins, one of the two new chocolates stick out. This boozy creme-filled dark chocolate takes peppermint chocolates to a whole new level.

 

Our Little Rebellion – Fudge and Snickerdoodle Popcorners Mini’s

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Photo: Food Business News

Our Little Rebellion has a great line of popped corn chip snacks, and these two new holiday flavors are perfect additions. Chocolatey fudge and aromatic snickerdoodle put a holiday twist on these non-GMO, gluten-free snacks that are perfect to serve to any guest.

 

Dunkin’ Donuts – Boston Kreme Croissant Donut

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We previewed the new Dunkin’ Donuts holiday menu for you all recently, but this has to be one of the best new additions by the beloved donut slingers. Boston Creme Pie is a classic American dessert, and this croissant donut is the perfect way to spread it across the nation. With rich Bavarian cream and a chocolate icing, this truly is the definition of holiday indulgence.

 

Arby’s – Venison Sandwich

 

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While not released specifically for the holidays, the timing of Arby’s release of this new sandwich matches perfectly with them. Venison is a more common meat in higher-end restaurants around this time of season, and isn’t as available to consumers as it should be. While Arby’s is selling this in more hunting-centric locations, we’re excited to see this hopefully spread across the U.S. in the future. We’re just hoping that it’s not Rudolph being served in one of those sandwiches.

 

Hershey’s – Sea Salt Caramel Baking Chips

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Photo: Food Business News

Who doesn’t love salted caramel? This awesome trend has made it into baking chips, and it’s ready to take holiday baking to a salty-sweet level of bliss. We’re hoping to see a lot more salted caramel chip cookies being baked during this holiday season.

 

Your Pie – Chicken and Waffle Pizza

 

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Photo: 365 Things to Do In Houston

This pizza chain is going all-out on its new addition. The line between sweet and savory is totally blurred here with fried chicken pieces, waffle, syrup, ricotta, Parmesean, and basil. A scoop of apple pie gelato really gets this pizza in the holiday mood as well.

 

Krispy Kreme – Pumpkin Spice Coffee Thins

 

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Photo: Food Business News

There had to be at least one new pumpkin spice product on this list, and Krispy Kreme is rocking it with this new product. They teamed up with Tierra Nueva to create a coffee treat that tastes like a pumpkin spice latte. Three of these have the same caffeine as a cup of coffee, so make sure to grab a pack for caffeine on the go!

 

General Mills – Cinnamon Star Crunch

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Photo: Food Business News

This isn’t really much of a flavor change, but look at how adorable those star shapes are! Add this to the list of reasons why kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

 

Pringles – Salted Caramel Potato Chips

 

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Out of the three new Pringles chips flavors released for the holidays, this one is hands down the best. The salty chips get accentuated by the sweet caramel flavors going on for a perfectly balanced holiday snack. Hats off to you, Pringles, this flavor combo is brilliant for the holiday season.

 

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Subway Debuts New Fall Seasonal Items On Their Menu

There’s nothing that punctuates the fall season more than the welcoming aroma of turkey roasting in the oven, or catching the first long-awaited scent of a moist, fluffy pumpkin pie at the dinner table.

Beginning October 10, Subway will be celebrating the Thanksgiving tradition by offering two new menu items that highlight the flavors of fall.

Their new Autumn Carved Turkey Sandwich features thickly sliced all-white meat carved turkey. Subway’s chef’s recipe is served on 9-Grain Wheat Bread, with cheddar cheese, and features a new Sweet Cranberry Mustard Sauce, fresh spinach, tomato, and red onion, and can be ordered toasted or regular.

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Additionally, Subway is excited to announce the debut of two new cookie flavors: apple pie and the beloved fall favorite, pumpkin spice.

You simply can’t celebrate fall properly without pumpkin spice. That’s why Subway is offering its new pumpkin spice cookies made with a scrumptious pumpkin-flavored dough, natural vanilla, molasses, nutmeg, white confectionary chips, and cinnamon.

