Debate on the superior pumpkin snack: Settled

Lavanya Shyamsundar and Zoharys Jaen

With the warm and comforting feeling of fall settling in, it’s time to cozy up with some pumpkin spice treats. There are all sorts of pumpkin delights filling store shelves, but deciding which festive and flavorful snack to choose can be tough. Don’t worry — Oxford’s very own Gamut staff ranked all sorts of pumpkin spice desserts to help you decide which ones are worth it! 


  1. Pumpkin Spice Oreo ★☆☆☆☆
    At number five, the pumpkin spice oreo certainly wasn’t a fan favorite. An average oreo, the yellow cookie with orange cream filling proved the coloring was as fall-themed as this snack got. Although Oreo fans may love this, it lacked the winning seasonal flavor for a high ranking on this list.


  1. Pumpkin Spice Latte ★★☆☆☆

The Gamut wasn’t feeling the pumpkin spice in Starbucks’ classic autumn latte. The coffee was strong, but the pumpkin flavoring in the drink was…controversial. Some found that the pumpkin left a nutty aftertaste, complementing the bitterness, while others firmly believe the caffeine was all the drink had to offer. Try the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte, and decide for yourself if it’s a fall favorite or a fall fail. 


  1. Pumpkin Bite ★★★☆☆

Similar to a mini cupcake, Target’s Pumpkin Bites are soft, chewy pastries topped with a dollop of vanilla cream. Overall, Gamut staff gave it a whopping rating of “meh.” The snack did have a delectable balance between sweetness and aromatic pumpkin spice, but many staffers agreed that the mini pastry should stay mini: it was too sweet.


  1. Pumpkin Spice Pretzel ★★★★☆

Second best, Costco’s Pumpkin Spice Pretzels puts a spin on this traditional snack. Some staffers found the frosting overwhelming, but the majority voted that the unique combination of flavors took these pretzels to the next level. Though the mix may leave an unusual first impression, the salty-sweet combo is addicting. Be sure to buy a bag for yourself! 


  1. Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream ★★★★★

Bruster’s Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream steals first place on the list. A few thought the treat was a typical vanilla ice cream, but many agreed the pleasant touch of pumpkin spice and cheesecake satisfied their sweet tooth. Head over to Brusters to try our first-place dessert!


Complementing the chilly autumn air, the warmth and homeliness of pumpkin spice make for a traditional fall staple. Use this ranking to indulge in classic and contemporary spins on pumpkin delights. Decide for yourself which of these sugary snacks is deserving of a spot on your shelves at home.