The best foods for the best time of year

By Hailey Hill
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The fall season is a favorite time of year for many. People love the cooler weather, the fashion (who doesn’t love a cozy sweater?), the start of the holiday season- and arguably the best of all, the fall-themed foods. Most grocery stores introduce all sorts of fall delicacies, especially pumpkin-flavored specialties, that shoppers can only buy during the fall season.

The only problem with having so many festive food options is that some stores put out mediocre, unsatisfying “fall” foods simply to be a part of the trend and make a profit. It is common to purchase a food item at any number of popular retail stores that promises wonderful fall tastes, only to be let down by the flavor of artificial pumpkin or cinnamon that tastes more like chemicals.

However, there are certainly many fall foods worth having year after year. Here are a few fall foods to get you in the spooky season mood.

1Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Coffee

This coffee is the perfect blend of the taste of coffee many can’t get enough of and just the right amount of pumpkin spice to get anyone into the fall spirit. This coffee smells amazing while it’s brewing as well, something even those who do not drink coffee can enjoy.

2Quaker Cinnamon and Spice Oatmeal

Although this oatmeal flavor is available for purchase year round, the blend of spices are perfect to wake up to on a fall morning. Plus, eating oatmeal has many benefits- this product is something you can enjoy and feel good about eating.

3Costco’s Pumpkin Pie

Even though this product comes from a “big box” store, it is honestly the best pumpkin pie I have had. The pie is incredibly fresh and tastes great heated up or cold with a bit of whipped cream on top. Because it is from Costco, it is also remarkably cheap for a well-made pie.

4Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix

This bread is easy to make and the results are worth the wait for it to bake in the oven. It is both sweet and a bit cinnamon-spicy, and tastes great fresh out of the oven. I recommend making it with vegan ingredients to make the bread more dense and moist.

5Trader Joe’s Pumpkin O’s

This cereal has great pumpkin flavor and is great for a quick fall breakfast. I recommend eating it with almond milk because the flavors complement each other very well. This cereal is also gluten-free and vegan, so people of all dietary needs can enjoy it!

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