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Subway’s apple pie cookies are made with Granny Smith and Fuji Apples grown in the Pacific Northwest.

The large, naturally sweetened chunks of apple are lightly coated in cinnamon. Nutmeg, cloves, and natural apple flavor are then blended into the dough, creating a delicious, traditional apple pie taste.

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With limited-time flavors like these, we wish that Fall would last forever!

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Which Major Coffee Chain’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes are the Best and Worst This Season?

As fall extends its reach further across the land, we’re going to start seeing some iconic, seasonal items again: Halloween decor, brightly colored leaves, and the return of pumpkin spice flavored everything, to name a few. Although we’re now swimming in everything from pumpkin orange juice to pumpkin cream cheese, it’s really the pumpkin spice latte that started it all.

Coffee chains everywhere now realize the power of the PSL, and have taken strides to incorporate the fall flavor into their coffee lineups. So what does that mean for you, the average coffee drinker and pumpkin spice-lover? Well, it means you have a lot of choices in regards to where you’d like to take your PSL business.

Don’t worry, we went to six of the biggest coffee chains in America and tried each of their pumpkin spice selections. We even ranked them from worst to best so you don’t have to waste your time on sub-par coffee this fall. After all, there’s a lot of pumpkin spice to enjoy and only about two appropriate months in which to do it. We better get drinking.

6. HONEYDEW 

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Photo: Honeydew Donuts

Ordered: A medium, hot pumpkin spice coffee, cream only ($2.50)

Disclaimer: This selection from Honeydew Donuts was a pumpkin spice coffee, not a pumpkin spice latte. And, no matter what you want to call it, it was truly one thing: bad. Which is why, sadly, Honeydew will be starting off the list in dead last place.

The coffee itself was poorly made; very watery, with almost no indication that it was, in fact, coffee I was drinking. There was a hint of pumpkin in the coffee, but it tasted sour, almost not like pumpkin at all.

5. MCCAFE

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Photo: Food and Wine

Ordered: A medium, hot pumpkin spice latte, cream only ($2.39)

Going into pumpkin spice season, the McCafe was pretty hyped up. People were praising McDonald’s for releasing the McCafe so early and were even speculating that McDonald’s might finally pull ahead of Starbucks this year with a superior PSL.

Sorry guys, this year is not that year. As is the common complaint with McCafe lattes, the drink was way too sweet, even despite the fact that I ordered the drink with no sugar. The latte had a nice pumpkin flavor to it, and even a hint of cinnamon, but it was almost impossible to taste through what can only be a metric ton of artificial sweetener.

Honestly, I couldn’t finish the latte.

To be fair, McDonald’s lattes have an unbeatable price, especially compared to Starbucks and Coffee Bean. If you enjoy super sweet coffee, this might be the latte for you — but I will not be drinking this fifth place latte for the rest of the season, thank you very much.

4. COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF

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Ordered: A hot, medium pumpkin spice latte with skim milk only ($5)

Similarly to the McCafe was the PSL from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. But let it be known that this was still a delicious latte, one I definitely finished. However, this latte had a few drawbacks that kept it from the Top 3.

What I loved about the latte was the mix of fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. If I could have come up with a smell to perfectly capture fall, that would be it. But pumpkin? Pumpkin was not the star of this drink. The flavor was not really pleasant and left more of a sour aftertaste than anything. The more I drank, the easier the sharpness was to ignore, but those first few sips had me wondering what I had just spent $5 on.

The presentation of the latte, with honey cinnamon sprinkles on top of perfect whipped cream, was gorgeous and that spicy aroma was to die for. But if you’re in search of a true PUMPKIN drink, this may not be your go-to. For gingerbread or other fall flavorings though? This is a must-try.

