What to try (and not try) this Fall

Here in Arizona Autumn isn’t quite what you think that it should be.  When I think of Fall I think of cool mornings, warm days and a crisp, brisk feeling in the air.  This is the time every year that I want to move.  It’s still so hot!  Every day this week will be hovering around 100 and there is no “brisk” feeling in the air.  I start eating pumpkin a little bit earlier than I probably would somewhere else (beginning of September), because I need something to physically tell me it’s Autumn!!  There are so many seasonal products out now that I decided to give some a try to help you know what you need to try and what you don’t!


M&M’s has several Fall flavors this year.  I decided to try two of them.  The first was the Candy Corn and it is getting a big thumbs down.  It was very sicky sweet and, quite frankly, it’s the first time I’ve seen my children turn down candy.  Pecan-Pie-MMsThe second one that I tried was Pecan Pie.  You know that saying “No one can eat just one,” that’s my opinion of these M&M’s.  They were so good!  I loved them and have resisted buying another bag only because I know that I will eat the whole thing and probably not share with anyone.



My sister told me I needed to try the Archer Farms Pumpkin Cheesecake sandwich cookies that are sold at Target.  They were a good call!  I feel like they taste like they are more spice than pumpkin, so if you like fall spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, etc) these are a great way to get your fix of fall flavor.





While I was at Target I noticed that they had Pumpkin flavored Noosa Yoghurt.  I’ve been wanting to try out this brand and thought this would be a good opportunity.  Unfortunately the pumpkin was a bust.  The yogurt had a flavor that reminded me a little of pineapple and didn’t work well with the pumpkin.  I tried to pass it off to Boy 2 when he got home, but after one bite he didn’t want anymore.  Boy 3 liked it and ate rest.  So, there are some out there that would like it; I just chobani pumpkinwasn’t one of them.  If you want an Amazing Pumpkin yogurt, Chobani Flips Pumpkin Harvest Crisp is my new favorite.  I want to eat it everyday and I have been know to clear out the grocery store shelf when I find them.  It is a pumpkin flavored yogurt with pie crust pieces, pecans, and glazed pumaple bacon cookiesmpkin seeds.

When I saw that Betty Crocker had a Maple Bacon cookie mix and frosting I knew this was one that I needed to try, just because it is so different.  I will say that they are good and they are different.  I like the flavors of maple and bacon together and if that’s a combo that you like too, than you will probably like them.  They weren’t the best cookies ever, but they were all gone in one night, so they definitely not bad. caramel apple cupcake I decided that I also wanted to try Pillsbury’s Caramel Apple cupcakes and frosting.  These weren’t bad, but I don’t think that I’ll ever buy them again.  The apple flavor was faint and there was a definite artificial aftertaste with both the cupcake and the frosting.


extra pumpkinExtra Pumpkin Spice Gum- You won’t spit it out, but you probably won’t want to chew it for a long time.  Just don’t waste your time on it.





pumpkin milanosPepperidge Farms Pumpkin Spice Milanos.  If you love Milanos (and who doesn’t) and you love pumpkin, I think I can guarantee that you will love these.  Milano light and airy cookies with a layer of creamy chocolate and a layer of creamy pumpkin sandwiched between them.  Can’t go wrong with these!

So there’s the around up of all the things that I tried.  I had some hits (Pecan Pie M&M’s) and some misses (clearing throat sound…pumpkin gum).  I loved having an excuse to try everything.  Is there something that I missed that I need to try?








2 Comments on What to try (and not try) this Fall

  1. Amy
    October 12, 2015 at 3:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Awesome post! You just saved me hours of baking and 1000’s of calories! I thank you!!

    • anneopinion
      October 12, 2015 at 3:35 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Amy! Myself and my expanding waistline are glad we could help out! 😉


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