3. DUNKIN’ DONUTS

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Ordered: A hot, medium pumpkin spice latte, skim milk only ($3.19)

I’m not going to lie, I’m surprised Dunkin’ didn’t score higher with me! Like Coffee Bean, Dunkin’ Donuts had a delicious latte to offer, but it was far from perfection. In fact, my biggest complaint with Coffee Bean is the same complaint I have with Dunkin’ Donuts: the sharpness of the beverage.

While the latte was amazing, it had a slight acrid taste to it. The fall spices of cinnamon and clove were obviously present, but maybe not as abundant as they were with the Coffee Bean latte. The biggest difference of all, there was a clear pumpkin taste to this latte; in fact, it may have been even a bit too overwhelming.

The latte itself was creamy and didn’t have an artificial sweetness to it. Overall, Dunkin’ may have gone a little overboard on the pumpkin, but this is a latte I will be ordering for the rest of pumpkin season.

2. PEET’S COFFEE 

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Ordered: A hot, medium pumpkin spice latte, skim milk only ($3.60)

For me, Peet’s was a true underdog contender, but it’s clear by the excellent ranking that this coffee chain blew me away! Peet’s latte was one of the most well-blended coffee drinks, with the perfect balance of autumnal spices and pumpkin flavor. The latte also had a perfectly steamed layer of foam on top, that stayed intact throughout the entire drink.

The only reason Peet’s came in second to the number one contender (big shocker there) was because it was just a touch too sweet for my liking. If sweeter coffee is for you, though, then Peet’s should be your choice… maybe even over the number one pick below.

1. STARBUCKS

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To the surprise of no one, the inventors of the PSL and the reigning champions of this fall favorite came in first place. They’ve perfected it, what can we say. The latte had the best balance between spiciness and sweetness, by far. With the perfect fall smell and a pumpkin flavor that has no superior, this drink has a smooth, creamy finish without it being too sweet.

Only downside? When the whipped cream melted in my drink, it crossed the line and became a little too sugary. Admittedly, that was my fault for not eating the whipped cream faster.

 

What do you think of this ranking? Do you disagree with anything we’ve said? Share your PSL favorites in the comments section.

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5 Pumpkin Spice Dishes You Should Order Immediately

Pumpkin Spice menu items have been slowly trickling in from the usual fast food spots as October creeps up on us. While we’re salivating over pumpkin spice French fries, there’s a completely different world of elevated dishes featuring the popular seasonal flavor.

A group of Los Angeles-based restaurants have launched unique pumpkin-spiced items for the fall season. Let’s take a look at some dishes that go beyond the average burger and latte, made with a refined touch.

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Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin Spice Latte

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The spooky-scary espresso is part of the handcrafted menu of Caffe Umbria served at Vinoteca found at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. If you’re one to delight in the face of Halloween staring back at you while you get your morning coffee fix, you may want to consider this drink.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cruller

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Doughnut lovers will want to peep this cruller from Plan Check Kitchen + Bar. The pumpkin spice latte variation features pâte à choux dough formed into a circle, deep fried, topped with whipped candied pumpkin puree, cold-brew coffee pastry cream, and cinnamon-spiced sugar.

We recommend the cruller as a follow up to a juicy burger to end your meal on a sweet note.

Pumpkin Spice Martini

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Cocktail lovers will want to head down to Fig & Olive on Melrose to get this Pumpkin Spice Martini. The drink is made with vanilla-infused vodka, lime juice, ginger syrup, apple brandy, and pumpkin butter.

On the rim of the glass is a garnish of crushed graham crackers.

Whoa, wait… pumpkin butter?!

Pumpkin Fritters

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Roku in West Hollywood is now offering these Pumpkin Fritters for the fall. The fritters are topped with toasted hazelnuts and milk chocolate ice cream.

We recommend finishing the ice cream first, at least the fritters can be boxed.

Pumpkin Cake In A Box

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A few weeks ago, we covered BOA Steakhouse’s Cake in a Can. The summer carrot cake will now be replaced by a new spiced pumpkin cake with vanilla cream cheese icing, Berger Anisette cream, and candied pecan.

We’ve been known to bash pumpkin spice dishes pretty badly every now and then. Though restaurants get a pass when they get more creative with the seasonal flavor rather than simply adding a syrup or sauce.

Make sure to check out some of these spots next time you get the pumpkin spice itch, and maybe treat yourself to some elevation while you’re there. Can’t be eating burgers and burritos all the time.

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SECRET MENU ALERT: How To Order A Pumpkin Spice Nitro Latte at The Coffee Bean

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Basic bitch season is finally upon us, and while you’ve probably already had your first, second, and third pumpkin spice latte, we’re willing to bet you’ve never tried it in Nitro Cold Brew form.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s secret menu game is coming strong this fall, as the seasonal addition of pumpkin spice sauce means we can start asking for it in Nitro Cold Brew form.

The workers are most likely aware of the Pumpkin Nitro Latte drink, but if they’re not, they certainly have the ingredients for it, so, worst case scenario, you just have to order it as a “Nitro latte with pumpkin sauce added.”

We went to go try the drink ourselves, and the youngster at the register looked at us like we were crazy, going as far as to say, “That’s never been a thing.” Luckily his coworker swooped in, told him that it’s a part of the secret menu, and showed him how to ring it up. They came out to exactly $5 each for a regular-sized drink, which is a weird total, but whatever.

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If you’re not familiar with Nitro, it’s nitrogen-infused cold coffee that comes straight from a tap and is ready to serve with no ice needed.

Pro tip: with Nitro as a base, you can actually add any of The Coffee Bean’s flavored sauces to it, whether it’s caramel, peppermint, or pumpkin spice.

We were hoping they’d be a little more orange in color, but if you think we’re pulling your leg, here’s a bright orange photo from their Facebook account:

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If you’re one of those people that loves secret menus, this one’s loaded with pumpkin spice, and there’s a good chance you’ll be the first of your friends to try it.

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Feedback: The Top User Comments Of The Week [Sept. 9]

Welcome back to our Foodbeast “Feedback” series! This week you had us ROFL from the comments you left on our Facebook page. To reward our awesome readers — and commenters — we’re showcasing this week’s top picks!

Y’all lost your mind when it came to the McChicken lover last week. This week, some of you were upset at people expressing hate for Chipotle, and others were super-hyped about Durex’s eggplant flavored condoms.

We appreciate that you read our stories and leave us your advice, opinions, and some of the most savage commentary on the web.

Here’s what made the cut this week. Think you can make next week’s list?
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STORY: Former Chipotle Fans Share The Exact Moment They Started Hating It  

Wherever this so-called “snarky Internet” is located, please show me the way! I’ll just be with the other non-Internet bloggers.

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Story: Watch This Guy Set The World Record For Most McNuggets Eaten

This was an awesome challenge to watch. However, those of you that said you wanted to try it, we advise leaving this challenge to the professionals.
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STORY: Restaurants Ring In Pumpkin Spice Season With Their Newest Offerings

I guess some people aren’t down with Pumpkin spice. Who knew? To each their own.
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Story: Couple Arrested For Performing A ‘Hand Job’ In A Crowded Mexican Restaurant [WATCH]

Thanks for reminding us it’s important to always use the correct terminology when discussing lewd public acts.
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Facebook LiveStream: K-Town Spicy Challenge

We love when viewers tune in to watch our live events. It’s even better when they cheer us on in honor of one of our heroes, Harambe.

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Story: Durex Trolls Everyone With Eggplant-Flavored Condoms Nobody Asked For

You would think Durex would have picked more enticing flavors, but these are pretty good suggestions.

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Story: Danny Trejo Says Burger King’s Whopperrito Isn’t Helping Obesity

I can’t tell if this dude’s a fan of the Whopperrito or Danny Trejo. Maybe both.